Call It Design is an Instagram magazine that shares eye-pleasing examples of what it considers modern design, and it has earned itself 105K followers by doing so.
The last time Bored Panda released a publication about it was in October 2020, and at the time, this number stood at 55K. You might think, "Surely the people running the account must've done well to ensure such growth, right?" And you'd be right.
Call It Design continues to collect pictures of stunning staircases, multi-purpose tables, cozy bedrooms, and the content it features continues to inspire homeowners and design enthusiasts. Check out some of its most popular recent posts below.
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Ali, the person behind Call It Desin, created it out of personal passion. "I started getting into modern design when I wanted to renovate my 1-bedroom apartment," Ali told Bored Panda. "I myself try to avoid the extra fluff, that's why I started digging into modern design, and appreciating its simplistic and unique look."
Ali believes people are drawn to modernism due to their inner desire to express themselves through simplicity. Think of it like this: when your space has no unnecessary details, you can't get bored of it. If everything has its purpose, you don't question its presence.
"I started this page 18 months ago and made over 1,300 posts" Ali continued. "Based on the posts that have had the biggest engagements and interests, I can see clearly what design features my followers like the most."
"For example, they're attracted by the most simple and minimalist architecture; boxy style, linear elements, flat roofs... They may seem basic, but they give that amazing, stunning, and artistic look to a place."
When talking about design, the words 'contemporary' and 'modern' are often used interchangeably but, although there are similarities, they are two distinct design styles from different periods.
First, there was modernism, then came contemporary interior design; modern design flourished in the mid 20th century while contemporary design is still forming at present. But it's an easy mistake to make.
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The modernism movement began to unfold as it moved away from using traditional building and design materials like wood, stone, and brick, focusing on industrial materials such as glass, steel, and concrete instead.
The most recognized and influential design philosophy was created by the German Bauhaus school of design in the 1920s.
"The basic principle of the Bauhaus is 'Form follows function,'" interiors writer, stylist, and designer Cate St. Hill writes. "That means that designs were made to be functional, practical, useful, and simple, often before their beauty was considered."
According to St. Hill, Bauhaus designs are defined by a lack of ornament, the use of clean lines, smooth surfaces, and geometric shapes.
She thinks its core idea is exactly the reason why Bauhaus has persevered. "Because Bauhaus designs prioritized function and were carefully considered in relation to space, they have endured – this wasn't style over substance (although some would argue they didn't always put comfort first)."
"Bauhaus designs still fit seamlessly into today's homes – because they're refined and functional, they still look contemporary. Simplicity just doesn't date. I think Bauhaus design is particularly relevant at the moment in relation to small space urban living and today’s multifunctional homes," the designer explained.
Of course, there's more to modern design than Bauhaus. For example, there's Modern Rustic, Modern French, and other variations. And you can find pretty much all of them on Call It Design.