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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easter Pinspiration!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Easter Pinspiration!

You say Easter is a mere 9 days away, and you’re still on the hunt for seasonal pizzaz? No problem. We’ll show you 55 reasons to follow 2Modern on Pinterest, and the lively, winsome illustrations on this Marimekko cotton fabric is just one of them. We looked far and wide, — Continue reading

Waxing Poetic

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Waxing Poetic

We’ll confess that it was the clean and earthy packaging that drew our attention to Circle 21 scented candles, but it turns out we like everything else about them, too. For starters, this Amarillo, Texas company makes its candles from all-natural soy (not petroleum-based paraffin), and hand pours them into repurposed — Continue reading

Guest Rooms

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Guest Rooms

The humble wooden bird house/bird feeder has gone luxe over the last few years, with glossy, expensive varieties hung as testaments to the refined tastes of us humans more than the practical needs of our feathered friends. Maybe that’s why we like these simple plywood birdhouses made by Todd Hubler — Continue reading

Fashionable Type

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Fashionable Type

If you’re a graphic design studio interested in branching out into the fashion world, you might come up with something as clever as this microfiber suede scarf, featuring Helvetica letters. The Hong Kong-based studio, Little Factory, which made its name by specializing in pixel graphics, has taken a page from China’s — Continue reading

Field Trip

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Field Trip

If this is what rural living looks like, then sign us up immediately! The Vancouver-based architect Omer Arbel has designed a house on a Canadian hayfield that takes it’s angular, asymmetrical shape from the 100 year-old timber beams that were—in accordance with the architect’s instructions—used exactly as found, rather than cut — Continue reading

Op Art

Categories: Art + Graphics
Op Art

Our penchant for order and symmetry would never allow us to bypass the still life photography of Justin Fantl. Fantl, a commercial photographer, finds personal creative expression in, among other things, obsessively arranging mundane objects—like vitamin capsules and folded paper—into beautifully balanced compositions of color and shape. By limiting his — Continue reading

Can Do

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Can Do

Claiming to have the best anything in the universe takes gumption—or supreme confidence—but that’s exactly what the New York based design collective Kontextür claims to have with the x3, “the best watering can in the universe.” Designed by team member Paul Loebach, the streamlined x3‘s handle and spout are comprised of a single metal — Continue reading

Orange Crush

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
Orange Crush

If Pantone’s fashion color report says nectarine is a hot color for spring, who are we to argue? After all, we’ve had a crush on orange for a while. These stellar examples of Kartell modern seating, lighting and storage, on sale until March 26th, are only a few gorgeous examples — Continue reading

60 Minutes

Categories: Sustainability
60 Minutes

If you don’t think it’s possible for 7 continents and every major city on the planet to agree on anything, you don’t know Earth Hour. Proving that climate change initiatives can actually be fun, this Saturday, March 23rd, marks the 7th go-round for an illuminating little idea cooked up by the World — Continue reading

Pipe Dreams

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Pipe Dreams

Not every attempt at upcycling—repurposing detritus into something loftier—is an aesthetic victory. But the French design studio FX Balléry has given it a good go. PVC pipes in a range of configurations have been painted in sumptuous colors, heavily lacquered, and turned into a glossy modern vase series. True, they still look — Continue reading

Golden Girl

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Golden Girl

This glamorous, vaguely exotic wallpaper pattern by Karla Pruitt, enriched by the texture of hand-drawn crosshatch marks, was actually inspired by an antique wooden chair inherited from the artist’s grandmother. We like the way Pruitt turns a traditional ornamental element into a bold, stylized architectural motif. (And it’s good to — Continue reading

Standing Tall

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Standing Tall

The 71 year-old Japanese architect Toyo Ito was awarded the Pritzker Prize yesterday, architecture’s grandest international honor. Lauding him for work that “projects an air of optimism, lightness and joy and is infused with both a sense of uniqueness and universality,” the Pritzker jury singled out several Ito buildings, including the — Continue reading

Orange Aid

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Orange Aid

We’ll admit a we were a bit flummoxed by this aluminum and leather ruler by Lee Jung Woo of Seoul-based EK Design at first. But when we realized that the flaming orange leather merely acts as a protective sheath into which the ruler can be rolled up and stored or — Continue reading

Wall Mark

Categories: Art + Graphics
Wall Mark

The northwest corner of Bowery and Houston Street in downtown Manhattan has become a plum site for the commissioned work of once subversive street artists. A revolving public exhibition space comprised of a single mural, the spot first gained notoriety in 1982 when Keith Haring used Day-Glo orange and his signature — Continue reading

Colored View

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Colored View

  With over 100 destinations under their belts, the design team at Wallpaper magazine has hit upon an ingenious formula for making their city guides a magnet for design savvy wanderers. Reduce the essence of a city to a single color, keep typography to a minimum, and then watch as — Continue reading

Desert Oasis: Missoni Does Kuwait

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Desert Oasis: Missoni Does Kuwait

Understatement is not what one expects from the Italian fashion house Missoni, so the color and print extravaganza on display at Hotel Missioni Kuwait, the second in the brand’s chain of international hotels, comes as no surprise. What is a surprise is the drop-dead selection of A-list Mid-Century Modern furniture — Continue reading

Light Green

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
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Need a cheery St. Paddy’s Day decoration that looks, but isn’t, permanent? Then, we’d recommend this delicate and pretty Run of Luck vinyl wall sticker that adds a whimsical Irish touch without besmirching the integrity of the most stylish modern room. It’s part of our selection of Irish-themed finds on our — Continue reading

Glass Act

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
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Granted $200+ for a water carafe is pretty steep, but at least you can say it’s for a (partial) good cause. Bib & Sola, a UK brand of artisan glass carafes, gives 10% of its profits to charitable organizations. This elegant set, etched with the phrase, “water changes everything” was — Continue reading

Black and White

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
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Darkness and light—both literal and metaphorical—are the twin elements that inform the ravishing back and white photographs in Whitewash, a clothbound homage to southern California architecture by Nicholas Alan Cope. “Searching for the sublime core of the city’s true nature,” Cope, like many a transplanted Californian before him, has found creative solace — Continue reading

Advanced Geometry

Categories: Art + Graphics
Advanced Geometry

“Geometry, like physics or mathematics, defines how our world is constructed. I find endless beauty in this construction. I see god in there.” We confess to being impressed by anyone disciplined enough to keep a daily project going for 15 months (and counting), never mind seeing God in the process. — Continue reading