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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Massimo Vignelli Had ‘No Regrets’

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Massimo Vignelli Had ‘No Regrets’

The great graphic designer Massimo Vignelli died this week, leaving an incomparable body of work that included iconic subway signage, a calendar that remains timeless, coffee mugs, department store visual identities, and furniture for Knoll and Heller—an oeuvre that continues to beguile first-year students and the design cognoscenti with equal — Continue reading

A Multicolored Acapulco Chair from NODO

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2014
A Multicolored Acapulco Chair from NODO

The challenge of reinterpreting a tried and true design lies in offering up something original, and Brooklyn-based, Mexican multi-disciplinary design studio NODO has done just that with their version of the winsome Acapulco Chair. A bohemian-happy patio chair that emerged in the 50s in the Mexican resort city after which — Continue reading

Avram Rusu Studio Redefines the Sputnik

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2014
Avram Rusu Studio Redefines the Sputnik

At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) this month, Mid-Century design buffs familiar with the many variations of Sputnik—the starburst-like pendant light that came of age during America’s Space Race—will have stopped at least twice to view the lighting models presented by Avram Rusu Studio. The New York design studio, — Continue reading

Desert Oasis: California’s Sublime iT House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Desert Oasis: California’s Sublime iT House

If temporarily receding from the hurlyburly of daily life—and doing it in an architecturally edifying abode amidst breathtaking natural vistas—ranks as a modern day fantasy, then surely iTHouse exists to transform fantasy into viable reality. Designed as a family getaway by architects Linda Taalman and Alann Koch of the Taalman — Continue reading

The ‘FollowMe’ Portable LED Lamp from Marset

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2014
The ‘FollowMe’ Portable LED Lamp from Marset

Spanish brand Marset has introduced a portable, chargeable LED lamp that holds up to 20 hours of stored power once fully charged. Aimed specifically at areas, both indoors and out, where power outlets aren’t readily accessible, designer Inma Bermúdez’ FollowMe, which is expected to be available later this summer, is — Continue reading

An Australian House Wrapped in Airy Steel

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
An Australian House Wrapped in Airy Steel

There’s plenty to recommend in this coastal home in the Australian state of Victoria—its sun-soaked views and dark, moody interior color scheme being but a few—but, without a doubt, the star element here is the employment of a series of geometric laser-cut steel screens that encase part of the house’s — Continue reading

Quirk & Rescue’s Wallpaper Optics

Categories: Art + Graphics, ICFF 2014, Modern Decor + Objects
Quirk & Rescue’s Wallpaper Optics

When a dash of retro-centric flair is called for, optically dizzying wallpapers from Quirk & Rescue may offer a solution or two. The London design studio, who we discovered at ICFF this year, specializes in a range of home products which count typography and graphic design among its influences, along — Continue reading

Design Flare: 20% Off Tango Lighting

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Design Flare: 20% Off Tango Lighting

Portraits in artful simplicity are the Sasha and Mandarina lighting models, which comprise part of the Tango Lighting collection currently on sale at 2Modern. Designed for outdoor illumination, the Sasha range, which includes a suite of lights for floor, ceiling, and wall, features an elongated translucent polyethylene shade that gently — Continue reading

Giving Farnsworth House a Much-Needed Lift

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Giving Farnsworth House a Much-Needed Lift

Spending $3 million to protect a house from flooding may sound like a mad plan, but when the house in question is the sublime Farnsworth, the fact that there’s a plan at all comes as a relief to historians. Mies van der Rohe’s low-lying Modernist masterwork, completed in 1951 and — Continue reading

ICFF Highlights: The Detail Story

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
ICFF Highlights: The Detail Story

Whether or not ‘god is in the detail,’ as Mies van der Rohe is reputed to have said, details do tend to reveal much about the big picture. On carpets, wallpaper, tiles, and fabrics; woven, printed, sculpted, and cast, the patterns and motifs on display at this year’s ICFF were — Continue reading

