Today's influx of clean modern design is primarily global in nature. Strong influences of Europe affected not only the North American sensibility but also South American designers. South America's sensibilities became very influential, characterized by their architecture which profiled clean simplicity and an integration with nature.
Brazilian Design: Commencing in the 1940s and '50s, a group of architects and designers transformed the local cultural landscape, merging the modernist vernacular popular in Europe and the United States with traditional Brazilian techniques and indigenous materials. Vivid energy, the natural resource of South American woods and spectacular landscapes mark South American modernist design and differentiate it from American design. To this day, those influences continue to reverberate in American architecture, interiors and furniture.