Contemporary furniture by definition means furniture that was designed in the last half of the 20th century. So this means that there are many different types of furniture to choose from when selecting furnishings for your home. One aspect of modern contemporary furniture is its durability and usability that was influenced by the arrival of the baby boomer's after WW2.
It was during this time that families were in need of furniture that looked great and could stand the test of heavy use. This is when legelss couches were deigned and so widely accepted by the public. Chairs also followed with this same look but used short legs. It was also during the contemporary era that wicker made its return only this time it was used more experimentally.
Another aspect of contemporary furniture is its use of modern materials and metals. Chrome tubing, molded fiberglass, and other newly created materials have all been used at some point in contemporary furniture design. Lighting has also played a big part in contemporary furniture design as more and more furniture such as bed head boards came with lighting built into them.
It was during the last half of the 20th century the interior designers began to understand and use lighting in their design work. Who can ever forget those oil and water filled lava lamps that seemed to be everywhere in the last half of the 1960s. Believe it or not people are rediscovering them along with other creative lamp designs that made their appearance during the same era.
Before you run right out and buy any contemporary furniture it is best if you study it a little bit so you can best select pieces that go together well, because there really is so much to select from.