2M Blog
2M Shop
2M Directory
2M Collective
live. learn. share. design.

Monthly Archives: June 2008

Coworking gets weird

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Coworking gets weird

Co-working, being spaces, third place works spaces—all names for a trend that has its roots in the 80′s and has really started to pick up in recent years. As more and more people leave traditional jobs and offices to ignite start-ups or freelance, these laptop nomads, as they’re called, need — Continue reading

Team USA 2008 Olympic Speedo LZR Racer Officially Unveiled

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
Team USA 2008 Olympic Speedo LZR Racer Officially Unveiled

Since writing about the new record breaking Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit (below), Team USA’s customized suit by Comme desGarcon’s famed designer Rei Kawakubo is now unveiled. From About.com.  Not only fast, but lookin’ good!

Procter:Rihl – Topo Shelf

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Procter:Rihl – Topo Shelf

The Procter:Rihl studio, formado by architects Fernando Rihl and Christopher Procter – Brazilian and English – was created in 1995. Christopher studied at Architectural Association-London andCarnegie Mellon University in USA. Fernando graduated at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil. In comoon, they have a measure concern about — Continue reading

Is Wearing the Speedo LZR Racer Suit like taking Performance Enhancing Drugs?

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
Is Wearing the Speedo LZR Racer Suit like taking Performance Enhancing Drugs?

All eyes this summer will be on the Olympics this August in Beijing, China.  My daughter, who just got back from spending a semester of study in Beijing, wonders if the city will really be prepared for all the people who will be coming….actually she doesn’t just wonder, she doesn’t — Continue reading

New from Koko

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
New from Koko

Koko has beautiful new floor mats now on 2Modern: Classic Plastic Floormat, Trees Plastic Floormat, and Leaves Runner Floormat.

Jot this down…

Jot this down…

…and if you don’t have a pencil to use, just grab one from this quirky (and I mean QUIRKY!) bench by Boex 3D Creative Solutions (www.boex.co.uk).  The design from this bench stems from a challenge to transform an everyday office object into a piece of furniture – and it seems — Continue reading

Zenith Music Hall, Strasbourg, France, by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Zenith Music Hall, Strasbourg, France, by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

It seems fabric-covered buildings are popping up one after the other everywhere in the world. And why not? It is a relatively affordable and technically easier way to make possible otherwise improbable forms and textures in architecture. Just look at Allianz Arena or the Water Cube. Now comes Zenith by — Continue reading

Peleg Design: With a touch of magic

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Peleg Design: With a touch of magic

Peleg Design is the brand of the designer Shahar Peleg.  You can find his products in several countries at design stores or museum gift shops.  I made a selection of three products to show you here.  At the top, the popular game tic-tac-toe, now with glass pieces over a mirror — Continue reading

Dynamic Design

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Dynamic Design

Dubai is no stranger to fanciful design projects, over-the-top skyscrapers, and gigantic artificial islands.  It’s home to the Emirates Towers, the soon-to-be-completed and absolutely breathtaking spire of Burj Dubai, the man-made Palm Islands and the tallest (and presumably most expensive) hotel in the world, the Burji Al Arab. The Burj — Continue reading

No-problem Paint Prep

Categories: DIY + How To, Fashion + Trends
No-problem Paint Prep

The question I get asked the most when I am giving an interview is, what is the biggest mistake people make when painting rooms.  My answer never changes, taking time to do the prep work.  Lets face it room prep is a pain the butt and take a lot of — Continue reading

Dreams Can Come True?

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Dreams Can Come True?

Have you ever dreamed of living in a mid-century modern home? Let us say that your dream does not include paying a mint for it and still having to invest more money into the house to re-fashion it back to the original floor plan and design after an absolutely hideous — Continue reading

New Items from Blu Dot

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
New Items from Blu Dot

Blu Dot has introduced some amazing new items for 2008! Subtle, clean lines make these pieces drop-dead-gorgeous in their simplicity. Check out such pieces as the Lumbar Pillow, Dwell Lounge Chair, Son of a Bench, or the One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa.

Road Trip Pt. 3 — Cafe de Paris

Categories: Local + Travel
Road Trip Pt. 3 — Cafe de Paris

Outside Atlanta, in Marietta GA, a lovely French cafe sits unassumingly in a strip mall.  If you find yourself at 1100 Johnson Ferry Rd, make sure to stop in, and while you are at it, check out the lamps. They are hand-blown and Italian, and give the cafe a delightfully — Continue reading

Good Designers

Categories: Art + Graphics
Good Designers

Some of my freelance clients are really starting to rattle my nerves today. They made us promise them the moon and are now deferring to the teacups at the local strip mall. Obviously I pushed all the blame on them, until I saw this today… now I’m really confused and — Continue reading

Container Living – The New Frontier

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Container Living – The New Frontier

     Move over mobile homes, container living is here to stay.       Once confined to scrap metal yards or  landfills shipping containers are quickly becoming the darlings of the modern architectural world.  Easily transportable, widely available and practically indestructible, these metal boxes just may be an answer to — Continue reading

Austin’s changing skyline

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Austin’s changing skyline

Long known for its motto and pension for housing hippies, one doesn’t immediately associate the idea of downtown Austin with a skyline full of skyscrapers. Despite how you may or may not feel about the phenomenon of condos (a very heated topic here in Austin), the skyline is changing rapidly. — Continue reading

calling all creatives…

Categories: Art + Graphics
calling all creatives…

  Just got a sweet email from dear Shane at Art House Co-op [which I swore was pronounced 'Coop' until I was reprimanded recently by an art dealer on 29th street] announcing a VERY exciting collaboration for artists in the U.S. You’ll have to visit here for the details, but — Continue reading

Melissa

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Melissa

It’s hard to find a Brazilian girl who doesn’t own a Melissa pair of shoes. Along this decade, Melissa reinvented itself, and renewed the label with beautiful pieces, making partnerships with famous designers or using icons as The Little Prince or  Wonder Woman. I’ve recently got a new one as — Continue reading

Buckminster Fuller: Thinking outside the box

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Buckminster Fuller: Thinking outside the box

Famous for his Geodesic Dome Houses and Bucky Balls, Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), was an architect, inventor and early proponent of green technology. A celebration of his life and legacy will be held at various venues around New York City starting tomorrow, June 23 2008, with the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Conferring — Continue reading

A Little Light Summer Reading

Categories: Art + Graphics
A Little Light Summer Reading

  Bill Keaggy, the author, is a collector, photographer, visual artist, and today, as the St. Louis’ Riverfront Times Chad Garrison writes, "his fascination with collectibles is equal parts anthropology and fantasy." HOW Books published “Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found,” in 2007 after Keaggy’s website, www.grocerylists.org became — Continue reading