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Herman Miller’s Mid Century Collection Showcased in Eames House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Herman Miller’s Mid Century Collection Showcased in Eames House

We’ve all seen the house, of course. Charles and Ray Eames’ beautifully appointed, but clearly lived-in house, in Pacific Palisades, California, has long been the stuff of coffee-table tomes and interior design courses. An apotheosis of Mid-Century architectural sensibilities—open floor plan, flat roof, glass walls, proximity to the exterior world—Eames — Continue reading

Alice Tables by Serralunga

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Milan Furniture Fair 2014
Alice Tables by Serralunga

Italian outdoor furniture company Serralunga presented a suite of new offerings at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, with the Alice table by Milan designer Patrizia Pozzi playing the charming attention-getter. Alice delivers on the whimsy its name implies, with a table-top of molded (100% recyclable and UV protected) polyethylene that looks — Continue reading

New Aimee Wilder Summer Wallpaper Collection

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
New Aimee Wilder Summer Wallpaper Collection

Tropical vegetation, fresh pineapples, and the ripple of sea waves. The sights of summer are alive and well in the joyful new suite of hand-screened wallpaper motifs from New York designer Aimee Wilder, a collection introduced at this year’s ICFF—and now available at 2Modern. Breezy, brilliant Swell, an inspired collaboration — Continue reading

Modern Garden Design by Mary Barensfeld Architecture

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Modern Garden Design by Mary Barensfeld Architecture

Modernist outdoor spaces, conventional thinking goes, with their emphasis on geometry and tight editing, can never match the layered lushness of an informal, organically evolving garden. But this miraculously beautiful backyard, designed by Bay Area practice Mary Barensfeld Architecture, may just put that theory to rest once and for all. — Continue reading

The Solar Powered Current Table

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
The Solar Powered Current Table

London based designer Marjan van Aubel has designed a table which harnesses solar power that can then be used to charge portable devices. A collaborative project with Swiss solar panel company Solaronix, van Aubel’s clean and modern Current Table ingeniously substitutes a standard table top for a grid of bespoke — Continue reading

China’s Lotus Building by Australia’s Studio 505

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
China’s Lotus Building by Australia’s Studio 505

Subtle, it most definitley is not—which may explain why China’s Lotus Building by Melbourne architectural firm Studio 505 has us blinking in disbelief. This flowery suite of concert halls and meeting rooms rises, fittingly enough, from a man-made lake in the center of Wujin—a district in the southern city of — Continue reading

Now at 2Modern: New Colorways for Louis Poulsen PH5 Pendant Lamp

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Now at 2Modern: New Colorways for Louis Poulsen PH5  Pendant Lamp

It’s hard to believe that Poul Henningsen’s serene PH5 Pendant Lamp for Louis Poulsen was, in fact, a reactionary design. Henningsen dramatically declared himself a ‘fatalist’ who had surrendered to manufacturers’ inability to stop fiddling with the shape and size of the incandescent light bulb, and set about creating a — Continue reading

In India, Vivid Shades of Memphis

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In India, Vivid Shades of Memphis

If Indian architecture conjures up images of Islamic archways and mosaic ornamentation, French photographer Vincent Leroux’s images from the southern Indian region of Tiruvannamalai will come as an unexpected treat. There, Leroux happened upon houses composed of geometric volumes and vivid color that bear a startling resemblance to the work of — Continue reading

American Modern: 5 Home-Grown Favorites

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
American Modern: 5 Home-Grown Favorites

We couldn’t very well let Independence Day pass without calling attention to some of our favorite American-based brands and American-made products. Brooklyn’s Flavor Paper, Rochester’s Staach, Los Angeles’ Parvez Taj, Vermont’s Copeland Furniture, and Upstate New York’s Niche Modern ply their trade by keeping things close to home. Locally sourced, — Continue reading

July 4th Sale: Get 15% Off + Free Shipping on Eco-Friendly Varaluz

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
July 4th Sale: Get 15% Off + Free Shipping on Eco-Friendly Varaluz

