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Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Perfect Fit: Marc Newson’s Bunky Bed

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
A Perfect Fit: Marc Newson’s Bunky Bed

Oh, to have been a kid when beds like this were being designed! Launched at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2011, Bunky, a modular bunk bed designed by Marc Newson for Italian brand Magis, fits together LEGO style. Made from molded polyethylene, the bed has been designed to be used — Continue reading

Housing for the Stylish Cat from Modern Mews

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Housing for the Stylish Cat from Modern Mews

No discerning cat (or small dog) would pass up a chance to move into this generously-sized cat house from Seattle-based Modern Mews. Its clean good looks—beautifully molded laminated plywood casing and pristine white removable acrylic doors—are sure to please any design-minded cat (and owner), but there’s also plenty of room — Continue reading

25% Off David Trubridge Coral 600 Pendant Lamp!

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
25% Off David Trubridge Coral 600 Pendant Lamp!

Anyone looking to insert a design-centric exclamation point to summer’s end will do well to look at our David Trubridge modern lighting collection. For the next five days, we’re offering the David Trubridge Coral 600 Pendant Light at a deep discount. Starting today, and through September 3, place an order — Continue reading

Architecture, Painstakingly Rendered in Watercolor

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Architecture, Painstakingly Rendered in Watercolor

Bernd H. Dams and Andrew Zega, principals in the Parisian atelier Architectural Watercolors, are architectural and garden historians who also happen to be expert at rendering stupefyingly detailed watercolors of buildings—the culmination of painstakingly conducted research. “As most buildings we depict are either destroyed or have been severely altered, we — Continue reading

A Juicy Kitchen Implement from Royal VKB

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Juicy Kitchen Implement from Royal VKB

As far as citrus juicers go, you could do worse than Citrange, the clever double-ended hand juicer from Dutch design studio Royal VKB. Just place the juicer directly over a glass, and squeeze away. Versatile enough to accommodate a range of citrus sizes, from limes to grapefruits, Citrange has been — Continue reading

A Japanese Bridge, Both Expressive and Sustainable

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
A Japanese Bridge, Both Expressive and Sustainable

Befitting its name, the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum, located in the Shikoku region of southern Japan, is both a bridge and a museum. Designed by architectural firm Kengo Kumo and Associates in 2010, the structure connects two buildings otherwise separated by a road, and also houses artist-in-resident programs and workshops. — Continue reading

Chewing Gum, Sharapova Style

Categories: Art + Graphics
Chewing Gum, Sharapova Style

Chewing gum made specifically for tennis lovers? Why not? When you’re the highest paid woman athlete in the world, you can afford to have a bit of fun with all that money—which is, apparently, what Maria Sharapova is doing with her Sugarpova gum and candy line. Kudos, we say, to — Continue reading

An Instagram Moment for the Washington Monument

Categories: Art + Graphics
An Instagram Moment for the Washington Monument

The Rev Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream speech 50 years ago today while standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. But it’s the Washington Monument that cast the most indelible architectural impression that day, soaring skyward at the opposite end of the — Continue reading

Maison et Objet Preview: A Skull-Shaped Pouf

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Maison et Objet Preview: A Skull-Shaped Pouf

Malmö-based design team Andréason & Leibel forwarded these photos of their Hedonist Pouf, a take on their porcelain Hedonist Skulls collection, shown in Milan earlier this year. Hedonist Pouf—comprised of a styrofoam core, upholstered by hand, and featuring the same Dazzle camouflage graphic pattern that looked so striking in porcelain—will — Continue reading

In Milan, Minimalism, Sans White

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Milan, Minimalism, Sans White

Sparely furnished interiors are rarely classified as moody—light, ethereal, pure, yes, but not moody—yet there may be no better adjective to describe the beautifully nuanced Milan apartment of interior designers Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, founders of the design firm Dimore Studio. The designers’ penchant for “creating interiors with a — Continue reading

