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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Modern Book Corner: Architectural Lighting

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Book Corner: Architectural Lighting

Lighting is one of those ethereal things you don’t always think about when planning, designing or picking out a home, but it can absolutely make or break how you enjoy living in a structure. Daylight is an integral biological need that everyone yearns for. This book “Architectural Lighting: Designing with — Continue reading

Tradition vs. Modern Technology

Categories: Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Tradition vs. Modern Technology

We usually revere modern technology in the design world for its ability to help create fresh, funky and usually more affordable than handmade designs that can be accessible to lots of folks. Because the design world’s so big, handmade and hand-crafted work still has a place–and sometimes seems more revered — Continue reading

DIY: Easy, Modern Concrete Planter

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY: Easy, Modern Concrete Planter

Once the heat sets in the hands get dirty, it’s hard to stop adding to your garden or outdoor patio. But what to do when you run out of things to plant green and colorful things in? Why, make your own planters, of course. We’re loving this simple and totally — Continue reading

Design Element: Container Guesthouse

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Design Element: Container Guesthouse

Can an entire structure really be a featured design element? Probably not. But this guesthouse shipping container project is one of our favorites, and we never miss a chance to look at or show photos of it. While having a house large enough to have so many guest bedrooms that — Continue reading

Trend: Planes of Neon

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Trend: Planes of Neon

We’ve been seeing how powerful bold pops of neon sprinkled around a space can be, but don’t forget that old adage: “if you’re going to do it, do it BIG.” Sure you could just stick to tiny accessories that sport a little neon pink or yellow, but why not go — Continue reading

Can You Talk Texas?

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Can You Talk Texas?

It’s no secret that this blogger blogs from the lovely city of Austin, located in the big ol’ state of Texas. While we love clean lines, vintage finds, hip trends and the latest and greatest in modern architecture and design, we’re still a state full of Texans*, and there’s a — Continue reading

Featured Artist: Joanna Goss

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Joanna Goss

We’re loving the color and feelings of Joanna Goss’ work. Her paintings have a very casual, laid-back feel to them, with color palettes full of happy, bright hues sure to life your spirits. There are a lot of elements to her paintings, but they don’t feel too busy. They’re energetic — Continue reading

Live Modern: House for Two Artists

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Live Modern: House for Two Artists

We’re such suckers for cabin-esque retreats for creative types, with a bent toward modern and streamlined. Warmth and comfort are definite needs, but there’s just something about eschewing the frivolous things in your life in order to give your creative talents a little room to breathe. By California-based Marcy Wong Donn — Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Parvez Taj

Categories: Exclusive Interviews
Exclusive Interview: Parvez Taj

Finding fresh, exciting ways in which art is presented and created isn’t easy in an age where it seems like nearly everything’s been tried, but we think Parvez Taj has done it. A whip-smart businessman with a ton of creativity and skill, Parvez Taj’s work is gritty, bold, artistic, urban — Continue reading

DIY: Art Display

Categories: Art + Graphics, DIY + How To
DIY: Art Display

This project is quite a few years old, but we’re so enamored by it and its possibilities for customization we had to re-share them. Displaying and hanging art–or more particularly, finding a new and fresh way to do so–is always a tough. Compounding the search for a unique way to — Continue reading

Blocklets: Make Anything

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Blocklets: Make Anything

Gabe Cantor and Mark Plaga met in Raleigh’s Tech Shop and created a wood and acrylic laser-cut system of interlocking blocks. These Blocklets have applications for sculpture, design, robotics and more. The team has launched the project through Kickstarter (which they recently got funded! Congrats! You can totally still pledge — Continue reading

Green Furniture: JH2 OneTreeHome

Categories: Sustainability
Green Furniture: JH2 OneTreeHome

John Houshmand teamed with Jack Donenfeld of Nicaragua’s Simplemente Madera Group® for JH2 OneTreeHome. This furniture line uses only Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified wood. The new collection is named after the One Tree Project, where a single tree was used to teach a Nicaraguan community how to become economically self-sufficient — Continue reading

Ultra Hotel, Buenos Aires

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Ultra Hotel, Buenos Aires

I don’t know why, but I love researching for images of boutique and design hotels around the world. Maybe it’s because I rarely get to stay in one, I just imagine how cool would be be to be pampered and spoiled when travelling. Oh well, sometime soon! Anyhow, I got — Continue reading

2011 Marin Living: Home Tours

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
2011 Marin Living: Home Tours

Join us on Saturday, May 21 for AIA San Francisco’s 2nd annual Marin Living: Home Tours, which remains the first of its kind in the Bay Area. The program provides visitors with the exclusive opportunity to see some of Marin County’s most cutting-edge residential projects from the inside out, meet — Continue reading

Summer Trend: Seeing Stripes

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Summer Trend: Seeing Stripes

“Stripes this summer should be big, bold and bright” Phoebe Roberts, Vogue.com. It seems that Studio Lawrence designers Bart Eijking and Patrick de Louwere couldn’t agree more! The design duo’s award-winning pair, the Last Supper Table and wall hanging Along These Lines, chime in perfectly with this summer’s top fashion — Continue reading

Cul-de-sac graphic prints

Categories: Art + Graphics
Cul-de-sac graphic prints

The creative team at Cul-de-sac is releasing its first range of limited edition prints. Blending the hallmarks of Danish design, Italian style and Pop Art punch, these three geometric prints are timeless artworks that will add visual impact to any interior. These are the first in what will be an — Continue reading

More Eye Candy: Sparano + Mooney

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
More Eye Candy: Sparano + Mooney

Today’s eye candy comes courtesy of California-based Sparano + Mooney, full of epic, modern designs that sure do photograph well. You wanna know something else neat? You can find Sparano + Mooney, as well as a whole bunch of other talented and ready to design for you designers, architects and interior — Continue reading

Two Texas-Sized Tours

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Two Texas-Sized Tours

With a state whose motto is “everything’s bigger…” you might imagine that there’s a lot going on in terms of modern architecture and the like. You’d be right. In case you live in Texas, plan on visiting Texas soon–or are even one of the lovely folks thinking of moving our — Continue reading

Modern Etsy: Uncommon

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Etsy: Uncommon

What did the world do before CNC routers? We’re not really sure, but we do know we’re ultra appreciative of designers and artists the world over who took to this new technology to create affordable, modern designs that warm our soul and make us happy to be alive in this — Continue reading

Food/Design: Transit

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Food/Design: Transit

We’re digging the streamlined, stripped-down interior of the Thai and Indonesian restaurant Transit. It’s got a simple color palette, but it’s not all neutral and boring. The color really comes in from the gorgeous glass spherical lighting fixtures that illuminate the entire interior with a warm, loving glow. Located in — Continue reading