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Monthly Archives: December 2010

DIY: Ornament Sputnik Fixture!

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY: Ornament Sputnik Fixture!

This will be a short post. We’re saying that not because we’re lazy, but because this amazingly adorable and modern sputnik-like mobile fixture is so freaking easy, anyone could do it. And if you look closely, it’s totally holiday appropriate! Thanks to Curbly and Whorange for spotting this project first — Continue reading

Aurinko Tea-Light Holders

Categories: Uncategorized
Aurinko Tea-Light Holders

Oh, how I love the folklore-inspired illustrations from Sanna Annukka.   I just spotted these oak Aurinko Tea-Light Holders.  They are a really cool addition to screen prints, greeting cards and other wooden products offered on the online shop. ~via style-files

The Christmas Wreath Remade

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
The Christmas Wreath Remade

In ancient Rome, people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory. Some believe that this is where the hanging of wreaths on doors came from. The origins of the Advent wreath are found in the folk practices of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples who, during the cold December darkness of — Continue reading

Featured Craftsperson: Eric Schmitt

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Featured Craftsperson: Eric Schmitt

Many of our featured craftspeople do indeed use their hands to manipulate materials like wood, but that’s not the only thing creative people are utilizing to make beautiful wares. Glass, mirror, metal and more all show up in the work of French designer Eric Schmitt. We first came across some — Continue reading

Name that Mid-Century Designer

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

Some designs are so iconic they are instantly recognizable, catapulting their designer to infamy forever. Other designers aren’t quite as instantly recognizable, but still made a large impact on our design history. Which one is today’s mystery Mid-Century designer? you will have to figure that out yourself. One of the — Continue reading

Modern Book Corner: Anna Sui

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Book Corner: Anna Sui

Sure, when it comes to our favorite things, modern design is number one. But rounding out the list are definitely fashion (which is why we love bringing you our fashion/interiors posts), rock ‘n’ roll style and being cool. Our previous book choices in our Modern Book Corner posts might have — Continue reading

DIY: 3 Easy and Modern Centerpiece Ideas

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY: 3 Easy and Modern Centerpiece Ideas

Ahh…gathering around the dinner table for a lovely holiday meal with family, friends and loved ones. What’s the only thing that could go wrong? Why a horrible tacky and glaringly terrible centerpiece mucking up your whole modern holiday dinner table aesthetic! Okay, so lots of things other than that could — Continue reading

Featured Design Element: Open Shelving

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Featured Design Element: Open Shelving

Ask any modern lover, and they will probably say they much prefer the clean lines of hidden, uncluttered cabinets and drawers to the brazenly out there look of collections and stacks of things. Well explain then the current penchant for opening shelving in the kitchen that seems to be sweeping — Continue reading

Trend: Triangles

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Trend: Triangles

Sure, straight lines and sleek angles get a lot of attention in modern furniture and design, but circles and squares aren’t the only shapes who deserve so much focus. We’re not sure why, but we’ve always had a soft spot for triangles (could it be our love of the work — Continue reading

Featured Artist: Leah Giberson

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Leah Giberson

Have some bare walls in your fabulous modern home? Wife threaten to leave you if you buy another piece of Eames furniture? Just can’t get enough of anything Mid-Century Modern art related? We just love the affordable paints and prints of artist Leah Giberson, who seems to have picked an — Continue reading

Blue Monday: Blu Dot

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Blue Monday: Blu Dot

Did you think our love affair with Blu Dot would end with today’s earlier post of an interview with founder Maurice Blanks? Wrong. Our love of Blu Dot’s awesome products is strong and unending, and we couldn’t help but notice that in their awesome catalog of furniture pieces and accessories, — Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Maurice Blanks of Blu Dot!

Categories: Exclusive Interviews
Exclusive Interview: Maurice Blanks of Blu Dot!

If there was any company whose founders were considered royalty amongst today’s contemporary furniture designers, the guys behind Blu Dot would surely be kings. Or princes. Dukes at the very least. Around for over 10 years now, Blu Dot does two very important things: provides awesome and gorgeous furniture at — Continue reading

DIY: Modular Cardboard Storage

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY: Modular Cardboard Storage

Do you ever get a little envious/jealous when you read How-to or DIY posts because you don’t have a DIY bone in your body? Some people can’t cook, some people can’t drive and you know what? Some people can’t wield power tools. Well, we’ve found a How-to project that you — Continue reading

Honeycomb Apartments, Izola, Slovenia, by Ofis Architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Honeycomb Apartments, Izola, Slovenia, by Ofis Architects

Ofis Architects are based in Ljubljana and were formed by Rok Oman and Spela Videcnik in 1998. They specialize in various areas of architecture, one of them being social housing. Honeycomb won the first prize in a competition for designing two social housing blocks in Izola of Slovenia. The brief was to construct — Continue reading

Artistic cookies are even more delicious than ever!

Categories: Art + Graphics, DIY + How To, Kids + Baby
Baking Cookies with Photoshop - awesome stop animation video

It’s that time again and cookies are on my mind. (Un)fortunately, Photoshop is also on my mind. This video is probably one of the cutest and geekiest things I have ever seen. Bravo! Click here to watch the video on Vimeo Baking cookies is an art form. Baking artistic cookies — Continue reading

Pattern: Holiday Plaid

Categories: Art + Graphics
Pattern: Holiday Plaid

Forever associated with the Scottish and those delightful kilts they take to wearing from time to time, plaid had really seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. (No doubt due to the young hipster fashion trends swirling around the pattern). We can’t help but feel a certain nostalgic feeling — Continue reading

Modern Etsy: Haus Proud

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Etsy: Haus Proud

We promise that today’s Modern Etsy store feature was not chosen based solely on the fact that one of our favorite words is “haus” (but it certainly didn’t hurt). With the holidays swirling around us in a dizzying array of commercialism, bright lights and flashy colors, we thought it would — Continue reading

Food/Design: Aldea New York

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Food/Design: Aldea New York

What is it that attracts us to the photos of one restaurant versus another? We can assure you we don’t have a certain list of parameters we are looking for that each one we feature must possess. Sometimes it’s a certain detail that catches our eye and other times it’s — Continue reading

Modern Shelving :: SquareD Furniture

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Shelving :: SquareD Furniture

Ahhh!  There’s nothing quite like the combination of clean lines, wood, and metal to warm your soul on a cold Winter’s day.  If you agree, check out SquareD Furniture, a one-man shop based out of Minneapolis.  With handmade shelving units and consoles, there’s enough sexy design going on to keep — Continue reading

Emerging Designer: Something From Us

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Emerging Designer: Something From Us

Lest you thought the designers behind the hip London restaurant we posted about last week, Poncho #8, were a one trick pony, let us assure you they are not. In fact, they don’t even restrict themselves to just one kind of trick; the creative folks behind today’s emerging designer(s) Something From — Continue reading