Cloud Chandeliers by Apparatus Studio

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2014
Cloud Chandeliers by Apparatus Studio

Examples of great design are plentiful enough, but show-stoppers are harder to come by. A show-stopper, by any definition, this past week at ICFF, was the Cloud chandelier by New York design studio Apparatus. The duo behind Apparatus—Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson—have managed to parlay their love of vintage details — Continue reading

Paul Smith Dresses Up the Anglepoise Lamp

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Paul Smith Dresses Up the Anglepoise Lamp

Developed in 1931 by an engineer, and remade and refined by designers over the ensuing decades, the patented spring-based Anglepoise task lamp remains an icon of British industrial design. Now, fashion designer Paul Smith, something of an English icon himself, has given the famous lamp a subtle remake, applying his — Continue reading

Exclusive James De Wulf Sale: Save 15% through May 29th

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Exclusive James De Wulf Sale: Save 15% through May 29th

There are other ping pong tables, of course, but is there one elegant enough to double as dining table? We’re guessing no—which is only one of many reasons to take advantage of our exclusive James De Wulf sale. The James De Wulf Concrete Ping Pong & Dining Table, a solid — Continue reading

KinderGROUND Modular Carpeting

Categories: ICFF 2014, Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects
KinderGROUND Modular Carpeting

At ICFF this past week, we were duly wowed by the striking designs presented by kinderGROUND, the Manhattan-based modular carpeting studio whose products are “designed for children, yet loved by all ages.” And little wonder, considering the graphically sophisticated, yet child-friendly, flooring options kinderGROUND offers. Employing three basic shapes—hexagon, diamond, — Continue reading

2Modern Interview: Ben Copeland of Copeland Furniture

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
2Modern Interview: Ben Copeland of Copeland Furniture

For the venerable Vermont-based furniture company, Copeland Furniture, the concepts of environmental stewardship and sustainability, far from being buzzwords, are intrinsic to the company ethos. A recipient of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) Sage Award for environmental excellence, Copeland’s longstanding commitment to exceptional design and manufacturing standards is reflected — Continue reading

Scenes from New York Design Week: Modern Lighting at ICFF

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Scenes from New York Design Week: Modern Lighting at ICFF

We were in New York for the weekend, and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) was, as always, a New York Design Week highlight, serving up a visual feast of products by an international roster of designers and brands. There was more than lighting on display, of course, but we — Continue reading

New Work from David Trubridge at Wanted Design

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
New Work from David Trubridge at Wanted Design

David Trubridge is set to introduce a collection of new designs at New York’s Wanted Design, the international design extravaganza commencing tomorrow night in Manhattan. In addition to the North American debut of Trubridge’s recently completed lighting models, Hush and Belle (see them here), the designer will be showing new — Continue reading

Living Color: Artist Jim Isermann’s Case Study House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Living Color: Artist Jim Isermann’s Case Study House

The eternal sunshine of the California desert and a 1962 Case Study house by Donald A. Wexler provide an idyllic context for the paintings of Jim Isermann. The American artist’s sunny, hard-edged paintings, with their Pop Art-invoking liveliness and vivid 60′s color palette are of a piece with his pure — Continue reading

ICFF Preview: Norway’s Fjordfiesta

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
ICFF Preview: Norway’s Fjordfiesta

Compared to its Scandinavian neighbors, Norway may be a more reticent player on the contemporary design scene, but as Fjordfiesta proves, there’s plenty happening there. Exhibiting at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, Fjordifesta, a design studio founded in 2001 by Oslo architect Paul Lunder, stays — Continue reading

In Palm Springs, Searching for ‘That Pink Door’

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Palm Springs, Searching for ‘That Pink Door’

When interior designer Moises Esquenazi set out to refurbish a 1968 Palm Springs fixer-upper a decade ago, he probably wasn’t counting on turning his new home’s front door into its star attraction. Yet, and though we doubt Esquenazi is complaining much, his Mid-Century jewel’s front door has been consistently hogging — Continue reading