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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Employing forward-thinking design solutions

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Employing forward-thinking design solutions

Flexibility and sustainability are more vital now than ever in architecture, particularly in higher education where every dollar counts. The HGA Architects and Engineers-designed Student Services Center at Monterey Peninsula College, which opened in Fall 2011, exemplifies these design principals, and showcases HGA’s ability to create a facility that can — Continue reading

Carbon Commode

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Carbon Commode

Something new yet in a way classic. This commode has a French serpentine shape but that is where the similarities to the past end. Maybe it’s an antique from another world or a different dimension. It’s made mainly from white pine. The top is a slab of mahogany hacked into — Continue reading

DIY projects to do THIS WEEKEND

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY projects to do THIS WEEKEND

Easy ones! Fast ones! Colorful ones! Ones for outside! Ones for inside! Ones for you to wear! Don’t delay. Enjoy the pleasure of a job well done after completing one of these fast and easy modern home or design DIY projects this week, from recent ones that we’ve featured on — Continue reading

K-NAP’s “Infinitely Adaptable” Furniture

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
K-NAP’s “Infinitely Adaptable” Furniture

Who doesn’t like to change their minds and their home every now and then? Why not make it easy by buying furniture that is really flexible and can change configuration easily, eh? Kind of digging some of the ideas behind K-NAP, though not sure if we’re a fan of the colors — Continue reading

New! Way Basics and Petunia Pickle Bottom

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
New! Way Basics and Petunia Pickle Bottom

New stuff from two very different-looking 2Modern brands! In one corner, you’ve got Way Basics, who excel at creating simple, healthy storage units for a whole heap of home storage needs. Their stuff is made from their patented zBoard material, (which doesn’t take anything from the environment) and is over 60% — Continue reading

Featured Artist: Carla Andrade

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Carla Andrade

Things are feeling so dreamy this Friday! We guess we’re just gearing up for a nice spring weekend and are having trouble staying focused! In that vein, why not just join ‘em if you can’t fight ‘em? We’re really digging the dreamy photography work of Carla Andrade. Featuring a lot — Continue reading

New MASHstudios! (We’re already so in love)

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
New MASHstudios! (We’re already so in love)

MASHstudios kind of rocks the whole furniture design world. Just look at all the evidence: their PCHSeries has plenty of sleek, straight lines and high-quality wood with lots of crush-worthy pieces that would look great in any house. And who could forget their LAXseries? Their most popular grouping of designs showcases — Continue reading

Easy, 2-material DIY: Adorable coasters

Categories: DIY + How To
Easy, 2-material DIY: Adorable coasters

Spotted on Pinterest via Fellow Fellow are these “why didn’t I think of that?” coasters with cute patterns and a simple, simple way to do them. While coasters aren’t exactly the most expensive home item out there, it is nice to think that if you wanted to, you could customize — Continue reading

Hamptons Collection by GianVittorio Plazzogna

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Hamptons Collection by GianVittorio Plazzogna

Normally what you would consider high-end, traditional outdoor furniture doesn’t bowl us over (certainly not furniture named “Hamptons”), but we’re kind of digging this line we spotted from Italian company Roberti Rattan. There’s something decidedly modern about those lines and we like how graphic and contrast-y they seem and would look — Continue reading

Tucked away modern: 8 stylish, nature-surrounded retreats hermits will love

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Tucked away modern: 8 stylish, nature-surrounded retreats hermits will love

Introverted? Love nature? Just wish you could get away from it all but still be surrounded by modern, stylish design? Today’s architects cater more and more to those who love to just get away from it all. They understand that these folks who want to isolate themselves from modern distractions — Continue reading

Featured Artist: Richard Colman

Categories: Art + Graphics
Featured Artist: Richard Colman

Perhaps one of our favorite things about viewing art is imagining the sort of world that must go on in the mind of an artist. The imagination it has to take to come up with the worlds that these artists portray and create is huge, and we always enjoy getting — Continue reading

We Like What They Do: Ka-Lai Chan

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
We Like What They Do: Ka-Lai Chan

Ka-Lai Chan started a design studio soon after graduating from school in 2009, planning to specialize in interior designs. She’s got a great mix of cultures, being a young Dutch designer of Asian origin, and she loves mixing materials, too. Her work as an organic feel to it with amorphous — Continue reading

Urban Exposure – India Ink Paintings by Mario M. Muller

Categories: Art + Graphics
© Mario M. Muller – High Priestess 1999

Simply stated, Mario M. Muller has honed an iconography of the contemporary urban environment. The urgent rhythms of city dwellers have provided a well of inspiration for over Twenty years.  Using exclusively India Ink on paper, painted with precise Sumi brushes, for the past dozen years, Mr. Muller distills urban — Continue reading

LZF Air Table Lamp and Wall Sconce!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
LZF Air Table Lamp and Wall Sconce!

New LZF modern lights are available to help give you the look and home you desire. LZF is known for their curvy and geometric fixtures made of timber veneers, polypropylene and paper parchment in all kinds of colors and shapes. Now they’ve added the Air Table Lamp and Air Wall Sconce — Continue reading

Porcelain Flashlight Pendants

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Porcelain Flashlight Pendants

  Flashlights create light so why wouldn’t you use them for interior lighting?!  These porcelain “Flashlight” pendants are a fresh and creative way to display light.  The price is low so you could group them together or keep it simple and hang just one.  How great would they be over — Continue reading

Live Modern: Trunk House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Live Modern: Trunk House

Look at this lovely thing! We just love architecture that doesn’t just work at blending in and complementing the natural surroundings, but those that actually work at actively respecting and even honoring nature, like the Trunk House in Victoria, Australia by Paul Morgan Architects. Utilizing the materials that are naturally available in — Continue reading

Artist Megan Geckler’s Bold Bobble Installation!

Categories: Art + Graphics, ICFF 2011
Artist Megan Geckler’s Bold Bobble Installation!

Los Angeles-based installation artist Megan Geckler is a favorite. She transforms environments in colorful ways using different materials to create often-times geometric, repeating patterns that have such a great soul to them. When contacted by one of our favorite water bottle manufacturers, Bobble, to do an art installation for The — Continue reading

DIY: More Vase Love

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY: More Vase Love

Why so many vase DIY’s around here lately, eh? Well, this is right about that time (we’re referring to spring temperatures and sounds) that folks start feeling the need and desire to add some color into their indoor and outdoor spaces. And what’s the easiest way to add color to — Continue reading

New Louis Poulsen Lights!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
New Louis Poulsen Lights!

Louis Poulsen lights don’t mess around. Not only are they of the highest quality of lights you can get just about anywhere, these are the kind of modern fixtures you invest in when you want to make an impression. Knock someone’s socks off. Continue to delight yourself everyday. Made in — Continue reading

Modern ideas to steal: OKHA Interiors

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Modern ideas to steal: OKHA Interiors

Came across an interiors firm creating some inspiring spaces that definitely mix in a lot of modern furniture and sensibilities but also have a unique feel and are bursting with personality. You could probably find some inspiring ideas in these shots! Cape Town, South Africa-based OKHA. “OKHA sets a new standard — Continue reading