Inventively recycled and re-purposed materials—steel, glass, shells, among others—help define the imaginative eco friendly range of lighting models from Varaluz, an American company which takes the tag line ‘design with a conscience’ seriously. Our 4th of July lighting sale features a 15% discount on our entire selection of Varaluz pendants, — Continue reading

Healthier Sleep With Drift Light

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Healthier Sleep With Drift Light

Capitalizing on research that shows we’re just not getting enough sleep, or at least the proper kind of sleep, lighting products company Saffron, makers of the well-named Drift, think they’ve got a solution. An energy efficient LED light bulb, Drift looks ordinary enough, fits into a standard light socket, and — Continue reading

Design Focus: Verner Panton’s Spiegel Swimming Pool

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Design Focus: Verner Panton’s Spiegel Swimming Pool

No one could ever accuse Verner Panton of having played it safe. The great Danish designer, whose S-shaped Panton Chair remains one of the more fluid profiles of the Mid-Century era, unabashedly harnessed the psychedelic colors and playful forms that defined the Pop Art-influenced visual culture of the 1960′s, and — Continue reading

Grippine Bicycle Accessory by Sovrappensiero Design Studio

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Grippine Bicycle Accessory by Sovrappensiero Design Studio

Urban bike riders, take note. Milan design studio Sovrappensiero has come up with an invention designed specifically for city bicyclists who find themselves felled by pedals partial to certain footwear or particular weather conditions. Grippine is a silicone sheath which neatly slips onto any bicycle pedal (no screws or bolts — Continue reading

Patricia Urquiola’s Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Patricia Urquiola’s Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

A hallmark of Patricia Urquiola’s work is the infusion of delicate patterns and subtle textures into otherwise restrained color schemes and clean finishes. The interiors of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona bear evidence of these esthetic devices, and nowhere more so than in the hotel’s restaurant and lounge areas—where — Continue reading

Cerno Lighting Sale: 10% Off July 1-15 + Free Shipping

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Cerno Lighting Sale: 10% Off July 1-15 + Free Shipping

The innovative lighting solutions presented by the California design studio Cerno are an artful expression of the brand’s mission to “be accountable to our customers and our environment, by building our product to last, selecting our material pallet responsibly and using energy efficient LED technology.” Elegant, inventive forms and imaginative — Continue reading

2014 Design of the Year: Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
2014 Design of the Year: Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center

“It is an intoxicatingly beautiful building by the most brilliant architect at the height of her office’s powers. It is as pure and sexy as Marilyn’s blown skirt.” With an assessment that effusive from one of the judges, no wonder Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, a wildly — Continue reading

Hardware Designed for Kids by Quentin de Coster

Categories: Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects
Hardware Designed for Kids by Quentin de Coster

Belgian designer Quentin de Coster has designed a suite of hardware items specially designed to do double duty in children’s rooms. A collection created for the Brussels-based hardware brand Vervloet, the TIBOU collection is meant to address kids’ natural tendency to use door handles and drawer pulls as hanging devices — Continue reading

The Perfectionists’ Cafe Opens at Heathrow

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
The Perfectionists’ Cafe Opens at Heathrow

Just when we had resigned ourselves to hurriedly downing greasy food while perched on generic wooden bar stools, along comes The Perfectionists’ Cafe, a new restaurant at London’s Heathrow airport that aims to drastically elevate the airport dining experience. “I wanted this restaurant not to feel like a compromise—as so — Continue reading

Pendura Coat Stand by Portugal’s Galula Studio

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Pendura Coat Stand by Portugal’s Galula Studio

It doesn’t get more reductive than the Pendura Coat Stand by Portuguese design studio Galula, which has distilled the hang-it-all device’s design into a statuesque triangle and a few notches. Just lean the solid oak, vertically configured Pendura—available in a range of 5 pleasing colors for flair and accessorizing flexibility—against — Continue reading

Recycling Made Easier With The Rag Bag

Categories: Sustainability
Recycling Made Easier With The Rag Bag

Swedish clothing retailer Uniforms For The Dedicated is proposing a novel approach to recycling—with a shopping bag that graphically encourages a clothing donation with each consumer purchase. The Rag Bag is a shopping bag which, when turned inside-out, morphs into a mailing envelope, postage-paid and pre-addressed. Customers are urged to — Continue reading