Did you ever hear Purple Haze played on a plectrum banjo? An instrument associated with 20’s Dixieland playing a song linked to Hendrix’s blazing Stratocaster?
Transitional furniture is a less exaggerated example. A curve here, and angle there, and you can see some of the past, the present, and a small amount of the future. It’s hard to categorize. Your eyes like it, because it’s not completely foreign, but it’s not resting on the laurels of old designs either. And no, we don’t want you setting your furniture on fire at the end of the tune!