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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Vipp’s Big Green Gimmick

Categories: Sustainability
Vipp’s Big Green Gimmick

Copenhagen’s desire to hold the mantel of Europe’s cleanest city has been given a big green boost by Danish trash can maker Vipp. Seizing a marketing opportunity, Vipp has created a giant replica of its famous pedal garbage bins to call attention to Copenhagen’s green initiative, and, in the process, — Continue reading

Antique Atlas Letterpress Prints by Amy Rice

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Antique Atlas Letterpress Prints by Amy Rice

“I bought an antique sign press at an antique store. I found a stack of antique atlases the very next day at an estate sale. I heard You Can Go Your Own Way on the radio on the way home and it was one of those giant light bulb moments,” — Continue reading

Ding: New From Normann Copenhagen

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Ding: New From Normann Copenhagen

Danish Brand Normann Copenhagen will soon be offering the Ding coffee table, introduced in 2011 by German design studio Ding 3000. The table’s glass top rests on an asterisk-shaped module (said to be inspired by ancient brain teaser puzzles) comprised of three perfectly-notched interlocking pieces of oak that are slotted — Continue reading

Eating Pretty: Homegrown Edible Flowers

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Eating Pretty: Homegrown Edible Flowers

If small-scale gardening is your preference, Sarah Rainwater has a delicious answer. Literally. Her Edible Flower Seed Kit is a beautifully packaged window sill project that allows even those without the requisite green thumb some gardening satisfaction. In addition to seeds and soil, the kit comes with an artful glass — Continue reading

For Tech Neatniks, Colorful CableKeeps

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
For Tech Neatniks, Colorful CableKeeps

In a sea of Apple white and tangles, CableKeeps expects to be a standout. The molded plastic sheath, with a fish-like profile, is designed to slip over any Apple cable & charger combination, ensuring that the duo stays conjoined, while allowing for a place where wires can be kept neatly — Continue reading

A Sleek Black Mobile Cart

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
A Sleek Black Mobile Cart

Summer entertaining fresh in our minds, we fell for the minimal profile of this sleek black mobile cart from UK retailer Made. Designed as a bar on wheels, but applicable to any number of storage or host/hostess needs, its slender, angular shape, gracefully rounded edges and glossy all-black finish project — Continue reading

A Glamorous Mojito Muddler

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Glamorous Mojito Muddler

Lending some cachet to the lime/sugar/mint ritual of making a mojito is the Phoenixville, PA design studio Artifaqt, which has produced this glamorous muddler set, crafted from stainless steel via the ancient sculpting method called lost wax casting. The Leblon Collection is comprised of 3 pewter-hued stainless steel pieces—muddler, muddling — Continue reading

60′s Inspired Comic Strip Prints!

Categories: Art + Graphics
60′s Inspired Comic Strip Prints!

Fans of 60′s icon Serge Gainsbourg will recognize these cartoonish exclamations from his song Comic Strip, a collaboration of sorts with fellow French sensation Brigitte Bardot. Luckily, knowing the song isn’t a prerequisite for liking these digital prints by Josh Korwin of the Torrance, California vintage goods shop Three Steps Ahead. — Continue reading

Blue Dot’s Jibe Outdoor Collection

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Blue Dot’s Jibe Outdoor Collection

Jibe means to concur or be in agreement, and we wholly concur that the Blue Dot Jibe Outdoor Collection is a most agreeable choice for outdoor summer seating. Visually harmonious, elegant outdoor seating is always a consideration for modern furniture lovers, and Jibe’s grey anodized aluminum frames and streamlined, upholstered profiles — Continue reading

Juicy, Fruity Paper Art

Categories: Art + Graphics
Juicy, Fruity Paper Art

“It’s not your typical pineapple—obviously because it’s made from paper, but also because of its form—my love for the geometric continues.” Well, we love geometry, too, but we’re pretty sure we’d fall flat trying to express it through a paper pineapple, as Australian paper artist Marcia Golemac did. Golemac created — Continue reading

