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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Forever Fashionable: 2 Days to Save on Knoll!

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Forever Fashionable: 2 Days to Save on Knoll!

Graphic evidence that the visual panache of Knoll’s Tulip collection hasn’t wilted one bit 60 years after Eero Saarinen set out to rescue tables and chairs from the “slum of legs,” is this vignette by fashion illustrator Izak Zenou. In his playful, casually chic interior scene, created recently for Knoll, — Continue reading

Contemporary Oil Lamps in Copper and Glass

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Contemporary Oil Lamps in Copper and Glass

Swedish designers Mats Broberg & Johan Ridderstråle have given the humble oil lamp a sophisticated contemporary spin with this exquisitely refined series of Patina oil lamps. Available in three sizes, the lamps are comprised of two unadorned cylindrical forms—polished copper base and slender glass chimney—joined together by a delicately ornate — Continue reading

A New Magazine, Designed From the Heart

Categories: Art + Graphics
A New Magazine, Designed From the Heart

The art director Bob Newman, whose resume includes New York Magazine, Real Simple, and Fortune, and whose Newmanology website is a must for print design enthusiasts, suffered a debilitating injury this past spring. The fallout from this near-fatal event has been, among other things, a crushing financial toll on Newman — Continue reading

12th Century Castle Renovation Wins 2013 RIBA Prize

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
12th Century Castle Renovation Wins 2013 RIBA Prize

Architectural firm Witherford Watson Mann has won the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize, an annual award recognizing the best in British architecture, for their refurbishment of the 12th Century Astley Castle in Warwickshire, England. In singling out the project for “demonstrating creativity, preservation and conservation,” the Royal Institute of British Architects — Continue reading

For Finland’s Habitek, Small is Beautiful

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
For Finland’s Habitek, Small is Beautiful

The small Finnish furniture company Habitek was one of the many we became acquainted with recently on our trip to Helsinki for Design Week. In business since 2000, Habitek prides itself on a modest inventory of “beautiful, highly-functional and versatile basic furniture pieces that invite their users to find inspired — Continue reading

New Modular Seating at MOMA

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
New Modular Seating at MOMA

“Most museum seating is linear or forward facing, usually towards the walls where the artwork is hung,” says American designer Richard Shemtov, who countered with UNITY, a wavy, modular seating system created for the Museum of Modern Art’s 10,000 daily visitors. Shemtov, founder of New York’s contemporary furniture studio, Dune—and — Continue reading

Beating the Drum for Upcycling

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Beating the Drum for Upcycling

Any notions about ‘upcycling’ being a desperate attempt at retrofitting can now be dispelled by these genuinely lovely pendant lights, crafted from a primary component of discarded washing machines. The brainchild of Dutch-born, Helsinki-based product designer Willem Heeffer, each light is comprised of a washing machine drum, painstakingly extracted from — Continue reading

Soma’s Vegan, Biodegradable Water Filter

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Soma’s Vegan, Biodegradable Water Filter

Drinking tap water just got cleaner and oh so stylish with this hand crafted, hour-glass shaped water carafe and conical, biodegradable water filter designed by San Francisco start-up Soma. Having raised initial funding through Kickstarter, Soma can rest easy now that its filter—crafted from a plant-based composite and ‘vegan’ silk, — Continue reading

Dutch Treat: The UN North Delegates’ Lounge

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Dutch Treat: The UN North Delegates’ Lounge

A two-year project to refurbish the North Delagates’ Lounge at the UN Headquarters in New York—a vast meeting space for the leaders and representatives of the United Nations—has been completed, with the results making a splash this week. A Dutch creative team—headed by furniture designer Hella Jongerius, and including architectural — Continue reading

The Stendig Calendar, 2014 Edition

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
The Stendig Calendar, 2014 Edition

If it’s not too early to start thinking about 2014, it may only be because the Stendig Calendar lies in waiting, a fresh new year’s worth of days in tow. Massimo Vignelli’s 1966 design for the now-defunct furniture company Stendig (we think it may be time for a Vignelli Calendar — Continue reading

Schooled in Modernism: Amsterdam’s Student Hotel

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Schooled in Modernism: Amsterdam’s Student Hotel

If this is what student housing looks like, enroll us in school immediately! Amsterdam’s The Student Hotel has opened to great fanfare, and no wonder. The 700+ room facility offers students and interns fully-furnished accommodations for rental on a monthly basis, chock-full of appealing amenities no college dorm could hope — Continue reading

Zak Stratfold’s Revolving Wood Lamp

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Zak Stratfold’s Revolving Wood Lamp

Another notable debut at the recently-concluded London Design Festival was the exquisitely linear Apsis LED table lamp by British furniture and product designer Zak Stratfold. Apsis is comprised of a vertical laminated beach wood body, superbly bent at each end to accommodate a circular pivoting head and round, gently concave — Continue reading

Carpet Squares From Kelly Wearstler

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Carpet Squares From Kelly Wearstler

If there’s a Modernist who isn’t viscerally seduced by a grid, we haven’t met him or her yet. And the grid of color gradients in the Ombre wool carpet, designed by interior designer Kelly Wearstler, is as masterfully subtle as a watercolor painting—no small feat for a hand-made Nepalese wool — Continue reading

A Clothes Hanger Comes Full Circle

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Clothes Hanger Comes Full Circle

“It is an interesting object, even without clothes. It does not need to hide in the closet,” says Finnish designer Lassi Alestalo, who presented one of the many innovative prototypes we got to see last week during Helsinki Design Week. Hang Around is a suspended metal device that works as — Continue reading

Dimensional Design by Yizi Zheng

Categories: Art + Graphics
Dimensional Design by Yizi Zheng

The concept of dimensionality—the viewer’s perception of a flat image versus a raised surface—is explored in 2D/3D, a series of 5 posters by the Chinese-born, London-based graphic designer Yizi Zheng. Zheng has created an intricate geometric relief crafted from a single sheet of white paper, a faceted repeat-pattern that allows — Continue reading

Resin Table, Accessories Included

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Resin Table, Accessories Included

The London Design Festival, which concluded yesterday, witnessed the debut of a wide range of innovative products, including this resin and wood table by Dutch designer Roel Huisman, which comes equipped with its own table lamp, storage compartment, and glass vase. Writing Table is comprised of a slab of pale — Continue reading

From Umbra, a House-Shaped Humidifier

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
From Umbra, a House-Shaped Humidifier

If awards for cuteness alone were handed out, the Casamista portable humidifier from Umbra, with its house-shaped bottle cap, may win a bushel of prizes. But it has, thankfully, functional merits as well. Casamista, designed by Alan Wisniewski, fits standard water bottles, and goes to work when powered with batteries — Continue reading

Sofa Botanicals from Russell Pinch

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Sofa Botanicals from Russell Pinch

To us die-hard Modernists, schooled in solid colors and geometric prints, floral upholstery can be discomfiting. Yet the Pendel two-person sofa by British designer Russell Pinch has us intrigued—owing mostly to its high-backed, tailored curvaceousness and its availability in the beautifully illustrated, hand-printed Trollslända linen, designed in 1945 by Swedish — Continue reading

Blowing Bubbles with Glass

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Blowing Bubbles with Glass

With a nod to his childhood pastime of blowing bubbles, Dutch designer Alex de Witte has created the beguiling Big Bubble pendant light, an oversized blown glass design that looks preposterously like an elongated blown bubble. Like bubbles themselves, each Big Bubble is uniquely shaped—and available in varying hanging lengths — Continue reading

Annual Knoll Sale! Save 15% Sept 20-Oct 1

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Annual Knoll Sale! Save 15% Sept 20-Oct 1