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Monthly Archives: June 2012

John Meng’s Fantastic Wine Bottle Lamps

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
John Meng’s Fantastic Wine Bottle Lamps

It’s nothing new to make stuff with recycled wine bottles. People have come up with the idea long ago of cutting wine bottles and giving them a new life. Lamps made from cut bottles, too, have been in sight for years. Now China based designer John Meng picked up the — Continue reading

Coates Design Architects’ Eco-Pak Container homes

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Coates Design Architects’ Eco-Pak Container homes

Seattle Architect Matthew Coates, President of Coates Design Architects, has teamed up with Aircraft Structural Engineer James Green of  Building Container LLC, to create a container home like no other. Imagine a container that can be delivered to nearly any site on the globe and enclosed within are the structural — Continue reading

Space Design Studios’ Princess of Wales Pub

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Space Design Studios’ Princess of Wales Pub

A hundred and fifty years young, The Princess of Wales Pub in leafy Primrose Hill, London, has recently been lovingly renovated by Space Design Studios. The aim was to help this famous pub to have a brand new interior and exterior, new bar, open kitchen and a new restaurant area — Continue reading

New @ 2Modern: Lightecture!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
New @ 2Modern: Lightecture!

Looking for bold modern lighting that has a soft, sensuous, almost-feminine appeal to it? Something with the hard-edged look of geometry but made out of materials that convey a level of softness? The sort of light fixtures that you might want to hug because they look so nice? New at — Continue reading

THOUGHTBARN’s a Chromatic Confluence

Categories: Art + Graphics
THOUGHTBARN’s a Chromatic Confluence

Wanna see what 25000′ feet of colored macrame cord arranged in a modern, geometric and walk-through-able way looks like? Thank goodness for Austin-based THOUGHTBARN  (you might remember them from Calabria Road Project and faceted mini golf project), an architecture, installation and furniture design firm that continually creates unusual and wonderful — Continue reading

designSTUDIO’s lightBOX Delicious Details

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
designSTUDIO’s lightBOX Delicious Details

Okay we’ve posted about designSTUDIO’s work before. Maybe a lot before. Mark Meyer is an Austin-based architect with a proclivity for affordable materials, odd capitalization usage, shipping containers, clever details and a focus on creating really smart, usable spaces. He’s done a ton of stuff we’ve loved in the past, — Continue reading

Frugal Modern: 9 Items Under $20

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Frugal Modern: 9 Items Under $20

You a cheapskate? Need to buy a present for someone but don’t got a lot of dough? Have twenty bucks burning a hole in your pocket? Just like to be frugal when it comes to modern design? Whatever your reason for not wanting to spend a lot of money on modern — Continue reading

Swedish Barn-like House for Sale

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Swedish Barn-like House for Sale

You bet it’s another home for sale in Sweden somewhere with sleek modern interiors that will make you furious that you probably can’t afford it. Though to be fair this one is only around 200k which isn’t really that bad considering how awesome this space is. Are you looking at — Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Alex Marshall Studios

Categories: Exclusive Interviews
Exclusive Interview: Alex Marshall Studios

It’s hard to not fall even more in love with a company’s products when you hear them talk about how passionate they are about what they do. Speaking with Alex Marshall and Andrew Barry, who are the couple behind Alex Marshall Studios‘ earthy, thick, colorful, rich, handmade bowls, vases, plates and more, made us fall — Continue reading

Adorable Brass & Bicycle Chain Pillbugs

Categories: Art + Graphics
Adorable Brass & Bicycle Chain Pillbugs

Austin-based artist Matt Norris makes VERY cool things out of metal (recent pieces in memory include a skeleton pirate sculpture and an amazingly-detailed praying mantis metal sculpture) but one of our favorite things he makes is little brass and recycled bicycle chain pillbugs (or roly polys, where I was raised). — Continue reading

Sculptural Ceramic Planters by Brian Bosworth

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Sculptural Ceramic Planters by Brian Bosworth

  bkb Ceramics is a small ceramics studio located in beautiful Joshua Tree, CA desert.   Which is not a surprise because bkb ceramics pays homage to cacti and succulents.   Their focus is simple and unique- to create modern, one-of-a-kind ceramic planters as functional sculpture.    All pieces are sculptural — Continue reading

Matthias Ferwagner’s Paul & Paula Tables

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Matthias Ferwagner’s Paul & Paula Tables

Created in 2012, these fancy little suckers are simple, stream-lined, with a fun geometric base. Though lovely individually, it’s really about their perfect partnership and how they work together to enhance your space and bring a lot of function into a room. “Paul and Paula – they feel most comfortable — Continue reading

DIY Cloud Mobile

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY Cloud Mobile

Before you don’t click on this because you think it’s a kid thing or something, consider who really needs the cheering up in your household. Don’t most kids seem to be bursting with the joy of life like, 24/7? It’s usually us grumpy grown-ups plodding through each day just trying to — Continue reading

A very mod space

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
A very mod space

This super mod space, found at Vitra, has to be one of the coolest spaces that we’ve seen!  The natural light shows off all of the modern wood tones and pale sherbert color tones.  The pairing of the sofas and chairs is also a great detail and gives for awesome — Continue reading

Jason Middlebrook’s Version of Nature

Categories: Art + Graphics
Jason Middlebrook’s Version of Nature

It’s hard to improve upon nature itself. Full of wonders that even some human eyes have never touched, no one can doubt its extraordinary beauty. But, if there were an artist coming close to improving on nature — or at the very least creating a lovely alternative — it might — Continue reading

Clump Them: Spherical Pendant Lights

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Decor + Objects
Clump Them: Spherical Pendant Lights

Love the look in that first photo of our post about the Nobis Hotel — so do we! We love the energy clumping together like-shaped pendant lights can bring to a space. There’s something cloud-like about a lot of round, textural, beautiful modern pendant lights coming together to hang at — Continue reading

Claesson Koivisto Rune’s Nobis Hotel

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Claesson Koivisto Rune’s Nobis Hotel

Located in Stockhom, Sweden, Claesson Koivisto Rune’s Nobis Hotel is a wonderful mashing together of lots of different styles, enviable furniture pieces and an honest array of ideas that could be taken and used in the home. Like in the lounge area that sports a wonderfully modern and whimsical mix of — Continue reading

Dan McMahon’s Captain Hook Lamp

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Dan McMahon’s Captain Hook Lamp

Need a little whimsy with your modern this morning? So do we! Enjoying Dan McMahon’s Captain Hook Lamp. It follows a trend aesthetic toward cage-like light fixtures that are reminscent of the sort of purely industrial cage lights that you usually see in garages and mechanic shops, streamlines it, and adds — Continue reading

Design Book: Night Fever 3

Categories: Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Design Book: Night Fever 3

“Night Fever 3 presents 129 interiors – restaurants, bars and clubs, and hotels – offering a detailed look at the cutting-edge approach of their creators. Today, designers distil a venue’s essence – be it the flavours of its menu or the ambiance of its party scene – and incorporate it — Continue reading

“Abandoned” Photography by Paul Batt

Categories: Art + Graphics
“Abandoned” Photography by Paul Batt

Paul Batt’s art appeals to us on a number of levels. Some people who are collectors can’t pass by an item of the kind they collect. We feel the same way about furniture. Everything — even the most far gone things — seem to have potential. It’s a painful experience — Continue reading