New Luxe Textiles from Knoll

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
New Luxe Textiles from Knoll

Knoll has added a new suite of drapery and upholstery fabrics to its Knoll Luxe textile collection. A collaboration with women’s fashion label SUNO has produced 9 patterns derived from several SUNO runway collections spanning the years 2010-2013. SUNO for Knoll Luxe reflects the broad worldview of the fashion brand, — Continue reading

Smart Idea: Word Search Wrapping Paper

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Decor + Objects
Smart Idea: Word Search Wrapping Paper

Here’s a terrific gift wrapping idea for anyone who has a soft corner for design, language, or word search puzzles: gift wrapping paper laden with words relating to most any occasion, allowing the giver to simply highlight whichever word or phrase applies to the occasion or recipient. We’re particularly besotted — Continue reading

Tabletop Minimalism from Oji Masanori

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Tabletop Minimalism from Oji Masanori

If the word Zen has become a cliched description of Japanese design sensibilities, blame designers like Oji Masanori, whose new cutlery set may be the very embodiment of tabletop serenity. Made from solid (lead-free) brass, with contrasting silver-plated tips, the set makes elegant use of the trend towards golden-hued flatware. — Continue reading

A 21st Century Farnsworth House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
A 21st Century Farnsworth House

What does a 21st Century version of Mies van der Rhoe’s exalted Farnsworth House look like? Thanks to Manhattan architectural firm Desai/Chia, we now know. The blissfully beautiful LM Guest House in upstate New York was built for a family requesting “an analog” of Farnsworth, and lucky for them (and — Continue reading

Graphic Bike Helmets from Nutcase

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Graphic Bike Helmets from Nutcase

Never mind the “Spin Dial at the back for a snug and comfortable fit, reflectivity on all sides and the revolutionary Nutcase magnetic buckle for one-hand operation and no pinching.” it’s the smart graphic statements made by these GEN2 bike helmets by Nutcase, the Portland, Oregon-based sports helmet maker, that — Continue reading

The Cat Show Takes Manhattan

Categories: Art + Graphics
The Cat Show Takes Manhattan

As if we needed further proof that cats remain the most natural (if indifferent) entertainers in the animal world—the popularity of online cat videos and the Internet Cat Video Film Festival should have been evidence enough—along comes the The Cat Show, on track to be something of a blockbuster in — Continue reading

The Sunny Yellow Taschelino Bag

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Sustainability
The Sunny Yellow Taschelino Bag

Not that we need an excuse, but the moment we spotted this handbag, we found ourselves with a touch of, yes, yellow fever. Taschelino, is one in a series of bags designed by Italians Maria Christina Hamel & Alessandro Mendini for German brand Koziol, distinguished by their elegantly structured shape — Continue reading

A Cut Above: Louis Poulsen’s New Pendant

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
A Cut Above: Louis Poulsen’s New Pendant

If there is a prettier and more distinctive piece of modern pendant lighting than the Louis Poulsen LC Shutters Pendant Lamp, we can’t think of it offhand. Danish designer Louise Campbell created its scalloped-edged shade, with it’s shutter-like perforations, to emit a soft, decorative glow. With its primarily downward illumination, — Continue reading

A Zero Waste “Piqnique”

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
A Zero Waste “Piqnique”

Earlier this year, New York City’s Parsons The New School for Design and Italian furniture brand Poltrona Frau collaborated on Wasteless, a zero-waste design initiative. A group of Parsons design students was tasked with creating products with scraps of leftover leather from Poltrona Frau’s factory in Tolentino, Italy. The first — Continue reading

La Lunette Magnifying Glass

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Uncategorized
La Lunette Magnifying Glass

Taking a whimsical approach to magnifying glass designs is French boutique Maison Martin Margiela, which has traded in the traditional elegance of arty magnifying glasses for something a bit more inspired and humorous. La Lunette is available in both “right” and “left” options, befitting both right-handed and left-handed users. Images: — Continue reading