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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Flow, Chiba, Japan, by APOLLO architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Flow, Chiba, Japan, by APOLLO architects

Satoshi Kurosaki specializes in mini dwellings, many of which willingly sacrifice right angles in order to maximize space on odd-size lots. Kurosaki and his company, APOLLO Architects, design apartment buildings that appear to be equally conservative and clever in the design of individual units in order to get as many — Continue reading

Tom LaDuke – the most fastidious artist / magician I know

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects, Uncategorized
The Substitute Teacher, 2007

Tom LaDuke is a normal guy.  I used to live in an adjacent loft at the Santa Fe Art Colony, which is on the border of the city of Los Angeles and the city of Vernon (an industrial blip between LA and Huntington Park).  He lives there with his equally — Continue reading

Pattern: Halloween Horror

Categories: Art + Graphics
Pattern: Halloween Horror

We like to stay positive around the 2Modern blog. With all the negativity in the world, it’s our duty to give you a respite with sweet, fresh design news about architecture, interior design and furniture design. But being that Halloween is nigh (our absolute most favorite of all the holidays) — Continue reading

Modern Etsy: Modern Logic

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Etsy: Modern Logic

It’s not just sweet designs and cool vintage lines that propel us toward a certain Etsy seller; we sure like a good sense of humor, too. Which is probably why our eyes and ears first perked up when we spotted a lighted mannequin on the front page of the Etsy — Continue reading

Food/Design: Gitane

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Food/Design: Gitane

What is it about the gypsy culture that’s so darn attractive? Is it their indeterminable style? Their ability to always have a good time? Or is it that they live in a world where they control what they do and when they do it—a luxury many of us in this — Continue reading

Emerging Designer: RAD Furniture

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Emerging Designer: RAD Furniture

RAD Furniture is a perfect example of what kinds of designers and creatives we’re trying to highlight for this weekly post. RAD’s not necessarily new—they’ve been creating sweet modern furniture for a few years (you might check out this cool Apartment Therapy post to see some older furniture styles of — Continue reading

Fashion/Interiors: Color Bands

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Fashion/Interiors: Color Bands

There’s something about the West. It’s such a magical place of colors, warmth and style: deserts, warm colors, lots of sunshine and yes, sometimes bold bands of hues that become striated color palettes. We’re not sure if this could be considered a full-blown interior or fashion trend yet, but when — Continue reading

Geografia :: Depth of 500 Pages Memo Block

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Geografia :: Depth of 500 Pages Memo Block

I’m a sucker for clever stationery products, so when I spotted Geografia’s “Depth of 500 Pages” memo block, I had to share it with you!  Each memo block (available in red, grey, or yellow), is an interactive experience that allows you to “dive” deeper as you use it, appearing from — Continue reading

How to: See a New Perspective

Categories: DIY + How To
How to: See a New Perspective

As exciting and inspiring as it is to attempt DIY projects that involve lots of power tools and massive changes to whatever free/affordable piece of furniture you’ve found and decided to breathe new life into, not everything has to be so complicated and difficult. In fact, sometimes changing something for — Continue reading

Rothko’s signature style

Categories: Art + Graphics
Rothko’s signature style

Abstract painters around 60′s and 70′s put emphasis on the color variable while they differ in the other aspects of the Abstraction genres like Color Field, Opt Art, Hard Edge and Lyrical Abstraction. One of the recognizable names of abstraction in painting is Mark Rothko. During the early years of — Continue reading

Luohkka Headstone

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Uncategorized
Luohkka Headstone

When I spotted this new headstone design from Johan Kaupi and Göteborg of We Think, I felt compelled to share. Maybe it’s because I’ve had to design a headstone for a loved one or maybe it’s because I’m looking forward to celebrating Dia de Los Muertos, here in Hollywood this — Continue reading

Bento Lunch Box

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
photo:  Bento & Co

Not just your typical brown bag, these modern Bento boxes function as a container for that meal away from home.  Some even have compartments within compartments to keep your food organized and eco-friendly.   Imagine eating out of one of these sleek numbers.  Not that the cartoon embellished or Disney princesses — Continue reading

Mary Addison Hackett – Abstracted representations on an intimate scale

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Mary Addison Hackett – Abstracted representations on an intimate scale

Mary Addison Hackett’s, “Fluid: Elusive Chapters from the Passage of Time (Volume 1: The Lost Months, Volume 2: Pools and Flowers)“ closes on October 31 at the Kristi Engle Gallery in Highland Park (LA, CA). 

This exhibition is a major departure for the artist as she had previously exhibited large — Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Bernard Brucha of MASHstudios

Categories: Exclusive Interviews
Exclusive Interview: Bernard Brucha of MASHstudios

For our first ever exclusive interview, we spoke with Bernard Brucha, the founder of MASHstudios, a multi-faceted design company out of Los Angeles. MASHstudios is unique in that they do it all—they’re not just an architecture firm, or an interior design firm or a furniture design studio. The designers at — Continue reading

Featured Craftsperson: Palo Samko

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Featured Craftsperson: Palo Samko

What sets a woodworker apart from the rest these days? Is it the high-quality of the actual work? The aesthetics? The clever idea behind the design? In some cases, all three, like with Palo Samko, a Brooklyn-based woodworker. Glancing at his work you can tell he and his work are — Continue reading

Name That Mid-Century Modern Designer

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Name That Mid-Century Modern Designer

We love today’s mystery Mid-Century Modern Designer for a lot of reasons. The simple and curvy designs reflect a transition between traditional furniture pieces and sleeker modern pieces, and we love that natural elements and plush materials are incorporated. Need more clues? You got it: Had the distinction of designing — Continue reading

Modern Book Corner: Manhattan Skyscrapers

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Modern Book Corner: Manhattan Skyscrapers

If you’ve ever visited a large city’s downtown and looked up, you know that sense of awe that washes over you as sharp angles of a tall highrise building contrast sharply with the softness of the clouds and the bright blue of the sky. If these modern marvels don’t imbue — Continue reading

New on 2Modern – Blu Dot, Dab, Magis, Parvez Taj, Stadler Form, Studio Simic, and more

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
New on 2Modern – Blu Dot, Dab, Magis, Parvez Taj, Stadler Form, Studio Simic, and more

Koko has released a new Flora Collection! Wonderful pillows with spirited encounters of color and bold design. We are happy to introduce Rossetti on 2Modern! Rossetti is known for their attention to care and detail using classic materials such as glass and metal. With the use of raw materials, this — Continue reading

New Wave of Traveling!

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
New Wave of Traveling!

AirBND  at www.airbnb.com/ offers a new and very modern way of traveling.  Stay in private locations, from the humble to the ornate, from the city to the country. The images and stories inspire the adventurer in all of us – inspiring one to travel to places you have never even heard of! — Continue reading

How to: Shop Vintage

Categories: DIY + How To
How to: Shop Vintage

For some, finding a deal on sweet vintage and used furniture is as easy as breathing, for others, the thought of having to navigate the waters of vintage and thrift stores is about as appealing as being lost at sea. If you don’t have the “gift” when it comes to — Continue reading