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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Lucky Star

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Lucky Star

Designing with ecological and social responsibility in mind is one of those lofty goals rarely adopted by creators of sleek modern objects. But the Berlin-based home accessories company Roomsafari has made its central philosophy just that—and has admirably managed to keep its eye on the prize since its inception in 2001. — Continue reading

Coming Clean

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Coming Clean

It’s hard to justify getting excited about an air purifier, but when it looks like this, maybe we’re allowed. Blueair, makers of air purifiers, introduced its Sense model last year to universal acclaim, and no wonder. Designed by the Swedish architectural firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, Sense boasted an exceptionally pure form that — Continue reading

Southern Comfort

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Southern Comfort

“I really believe in what Brad is doing for the community and was honored to be included. I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans. I love the colors that the homeowner — Continue reading

Think Thin

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Think Thin

Italian brand Kristalia will be debuting a new version of their 2011 Thin-K table at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, better known as the Milan Furniture Fair, in a few weeks, and we get a sneak peek, thanks to these exquisite photos Kristalia just sent over to us. Thin-K  was — Continue reading

Three Cups

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Three Cups

Never mind Easter, here are three stylish reasons to serve up hard boiled eggs any time of the year. Sagaform, the Swedish housewares brand, has rolled out Egg Parade, a set of three porcelain egg cups that reflect their signature fondness for patterns. Working with a roster of Swedish product — Continue reading

Material Man

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Material Man

As molded plywood and fiberglass are to Charles Eames, so too, it must be said, is polycarbonate to Philippe Starck. If it’s possible for technological innovation to perfectly dovetail with the imaginative ambitions of designers, than it’s not a stretch to say that, without Philippe Starck, the material known as — Continue reading

We’ve Got Easter Pins!

Categories: Modern Holiday Ideas
We’ve Got Easter Pins!

Have you been following our Easter Board on Pinterest? Well, you must! Here at 2Modern, we’ve been digging around and finding all sorts of imaginative gift ideas and decorative touches that will help you celebrate the holiday in the well-designed and winsome fashion to which you’ve become accustomed. Whether you — Continue reading

Dripping Bowl

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Dripping Bowl

Basket is the name of a new line of glass bowls by the Swedish glass company Kosta Boda. The bowl’s distinctive twists have been compared to Jackson Pollack’s color-saturated paint drips, but the more obvious comparison (no doubt, helped by its range of delicious candy colors) would be to the — Continue reading

House Proud

Categories: Art + Graphics
House Proud

“I strive to achieve an emotional feeling in my paintings, a captured time, a refined balance between simple form and a more defined visual.” The artist Jason Wright has studied both painting and graphic design, and each discipline is starkly evident in his landscape paintings. Houses reduced to their fundamental form—a roof, walls, — Continue reading

Good Match

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Good Match

Proving that the most imaginative design solutions come from keen observation, the Swedish designers Shane Schneck and Clara von Zweigbergk have taken matchbox design to novel heights by giving star treatment to the part of the matchbox usually treated as superfluous. In creating Strike, they traded in the standard phosphorus matchbox — Continue reading

Sexy Number

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Sexy Number

It’s safe to say that the visual properties of our house numbers don’t usually keep us up at night. While most of us go to extraordinary lengths to find just the right paint color and exterior cladding, the number signs that identify our home addresses usually fall victim to whatever — Continue reading

Slide Show

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Slide Show

Well heavens! Pity the parents of children brought to this Manhattan penthouse, where the architect David Hotson has designed and installed a plaything for the ages: a serpentine, mirror-polished stainless steel tubular slide that winds through four floors. Through a circular entrance in the attic, anyone brave enough to give — Continue reading

Green Stamp

Categories: Art + Graphics
Green Stamp

If you’re trying to avoid the color green or that other standard Irish symbol, the shamrock, you’re out of luck—for the next week, at least. But we do think the stylized shamrock that appears on these postage stamps is anything but kitsch. Issued by Ireland in 1970 to commemorate European Conservation — Continue reading

Copy That

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Copy That

“Imitation can also be inspiration,” says Renny Ramakers, the founder of Droog, the experimental Dutch design collective. And to prove it, Droog went to Shenzhen, China, “the epicenter of copycat culture,” to do some imitating of their own. The result is The New Original, a project aimed at initiating dialogue about — Continue reading

Living Color

Categories: Art + Graphics
Living Color

This series of Pop Art-inspired editorial illustrations in the latest issue of New York Magazine has us enthralled. For the magazine’s annual Best of New York edition, the photographer Bobby Doherty has illustrated its six sections, each devoted to a specific city feature, with photos of objects in repeat pattern arrangements that bring to — Continue reading

Plastic Look

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Plastic Look

If you think this is plastic, think again. When San Francisco passed a 2012 city ordinance banning plastic shopping bags, the artist Lauren DiCioccio took note by offering up an eco-friendly homage to the flimsy, generic white plastic bag and its crude “thank you” typography. Her version, a collaboration with — Continue reading

Tradition with a Modern Spin

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Tradition with a Modern Spin

Another discovery at the recent Palm Springs Modern Living Expo was the great collection of handmade furniture and lighting by whyrHymer, the Los Angeles-based company founded by Louisiana native Brandon Morrison. Morrison, whose first love was acting, began his career as a furniture maker while working as a handyman at — Continue reading

Local Color

Categories: Art + Graphics
Local Color

For 16 years, the photographer Graeme Williams has been documenting the homes of South Africa’s most impoverished citizens—those for whom the end of apartheid didn’t lead to an improvement in personal fortunes—and the result is the photographic essay, Painting Over the Present. The most startling thing about these photos is — Continue reading

Most Wanted

Categories: News + Events + Contests
Most Wanted

Are you a design-loving team player who prefers working in pajamas? Does a growing company that appreciates both dedication and work/life balance sound like your cup of tea? Then, you’re in luck! 2Modern is looking for a dynamic E-commerce Production Artist to join our stellar team. Click here to see — Continue reading

Hair Polish

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Hair Polish

“Like a classic wristwatch or elegant cufflinks, we believe a fine comb is one of the essential elements of a gentleman’s style…we aim to create combs which reflect an enduring style and permanence.” Pretty lofty stuff for the makers of combs. But the Chicago Comb Company is doing its bit — Continue reading