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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Blue Twists from Nendo & Bombay Sapphire

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Blue Twists from Nendo & Bombay Sapphire

It may be a prime example of finding a solution for a problem that doesn’t actually exist, but Lime-Pocket, designed by Japanese studio Nendo for the Bombay Sapphire gin brand, is a fanciful attention-getter. Capitalizing on the brand’s instantly recognizable blue bottle, Nendo created a blue silicone ‘jacket’ for the — Continue reading

Graphic Confetti Poppers

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Holiday Ideas
Graphic Confetti Poppers

An occasion for dispensing confetti doesn’t present itself too often, so why not do it with appropriate aplomb? As if we didn’t already know that black-and-white, bold graphics, and a dash of sparkle are a surefire route to a memorably festive visual statement, along come these confetti poppers—a DIY project — Continue reading

A Second Turn for Hans Wegner’s Swivel Chair

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
A Second Turn for Hans Wegner’s Swivel Chair

2013 was a good year for Mid-Century Modern chair reprisals. Bygone designs by Gio Ponti, Richard Neutra, and Arne Jacobsen, among others, were untethered from estate and museum archives and given new life by designing manufacturers. Danish brand PP Møbler is the latest, with a reissue of Hans J. Wegner’s — Continue reading

Less Plastic, More Coin

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Less Plastic, More Coin

Whether or not it turns out to be a revolutionary device, Coin has our tongues duly wagging. This credit card-sized invention renders obsolete the need to carry around a wallet full of plastic—by storing salient information from a slew of credit and debit cards within its slender profile. As the — Continue reading

Party Mix: Retro Ice Crusher

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Party Mix: Retro Ice Crusher

As far as appliance indulgences—and party accoutrements—go, this Rabbit Retro Ice Crusher is a worthy buy. When a frozen margarita or daiquiri (or just a bed of ice) is called for, this cool little number will do the job in minutes, and will look good waiting around on the counter, — Continue reading

Best of Year: Knoll’s Electrifying Power Cube

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Best of Year: Knoll’s Electrifying Power Cube

We know all about Knoll’s clout on the design scene, but a player in the technology sector? Interior Design Magazine chimed in with a resounding ‘Yes!’ when their 2013 Best of Year Awards were handed out this month, and Knoll’s Power Cube took top prize in the Technology category. Designed — Continue reading

‘Eccentric Mobile’ by Jamie McLellan

Categories: Art + Graphics
‘Eccentric Mobile’ by Jamie McLellan

A pendant light, perhaps? No, Eccentric Mobile by Jamie McLellan. The New Zealand-born industrial designer has created a suspended art piece for Auckland’s Resident design studio that’s being described as a “precision engineered hanging object whose parts gently rotate about multiple axis.” Crafted from oak and resembling a stylized tree — Continue reading

Kristina Krogh’s 2014 Calendar Poster

Categories: Art + Graphics
Kristina Krogh’s 2014 Calendar Poster

It’s no Stendig, but design enthusiasts are taking note of this smart, purely typographic 2014 calendar, created by Danish graphic designer Kristina Krogh. Aimed at the graphics-crazed set, Krogh’s calendar is an elegant composition, presenting 12 months in one orderly, visually balanced view. It’s offered in a choice of black — Continue reading

Instant Gratification: West Elm’s Party in a Box

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Modern Holiday Ideas
Instant Gratification: West Elm’s Party in a Box

Just when you thought an intimate, last-minute New Year’s gathering was beyond reach, West Elm comes to the rescue with Party In a Box, a sparkling, hassle-free alternative that doesn’t stint one bit on either form or functionality. Champagne coupes for 6, stainless steel cocktail shaker, lacquered serving tray, golden — Continue reading

Clothes Hangers For An Organized New Year

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Clothes Hangers For An Organized New Year

If you, like us, resolve to be more organized at the start of each new year, then take a wander over to the experts at Clos-ette, whose stock and trade is refining the art of clothes organization, beginning with the bane of all clothes wearers: hangers. While we maintain that — Continue reading

