Functional Modern Furniture with Flair

Functional Modern Furniture with Flair By Brad Ascalon of New York, USA

Pillar lounge chair, for Bernhardt Design 2010


Brad Ascalon is a multi talented designer who is able to turn his skills to numerous art and design projects. Based in New York, his studio’s products are in high demand.  The items featured here give a taste of Ascalon’s unique flair for functional modern furniture design.  Frequently collaborating with other leading designers and manufacturers Brad Ascalon’s work is particularly suited to commercial premises or possibly ultra modern home interiors.


Unexpected Features Define Functional Modern Furniture

 Spindle table for Ligne Rose

Much of Brad Ascalon’s furniture design portfolio displays items that merge simple geometry with a single surprising ornamental element.  The basis for the designs is primarily utilitarian.  These ‘down to earth’ pieces are stylish but in a very unassuming way apart from the unexpected additional details.  For example the Spindle Table designed for Ligne Roset is a simple, sleek transparent ‘wrap around’ form.  This appears totally homogeneous in design apart from the addition of one highly ornate spindle.  This unexpected feature is positioned a quarter of the way along the table’s length.  The spindle is purely decorative as the main table structure is self supporting.  The combination of minimalist form with an ornate eye catching feature is typical of Brad Ascalon’s functional modern furniture designs.  Interestingly, Ascalon is as comfortable with the discipline of Fine Art as he is with creating Applied Art objects.  This is apparent through the quirky juxtaposition of elements in his work.


The Spindle Table could quite easily be seen as an exhibition piece in a Fine Art gallery as it appears to require the observer to ask fundamental questions relating to design and implied meaning.  This piece seems to challenge the idea of Minimalism and many of the principle s associated with the Modernist movement.  As, why would you add a functionless decorative feature to a perfectly designed functional table?

 Spindle table for Ligne Rose

Other modern furniture designs are less intellectually challenging and their designs speak for themselves. These include the geometrically pure and unadorned Pillar Lounge Chair. This is bound to please Minimalist purists as its simple elegant form is clearly born out of the chair’s fundamental function.

lowrider Sofa black

Functional Modern Furniture for the Office or the Home


Viewed out of context it could be difficult to imagine this functional modern furniture within a domestic environment.  Although the styling is elegant, well made, contemporary and unique, there seems to be something missing in relation to home furnishings.  These designs are cool, collected, business like and definitely interesting to look at.  However, these are tables and chairs that would seem to be more suited to a commercial or business environment.  Maybe this is down to a certain austerity of form which could possibly appear gentler if photographed in a home environment.  But for the office, or maybe a corporate waiting room or even a chic wine bar many of these designs would seem perfect.


by Jaz

white table modern furniture

lowrider Sofa and Lounge Chair

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