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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Shining Example

Categories: Art + Graphics
Shining Example

We applaud any product that induces us to put pen to paper, which is why these striking notebooks by the Washington, DC letterpress print shop Haute Paper most definitely caught our eye. We couldn’t very well resist such a compelling array of all-over patterns—and their added twist of glamour, foil stamped in silver — Continue reading

Flower Power

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Flower Power

We’re quite taken with these flowery stools by San Diego-based designer and artist Louise Girling. Working out of her studio, lbgdesign, where projects range from architecture and interiors to furniture and custom wallpaper, Girling’s Lulo furniture line nicely reflects her training in architecture, graphic design and painting. Using a combination of lacquered — Continue reading

Rainbow Girl

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Rainbow Girl

“We take pleasure in serving happy customers,” is the motto of Sugamo Shinkin Bank inTokyo—and pity the customers who can’t manage a smile with this confection of colors welcoming them. The French-born architect Emmanuelle Moureaux, commissioned to build a new branch for the bank, answered with a building distinguished by a stack of rainbow-colored platforms — Continue reading

Baby Steps

Categories: Kids + Baby
Baby Steps

This certainly sounds like a smart idea: Swap is a two-spoons-in-one baby spoon for babies 4 months and older, from Boon. One end holds a soft silicone tip (BpA-free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free) for younger infants, while the other end is a rigid stainless spoon for experienced eaters. The flat tip — Continue reading

Field of Dreams

Categories: Local + Travel
Field of Dreams

Nashville is hot. Yes, of course, there’s the very popular TV series, but there’s also Wildsam Field Guides, the Nashville edition, the first in “a new American travel series with a bygone sense of place.” Wildsam’s editor, Taylor Bruce, is a New York-based writer, and, not surprisingly, words, not pictures, are his — Continue reading

Gold Standard

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Gold Standard

When a tool and hardware look this refined, actually putting them to use may be beside the point. The hammer, a creation of the Seattle design studio, Iacoli & McAllister, is made of solid brass, and, presumably, is a working tool (though who’d be silly enough to bang anything with — Continue reading

Victorian Modern

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Victorian Modern

If it’s possible to have a house that’s both sumptuous and spare, opulent and simple, old and new, then the interior decorator Rose Uniacke has shown us how. Her 19th Century Georgian Revival house in London, which comes with old-world accoutrements like ballroom, conservatory and abundant architectural detailing, would seem a — Continue reading

Water Based

Categories: Art + Graphics
Water Based

These graphic Navy Signal Prints are by the London-based graphic designer Hana Tanimura, whose self-initiated project looks to maritime flags and their system of visual communication for inspiration. Simple, cleanly rendered geometric shapes and vibrant colors are a staple of maritime flags and pennants, and Tanimura was savy enough to see how — Continue reading

President’s Day Sale

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, News + Events + Contests
President’s Day Sale

We love design no matter where it’s made, but today we’re feeling particularly patriotic. We admit to a soft spot for those who craft modern design in our American backyard. Which is why on this President’s Day, when you shop from our featured USA-made products, like Eastvold Handcrafted Modern Furniture, — Continue reading

Window Dressing

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Window Dressing

For a project that is “part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up,” the New York graphic designer Jose Guizar has taken it upon himself to create a suite of weekly illustrations featuring The Windows of New York. Thus far, the collection is a portrait of — Continue reading

Thirst Quencher

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Thirst Quencher

Whole World Water is a social/ecological campaign aimed at bringing attention to the dual issues of clean drinking water—something which remains inaccessible to millions—and the deadly consequences of plastic run amok. The campaign, which officially launches on March 22, World Water Day, has the pledge of participating hotel chains to replace plastic water — Continue reading

Added Value

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Added Value

Nashville-based retailers Imogene + Willie have found a novel way to parlay their signature emblem—a Swiss cross-like ‘plus’ sign—into an eye-catching design motif. They source vintage military T-shirts, and then sew hand-cut muslin fabric plus signs onto them. The results: a Plus Tee with a graphic statement clean and modern enough to make any — Continue reading

Wrapped Up

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Wrapped Up

The Japanese industrial designer Naoto Yoshida knows something about wood scrap. The son of a furniture maker, he’s long been witness to the byproduct of the furniture making process. Inspired to do something from discarded, but still beautiful, wood scrap, he seems to have hit upon the golden triumvirate of modern — Continue reading

Classic Order

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Classic Order

You know a classic when you see one. You recognize what makes a design iconic without needing to be told why. Innovation and excellence need no introduction—and may be summed up in a single word: Knoll. The lofty standards of excellence set half a century ago continue to be the hallmark of — Continue reading

Italian Flair

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Italian Flair

The Italian design factory Alessi has released some tantalizing snapshots of its new spring/summer collection. Among the highlights are Acquarello bowls, a dinnerware collection with a delicate concentric pattern, designed by Guido Venturini. But the star of its spring/summer release is undoubtedly Mu, the flatware line desinged by the Japanese architect Toyo — Continue reading

Pinning for Love

Categories: Art + Graphics
Pinning for Love

Directly, or indirectly, artists and designers have always found distinctive ways to express the concept of love in their work. In observance of Valentine’s Day, we’ve started a Pinterest board of our favorite love-laced art, creations by artists both world-renowned and less celebrated. A Tracey Emin mug, Angus Hyland poster — Continue reading

The White Stuff

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
The White Stuff

How can we resist these simple white all-purpose bags, designed and manufactured by the German company Raumgestalt? Made from Tyvek®, that mysterious and magical material that’s tear-resistent, water-resistent, and nearly indestructible, they’re light as paper, with none of paper’s limitations, and have the structural integrity to stand upright. All that, and — Continue reading

Hearts & Minds

Categories: Art + Graphics
Hearts & Minds

There’s no getting away from it. Whether it’s all you need or a battlefield; whether blind or in the air, love is everywhere today. Painted and written, applied to walls and carved in limestone; crafted in iron, aglow in neon, expressions of love will not be ignored. So, if you’re thinking — Continue reading

Sleeping Around, the Traveling Pop-Up Hotel

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Sleeping Around, the Traveling Pop-Up Hotel

Shipping containers have become a modern, sustainable design concept, and “pop-up” retailers are all the rage. Combine them, and what do you get?  Sleeping Around, a unique pop-up, shipping container hotel. Here, the term “pop-up” goes beyond the notion of merely making an unexpected appearance. It denotes exclusivity, flexibility and innovation: a — Continue reading

Show Stopper

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Show Stopper

It was, of course, an inevitability that the (recently opened) Republic of Fritz Hansen showroom in Milan would drive the design cognoscenti into a hyperventilating frenzy. Any collaboration between the venerable Danish furniture maker and Milan-based design powerhouses Spotti and Studio Peppe was destined, it would seem, to be hailed as a — Continue reading