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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Earthly Pleasures

Categories: Art + Graphics
Earthly Pleasures

If only taking a ceramic class was a guarantee of output this drop-dead gorgeous, we’d probably all be lining up for a weekend lesson or two. But the Brooklyn-based sculptor Pamela Sunday is clearly not your standard ceramist. Her work, she says, is informed by nature and science, and we believe — Continue reading

Shape Shifter: Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Dining Table

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Shape Shifter: Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Dining Table

It’s worth noting that Eero Saarinen did not, in fact, invent the pedestal table; but those of us who remain awed by the purity of the Saarinen Tulip Dining Table by Knoll might be forgiven for thinking otherwise. To understand exactly how revolutionary a design Saarinen’s table was, one needs — Continue reading

Comic Relief

Categories: Art + Graphics, Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Comic Relief

Here’s a novel (and green) gift idea for a kid or any comic book-loving adult:  The Letteroom, a UK printing studio, will hand craft upper-case, 3-D letters, using original, vintage comic book pages and 100% recycled card stock. The letters are lightweight, but sturdy, and available in four choices of comic — Continue reading

Urbio – Modular Wall Storage

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Urbio – Modular Wall Storage

While attending the Modern Living Expo in Palm Springs, California, during Modernism Week a couple of weeks ago, I came across some fun modern designs which I’ll happily be sharing with you over the next few weeks. The first one is Urbio, a cool, modular wall system for hanging plants, toys or office supplies. Its verticallity provides — Continue reading

Sharpest Tool

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Sharpest Tool

Granted, only an extremely self-possessed man would allow himself to be caught with a pink crowbar, but our guess is that more than a few design-conscious women may cotton to Hot Pink Wrecking Bar by Portland, Oregon designer, Philip Iosca. Iosca has clearly capitalized on the tool-as-art craze (see Gold Standard) by simply — Continue reading

Bathing Beauty

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Bathing Beauty

It’s been a while since the styling of a single room stopped us dead in our tracks, but just try turning away from this bathroom, featured in the UK edition of Elle Decoration. If ever a case existed for allowing a single object to do all the work, this would be — Continue reading

Work and Play

Categories: Art + Graphics
Work and Play

No one can accuse Charles and Ray Eames of not playing nice. While busying themselves with the business of becoming iconoclasts of American design, they somehow managed to also find the time to invent interactive, imaginative children’s toys like this one, created in 1951, and simply packaged as The Toy. — Continue reading

High & Mighty

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, News + Events + Contests
High & Mighty

2Modern just unveiled a new Pinterest board, and we’re putting some of our favorite Knoll furniture designs on a pedestal. Our Knoll Classics sale has inspired us to revisit the many ways in which people choose to live with Knoll tables, Knoll dining seating, and Knoll lounge seating—and the results, you’ll see, are predictably dazzling. Whether chosen for — Continue reading

Square Route

Categories: Art + Graphics
Square Route

Humble gingham, it’s safe to say, is not what comes to mind when considering the grid paintings of contemporary artists traversing the high-brow world of art galleries. But the Wisconsin-born artist Michelle Grabner has made gingham patterns, “this clichéd vernacular motif,” as she calls it, a recurring theme in her acrylic — Continue reading

Water Color

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Water Color

It takes more than mere rain to put a damper on Paris’ grandeur, but this graphically striking Umbrella Cherbourg from the French clothing retailer Commune de Paris may actually have you urging the sun to stay away for a while. Plus, the convenient red, white and blue color scheme allows your nationalistic side to — Continue reading

Glass Act

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Glass Act

Sure, we admit that only someone under the influence of too many cocktails would spend more than $1,300 on a cocktail shaker, but then again few cocktails are shaken inside a jewel-hued work of glass art. The sparkling creation of the Istanbul-based glass artist Felekşan Onar, this faceted container is blown — Continue reading

Tall Order

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, News + Events + Contests
Tall Order

Amongst the many things we know about the great architects and designers who managed to make names like Womb and Wassily a part of our collective design consciousness is that they were very serious about reshaping—quite literally—old notions about what constitutes good furniture design. The enduring presence of Mid-Century Modern furniture in — Continue reading

Fruitful

Categories: Art + Graphics
Fruitful

It’s hard to imagine the intellectual and serious Josef Hoffmann laboring over the details and prettiness of a botanical design, but that, presumably, is what he was doing in 1904 when he designed Blueberry, this exceedingly beautiful wallpaper pattern now being produced by Studio Printworks for the design shop of New York’s — Continue reading

Straight Talk

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, News + Events + Contests
Straight Talk

The exquisitely refined Nakashima Straight Chair is amongst the many classic pieces of Knoll Dining Seating available from 2Modern at a 15% discount next week, and we were further reminded of George Nakashima’s enduring legacy by a recent newspaper editorial. A Solid, Comforting Family Member is an elegy by the writer Jane Margolies for a George — Continue reading

Pure White

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Pure White

You could call it the Pia Wallen effect, after the popular Swedish designer who’s made the cross (‘crux’) a recurring motif in her products; or it may just be a continuum in the longtime romance that modernists have conducted with the grid. Whatever its root cause, there’s no doubt that — Continue reading

American Splendor

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
American Splendor

Travel + Leisure magazine’s Design Awards issue is one of those annual editorial events guaranteed to make even self-proclaimed sophisticates feel like they’ve missed the boat, somehow. Its survey of the best and brightest in far-flung places is usually a baleful reminder of all the places and things we’ve never seen, — Continue reading

Smart Money

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Smart Money

Few things appeal to us more than a streamlined, handsome product like Money Bag, a smart little money holder which forces you to keep your bare essentials beautifully organized. Just the right sized accessory for running a quick errand, Money Bag holds a stack of bills, a couple of credit — Continue reading

Food Coloring

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Food Coloring

Who says kitchen color is reserved only for utensils and tableware? Marimekko’s new Tilkkutakki apron, featuring a design by Maija Louekari, is possibly the most joyful geometric print in some time, and that’s saying something for a brand that could never be accused of playing coy with color. Seems a — Continue reading

Pop Art

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Pop Art

For architecture buffs who love those meticulously constructed to-scale building models only seen in museum surveys, London’s Design Museum has the next best thing: a set of 4 intricately laser cut pop-up greeting cards of some of the city’s famous landmarks. The impressively detailed foursome has something for traditionalists—represented by St. Paul’s — Continue reading

Changing Winds

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability
Changing Winds

“I want to reinvent the built environment in order to extend the reach of consciousness,” says the ecologically-minded artist Michael Jantzen. Here, he explains his latest concept, The Solar Winds Gathering Place. “The Solar Winds Gathering Place is a design proposal for a large, prefabricated, modular, public art project. In — Continue reading