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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Fruit Punch

Categories: Kids + Baby
Fruit Punch

It’s a pity kids won’t necessarily be impressed, but we think it’s pretty cool to be riding a tricycle decorated with a specially commissioned pattern by a prolific book illustrator. Coralie Bickford-Smith, who designs books for Penguin, and has created illustrations for the New York Times, designed this winsome “an — Continue reading

In the Spotlight

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
In the Spotlight

It’s possible that if Damien Hirst were trying his hand at furniture, the result would be something like this, but for now, the polka dots on these dressers belong to the South African retailer 5 Rooms, which is selling a line of products under its own name. We won’t vouch — Continue reading

Earth Day Pinterest Board is Up!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Earth Day Pinterest Board is Up!

We’ve put together a 2Modern Earth Day 2013 Pinterest Board, and it’s chock full of all sorts of earthly delights. We searched through furniture and wallpaper, art and lighting, children’s products and fashion statements for 30 exceptional objects and images that celebrate our planet by featuring animal, vegetable or mineral. Have — Continue reading

Fire Proof

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Fire Proof

For modernists who can’t abide the looks of an old-fashioned unwieldy fire extinguisher, British brand Safe T has come to the rescue. The slim and sexy Safe T model is as pure and minimal as can be, carrying only the Safe T logo on an otherwise unmarred surface area—and, helpfully, — Continue reading

Ringing True

Categories: Art + Graphics
Ringing True

Our fondness for printmaking and admiration for a great illustration make this exceptionally striking silkscreen print by Todd St. John a favorite find for anyone interested in well-priced, original art. Rings is an immediately recognizable, yet gorgeously stylized mark that references nature at its abstract best. St. John, who runs — Continue reading

2Modern Earth Day Sale!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
2Modern Earth Day Sale!

Here’s another reason to go green for Earth Day. Starting tomorrow, Earth Day, 2Modern will be discounting inventory from designers who create beautiful products with ecological sensitivity in mind. For 7 full days, through April 28, choose from eco-friendly furniture, like the Modern Outdoor Etra Club Chair, available in this greenest of — Continue reading

Morning Sun

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Morning Sun

Some inventions are born, it seems, not of necessity, but of the desire to simply induce a smile. So, go ahead and dare your guests not to smile when you serve up eggs that look like this. A brilliant little stainless steel mold, tailor-made for non-stick frying pans, can turn — Continue reading

Butterfly Stroke

Categories: Art + Graphics
Butterfly Stroke

Don’t get too aflutter over this tea packaging; it’s only a concept from Yale student Yena Lee, but what a concept! In our Earth Day survey of items that take their form directly from nature, this one, not yet on the market, has to still rank high. Lee’s genius was — Continue reading

Breaking the Rules

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Breaking the Rules

Belgian designer Marc Thomasset has broken the rules in a way that’s proved to be irresistible to anyone still inclined towards keeping an actual paper notebook. His simple idea to play around with straight lines on a page has given us the Inspiration Pad, a book of pages featuring a suite of repetitive — Continue reading

Hot Seat

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Hot Seat

Retro design enthusiasts unable to afford A-list mid-century classics can find solace in the Tam Tam stool. Long before Ikea, Tam Tam was a visually distinctive, low-cost, easy-to-assemble alternative for those with modest means and design preferences that skewed towards the more adventurous. Designed in 1968 by architect Henry Massonnet, founder — Continue reading

Looking Up

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Looking Up

Despite being surrounded by impeccable style—pristine whites, textured greys, mid-century furnishings—anyone staying at the hotel Casa do Conto in Porto, Portugal would be forgiven for spending an unreasonable amount of time staring at the ceiling. The 19th Century house was converted into a hotel in 2008, but when a fire destroyed — Continue reading

Neat and Clean

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Neat and Clean

Our penchant for organization, love of geometry, and memory of childhood building blocks won’t let this simple rhombus (a skewed diamond-like square, in this case) go unnoticed. Available in packs of threes, in red, white and grey, these little containers are the kind of clean-edged desktop accessory that even minimalists with nothing — Continue reading

New York Dog Show

Categories: Art + Graphics
New York Dog Show

New Yorkers longing for a dog that doesn’t need to be walked will want to mark their calendars for the Gerald and James project, on view during New York Design Week in May. An impressive collaborative art installation spearheaded by the UK design firm Lazerian, the Gerald and James project began — Continue reading

Wire Frame

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Wire Frame

Is it art or is it furniture? With Brazil’s designing brothers, Fernando and Umberto Campana, a bit of both—and some performance art thrown in for good measure. At the Milan Furniture Fair last week, the brothers introduced five bed designs for the Italian brand Edra, all referencing their own previous — Continue reading

Baby Steps

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Baby Steps

Babies, inarguably, bring boatloads of joy—and clutter to match; presenting an aesthetic dilemma for anyone inclined towards an orderly, visually pleasing household. The baby products company Boon is doing its bit to find ways of injecting prettiness into the daily rituals of baby care. Taking a cue from mother nature — Continue reading

True Grid

Categories: Art + Graphics
True Grid

“As an artist I am interested in the boundaries created by form, shape, and color. This subject matter interests me because these boundaries are a metaphor for the different types of boundaries we encounter in our everyday existence.” Oregon-based artist Janet Sherman, whose work we discovered earlier this month at — Continue reading

Linked In

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Linked In

It’s not just the lovely colors on these Terry Rosen cushions that caught our attention—though, admittedly, the hues seem pitch-perfect for this time of year—but the striking textile patterns. Rosen, a multi-faceted artist (her collages were featured on this blog recently), began her career as a fashion illustrator, and we — Continue reading

Wildest Dreams

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Wildest Dreams

Technology, architecturally-speaking, has taken us to places we never dared imagine. Advancements in materials and processes offer us mind-altering visual experiences that keep raising the bar higher and higher until we’re pretty sure there’s nothing new to be shown us. Which is what makes a structure like this Dovrefjell National — Continue reading

Bin There

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Bin There

Just when you thought there was nothing new to be done to a common office waste paper bin, along comes Quarter, a new waste bin from Italian design studio Discipline. Designed by Berlin-based Johanna Dehio, the receptacle is divided into 3 parts (not four, making the Quarter moniker puzzling) which are held — Continue reading

Bring On The Night

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Bring On The Night

With summer, comes a life lived more fully outdoors. But even the outside world needs proper lighting. Our modern outdoor lighting collection has something to enhance any outdoor space, be it urban patio or suburban back yard. From floor lamps to ceiling lights, illuminating the night has never been easier, and — Continue reading