Contemporary European Furniture

Written by Sarah Provost
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Shopping for contemporary European furniture no longer means you have to take a trip across the Atlantic. Thanks to the Web, you can shop at the sites of several Italian or Swedish or French manufacturers, make your choice, and have it shipped to you in Nebraska. The options are nearly endless, and since you've already done your shopping, you can use your European trip for sightseeing and relaxation.

Contemporary European Furniture: Italy and Scandinavia

When one thinks of contemporary European furniture, Italy is probably the country that first comes to mind, quickly followed by Sweden, Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries. These two venues have been in the forefront of contemporary design for several decades now, and deservedly so. From Italy we find gorgeous leathers, sleek sophisticated styles and quality craftsmanship from such renowned manufacturers as Vittorio Marchetti, Ciatti and La Palma.

Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries have given their name to a coherent style all their own. Spare lines, light woods and a playful take on modernism are hallmarks of Scandinavian style. From Eero Saarinen to Merrimekko, Scandinavian designers have captured the public's imagination.

France, England, Ireland and Spain have also contributed greatly to contemporary European furniture design. Whether you're looking for Le Corbusier, Eileen Gray or Stefano Giovanonni, you can find quality reproductions and even a few authentic pieces. Also, don't forget to check out the up-and-coming designers. Maybe you'll discover the next Euro design genius.

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