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Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Contemporary Spin From &Tradition

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
A Contemporary Spin From &Tradition

British designer Benjamin Hubert was inspired by the movement of a spinning top when conceiving of the H2 Spinning Pendant Light for Danish brand &Tradition—and, thanks to a spun aluminum manufacturing process, Hubert’s vision for a refined, sensuously flared lamp has been beautifully realized. Like a dollop of glistening chocolate, — Continue reading

Black Architecture: Smart, Not Scary

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Black Architecture: Smart, Not Scary

The color black, with all its ominous implications, is, in fact, tailor-made for 21st Century architecture. While a black-washed Victorian or Tudor morphs into an architectural cliche of foreboding doom, black lends the clean lines and geometric volumes of modern architecture a stark, sophisticated dynamism. This summer house in Tjajkovski, — Continue reading

Delicious Halloween (Eye) Candy

Categories: Art + Graphics
Delicious Halloween (Eye) Candy

Halloween isn’t all ghosts and goblins. There’s plenty of sweetness that marks the occasion, too, and we’re doing our part by rounding up some frighteningly good-looking candy and candy packaging. Not to be wasted on the little tricksters who come knocking tonight, these sweet treats are most definitely meant for — Continue reading

A Dizzying Trio of Lazy Susans

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Uncategorized
A Dizzying Trio of Lazy Susans

Just try not to be hypnotized by this trio of Lazy Susans from interior designer Kelly Behun. Lazy Suzy 66 is part of her Laminati Collection of graphic furnishings, created as a homage to the 1980s Italian design collective, Memphis Group. Custom laminate in three dizzying black-and-white patterns is applied — Continue reading

Nature-inspired Serveware is ‘Poetry in Metal’

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Nature-inspired Serveware is ‘Poetry in Metal’

These tree branch-shaped pasta and salad servers are from the Finnish design factory Latimeria, which sees its nature-inspired range of tableware as “poetry in metal.” They’ll get no argument from us. This lanky design (which, to our eyes, bears a vague resemblance to human hands) has been realized in both — Continue reading

Wallpaper for (Faux?) Bibliophiles

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Wallpaper for (Faux?) Bibliophiles

We’re not quite sure which to be more impressed by: the brilliant optical illusion created by the faux Bookshelves wallpaper by Deborah Bowness, or the stairwell in this apartment (decorated by French designer Isabelle Juy) which facilitates the illusion so stunningly. A Yorkshire-based artist and designer, Bowness has made the — Continue reading

Swings Inspired by Autumn Leaves

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Swings Inspired by Autumn Leaves

Citing “the falling leaves of autumn” as her inspiration, Spanish designer Veronica Martinez has designed a line of leaf-shaped swings crafted from metal and wood. The hand-sculpted Autumn Leaf (above and below) is made from wrought aluminum, and can be painted in any color. Leaf Swing is a slightly more — Continue reading

30 Anthony Burrill Posters in Book Form

Categories: Art + Graphics
30 Anthony Burrill Posters in Book Form

Designer Anthony Burrill’s typographic posters—expressed in simple words and black woodblock letterpress type—have become motivational staples of those who toil away for hours in creative pursuit. Now, admirers can access 30 of Burrill’s best-known aphorisms all at once, with the publication of I Like it. What Is It?, a book — Continue reading

New From Blu Dot: Turn Tables

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
New From Blu Dot: Turn Tables

There’s something about solid wood—and the new Blu Dot range of solid acacia Turn tables and seating is most definitely something. Four pieces—including the Blu Dot Turn Coffee Table and Turn Tall Side Table—have been crafted with characteristic Blu Dot flair, imbued with both primitive grace and contemporary panache. Our — Continue reading

In Berlin, A Showcase for the Dark Side of Modernism

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Berlin, A Showcase for the Dark Side of Modernism

Expansive views and sun-drenched interiors may be a hallmark of Moderism, but what’s a Modernist with neither views nor sun to do? If you’re German interior designer and stylist Peter Fehrentz, and possessed with both vision and imagination, you create a home of singular, unexpected beauty—exactly what Fehrentz did with — Continue reading