A New Soda Bottle from Yves Behar

Categories: Sustainability
A New Soda Bottle from Yves Behar

As far as a eco-sensitive products go, SodaStream Source, a countertop appliance which turns plain tap water into a carbonated drink, is a pretty smart one—rendering bottles and cans obsolete, while saving transportation costs in the process. A collaboration between home soda maker SodaStream and Yves Behar’s Fuse Project, Source — Continue reading

3D Printing Gets Buttoned Up

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
3D Printing Gets Buttoned Up

A collaboration between, respectively, Dutch and German design studios Femke Roefs and Leoni Werle, 3D printing technology has been applied to the creation of decorative clothing buttons. These Spirograph-inspired designs were realized via a layered printing method that shows off the buttons’ intricate detailing. Comprised of a plastic composite derived — Continue reading

Richard Neutra’s Boomerang Returns

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Richard Neutra’s Boomerang Returns

Richard Neutra’s name may be more synonymous with brilliant Modernist houses, but Neutra, like most architects of his era, applied his formal training to furniture as well. Manufacturer VS America is launching a series of Neutra-designed pieces, including the Boomerang chair, a design made in 1942 for the Channel Heights — Continue reading

A Luxurious Lock for a Luxury Bike

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Luxurious Lock for a Luxury Bike

When you’ve invested a pretty penny in a stylishly beautiful, hand-made American bicycle, you’ll want an equally becoming lock to keep it safe. That’s certainly what Detroit-based bike maker Shinola is counting on with their new U-lock, a collaboration with luxury leather goods company Map of Days. Encased in hand-crafted — Continue reading

Van Gogh’s Dreams Come Alive on iPad

Categories: Art + Graphics
Van Gogh’s Dreams Come Alive on iPad

When it comes to visual and literary drama, few artists can compete with Vincent Van Gogh. Together with a trove of brilliant, color-saturated paintings, Van Gogh left behind words—in the form of letters to his beloved brother, Theo—that document a tormented, artistically-driven life, destined to conclude in that most cinematic of endings: gunshot suicide at age 37. — Continue reading

A Brooklyn Renovation Strikes Gold

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Brooklyn Renovation Strikes Gold

There’s so much to admire about this townhouse renovation by Brooklyn design firm Workstead, it’s hard to know where to begin. We could start with the abundance of wood, dark and rich, comprising the floors, gracing the counter tops, lacing the classic furniture. We could talk about the novel touches, — Continue reading

Paola Navone Teams Up With Crate & Barrel

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Paola Navone Teams Up With Crate & Barrel

Italian architect Paola Navone is the latest designer to put her stamp on Crate and Barrel’s Bauhaus-inspired Arzberg Teapot. The housewares retailer has been indulging in a year-long 50th anniversary celebration by cajoling 12 designers to decorate the unadorned teapot, one of their long-standing offerings. Rolling out one design per — Continue reading

The Sun Coat Hook from YDF

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
The Sun Coat Hook from YDF

It may be Charles and Ray’s doing. Since the Eameses gave us their metal and wood Hang-It-All, designers from near and far have been induced into turning utilitarian wall-mounted coat hooks and hangers into memorable visual statements—with many a noteworthy result. The Matégot Coatrack from Denmark and Germany’s Cliffhanger are — Continue reading

Finally, Landmark Status For Stahl House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Finally, Landmark Status For Stahl House

The most astonishing architectural news this week wasn’t that Pierre Koenig’s Stahl House was amongst 10 Case Study Houses awarded landmark status by the National Register of Historic Places, but that this masterwork wasn’t already on the list. Was it really possible that Case Study House #22, immortalized in Julius — Continue reading

Radio Transparency from Lexon

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Radio Transparency from Lexon

Taking a page from Apple’s industrial design handbook is Lexon’s Philip Wong, who’s made the inner components of his transparent Flow Radio a part and parcel of its visual appeal. “The main goal in creating Flow was…to offer the user the possibility to discover and understand the industrial design of — Continue reading