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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Waves of Love

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Waves of Love

Is it possible to trademark a shape? If it is, then put the Aalto Vase by the Finnish glass factory Iittala at the front of the line. To have conceived a form so distinctive that it needs no description but its creator’s name is an enviable accomplishment by any designer. And to — Continue reading

Somewhere Inside the Rainbow

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Somewhere Inside the Rainbow

“I have created a space where people become a little uncertain as to whether they have stepped into a work or into part of the museum,” says the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson of his permanent  rooftop installation at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Århus, Denmark. And that’s a pretty good description of Your — Continue reading

Key Note

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Key Note

Jason Gregory, the son of an art teacher and a builder, is the founder of the Florida-based design studio, Makr, which carries an inventory of thoughtfully designed, meticulously produced leather and canvas products. The influence of both art and craft are clearly evident in the simple form and beautiful patina — Continue reading

For the Love of Wallpaper

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
For the Love of Wallpaper

How do you convert a Valentine’s Day motif into a backdrop appropriate for the entire year? By creating a series of joyful, beautifully illustrated wallpaper murals loaded with heart-stopping visual panache, that’s how. Just ask the UK-based company, Murals Wallpaper, the masterminds behind this stylish, graphically inspiring, and oh-so-romantic selection of — Continue reading

Elpis & Wood: Good Looks, With a Conscience

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Elpis & Wood: Good Looks, With a Conscience

Elpis & Wood, a furniture company based in Marysville, Washington, is that rare company that takes environmental stewardship and social responsibility seriously. Makers of bespoke furniture crafted from reclaimed wood, much of it sourced from the pacific northwest, they “see a world where what seems useless and discarded can be brought — Continue reading

Love Seat

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Love Seat

So what if you’re hopeless at choosing Valentine’s Day flowers? So what if they’re pricey and wilt before dessert arrives? We’ve got an idea. Why not order the Fatboy Marimekko bean bag for her, and she’ll have flowers—big, red, romantic flowers—to last for years to come. And not just any flowers. — Continue reading

Thin Lines

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Thin Lines

Is it art, or is it furniture? Giving new meaning to the term fine furniture is the impossibly slender Chiuet table prototype by Korean designer Seung Jun Jeong. Designed in 2010, and winner of several concept design awards, this is one of those table-as-art pieces that looks suspiciously impractical and even ever-so-slightly — Continue reading

Morning Read

Categories: Art + Graphics
Morning Read

Editorial pundits may be proclaiming the death of print, but that isn’t discouraging writers, photographers and designers from pouring themselves into publications that celebrate the particular joys of a glossy two-page spread. The new UK food and travel quarterly magazine, Cereal, has set for itself the lofty goal “of making something — Continue reading

Love Story

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Love Story

Everyone’s got a love story. And who doesn’t dream of a happy ending? If Valentine’s Day still has you stumped, let us suggest a real page turner. The Front Page Magazine/Newspaper Rack takes its inspiration from the shape of bound pages, fluttering in a sudden gust of wind. Six sinuous, translucent elements curve — Continue reading

Trend Alert: Radial Lines

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
Trend Alert: Radial Lines

Maybe it’s because we already have our eye on spring. Maybe we can just sense a bright idea. Whatever the reason, at 2Modern, we definitely see things moving in a sunny direction. We detect a distinct pattern: delicate repeating lines, perfectly symmetrical, radiating from a central axis, like a burst — Continue reading

Antique White

Categories: Art + Graphics
Antique White

Nostalgia for the way things used to be—or at the very least, the way things used to look—can fairly be explained in one word: quality. Prior to the advent of mass production, the thinking goes, stuff was made to last a good while, and, thus, made with a great deal more care. — Continue reading

Circle of Love

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Circle of Love

If the concept of love—across cultures and continents—had to be translated into a basic geometric shape, there’d be little debate as to which shape. As a symbol of interconnectedness or infinity, wholeness or unity, protection or balance, there’s simply nothing to match the circle. And with Valentine’s Day around the — Continue reading

Twists and Turns

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Twists and Turns

All the qualities that made lucite a beguiling material in the 1960s and 70s—lightness, both visual and literal, a touch of glamour—remain true today. The California-born glass artist Dorothy Thorpe was something of a pioneer in the use of lucite (the material is, more accurately, acrylic; lucite is the trademark name coined by DuPont), — Continue reading

Good Luxe

Categories: Local + Travel
Good Luxe

Yes, we admit to having been overtaken by a spot of wanderlust lately, here at 2Modern, and our discriminating eye for design naturally lead us to LUXE City Guides. To say that LUXE guides aren’t for most traveleers is to state the obvious, given their lavishly decorative, photo-less covers. Aimed at — Continue reading

We’re Talking About Love

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
We’re Talking About Love

For the next 7 days, 2Modern will be talking about love. We’re counting down to Valentine’s Day with a review of some of the more romantic, playful, and just plain heart-stoppingly beautiful examples of modern furniture and modern gift ideas from our collection. And there’s simply no better starting point than — Continue reading

The Lost Film of Marilyn Monroe

Categories: Art + Graphics
The Lost Film of Marilyn Monroe

As if we need further confirmation of Marilyn Monroe’s age-defying star power, consider the case of Peter Mangone. In 1955, Mangone was a 15 year-old schoolboy with a crush on Marilyn. Hoping for a glimpse of the 29 year-old star, newly divorced from Joe DiMaggio, Mangone waited outside New York’s Gladstone — Continue reading

Fan Fare

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Fan Fare

Anyone under the impression that black-and-white is a strictly modern color concept may want to have a look at this vintage fan, manufactured presumably sometime in the 1940s by Fresh’nd Aire. Aside from the obviously stellar construction (note the weighty base and delicate metal chain), what’s striking is the geometric — Continue reading

Yellow, Perfected

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Yellow, Perfected

The Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi may extoll the virtues of imperfection, but the New York-based interior designer Jennifer Post is having none of it. Her stock and trade is unapologetic, awe-inspiring flawlessness, which may explain why she can blithely declare, “I’m not for everyone.” Maybe so, but everyone would do well to — Continue reading

Fine Print

Categories: Art + Graphics
Fine Print

With our ardor for Mid-Century Modern furnishings in no imminent danger of subsiding, these three-color letterpress notecards from Digby & Rose, featuring illustrations of George Nelson’s clock and pendant lamps, and Harry Bertoia’s Diamond wire chair, are a worthwhile indulgence. The debossed brick wall is a particularly nice touch, and — Continue reading

Neon Nostalgia in Las Vegas

Categories: Art + Graphics
Neon Nostalgia in Las Vegas

Neon wasn’t invented specifically for Las Vegas, but we might be forgiven for assuming it was. No city on any continent has ever flourished as brightly in the glow (or, in Vegas’ case, glare) of neon signage as has America’s gambling capitol. And now, thanks to the recently-opened Neon Museum, — Continue reading