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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easter Blues

Categories: Art + Graphics
Easter Blues

Maybe it’s that we’re particularly attuned to the visual cues of Easter, with its accompanying subtle hues and promise of spring, but we’ve found ourselves beguiled by the still life photography of Kate Mathis. A New York-based photo stylist with a host of shelter magazine clients, Mathis specializes in creating blissfully — Continue reading

Cooking Class

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Cooking Class

Count Williams-Sonoma amongst the companies smartly capitalizing on iPhone/iPad fever. They’ve created a suite of products under their Smart Tools for iPad line, aimed at cooks who find uses for personal digital devices in the kitchen—like watching culinary videos or downloading recipes. The set includes an iPad shield to protect the device — Continue reading

Red Delicious

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Red Delicious

We wish we knew a bit more about this vintage (1950′s) French metal lamp from the archives of the Copenhagen gallery, The Apartment, but we can’t help but admire both its graceful shape and the grace with which it’s aged. The angular neck and distinctive shade echo the iconoclastic work — Continue reading

Hotel California

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Hotel California

Anyone looking to instantly banish the long winter blues would do well to immerse themselves in the desert colors of Palm Springs, California—and we’re not talking burnt sienna and yellow ochre. Thanks to the architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat + Associates, guests at the Saguora hotel will find an — Continue reading

Cutting Edge

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Cutting Edge

As if we needed another reminder of how one unexpected element can effectively reposition a utilitarian object as objet d’art (see brass hammer, flower nails), the Danish tableware company, Stelton, has managed to up the ante with Pure Black, a knife series “for serious gourmets who are as daring in their — Continue reading

Street Language

Categories: Art + Graphics
Street Language

The next time you’re in New York, and find yourself baffled by its signage, take heart. That unintelligible parking sign may, in fact, be part of Rap Quotes, an ongoing project by the artist Jay Shells. Shells, who has shown a fondness for street signage in the past, has recreated — Continue reading

Cottage Industry

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Cottage Industry

Stretching the definition of outdoor furniture to its limits—and just named a 2013 International Design Award winner by Elle Decor Spain—is Kettal Cottage, a cabana-cum-daybed designed by the Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. An aluminum frame, wooden slats, a mattress that seats/sleeps two, and a privacy curtain create an outdoor refuge — Continue reading

Line Dance

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Line Dance

How could we not be impressed by the fool-the-eye construction of these bags by the Taiwanese company Jump From Paper, founded by the young designers Chay Su and Rika Lin? It’s one thing to want to turn a cartoonish drawing into a three-dimensional object, but another altogether to have it — Continue reading

Wrap Sheet

Categories: Art + Graphics
Wrap Sheet

The Berlin-based shop Citoyennes offers a quaint and quirky selection of illlustration-based paper products and home accessories, of which this Eames-centeric wrapping paper is one. Featuring images of three famous Eames chairs and a nicely-balanced color palette, each repeat pattern sheet may just as easily be framed as a poster—though we — Continue reading

Eye Poppin

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Eye Poppin

If emphatic color is not your preference, then look away from Poppin, the online retailer that seems determined to put a vibrant new spin on mundane pre-digital desktop necessities, like staplers, notebooks and calculators. Not one bit interested in playing coy with color, Poppin products are distinguished by their exuberant hues—think — Continue reading

Sitting Pretty

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Sitting Pretty

Among the more glamorous names showing their latest creations at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, or Milan Furniture Fair, in early April is Zaha Hadid, who, if her recent output is any indication, must have Herculean stamina. Barely done with her gargantuan Galaxy Soho complex in Beijing, Hadid will be presenting — Continue reading

Cable News

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Cable News

Who would have thought that a bare light bulb and an extra long electrical cord could work this memorably together? Not us. The German industrial designers Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Peiz founded the brand Kraud in 2006, and the Super-Light Classic pendant light is one of their more famous creations. Hand — Continue reading

Hooking Up

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Hooking Up

German designer Thomas Schmitz has clearly been paying close attention to the interior idiosyncrasies of industrial lofts. He’s created a space-specific coat hook for urban dwellers—namely for those living in lofts that come with exposed pipes. The excellently-named Cliffhanger is a compact device that can be tucked between—and protrudes out from—two parallel — Continue reading

Letter Perfect

Categories: Art + Graphics
Letter Perfect

“We like to use the word handcrafted to describe our approach, which may seem odd in the digital world, but we think it speaks toward our commitment to bringing an artisan’s touch to everything we do.” No arguing with Woodhouse, a small Michigan graphic design studio, whose commitment to balancing cutting-edge — Continue reading

Lunch Money

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Lunch Money

Last year, the fashion house Jil Sander had tongues wagging with its Vasari lunch bag, a specially coated brown paper (yes, paper) lunch bag, which sold (and sold out) at a whopping $290. Apparently unfazed, and possibly galvanized, by the snickering directed their way, a leather version is up for grabs. The Italian-made — Continue reading

Master Plan

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Master Plan

If you have the good sense to call upon Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard to create a home for you, then surely you deserve a house with as much restrained splendor as this one, built for the industrialist J. Irwin Miller, in Columbus, Indiana. In 1952, Miller and his wife — Continue reading

Metal Petals

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Metal Petals

“To be planted is this nail’s desire.” Well, with marketing copy this cute, who on earth could resist FlowerNails, ingenious little decorative nails created by the Japanese product designer Masaharu Ono. Sold by German brand Raumgestalt, they’re fashioned from stainless steel, are sturdy enough to hold keys and light pictures, and — Continue reading

Wristy Business

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Wristy Business

For those with a deep need for self-documentation—for knowing how many hours they sleep; how many calories they consume and burn; just how much time they waste—help is a mere wristband away. UP, a motion-sensitive wristband/smartphone app, designed by Yves Behar’s FuseProject, and introduced last year by electronics brand Jawbone, — Continue reading

Water Works

Categories: Sustainability
Water Works

Our preoccupation with water—drinking lots of it, paying for it, taking it wherever we go—is, not surprisingly, reflected in the abundance of attention industrial designers are lavishing on containers meant to hold and transport liquids. How many ways, we wonder, are there to interpret such a vessel? Well, with World Water — Continue reading

Color Full

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Color Full

There are few things we welcome more, architecturally speaking, than the unexpected infusion of color. And this Los Angeles home, in paying homage to the exhilarating buildings of the Mexican architect Luis Barragan, makes use of the particularly beguiling combination of saffron and pink. A collaboration of architect, landscaper designer and homeowner, — Continue reading