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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Modern Dollhouse

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Kids + Baby, Sustainability
Modern Dollhouse

The clever use of space and spacial design of these houses would be great for full sized grown –ups, however they are doll sized.  Made of bamboo and other eco friendly wood, mdf,  toxins and lead free safe and sound home sweet home and fit for a doll.  Complete with — Continue reading

Got somethin’ good to swap? You might leave with some Blu Dot.

Categories: News + Events + Contests
Got somethin’ good to swap? You might leave with some Blu Dot.

Have we mentioned lately how much we love one of our brands we offer, Blu Dot? They are seriously so awesome, and not just because they design some of the most clever, gorgeous modern affordable furniture on the market today. It’s because they have a killer attitude and the funniest — Continue reading

We Like What They Do: Hayon Studio

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
We Like What They Do: Hayon Studio

Well specifically we’re digging the collaboration between Spanish artist and designer Jamie Hayon of the Hayon Studio and The Rug Company for an award-winning rug collection (well, one of the rugs anyway, the Capitone Rug, was a 2012 Wallpaper* Design Award Winner). Seriously loving the simple and sophisticated designs that — Continue reading

Twisty modern log cabin: The Kimball Art Center expands

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Twisty modern log cabin: The Kimball Art Center expands

The Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah recently held a transformation design competition for a planned expansion. Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group won with his amazing twisty, modern, log cabin-y design, a perfect mix for the winters of Utah and the modern sensibilities of Park City residents. The — Continue reading

Featured Artist: KARBORN

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: KARBORN

Collage is really hot right now. So is digital manipulation of images. You can imagine that the marriage of those two, seen here in this post by artist KARBORN, works pretty well. We think these images in this post are proof KARBORN knows a thing or two about futuristic art. — Continue reading

Live Modern: House in Aoto

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Live Modern: House in Aoto

Wow! We’re loving how this house stays simple with colors and materials, but let’s a kind of complicated interior architecture really shine through! Working with a pretty small, narrow lot, the High Land Design worked up, and in a really interesting way. Spanning four floors, the architect had to balance the — Continue reading

Brooks + Scarpa Architects’ warehouse of the future

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Brooks + Scarpa Architects’ warehouse of the future

What will warehouses look like in the future? Why should we care? Well, unless you want the entire planet to look like a bad-looking, metal building industrial lot, we think it’s best we consider what these buildings could look like, and California-based firm Brooks + Scarpa Architects has done just — Continue reading

DIY: Spring planter

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY: Spring planter

As usual, Curbly knows exactly what our heart is desiring when it comes to DIY, and they’ve come through with a perfect, emotionally and seasonally-timed project: a Spring Planter. And not just ANY spring planter, a super easy-to-make, quick-to-do, totally-customizable-with-any-color-paint-your-heart-desires spring planter. Now that’s our kind of DIY project. This — Continue reading

Dwell & DWR’s Live/Work Design Contest!

Categories: News + Events + Contests
Dwell & DWR’s Live/Work Design Contest!

Are you the next great furniture designer? Are your friends always telling you “Hey! Your work is so good it should be sold in stores all over the world!” If yes, then you just might be interested in a contest by Dwell and Design Within Reach: Live/Work Design Contest, which is — Continue reading

Hill Plain House by Wolveridge Architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Hill Plain House by Wolveridge Architects

No, we did not choose this house because when we first saw the name of the architect we thought it said “Wolverine” rather than the actual word, “Wolveridge.” We chose this house because, well, it’s stunning, for starters. The simple, soft and subtle wood exterior is like a modern log — Continue reading

Spin Stool for Swedese by Staffan Holm

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Spin Stool for Swedese by Staffan Holm

Acknowledged with the furniture of the year award by swedish magazine sköna hem in 2011, the Spin Stool is both innovative and stylish.  Created by Swedish designer staffan holm for swedish furniture brand swedese, this bold piece comes in a variety of bright colors, sits at a height of 65 — Continue reading

Interiors: Foley and Lardner, LLP

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Interiors: Foley and Lardner, LLP

You know it takes a lot for us to post about a modern office; most of the offices out there are just horrible, even the ones that have fun colors. But the best way to get us posting away about your office: spaceship-themed, of course. Okay, this is stretching the — Continue reading

Kooldog: modern houses for modern dogs?

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Kooldog: modern houses for modern dogs?

And now for your Monday funday modern adorable animal post; who doesn’t love cute dogs posed uncomfortably in modern and sort of extraneous furniture pieces made just for them? All kidding aside, some people really dig having doggie accessories that gel with their hip modern sensibilities, and those folks might — Continue reading

Featured Artist: Dale Frank

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Dale Frank

We usually try and feature super new or unheard of or youngish folks in the modern art portion of our blog, mostly because they tend to be the ones making and break art trends. But then sometimes you’ll come across work that you don’t immediately recognize but you do; and — Continue reading

Flos’ “Wallpiercing” at Chicago’s Art Institute

Categories: Art + Graphics
Flos’ “Wallpiercing” at Chicago’s Art Institute

FLOS, the gorgeous, internationally-known Italian lighting company, has announced that the Wallpiercing installation by New York-based artist and designer Ron Gilad will be in the upcoming exhibition, “Rethinking Typologies: Architecture and Design from the Permanent Collection” at the Art Institute of Chicago from March 3 – July 29, 2012. Wallpiercing, — Continue reading

Live Modern: R House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Live Modern: R House

What’s up with our obsession with houses that are named after letters? Maybe it’s because we’re always trying to guess what the letter stands for. This home, R House, is located in Hungary in 2011 and was designed by Bauer Polla. It’s interesting, but if you take away the bright blue — Continue reading

Knoll Classics Sale: 15% off until March 4th!!

Categories: News + Events + Contests
Knoll Classics Sale: 15% off until March 4th!!

Always wanted a classic piece of iconic design in your home? Like one of those airy and wiry Platner tables? Or perhaps the casual woven comfort of a Jens Risom chair? Surely you need a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair for one of your rooms? Seriously, now is your — Continue reading

Simple stencil method to transform textiles!

Categories: DIY + How To
Simple stencil method to transform textiles!

Got some old curtains or a table cloth that just isn’t doing it for you anymore? Want to add a fun pop of pattern or graphic or color to a textile but don’t want to make a mess because you think you won’t be able to freehand a professional-looking job? — Continue reading

Cool modern radiator: BLOOM

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Cool modern radiator: BLOOM

THIS IS TOTALLY A RADIATOR. Bloom draws inspiration from the blossoming and blooming of nature’s elements, as well as from Lucio Fontana’s reinterpretation of flat volumes in art: Like Fontana’s slash on canvas, in fact, Bloom goes beyond the two dimensions. Designed by Giovanni Tomasini as an explicit reminder of — Continue reading

Cordless table lamps by Modern Lantern!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Cordless table lamps by Modern Lantern!

This upstart company out of Fort Worth, Texas has hit on something unique. Modern Lantern has created 6 full sized table lamps out of a variety of materials and are powered by a rechargeable battery pack. You can position them almost anywhere in your home with charge lasting over 12 — Continue reading