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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Typographic Art from Barcelona’s Hey Studio

Categories: Art + Graphics
Typographic Art from Barcelona’s Hey Studio

The Barcelona graphic design studio Hey has an enviable portfolio of striking design solutions—and a fondness for gorgeously rendered illustrations comprised of concentric lines. Lucky for us, they’ve decided to convert a recent typographic project into a trio of posters. Our only issue lies in deciding which one of these — Continue reading

A Bicycle Built in Detroit

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Bicycle Built in Detroit

Detroit may be bankrupt, but things are still being built there. Ask Shinola. The new Detroit-based brand is making a name for itself with a range of “built in Detroit” products, from watches to leather goods to bicycles—like the spectacular looking, and entirely hand-made Runwell. One of three current Shinola — Continue reading

Artisan Canoe Paddles from Norquay

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Artisan Canoe Paddles from Norquay

At this rate, die-hard urbanites will be taking up camping in droves. The Montreal-based Norquay Co., “founded by a camping enthusiast obsessed with the great outdoors and equally for great design,” sells 100% cherry wood canoe paddles embellished with the kind of handsome, meticulously applied graphic details no design enthusiast — Continue reading

Gold Standard For Barware

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Gold Standard For Barware

Further confirmation that gold is providing the finishing touch to many a contemporary product (see Stelton, Oji Masanori, and Winsome Brave) is this decidedly luxurious bottle opener by New Zealand design studio Douglas and Bec. Not content with merely approximating a golden glow with brass, Douglas and Bec have plated — Continue reading

Orla Kiely’s Remodeled London House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Orla Kiely’s Remodeled London House

This warm and lovely London home belongs to the Irish textile and product designer Orla Kiely, whose fondness for classic Modernism is reflected in the abundance of wood surfaces, low-profile furnishings, and lively mixture of colors and prints. Not surprisingly, the infusion of 20th Century details in the refurbished Victorian — Continue reading

A Backpack for True Modernists

Categories: Fashion + Trends
A Backpack for True Modernists

We like an arty gimmick, and L.A. backpack maker Harper Ave has one. Founded by architectural student Briana Anter, Harper Ave has a signature backpack design that’s meant to look fashionable with either casual or dressy attire.  “Simple, sleek, and always appropriate, we crafted a bag that will accompany you — Continue reading

2Modern’s David Trubridge Giveaway!

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
2Modern’s David Trubridge Giveaway!

In some measure, David Trubridge’s personal story—boat designer, self-taught wood worker, adventurer, environmentalist, toast of the design world—is evident in his signature lighting designs. Inspired by the natural world, referencing indigenous cultures, with a carbon footprint as light as their ethereal forms, Trubridge’s hanging lamps are both instantly recognizable and — Continue reading

A Massimo Vignelli Reissue

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A  Massimo Vignelli Reissue

Massimo Vignelli didn’t reserve clean lines and bright colors solely for the iconic New York City subway map he designed in 1972. Just three years later, in 1975, he created a set of simple plastic coffee mugs bearing the same bold graphic sensibilities of his more lauded work. Now, Heller — Continue reading

John Lautner’s Desert Oasis

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Local + Travel
John Lautner’s Desert Oasis

From Brussels to Dubai, hoteliers have capitalized on the Mid Century Modern craze by creating luxurious accommodations for design-savvy travelers eager to temporarily lose themselves in a blur of Eames and Nelson, Bertoia and Girard. But for serious students of design history, a rather more holistic experience awaits, thanks to — Continue reading

Australian Design With a Dent

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Australian Design With a Dent

Who needs perfection when such artful imperfection exists? Australian company Boqil has made a specialty out of dents, with Trashkova, a range of 5 objects defined by their cylindrical, dented metal construction. The powder-coated steel collection, which includes a waste paper bin, umbrella stand, side table, plant pot, and stool, — Continue reading

Outsider Art from Revok and Pose

Categories: Art + Graphics
Outsider Art from Revok and Pose

Street artists Revok and Pose are the latest duo to put their marks on the slab of concrete that stands at the Manhattan intersection of Houston Street and Bowery. For the last decade, a revolving roster of graffiti artists has been commissioned to cover the wall with signature tags and — Continue reading

A Stylish Turn for Ice Cream

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Stylish Turn for Ice Cream

If there were an award for irresistible redundancies, it would have to be handed out to Anthropologie, which has a habit of turning mundane, perfectly acceptable (if disposable) food packaging—egg cartons, ice cream cones—into objet d’art. So, how do they get away with it? By making them this becoming, of — Continue reading

A Different Kind of Folding Chair

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
A Different Kind of Folding Chair

Proof positive that designers’ fascination with chairs, whether standard or in miniature form, knows no boundaries, is this set of small paper chairs designed by Taiji Fujimori. Made from card stock paper, and scaled down to 1/5 the size of adult furniture, the seating (side chair, arm chair, and couch) — Continue reading

A Flashy Debut from Volvo

Categories: Sustainability
A Flashy Debut from Volvo

As far as debuts go, it’s the most photogenic one we’ve seen in a while. In introducing its V60 Plug-in Hybrid, an impressive new diesel/electric vehicle, Volvo added a little accessory that showed the car off to memorable effect: a diaphanous, startlingly pretty solar-powered car charger created by Synthesis Design — Continue reading

Banana Shakers from Michiko Shimada

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Banana Shakers from Michiko Shimada

Demonstrating the versatile properties of hand crafted porcelain are these preposterously realistic salt-and-pepper shaker sets by Michiko Shimada. The Japanese born Shimada, who honed her skills as a ceramicist at New York’s Parsons School of Design, has been producing a range of products from her current home base in Brooklyn. — Continue reading

Mid Century, The Magazine

Categories: Art + Graphics
Mid Century, The Magazine

Well, aren’t we just miffed that Mid Century isn’t yet available on U.S. shores. Launched in the U.K. in 2011, the biannual magazine, issued each May and November is, amazingly enough, the only current magazine devoted exclusively to Mid Century Modern design. Chock-full of Modernist eye candy—furniture, architecture, products, and — Continue reading

Tony Duquette’s Theatrical Lighting

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Tony Duquette’s Theatrical Lighting

Modernism wasn’t the only design esthetic of the mid-20th Century. This decidedly more elaborate example of Mid-Century design was the brainchild of Tony award-winning theatrical designer Tony Duquette, who was also a prolific designer of jewelry and home products, including this Splashing Water chandelier. Duquette created Splashing Water in 1956 — Continue reading

A Rocking Gus* Sale

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
A Rocking Gus* Sale

If the phrase modern rocking chair sounds like an oxymoron, it’s only because the rocking chair has mostly gone unnoticed by contemporary designers. Leave it to Gus*, then, to remake the rocking chair with such—you guessed it—modernist flair. With its gently curved powder coated steel frame, tailored upholstery, and choice — Continue reading

Rain Flowers from Chooka

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Rain Flowers from Chooka

Dreary rain boots, be gone! Seattle-based fashion brand Chooka, which proclaims that “utility can be beautiful,” can’t be bothered with the business of purely functional rain boots, opting instead for having some serious fun with form. Giving rain gear the flashy treatment reserved for umbrellas and raincoats, Chooka douses its — Continue reading

Northern Light at Housing Fair Finland

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Northern Light at Housing Fair Finland

If there was any doubt that Nordic designers have the monochromatic interiors market cornered, the annual Finnish design event known as Housing Fair Finland will dispel it immediately. A collaboration between developers, builders, homeowners and interior designers, Housing Fair Finland aims to promote “excellence in living/housing standards” by providing a — Continue reading