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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Featured Design Element: Painted Stairs

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Featured Design Element: Painted Stairs

Stairs are an important element to any space. For a very long time they were the only thing that got a building’s occupants from point a on the ground floor, to point b on a higher floor. But, with the advent of elevators, stairs fell out of vogue. What was — Continue reading

Stanley Chow vs. Mad Men

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Stanley Chow vs. Mad Men

I’m sure it’s no surprise that I am a huge Mad Men fan and I’m sure that 99.9% of the people who come to 2modern’s design blog are too. We’re all a little confused, upset and unsure of what happened at the end of Season 4. I’m not sure I — Continue reading

Trend: Non-boring Organic Fabric

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends, Sustainability
Trend: Non-boring Organic Fabric

Words like eco-friendly, organic and natural, especially when applied to textiles, have the horrible habit of conjuring up soft neutrals, light greens and other natural fiber-colored hues. One of our most favorite trends to hit fabrics and interiors is the trend of bold, colorful and bright organic fabrics! “Organic” and — Continue reading

Make Your Beer Festive

Categories: DIY + How To
Make Your Beer Festive

Make your own pumpkin cooler! Continue reading

Featured Artist: Wendy MacNaughton

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Wendy MacNaughton

We’ve got a soft spot for quirky, handmade art. When said art combines our love of diagrams, well, it’s almost too much for us to handle. We’re really loving the ink and watercolor creations of artist Wendy MacNaughton. First spotted on the fabulous site that is 20X200, we simply had — Continue reading

Blue Monday: Soft Blue

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Blue Monday: Soft Blue

Lots of modern furniture items and accessories involve sleek, sharp lines. But that doesn’t mean that everything in contemporary design is hard-edged or unforgiving. Soft items abound in contemporary design, and they bring a fabulous tactile experience to any home. We’ve gathered six items that each have a unique softness — Continue reading

How to: MCM-inspired Spool Ottoman

Categories: DIY + How To
How to: MCM-inspired Spool Ottoman

Continuing with our promise to be curators of the best things online and in the design world, this week’s first How-to post comes from a project we spotted on that fabulous blog, Design Sponge. There’s no shortage of great-looking furniture available today, both vintage and contemporary, but sometimes you can’t — Continue reading

Warhol copies Brillo, someone copies Warhol: Hijinks ensue!

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends, Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Warhol copies Brillo, someone copies Warhol: Hijinks ensue!

Over 100 of Andy Warhol’s “Brillo Boxes” have been found to be “different” from others… Yes it’s a rather strong claim – The board avoids using words such as “fake” or “inauthentic” in its report, nor would it say whether or not it will stamp any boxes presented to it — Continue reading

The Wave, Denmark, by Henning Larsen Architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
The Wave, Denmark, by Henning Larsen Architects

Henning Larsen Architects is an international architecture company with strong Scandinavian roots. Their goal is to create vibrant, sustainable projects that reach beyond themselves and become of durable value to the user and to the society and culture that they are built into. Their project “The Wave”, in Vejle, Denmark — Continue reading

Pattern: Leaf Motif

Categories: Art + Graphics
Pattern: Leaf Motif

Will you excuse us while we indulge in a little leaf (pattern) love? The leaves aren’t quite falling yet in our neck of the woods, but we can’t help but feel ready for Autumn-themed patterns. We gathered a few we’ve always loved from around the web for this post, but — Continue reading

Modern Etsy: Inaluxe

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Etsy: Inaluxe

You may remember that last week we brought you a preview post (the very extraordinary Fabulous Mess) of our weekly Modern Etsy post. Today’s Modern Etsy is a fabulous intersection of three things we love: art, pattern and Mid-Century Etsy finds! Inaluxe’s Etsy store is filled to the brim with — Continue reading

Food/Design: Café Leche

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Food/Design: Café Leche

We’re never surprised to learn that someone who is interested in modern interiors also has a healthy appetite for good food. In fact, you might say that design lovers and foodies not only run in the same circles—they make up the same circles! In this weekly post we’ll be bringing — Continue reading

Rook Lamp :: Blu Dot

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Rook Lamp :: Blu Dot

The new Rook Lamp from Blu Dot is deliciously chunky and downright seductive, what with its Walnut base and all.  Seriously, I can’t get over that base!  Whether set up straight or tilted to the side, it’s got all the right angles.  Lucky for you, it’s on sale from now — Continue reading

Emerging Designer: Eric Lawrence

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Emerging Designer: Eric Lawrence

While the phrase “emerging designer” might imply someone who’s only recently begun designing or is still young in their design career, we won’t necessarily be limiting this post to such folks in this weekly series. We’ll be reserving these posts to spotlight designers who are just starting to gain the — Continue reading

Fashion/Interiors: Military Inspired

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Fashion/Interiors: Military Inspired

The worlds of fashion and interiors have always intertwined pretty intimately, both borrowing from one another and back again, until you hardly know who starts what trend. In our weekly fashion/interiors posts, we’ll talk about trends in both worlds that we see jumping into the next, and maybe even give — Continue reading

How to: Make Chalkboard Paint Cool

Categories: DIY + How To
How to: Make Chalkboard Paint Cool

Chalkboard paint—an awesome trend that enriches a space or a horrible element that looks tacky? Many people seem to be on the fence with this. If you can wield a paint brush, then you can tackle this DIY trend that is more divisive for folks than animal prints. Some say the — Continue reading

MUJI-No Brand Quality Goods

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
MUJI-No Brand Quality Goods

To mark its 30th anniversary, Muji (roughly translated = “no brand”) is commemorating its history with a monograph titled simply “Muji” …of course.  Muji products aspire to anonymity yet are created by some of the world’s foremost industrial designers.  Muji’s designs, as described by Kenya Hara of Muji, “is design — Continue reading

God as Designer

Categories: Local + Travel
God as Designer

God as Designer Continue reading

Tree Rings

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends, Uncategorized
Gustav Reyes

I have seen several versions of tree rings or rather rings made from trees. None have peaked my interest as much as these. Modern sculptures on the hand made out of wood that show off the grain and the unusual shapes that they are formed in. Gustav Reyes coaxes graceful — Continue reading

Featured Craftsperson: Adrian Swinstead

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Featured Craftsperson: Adrian Swinstead

What’s the difference between a craftsperson, designer and artist? For some creators out there, the differences are stark and sure, for others, blending the line between all those titles is a fluid and ever-changing process. We do know that we’ll be trying to feature craftspeople that value handmade items, that — Continue reading