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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Hue & Cry

Categories: Art + Graphics
Hue & Cry

We can’t think of a better way to end the week (and month) than with the last of the gems from Design Sponge’s Color of the Day series. We don’t mind saying we’re going to miss these little info-graphics, and can only hope that another equally engaging distraction is planned for — Continue reading

Simple Pleasures

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Simple Pleasures

Few objects are more emblematic of the simple pleasures of a long, lazy summer than a gently swaying tree swing—which is why the pure, basic beauty of these hand-carved swings found at the Hudson, New York gallery and workshop Culture+Commerce Project got our attention immediately. Designed and made by the — Continue reading

Geometric Shapes from Magis

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, News + Events + Contests
Geometric Shapes from Magis

Need a geometry lesson? Magis has a few beautiful ones in store for you. A wide range of angular tables, stools and chairs—like the die-cast aluminum Chair One Stacking chair, pictured above, and the Stool One cantilevered stool by Konstantin Grcic. Created for both indoor and outdoor use, lightweight and — Continue reading

Book Maker

Categories: Art + Graphics
Book Maker

Books as visual art—or visual art in the form of books—is not a particularly novel concept; but in an increasingly digitized literary culture, the printed page takes on greater resonance and a sense of urgency. New York-based book publisher Farameh Media is doing its dazzling best to keep alive the — Continue reading

Bow Tied

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Bow Tied

We’ll confess to a slight crush on this feminine Rosett pendant light by Swedish designer Elin Riismark. It’s unclear whether Riismark had an adolescent in mind when she conceived of this powder coated aluminum shade (crafted in Sweden, and made to order), but we see its ribbon-and-bow flourish lending an — Continue reading

Movie Theatre

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Movie Theatre

Cinephiles with a fixation on a particular movie or movie character are in luck. Wall mural company Pixerize has a new line of cinema-centric images aimed at those who like their indelible fictional characters larger than life. The Cinematographics collection includes a host of showy film characters, from The Joker — Continue reading

Clip Art

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Clip Art

The future may be paperless, but for now, there’s still plenty of paper around to necessitate keeping loose sheets in order and in place. More than a century after its invention, the primitive, pesky paper clip, that ingenious device that never fails to snag on something or other, still serves — Continue reading

Thin Resume

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Thin Resume

For Italian furniture brand Kristalia, thin is still very much in. To their family of slender Thin-k tables, they’ve added yet another member. The original Thin-k debuted in 2011, bearing a tabletop just 6 mm thick; and at Milan earlier this year, a longer version (9 1/2 ft.) with the same wafer-thin top — Continue reading

Back to Basics

Categories: Art + Graphics, Kids + Baby
Back to Basics

We say it’s never too early to type-sensitize children. These simple, striking alphabet wall pieces are by a 2Modern favorite, Avalisa, which specializes is stretched fabric wall decorations. Each image is printed on fabric and stretched over bars to create a rigid, ready-to-hang work of art. These letters are designed to — Continue reading

Headliner

Categories: ICFF 2013, Modern Decor + Objects
Headliner

At 83, Milton Glaser still knows how to stay design-relevant. The only graphic designer to have ever been awarded a National Medal of Arts (in 2009), he was also making news at ICFF 2013 recently. The Barcelona carpet brand Nanimarquina launched a collection of 3 wool carpets designed by Glaser, — Continue reading

Weigh Fair

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Weigh Fair

With everything else in the kitchen going sleek and smart, no need to neglect the humble kitchen scale. Enter Arti, the iPad-flat scale for weighing both liquid and dry ingredients, and, despite its showy looks, capable of holding up to 15 lbs. Glass surface, touch sensitive controls, digital display 50% — Continue reading

Glass House

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Glass House

For those with neither the space nor the inclination to go big with gardening, there’s Grow, a diminutive (5.5″ tall) greenhouse designed by Stockholm-based Caroline Wetterling. Created for small flowers and for seedlings, this jewel-like orb is crafted from hand-made glass, and is comprised of two parts: the lower section — Continue reading

Cover Story

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2013
Cover Story

Hans Wegner’s instantly recognizable Shell chair, designed in 1963, turns 50 this year, and Carl Hansen & Son, the Danish manufacturer with exclusive rights to produce the chair, has found a way to celebrate the chair’s lasting influence in extravagant style. They’ve teamed up with textile maker Maharam to introduce a new — Continue reading

Native Sons

Categories: Art + Graphics
Native Sons

60 years after Jasper Johns made the first of his Flag masterpieces, the American flag continues to be an irresistible subject for contemporary artists. Star Spangled Shadows, a screen print showing the stars and stripes reworked with a geometric Native American Navajo pattern, is a 2009 work by Brooklyn artists Patrick McNeil — Continue reading

Memorial Day 5-Day Giveaway Grand Prize: Gus* Annex Cabinet!

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, News + Events + Contests
Memorial Day 5-Day Giveaway Grand Prize: Gus* Annex Cabinet!

Our Memorial Day 5-Day Giveaway culminates today with our Grand Prize: the elegant Annex Storage Cabinet by Gus*! This versatile, perfectly proportioned piece is a generous 60-inch wide, with adjustable shelves and self-closing doors and drawers. Recessed handles, a warm walnut finish, and sleek stainless steel base make this thoughtfully — Continue reading

Grill Work

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Grill Work

Okay, we admit that this prototype barbecue is a bit precious, and entirely impractical—we’re puzzled by the flat wooden lid, frankly—but don’t you just wish you had a valid reason for buying it? Designed by Barcelona design studio Mermeladaestudio, Druida’s bowl-shaped profile, derived from the vessels in which Druids supposedly prepared magic — Continue reading

Trend Alert: Oversized Lighting

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2013
Trend Alert: Oversized Lighting

One of the more talked about lighting stories at ICFF 2013 last week was Tom Dixon’s giant laser-cut Punch Ball XL pendant globe, which hung at something like 6 ft in diameter suspended above his booth, keeping watch over the laser cutting equipment that gave birth to it. Technology notwithstanding, the truth — Continue reading

Mail Model

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Mail Model

The Winnipeg-based design studio 2213 believes that when it comes to home decor, first impressions count for a lot. Which is why, after introducing an elegant line of house numbers last year, they’ve moved on to mailboxes. The new 2213 mail box is the embodiment of Modernist understatement: a simple vertical — Continue reading

Jump Start

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Jump Start

If a bit of rope jumping is part of your exercise routine, you might as well elevate the ritual to something loftier than child’s play with Tybee Jump Rope. Designed by Dylan Fareed of Brooklyn-based General Manufacturing, this jump rope “is cleverly assembled from turned walnut handles, leather cord, and paracord — Continue reading

More from ICFF 2013

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2013, Modern Decor + Objects
More from ICFF 2013

ICFF 2013 may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’ve moved on. We still have, needless to say, lots more to say about the most important modern design gathering in North America—and plenty more to share with you. Here, a few more snapshots of new and exciting names, along with — Continue reading