A Parisian Apartment, in Stark Contrast

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Parisian Apartment, in Stark Contrast

With images like these to fill our virtual landscape, is it any wonder that Paris remains synonymous with romance and style? This staggeringly lavish 19th Century Parisian apartment has been given a jaw-dropping 21st Century makeover, thanks to the Slovakian architectural firm Talcik Demovicova and London-based interior stylist Jessica Vedel. — Continue reading

Modernism in Full Swing

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Kids + Baby
Modernism in Full Swing

This isn’t the first time that a swing as gotten our attention (see here and here), but it may be the first time that a contemporary swing design has managed to hold its own alongside the exalted forms of Saarinen and Eames. Yet, in this barn-like New England home, designed — Continue reading

A Jewel of a DIY Holiday Project

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Holiday Ideas
A Jewel of a DIY Holiday Project

Talk about a gem of a DIY project! This shimmering, beautifully faceted holiday ornament, which we discovered on the unfailingly industrious site, A Beautiful Mess, was fashioned at home with the help of standard craft staples: balsa wood, X-Acto knife, gold paint—and, yes, a dose of motivation which (we admit) — Continue reading

Doggone Luxury: Gingham Dog Bowls

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Doggone Luxury: Gingham Dog Bowls

Traditionally low-cost gingham has gone seriously upscale. Zurich-based brand En Soie has made the provincial pattern one of its signature motifs, applying it to a line of accessories and porcelain tableware—including these food bowls, for the over-indulged canine. Hand made, hand painted, and edged in 18k gold, En Soie’s Dog — Continue reading

Kaleidoscope Star Power from Kelly Wearstler

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Kaleidoscope Star Power from Kelly Wearstler

We’d barely finished waxing poetic about Sputnik chandeliers when we spotted this starburst-shaped kaleidoscope by interior designer Kelly Wearstler, who knows a thing or two about luxury goods. Hand-crafted in Los Angeles, and given a lustrous bronze finish, this “jewelery for the home” accent piece is decidedly not for the — Continue reading

Graphic Wall Coverings by Minakani Lab

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Graphic Wall Coverings by Minakani Lab

Not so much wallpaper as graphic art, the gorgeous bespoke collection of designs from the French studio Minakani Lab includes this dazzling geometric composition called Mosaic. Measured to fit individual wall spaces, rather than sold by roll, Mosaic, like all Minakani Lab motifs, is the handiwork of designers Cécile Figuette — Continue reading

Outside the Box: Balcony Standouts

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Outside the Box: Balcony Standouts

Are balconies the rising stars of residential architecture? We won’t call it a trend (yet), but we’ve noticed more than one recent European project in which balconies are stealing the show (see another example here) from otherwise ordinary buildings. The Seguin apartment complex in Boulogne Billancourt, France, designed by Bernard — Continue reading

Per Söderberg’s Bulbous Brass Lamp

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Per Söderberg’s Bulbous Brass Lamp

Swedish architect and designer Per Söderberg designed this gracefully rudimentary lamp for a private home in Stockholm, but after the house was featured in an interior design magazine, was cajoled into making the fixture available to a intrigued general public. The NEB Brass Lamp, which is also available in pendant — Continue reading

Christmas Cheer in Black and White

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Modern Holiday Ideas
Christmas Cheer in Black and White

A white Christmas, yes; but a black-and-white Christmas? Oh yes! Far from joyless and contrived, black and white (and shades of grey)—together with some sparkle—make an elegant, sophisticated, glamorous and decidedly festive color scheme during the holiday season. As evidenced by these impeccably styled photos, there’s no good reason to — Continue reading

A Poster Homage to Dieter Rams

Categories: Art + Graphics
A Poster Homage to Dieter Rams

Who knew that a hand mixer, a calculator and a coffee maker could command this kind of attention? Systems is a current London exhibition that pays tribute to Dieter Rams, the great German industrial designer whose appliance designs for Braun and shelving system for Vitsoe remain benchmarks of elegant 20th — Continue reading