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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Name that Mid-Century Modern Designer

Categories: Uncategorized
Name that Mid-Century Modern Designer

There are many, many classically designed chairs that show up time and time again in well-designed homes and hospitality locations. If you pay attention at all, you’ll no doubt recognize today’s mystery Mid-Century Modern designer’s work, or at the very least his most recognizable furniture piece. More hints: Worked with — Continue reading

Modern Book Corner: Archtop Guitars

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Book Corner: Archtop Guitars

One of the best things about being a modern design blogger is that modern design encompasses all sorts of awesome things. Interiors and architecture, sure, but also products, textiles, furniture and yes—even guitars. Today’s Modern Book Corner book could be the most important book about modern guitar design ever, so — Continue reading

Your Birth Chart as Art…By StarArc

Categories: Art + Graphics
Your Birth Chart as Art…By StarArc

StarArc creates personalized art based on each customers’ astrological birth chart. The centerpiece of each StarArc art print is the angular line-form pattern that exists in every astrological chart. Each customers’ line-form pattern and shape is unique to them and illustrates the relationship between the planets in their chart. Along — Continue reading

How To Project

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
How To Project

Mike Arnold’s “How-To Project” is a mist have for any art print collector or fan. Or if you just like to have instructions to things delivered to you in a clever and well designed print. The How To Project is a learning project with aim of providing basic knowledge in — Continue reading

DIY: Color Palette Inspiration Ideas

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY: Color Palette Inspiration Ideas

For some, choosing what colors to surround themselves in their home is as easy as breathing. For others, it’s an anxious-producing decision that seems impossible to make. Here are five places to get color palette inspiration for your home (or just a room!): Your favorite piece of art You picked — Continue reading

SushiBOX

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
SushiBOX

Austin architect Mark Meyer has done it again. After the wildly popular success of his coffee-shop-in-a-shipping-container project La Boîte took off, his next shipping container project already promises to match–if not beat–the success of his first. So what is SushiBOX? Read on to learn more. As you can imagine, SushiBOX — Continue reading

5 Modern Chairs: The New Classics

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
5 Modern Chairs: The New Classics

Modern chairs are a passion for many designers and design enthusiasts alike. There is something about a brilliantly designed modern chair that evokes a sense of awe. For years, a staple in modern décor has been chairs such as the classic Barcelona, Tulip and Panton. While we love these chairs — Continue reading

Featured Design Element: Black and White Checkered Floors

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Featured Design Element: Black and White Checkered Floors

When we first started this weekly blog post, “Featured Design Element,” we envisioned verbally making out with the most modern design elements that make all of our breaths quicken we view them, but we’ve found ourselves drawn occasionally to older, more traditional and more vintage design elements, especially those used — Continue reading

Trend: Zebra Print Rugs

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Trend: Zebra Print Rugs

Confession: we (as in I, this blog writer) have a pretty strong negative reaction to any and all animal prints. We’ve just always found them…not to be the classiest design elements. They are bold, for sure, and make quite the statement. There’s just something about an animal print that makes — Continue reading

House K by Yoshichika Takagi

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
House K by Yoshichika Takagi

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Infusing Fun into Design

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Infusing Fun into Design

At the 2Modern blog, we believe the word “modern” carries broad, intoxicating  and wonderful promises. One of those is the ability to better the world in small but meaningful ways. This self-explanatory video and project is by the folks behind The Fun Theory. We particular like their motto: “This site is — Continue reading

Featured Artist: Mallory Page Chastant

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Mallory Page Chastant

Modern art (well, art of all types) can elicit a variety of feelings as wide as the entirety of the human emotional spectrum. Sometimes we feel in the mood for art that gets our blood flowing and excites us. Other times we need art that brings our blood pressure down — Continue reading

Blue Monday: Set the Table Blue

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Blue Monday: Set the Table Blue

It has been said, somewhat disappointingly and erroneously, that out of all the colors in the spectrum, the one most likely to produce an actual physical response of “this is unappetizing” is the color blue. While we’ve never tested this out in scientific settings (or even unscientific), we think the — Continue reading

How-to: Clear Out the Clutter

Categories: DIY + How To
How-to: Clear Out the Clutter

Of all the advantages that exist for modern design lovers (knowing you have awesome tastes, getting to live with the design classics, etc.), one of the biggest has got to be the pleasure of living in a uncluttered, calming environment. It’s no secret that folks today have a lot of — Continue reading

Villa Vals, Switzerland, by Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Mueller

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Villa Vals, Switzerland, by Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Mueller

The design of Villa Vals is by Bjarne Mastenbroek of SeARCH from the Netherlands and Christian Müller of CMA in Switzerland. Their design plan was to completely integrate the villa into the landscape to avoid disturbing the unspoiled nature. That is why access to the villa is only possible via — Continue reading

Pattern: William Morris with a Twist

Categories: Art + Graphics
Pattern: William Morris with a Twist

Anyone who’s a fan of pattern must surely be familiar with that jack of all trades, William Morris. His wallpaper and fabric patterns were prolific, and to choose a favorite would be like trying to choose which one of your kids you love the most. Truthfully? There’s nothing really new — Continue reading

The Urban Kimono: Eco-friendly and Fair Trade

Categories: Kids + Baby
The Urban Kimono: Eco-friendly and Fair Trade

i am a green baby.com is a independent art project and a creation of Marlene-b. The idea is quite simple: to circulate a positive, educational message. The project was inspired by the many new mothers and fathers surrounding the artist, coupled with her socially conscious leanings as a graphic designer. — Continue reading

Modern Etsy: Rerun’z

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Etsy: Rerun’z

Most of the Etsy shops that we post about are sleek, retro, Mid-Century Modern collections of the highest degree. But every now and then, we come across a shop who’s just a little bit sweeter. Who exhibits a homier, more charming, simple collection, full of items that you know the — Continue reading

Food/Design: Avec

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Food/Design: Avec

As we’ve exhibited more than once on the 2Modern blog, show us a room full of modernly wood-paneled walls and you’ll be showing us a room that makes us go “yes! more!” Partner one of our favorite design elements with tasty food, and well, you might just have to kick — Continue reading

The Evolution of the Dorm Room

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
The Evolution of the Dorm Room

Dorm rooms are rarely the best examples of modern design, or even good design. Really the word “design” shouldn’t be anywhere near the words “dorm room” when constructing a logical sentence. But, if this post we saw on an Austin architect’s blog is any indication, dorm rooms have had quite — Continue reading