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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Solar doesn’t have to be so lame.

Categories: Sustainability
Solar doesn’t have to be so lame.

When I think of solar-powered lights, I think of cheap plastic devices molded into shapes that somewhat resemble carriage lights with a giant stake permanently attached to their underside for the purposes of permanently wedging the lights into some forgotten part of your garden. Designer Damian O’Sullivan sees differently.  His — Continue reading

OMG! I want to get married there!

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
OMG! I want to get married there!

This dream chapel is located in Japan.  It calls "Leaf Chapel", a project designed by the architect Klein Dytham.  It is perfect wherever you look at: the special romantic lights, the chapel is very close to a pool that seems to be a lagoon, and the wide shape of it — Continue reading

Greenwashing

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Greenwashing

What is greenwashing? Greenwashing is the creation or promotion of a products or ideals that exhibit environmentally sound qualities without actually performing at a less consumptive level. For example, the illusion of buying bamboo chairs imported from Vietnam over oak chairs from your native state. Yes, bamboo is a very — Continue reading

Mid-century illustration for the home

Categories: Art + Graphics
Mid-century illustration for the home

I have always been in love with advertising posters from the 50′s and 60′s. I always thought that one day I would luck out and find a picture I liked in a book, take it to a print shop and have it blown up to poster size. Well, I found — Continue reading

New Modern Fan Lighting

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
New Modern Fan Lighting

Modern Fan Co. has new Fan Light Kits on 2Modern! Designed to go with their corresponding fans, most come with either Incandescent or Energy Saving CFL Fluorescent bulbs.

Dinner-Table Getaways

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Dinner-Table Getaways

If prices at the pump have permanently grounded your travel plans, here’s a chance to see the world for way less than it costs to fill your gas tank and gather your family around the dinner table for some educational fun. Officially Lekker Home‘s Exploration Placemats pinpoint some of the — Continue reading

Sergio Silva

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Sergio Silva

Sergio Silva’s Oyule Lamps bring an ironic twist to the traditional oil lamp by using modern materials that were invented to replace it. The repurposed lightbulbs sit peacefully on the acrylic base without any obstructions to take away from the clean lines of the bulbs themselves.  Very clever and effective — Continue reading

Road trip Pt. 8- Vegas, Baby, Vegas

Categories: Local + Travel
Road trip Pt. 8- Vegas, Baby, Vegas

What would a roadtrip be without a stop in Las Vegas? Since I lacked the funds to actually gamble in the casinos, I focused my attention on the designs, specifically the lights. In the Wynn, I found a lovable floral pattern that ran through out the entire casino and hotel, — Continue reading

Beijing’s Olympic Garden

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Beijing’s Olympic Garden

In preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing has festooned the grounds with lush sculptures portraying a greener version of China than we’re used to seeing. But artful topiary design is no replacement for creating a cleaner city at its height of pollution. Read the full article.

recycle!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
recycle!

I love this fun birthday card from Amy Smyth… so witty! I have entirely too many people to gift this one to. Check out her new line right here.

Home art idea!

Categories: Art + Graphics
Home art idea!

Most people have been to art museums and galleries multiple times and seen the amazing transformation that occurs between exhibits. Have you ever thought about giving your own home the chance to transform as easily? Art gallery hanging systems, sometimes called museum hanging wall systems, come in a variety of — Continue reading

From eco-design to design-art: Design Now!

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
From eco-design to design-art:  Design Now!

From Taschen. $39.99.  566 pgs."Not only an in-depth exploration of contemporary design practice, this book is also a rallying call for a more sustainable approach to product design of every type, from lighting and furniture design to consumer electronic equipment, transportation, product architecture, and environmental design. Visually stunning and highly — Continue reading

Nó Design – Blast

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Nó Design – Blast

This week I’ll be writing my last post of the "Nó Design" series (at least, for now!), and I chose to show you an interior design project (all furniture design included) with their Signature. This entertainment place is filled with movement and interaction: rotating armchairs, tables with lights and multi-functional — Continue reading

Beth Weintraub on 2Modern

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
Beth Weintraub on 2Modern

Beth Weintraub is now on 2Modern! Inspired by modular furniture of the 50′s and 60′s, Weintraub created a series of mix and match artworks, where the collector becomes part of the design process. Check out hip pieces like Cross-Polinate #1, Volan Etched Metal Plate, and Hydra Etched Metal Plate.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavillion 2008 by Frank Gehry

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, News + Events + Contests
The Serpentine Gallery Pavillion 2008 by Frank Gehry

On Sunday 20th of July, the Serpentine Gallery opened this summer’s Pavilion to the public. The commissioned architect is none other than Frank Gehry. The pavilion is his first work in the United Kingdom, so it was hotly anticipated. The timber structure – designed and engineered in collaboration with Arup — Continue reading

Super-Yacht

Super-Yacht

Take in the future water ride, that is available for fractional ownership in 2010.  Foster + Partners have created 40 signature series boat fleet  that exudes modernized luxury for YachtPlus of UK. The YachtPlus boat fleet thinks afresh the spaces, both interior and exterior, of a traditional yacht, creating a — Continue reading

The Hanging Gardens of Chicago (and other modern cities)

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
The Hanging Gardens of Chicago (and other modern cities)

A Planted roof at The Art and Exhibition Hall in Bonn, Germany. The number of green roofs is growing across the globe.  The contemporary trend began in Germany in the 1960s and spread to other European countries, such as Switzerland and the Netherlands, before expanding to other continents, including the — Continue reading

Draw your walls with light

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Draw your walls with light

Imagine your ceiling , or a boring wall of your home, with a light decoration like this… don´t will be very different and nice?  It´s call  Sha-do light or Shining, a design from Peter Buning. You can choose your favorite design, from about seven different.  The price is 299,00 € — Continue reading

The Eighth Wonder of the World, Possibly.

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
The Eighth Wonder of the World, Possibly.

I may be biased about that title claim but the City Museum in St. Louis, MO is truly what it says it is, a place where the imagination runs wild.  And when you view life as a visual medium anyway then come across something like the City Museum, trust me, — Continue reading

Spending quality time with a Hawk

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Spending quality time with a Hawk

What happened to the 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk? This was a gorgeous car as you can see from these pictures. Great lines, luxury styling, and just a sleek, cool look. To save the financially-troubled company the car was redesigned by Brooks Stevens in only a few months and with — Continue reading