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Monthly Archives: November 2010

A Colorful History

Categories: Art + Graphics
A Colorful History

We just found a project by artist Matt Stevens (via the great blog Public School) that takes the idea of Pantone color swatches and mixes it with history and wit. The resulting infographic is delightful, aesthetically pleasing, and you just must visit his website to see the rest of the — Continue reading

Winter Retreat

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Winter Retreat

The winter chill may not inspire adventures in all of us.  However it is hard to deny the peace and tranquility that comes from isolating oneself far from civilization during a winter storm.  The endless sea of white and pastoral silence is deafening. This studio on Stony Lake in Ontario, — Continue reading

Zaum: Handmade, Eco-friendly Laptop Bags

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Zaum: Handmade, Eco-friendly Laptop Bags

Introducing the new eco-friendly laptop bag by Zaum. These portable,  fit-all-sizes-and-brands-of-laptop bags are modern, minimalistic and come in a variety of colors. Made with organic cotton canvas, and heavy wool felt, these handmade bags are made to last. Excellent for both men and women who want fresh style in an — Continue reading

How to: Choose a Modern Christmas Tree

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Decor + Objects
How to: Choose a Modern Christmas Tree

You take painstaking care in creating a lusciously modern home for 11 months out of the year, but then that one winter month, December, sneaks up on you. Societal demands and a lust for the nostalgia of your youth might make you reach for the nearest living Douglas Fir, but — Continue reading

Featured Design Element: Modern Exteriors Doors

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Featured Design Element: Modern Exteriors Doors

If you’re lucky enough to live in a Mid-Century Modern architecture home, good for you. You are one of the fortunate few who get to live and breathe modernism to its fullest. But just because the architecture of your home doesn’t quite fit your modernist aesthetic tastes doesn’t mean you — Continue reading

Anatomy of a Workday.

Categories: Art + Graphics
Anatomy of a Workday.

Awesome graphic by Foca Design, using icons to illustrate a typical day. It’s scary how close it is to my normal workday. (Maybe a few Google Reader icons might be needed in the start of the day). Check out the rest of Foca Design’s flickr stream.

Trend: Furniture that Envelops

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Trend: Furniture that Envelops

What is it about winter weather that makes you want to build a fire in the fireplace, create a nest out of all your blankets and order in food for the next few months? Oh yeah, the cold. Don’t use up all your precious blankets, throw pillows and other soft — Continue reading

Featured Artist: Jacob Pritchard

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Jacob Pritchard

We read a quote today that said: “It’s art if can’t be explained…It’s design if it doesn’t need explanation.” This is great news for us, as design bloggers, because sometimes you come across such wonderful work that words seems useless and unworthy in describing it. Case in point: the photography — Continue reading

Blue Monday: Blue Christmas

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Blue Monday: Blue Christmas

You might be doing alright with your Christmas decorations of white, red and green, but much like Elvis, we’ll be having a blue, blue Christmas this year, helped in no small part by all the wonderful blue Christmas decorations we’ve been spotting. Before you dismiss blue as not being a — Continue reading

Toilet Paper Art

Categories: Uncategorized
Toilet Paper Art

I love when an artist takes regular objects or potential trash and makes them into something beautiful. Check out Yuken Teruya’s Toilet Paper Roll Forest. See more of his Yuken Teruya Studio.

Exclusive Interview: Sophie Demenge of Oeuf

Categories: Exclusive Interviews
Exclusive Interview: Sophie Demenge of Oeuf

In the overwhelming world of kid and baby furniture and accessories, Oeuf stands out as the perfect example of not only the kind of products you want living with your children, but also the type of company you want to support. They offer cribs, toddler beds, changing stations, kid’s attire, — Continue reading

How to: Make Knit Sweater Pillows

Categories: DIY + How To
How to: Make Knit Sweater Pillows

No longer are cozy, chunky, colorful knitted sweaters relegated to just our bodies; the newest trend in winter throw pillows for the home are chunky knitted sweater pillows (don’t believe us? Just check out retail resources like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, West Elm and more.) The weather outside is turning — Continue reading

Enter without knocking

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Enter without knocking

If you fancy quirky contemporary architecture and interior design, you have probably heard of Marcelo Rosenbaum. The Brazilian Architect has been doing outstanding projects for the past few years and his unique, colourful and modernist style became his signature, alongside his passion for Brazilian crafts, recognised by his fans from — Continue reading

Pattern: Marquetry

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Pattern: Marquetry

We focus a lot on “soft” patterns here in our weekly Pattern post. And though we confess to a certain “soft” spot for textile patterns, we recognize that’s not the only place patterns show up. Today we’re talking about marquetry, the kind of pattern that can be modern, traditional and — Continue reading

Modern Etsy: Retrovisions

Categories: Art + Graphics
Modern Etsy: Retrovisions

Charming. Illustrative. Stylish. Slightly misogynic. The advertisements of the Mid-Century era are a fun addition to add to a space, and certainly are something different to hang on your walls. We’ve found an Etsy store dedicated to bringing you only the best of these retro ads. Retrovisions is a fun — Continue reading

Food/Design: Rouge Tomate

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Food/Design: Rouge Tomate

Today’s celebration of the intersection of good restaurant design and tantalizingly delicious food photos come from New York City, a place arguably more chockfull of good restaurants than perhaps any other in the world. Rouge Tomate, a restaurant known for its culinary delights, also delights our senses with a good-looking — Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Categories: News + Events + Contests
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wherever you are today, whatever is on your holiday menu and whatever your dining room’s style is, we hope you are having a lovely Thanksgiving day. We’ll be back to normal posts tomorrow! Image: Unhappy Hipsters

Hella Jongerius

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Hella Jongerius

The Coloured Vases are experiments with color. Color is an important element in Hella Jongerius’s design practice. Hella Jongenius, an accomplished Dutch designer whom I admire very much for her work on color, thinks color brings richness, beauty and ambuiguity to design, if it is used well. According to Jongerius, designers can — Continue reading

Life

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Life

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Featured Craftsperson: Paul Loebach

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Featured Craftsperson: Paul Loebach

When the artistry of creativity and sheer talent meet the brilliance of concept and technology, you get the good-looking, crafted items of designer Paul Loebach. Sleek, sexy and smart, we’re loving his work and highlighting him in today’s featured craftsperson post. There’s a distinct marriage between old and new with — Continue reading