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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Mexican-German studio Manadaº

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Mexican-German studio Manadaº

The young Mexican-German Architecture and Interior Design studio Manadaº has been awarded with the Interior Innovation Award 2012 by the German Design Council at the imm Cologne (http://www.imm-cologne.com). Manadaº received this prestigious award for their design of the Bed 42, along with the Interior Innovation Award Winners 2012 Patricia Urquiola, — Continue reading

DIY: Modern Cement Planter

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY: Modern Cement Planter

What’s that? Is that the tiniest hint of spring on the tail end of that breeze? Right outside my window is this giant bush that’s been dead-looking for awhile; first because of the heat of the summer and then later during winter. And while it’s still mostly unhappy looking, we’ve — Continue reading

Modern Etsy: Lamp Goods

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Etsy: Lamp Goods

Kind of digging a bit of vintage, charming industrial in modern spaces? Then you might like an item or two from the Etsy store we spotted, Lamp Goods. It looks like they find old-timey globes, polish ‘em up a bit, add some new hardware and wiring and bam! Compact yet — Continue reading

Live Modern: Timber Fin House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Live Modern: Timber Fin House

Another modern meets old house add-on (you’ll remember we fawned over the glass modern addition in the back of the Albion House earlier this week). Instead of glass, this time it’s wood, and it complements the existing brick facade so surprisingly well. You can see clearly that an addition has — Continue reading

Featured Artist: Ben Liney

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Ben Liney

In his series: “Surface,” artist Bin Liney explores a deep and rich world of texture and no color to create abstracted artwork that elicits gutteral reactions from the viewer. There’s something very disturbing in not being able to suss out the scale of things. Are we looking at something super — Continue reading

2M Collective Weekly Sale – More Gandia Blasco!

Categories: News + Events + Contests
2M Collective Weekly Sale – More Gandia Blasco!

This week’s 2M Collective Modern Décor Sale includes more Gandia Blasco! 2M Collective is a weekly sale by 2Modern offering deeply discounted modern furniture & lighting in limited quantities. Sale starts at 9:00 AM PST every Thursday. We are currently running 5 Gandia Blasco rugs. These will be extended, plus a few new — Continue reading

Interiors: Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Interiors: Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

Absolutely lurving the look of Scandinavian meets modern meets someone’s attic meets a cabin in a really urban city. This is the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy by MVRDV, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We definitely fell in love with that top photo first; we love a lot of white, but for us, — Continue reading

How-to: Make Paper Pencils

Categories: DIY + How To
How-to: Make Paper Pencils

“2Modern,” you say, “Why would I have to know–or even want to know–how to make pencils out of paper when there are so many, SO MANY, pencils out there available in the world?” Well, dear viewer, I have a few simple scenarios that might put you in the position to — Continue reading

Glass Art

Categories: Art + Graphics, News + Events + Contests
Glass Art

The largest Chihuly glass art exhibition, “Chihuly Garden and Glass” will open in the Spring of 2012 at the Seattle Center with 4500 sculpture installations. As a great craftsman of glass, Chihuly uses the natural light passing through its material to gesture the motion and line in a flowing manner. — Continue reading

Flaca Light by Masiosare Studio

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Flaca Light by Masiosare Studio

  Sleek slim minimal thin collapsible steel lighting cut from a single sheet of metal for minimal waste.  Well thought out indeed… I like it.   The illumination system of Flaca, based on LED technology, require only 6 watts.   Flaca is created by  a team of three young industrial designers; — Continue reading

We Like What They Do: Fern

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
We Like What They Do: Fern

A Brooklyn-based handmade furniture company Fern is totally making us happy today. Run by Jason Roskey, Maggie Goudsmit and one-year-old Beatrice (though there are rumors that Little Beatrice doesn’t always pull her weight around the workshop), this company has gorgeous wood elements, fresh designs, heavy nature-inspired details and a clean, modern — Continue reading

Böwer furniture at imm cologne

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Böwer furniture at imm cologne

We’ve been keeping our eyes focused on the international furnishings show in Germany, imm cologne, for any new or cool or awesome stuff when we came across the New Impressions 2012 line by German interior design and furniture design company Böwer. We’re digging. It’s kind of like a modern retake on — Continue reading

Featured Artist: Ryan Schneider

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Ryan Schneider

If it seems like we lean toward modern, abstract paintings and art or modern photography (usually portraits or landscapes), you wouldn’t be far off. We love those types of art pieces tremendously. But we also enjoy another type of art, folk, and another type of art, modern folk art! Okay — Continue reading

SOPA/PIPA

Categories: Uncategorized
SOPA/PIPA

We didn’t black out today (mostly because we don’t really technically know how to do that) and we’ll still have a few posts today, but we do want to show some Internet solidarity for a black out happening today in strike against SOPA and PIPA. If you’re wondering what those — Continue reading

Live Modern: Albion House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Live Modern: Albion House

We think modern design in its best light is when it can take something old, respect it, and somehow add something new and different seamlessly, beautifully and without taking over the older part of the structure. This home by studio octopi is in London, England and is just so lovely. We — Continue reading

Quotes on living small

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Quotes on living small

Because you don’t always have to live in a huge house full of things to live a modern, lovely home life. “You know you have reached perfection of design not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. “Small — Continue reading

DIY: Finnish Himmeli Mobiles

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY: Finnish Himmeli Mobiles

Confession: we’ve always found mobiles to be a bit childish. You know, like make us think of above a crib or in the corner of a kid’s room? But modern times mean modern mobiles and hardly a day goes by that we don’t see a mobile that gets our heart — Continue reading

Curate Modern: Clyfford Still Museum

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Curate Modern: Clyfford Still Museum

You know what must be the hardest thing to design, in the world of architecture? Nope, not the world’s tallest building. Nope, not a building in the shape of an animal. Not even a house for a really picky client. One of the hardest things that architects must design just — Continue reading

Casa Becerril by graciastudio

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Casa Becerril by graciastudio

Oooh we love this space! There are tons of wood tones in this modern space, but they all work together sooo well. They all work together so well because they’re in a range of medium tones mingling with light tones and adding in some dark, deep brown for drama and — Continue reading

Featured Artist: Sonnenzimmer

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Sonnenzimmer

Loving these prints from studio Sonnenzimmer; they are so well done, so good-looking that you don’t even realize sometimes that you’re looking at an album cover, or identity work or something else. They all look like art. Organic shapes mingle with sometimes recognizable graphics, sometimes abstract images. Their color palettes — Continue reading