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Monthly Archives: April 2013

2sday Giveaway: Thomaspaul Plates!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
2sday Giveaway: Thomaspaul Plates!

In the mood for some bird watching? Our 2sday Facebook Giveaway continues for several more hours, with a set of four Thomaspaul plates up for grabs. The Ornithology dessert plate set is a charming foursome of bird illustrations in blue, red, green and yellow, made of dishwasher safe melamine, perfect for summer entertaining. — Continue reading

Well Structured

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Well Structured

Our only criticism of these lovely architectural illustrations is that they’re in greeting card dimensions; they’d make, we think, a terrific poster series. Still, for the architect or architectural enthusiast, a suite of 6 blank greeting cards, depicting famous modernist buildings designed by Le Corbusier, would do quite nicely. Graphically — Continue reading

Hanging Garden

Categories: Uncategorized
Hanging Garden

Well, don’t we feel like hanging a load of wet clothes out to dry! Dig a couple of holes in your back yard, plant Alberto, a pair of molded polyethylene trees, and you’ve got yourself 5 clotheslines on which to hang your just-washed sundries. A little bit art, a little — Continue reading

Polished Concrete

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Polished Concrete

We’ll admit to liking concrete in most any application—floors, countertops, desk accessories; even a concrete ping pong table gets our undivided attention. But actually wearing concrete would seem akin to sporting, well, a ball and chain. Which is why we can’t wait to get our hands on this new line of concrete — Continue reading

Bench Mark

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Bench Mark

Just try forgetting Molletta once you’ve laid eyes on it! Taking a cue from Pop Art’s fascination with outsized utilitarian objects (they’re looking at you, Claes Oldenburg), architects Paolo and Michela Baldessari designed this uncannily accurate clothespin-shaped bench last year for Italian brand Riva 1920, and my, what a statement this piece would make in any environment, — Continue reading

Last 2 Days to Save on Artemide!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Last 2 Days to Save on Artemide!

Still lusting after that perfect Artemide modern lighting fixture? Still having trouble making up your mind about a pendant lamp, wall sconce, or floor lamp? Well, you’ve got less than 48 hours to decide, and to shop at existing prices. On May 1, a price increase on all Artemide products — Continue reading

Walking Proud

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Walking Proud

“Most canes today are clinical and generic items of utility that do little to inspire the self-confidence of those who use them. We realised there was a need for a more personable cane, so we decided to design one.” Top & Derby, a Winnipeg-based studio run by product designers Matthew — Continue reading

A Fresh Coat for the Eames Hang-It-All

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Fresh Coat for the Eames Hang-It-All

No 100th birthday should go unobserved, least of all that of an iconoclastic designer. In celebration of what would have been Ray Eames’ 100th birthday this past December, Vitra has released a new edition of the famous Eames Hang-It-All coat rack in a trio of fresh colors. Ray, according to — Continue reading

Heaven and Earth

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Heaven and Earth

If it seems downright miraculous that a small, wood-framed church, deep in the woods of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, would be named one of the 20th Century’s great buildings by the American Institute of Architects, maybe it’s only fitting. The building, Thorncrown Chapel, is, after all, something of a miracle in — Continue reading

Reality TV

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Reality TV

Well, don’t we wish we were spending the weekend in front of this little number! Alas, it’s a concept-only project from Dutch designer Robert Bronwasser, who runs the design studio Smool, and bemoans the “technical black shrine constructed of hard plastic” that defines standard TV construction. Bronwasser is proposing Homedia, — Continue reading

Mother Love

Categories: Art + Graphics
Mother Love

Anyone wearying of the mawkish sentimentality of conventional greeting cards can be thankful Mother’s Day is still two weeks away. If you, like us, welcome a touch of affectionate irreverence amid a sea of sappiness, Aimee Schewe, who runs the Chicago-based print shop Brain Surgeons and Rocket Scientists, has a — Continue reading

Garden Variety

Categories: Art + Graphics
Garden Variety

Just in time for the growing season comes Jody Morlock’s floral series, a collection of expressively illustrated flowering stems rendered on marked up pages of old ledgers. The New York-based Morlock, whose prolific portfolio includes mixed media sculptures and acrylics on canvas, is one of many contemporary artists who has effectively — Continue reading

In the Round

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
In the Round

It may be a little early to proclaim Ro, Spanish designer Jaime Hayón’s new armchair for Fritz Hansen, the 21st Century’s answer to Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair, but when a lounge chair looks this good from every angle, we have to deem it a contender. Ro, which translates as tranquility in Danish, debuted at — Continue reading

Heart and Sole

Categories: Art + Graphics
Heart and Sole

“To me the cover is about two things: perseverance and unity. By itself, each shoe in the photograph is tiny, battered, and ordinary. Together, though, they create something beautiful, powerful, and inspirational. Remove just one shoe and you begin to diminish, in some small way, the overall effect. Collectively, they — Continue reading

Water Color

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Water Color

Kinks, leaks, irregular water flow and plain old unsightly looks make garden hoses a necessary summertime evil for anyone with designs on growing things. Enter the Heritage Garden Hose, a lightweight (3 pounds) and flexible watering hose that makes a walk through beds, pots and lawns a breeze. Made of — Continue reading

Inside Job

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Inside Job

Architectural monographs are the equivalent of fashion magazine layouts—ravishing models airbrushed to perfection, makeup, clothes and flattering angles carefully calibrated to induce gasps of admiration and envy. The murkier backstory of those layouts—costume changes, inconvenient blemishes, personality clashes, tantrums—remains, of course, out of view, left to our imaginations, or better — Continue reading

Sharper Image

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Sharper Image

Swiss brand Kuhn Ricon has made a trademark of brightly colored novelty knives, including fruit-specific ones. But there’s also some deceptively serious functionality behind these cartoonish, carbon steel implements. The Citrus knife, for instance, is a three-in-one tool, with paring knife, zester and scorer wrapped in a compact, foldable profile; while the — Continue reading

Round Numbers

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Round Numbers

We’re pretty sure this well-worn table doesn’t need protection from coasters, but who can blame anyone for wanting to show off these letterpress numbers by Atlanta’s Red Bird Ink print shop? Printed from antique wood type, each number is hand set and hand printed onto thick card stock in the — Continue reading

City Center

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
City Center

Whether or not architecture actually has the power to change a life will continue to remain a topic of debate, but this community arts and learning center in Bangkok, which serves underprivileged children and teenagers, is an inspired attempt. Funded by Thailand’s TMB Bank, Fai Fah, or “light energy,” is — Continue reading

Modernist Dollhouse from Minimii

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Kids + Baby
Modernist Dollhouse from Minimii

Egg, Ant and Swan will hold altogether different meaning for some children, thanks to Minimii, a Danish company that takes child’s play seriously.The brainchild of founder Linda Sternberg, a mother in search of a dollhouse without the ornate fussiness of traditional dollhouses, Minimii has put its efforts towards creating an — Continue reading