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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Gilded dreams

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Gilded dreams

I can't stop staring at these picture of framed windows on a housing project designed by Stockholm architects Wilhelmson Arkitekter. The houses lord over the sea in Helsingborg, Sweden, and Denmark can be seen on the horizon. I love how surreal and opulent it all is.  Read more about it — Continue reading

Design House Stockholm’s Family Chairs

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Design House Stockholm’s Family Chairs

Designed by Lena Nordqvist, the Design House Stockholm’s Family Chairs recently won the Accent on Design Award for “Excellence in Product Design” during their official debut at the New York International Gift Fair. “Family Chairs is a foursome of traditional Swedish stickback chairs. Separately they present themselves as individual unique — Continue reading

Brazilian and French design icons

Categories: News + Events + Contests
Brazilian and French design icons

2008 was the Brazilian year in France, and 2009 is the French year in Brazil. To celebrate this amazing partner/friendship, Museu da Casa Brasileira (Brazilian Home Museum), in São Paulo, put together an exhibition with the best of design in both countries in the twentieth century. Each country presents 22 — Continue reading

Artificial Life and Modern Sculpture

Categories: Art + Graphics

Double-Taker (Snout), Interactive Robot from Golan Levin on Vimeo. Is it the way the giant eye stares down at us or the way the trunk recoils and adjusts in response to human motion- that makes this artificial creature seem alive?  It is the interaction between human and machine that artist — Continue reading

Zoë Mowat

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Zoë Mowat

I am jealous of Zoë Mowat for several reasons. Here are just a few… She is not afraid of color. or material. Oh. And of course has created a beautiful line of work that is wonderfully nostalgic (for the child in all of us). "Zoë Mowat works as a freelance designer — Continue reading

Recycle Chairs from beverage products

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Recycle Chairs from beverage products

As you can see, design does not always been related to luxury.  Sometimes with things that many people has considered as garbage,  a designer thinks the opposite: This things are extraordinary materials!.  Here, for example, I show you three examples of chairs, all of them made by recycled pieces from — Continue reading

‘Heaven of Delight’

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
‘Heaven of Delight’

1.6 million Buprestidae shells were glued to the ceiling of the Royal Palace in Brussels. The project is by artist Jan Fabre and his team of 30 beetle-gluers. The jewel beetles were obtained from universities and connections Fabre had in the open market. They are a non-protected species that are — Continue reading

Wooly Lamp

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Wooly Lamp

I love this. Click here to see this and other nifty products from Jessica Nebel Design.    

Light My Fire

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Light My Fire

Whether it is a camp fire, a bon-fire or a fireplace something about our love of fire creates coziness and alludes to a romantic evening.  It even conjures up images of snow covered ground and roasting chestnuts.  For all of us who do not have a chimney nor feel like — Continue reading

burnham pavillion by zaha hadid in chicago

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
burnham pavillion by zaha hadid in chicago

As part of the Burnham Plan Centennial celebrations, Zaha Hadid Architects designed one of the two Burnham Pavilions. The Burnham Plan Centennial is all about celebrating the bold plans and big dreams of Daniel Burnham’s visionary Plan of Chicago.  It’s about reinvention and improvement on an urban scale and about — Continue reading

Patricia Urquiola – Off the Wall

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Patricia Urquiola – Off the Wall

[Left: Homage to Mimmo Rotella - Not in Venice | Right: Beto Riginik - Poetics sprays] Even when I'm pretending that I'm still a hard-line steel-and-glass-loving minimalist, I find it virtually impossible to deny the allure of layers, patina and texture. The ability to not only see history, but to — Continue reading

Krumnikl Disko

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Krumnikl Disko

Kevin Krumnikl, of Krumnikl Environment, creates some amazing wood furniture. I love how there is a seamless integration of the electronics into the form of the table. It  is so clean and awesome that I want to give him, and the tables, a big design hug! Make sure to check — Continue reading

so so so smart.

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
so so so smart.

A few posts back I wrote about a “polite” umbrella, that squished up on each side so you could pass fellow umbrella-toters in the rain without bumping into them. I’ve often fantasized about a contraption that would make it so I could use an umbrella while carrying things in both — Continue reading

Harbenger Duo

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Harbenger Duo

Combining traditional details with modern materials, the husband and wife team from Houston, Texas have created some stunningly simple, fresh and gorgeous furniture pieces. And, lucky for us, they are rather reasonably priced and available on Etsy. They also get lots of nerd bonus points for apparently gaining inspiration from Star — Continue reading

New from Unison!

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
New from Unison!

Introducing new home fashions from Unison! New bedding items like the Wideband Quilt and Matching Shams, the Fulton Matellase and Matching Shams, and the Organic Larch Sheet Set are sure to add a touch of Modern style to your bedroom, while the new Porter Apron will bring a sense of — Continue reading

Vending Machines for Art

Categories: Art + Graphics
Vending Machines for Art

There is something about vending machines that has always captured my attention.  Its not the contents, so much as it is the means by which they are delivered, via an automated box, whose mechanical nature seems almost retro in an age of digital devices.  Digital devices are silent unless programmed to emit sound, but a vending machine naturally generates its clicks and clatters — Continue reading

One Sweet Jacket.

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends, Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
One Sweet Jacket.

Book jacket that is…or Book City Jackets to be more exact! Looking for an update to the classic "brown bag bookcover"? Look no further. This Brooklyn based beauty (started in 2008) has created several styles for those that wish to keep their publication of choice from prying eyes. They "fold-to-fit" — Continue reading

Darwin Centre, London, by C F Møller Architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Darwin Centre, London, by C F Møller Architects

C. F. Møller Architects is one of Scandinavia's oldest and largest architectural practices. Our work involves a wide range of expertise that covers programme analysis, town planning, master planning, all architectural services including landscape architecture, as well as the development and design of building components. Their second phase of the — Continue reading

The Romanticism Shop in Hangzhou, China by SAKO Architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends
The Romanticism Shop in Hangzhou, China by SAKO Architects

Romanticism is a women’s clothing brand with about 500 stores in China. Japanese architects Keiichiro Sako and Takeshi Ishizaka of SAKO Architects, have now designed a few locations for the brand in the city of Hangzhou. In an interview with movingcities.org, Keiichiro Sako has described the design: "The client asked — Continue reading

Back to School Contest Winner Announced!

Categories: News + Events + Contests

Congratualtions! The winner of the 2Modern.com Back to School Contest is nkp: "I love the Blu Dot storage pieces. Fun, functional, colorful and perfect to take you from college and beyond. These really do look like they function beautifully in a small space, but are a great investment for the future — Continue reading