An iPhone ‘Pillow’ From Snarkitecture

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
An iPhone ‘Pillow’ From Snarkitecture

True to its aim of wanting to “perform the unexpected,” the Brookln-based architecture and design practice that calls itself Snarkitecture has created an unusual rest stop for an iPhone. Pillow is a convincingly soft and puffy-looking sculpture that’s, in fact, hard as rock. Hand cast in white gypsum cement, the — Continue reading

A Child’s Bookshelf that Grows With Time

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Kids + Baby, Sustainability
A Child’s Bookshelf that Grows With Time

Rotterdam-based designer Reinier de Jong has designed a bookshelf for children that can expand along with their book collection. The REK Jr. bookcase is a scaled-down version of de Jong’s original REK bookcase, designed several years ago, which was comprised of five interlocking components designed to slide together for more — Continue reading

Flower Deliveries from Design Sponge

Categories: Art + Graphics
Flower Deliveries from Design Sponge

We can scarcely think of a more uplifting way to start the week than with these rich and lovely images from Design Sponge, which launched a weekly Flower Glossary column last week. With daylight hours waning, and a chill descending, we welcome any opportunity to keep our eyes focused firmly — Continue reading

Design Filters: 2Modern’s Instagram Feed

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Design Filters: 2Modern’s Instagram Feed

We’ll admit that nothing is safe from our Instagram filters. Whether walking on the street, rushing through an airport, or perusing the aisles of a favorite shop; below ground or above the clouds, we always keep our eyes wide open. 2Modern’s Instagram feed is a window into our design-centric worldview, — Continue reading

Nordic-Cool Portable Stool, Handle Included

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Nordic-Cool Portable Stool, Handle Included

Portability has been made a stylish and visible design element of Carry On, from Swedish design studio Offecct. This compact, nicely rounded stool has been designed specifically to be carried and moved easily—but also has the advantage of looking terrific. Created by Swedish product designer Mattias Stenberg, the snappily tailored, — Continue reading

Layered Storage, Delicious as Pastry

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Layered Storage, Delicious as Pastry

Just try not to be wowed by these fanciful storage units, designed by Tokyo-based French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux—whose similarly fanciful architecture was previously featured here. Her Mille-Feuille (named for the layered French pastry, sometimes known as the Napoleon) storage pieces are comprised of exactingly cut solid oak planks, stacked and — Continue reading

Vienna Gets a Glittering Pizzeria

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Vienna Gets a Glittering Pizzeria

How do you transform an ordinary pizzeria into a glittering attraction? With a rotating disco ball of an oven, of course! Austrian collaborative Madame Mohr conceived of an ingenious way to fulfill their client’s request for a pizzeria that expresses the “Italo-Disco era of the 1970s and 80s.” The wood — Continue reading

Lyrical Wall Decals from Blik

Categories: Art + Graphics
Lyrical Wall Decals from Blik

Blik, the wall graphics company, has something to please musicologists, wordsmiths, and typography geeks alike: a line of removable wall decals of pithy phrases extracted from famous rap lyrics. The phrases, originally created in black-and-white poster form by letterpress shop Paper Jam Press, have been given more, yes, power by — Continue reading

New Vakka Storage from iittala

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
New Vakka Storage from iittala

Finnish glass company iittala, best known for its wide range of elegant tableware, is expanding its home products offerings with a new line of modular storage boxes that can be stacked to create small-scale furniture. The Vakka storage line, designed by Helsinki-based design studio Aalto + Aalto, is a suite — Continue reading

Last Day to Save 15% on Emeco

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Last Day to Save 15% on Emeco

Skeptics who think recycling is a well-meaning concept with an unfortunate byproduct—inferior design quality—may need to give the Emeco 111 Navy Chair a second look. The Pennsylvania company’s collaboration with that other all-American brand—Coca Cola—has been a bona fide ecological and esthetic triumph. 111 recycled PET Coke bottles (65% of — Continue reading