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Author: Margarita Shefson

Wine Cool-ers

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Wine Cool-ers

As the holidays approach and family dinners ensue, we start popping those wine bottles.  But what’s out there other than the usual wine racks, holders and sleeves.  I’ve found some cool gift ideas, that you can spruce up with some of that grape goodness… Wine Suit Sleeve ($20) Cat Wine — Continue reading

Foot-Loose Couture

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Foot-Loose Couture

A set of shoes during London’s Fashion Week 2009, struck my curiosity.  Aminaka Wilmont’s show revealed some very interesting barefoot shoes with a strapped heel, designed by Eelko Moorer.  Turns out not only fashion designers create two sets of fashion lines per season, ready-to-wear and couture, shoe designers also delve — Continue reading

Coolest College Stuff

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Coolest College Stuff

Ahh, September started and with it yet another school year.  Here are a few things to cheer up your study space, whether you’re a high school, college or grad school student, we all like colorful and cute distractions that also make our space comfortable and inviting enough to fall asleep… — Continue reading

Nice Rack!

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel, Sustainability
Nice Rack!

New York City curbs have been adorned with new bicycle racks, designed by musician and biking enthusiast, David Byrne. The city’s Department of Transportation and one of the most celebrated art galleries, PaceWildenstein, have partnered up in an effort to promote bicycling and lower the city’s carbon footprint.  NYC has — Continue reading

Louis Vuitton’s Flagship Store in Japan

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Louis Vuitton’s Flagship Store in Japan

A Dutch architecture powerhouse, UNstudio, creates a new concept for Louis Vuitton’s new flagship store in Japan.  Exactly where and when their new 10 story building will be debuted is still kept a secret.  It is meant to fuse LV’s classical and modern qualities to bring out the true essence. — Continue reading

Super-Yacht

Super-Yacht

Take in the future water ride, that is available for fractional ownership in 2010.  Foster + Partners have created 40 signature series boat fleet  that exudes modernized luxury for YachtPlus of UK. The YachtPlus boat fleet thinks afresh the spaces, both interior and exterior, of a traditional yacht, creating a — Continue reading

BBQ in Style

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
BBQ in Style

This summer you no longer have to be tied down to your back yard for barbecuing, nor do you have to use those rusty and greasy bbq pits while camping or picnicking.  Now you can bring your own compact, little bbq grill that holds just as much as you would — Continue reading

BMW’s Cloth Car Prototype

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
BMW’s Cloth Car Prototype

Unique and first of it’s kind, BMW produced an eco-friendly yet sexy automobile named GINA, an acronym for “Geometry and Functions In ‘N’ Adaptations”.  The exterior shell is made completely out of a smooth textile fabric (polyurethane-coated Lycra) wrapped tightly around the movable frame of metal and carbon fiber wires. — Continue reading

Seven Deadly Glasses

Seven Deadly Glasses

These seven deadly sins have been captured in glass form.  Who know they had form and that their form would tell the story so well while filled with wine.  The photoshoot presenting this collection created by London-based designer Kacper Hamilton has quite a goth feel and leaves you feeling like — Continue reading

Think Inside the Box

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Think Inside the Box

This inverted construction, by the name of Fractal 23, was designed by Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa.  My assumption is that the number 23, within the title, stands for 23 various-sized compartments.   Such smart use of space is really useful in urban living quarters,  I wish it was available back when — Continue reading

Urban Taxidermy

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Urban Taxidermy

These animal Trophy Hangers are made by Phil Cuttance, a very talented designer from New Zealand.  A year in the making since the original prototype, they are now available for $ 50 in the US. Hang your coat on the behind of an animal of your choice.  Packaged always in — Continue reading

Hanging Above

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Hanging Above

What used to be lamps constructed out of paper, now bends organically out of thin aluminum lines.  Label Atelier Oï, consists of a trio of designers, Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and Patrick Reymond in La Neuveville, Switzerland, upholds a specific philosophy of multidisciplinary nature.  Their design for Foscarini’s Allegro light — Continue reading

Get more attention than in a Porsche

Categories: Sustainability
Get more attention than in a Porsche

The vehicle you’re looking at  is not Lighting McQueen from the animated cartoon movie, Cars.  This remake of a Carbon Sparrow, released in 2000, was perfected into an efficient car by Myers Motors in Tallmadge, Ohio and called NMG which stands for "No More Gas." It is all electric and — Continue reading

A Modern Windmill Clock

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Modern Windmill Clock

Standing at 6.5 feet, this windmill clock, Kazadokei, is elegant and simple.  It’s "second" hand reaches almost 5 feet (150 centimeters) and due to it’s size it uses the mechanisms of large timepieces found in parks or buildings, not those you’ll find inside homes.   I think it would be perfect  — Continue reading

Leave Your Foot Print

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Leave Your Foot Print

Be one of two winners to leave your personal signature, quite literally, in urban fashion.  Dr. Martens is having their annual competition to create a design for the next line of Dr. Martens.  We all wore them at one point in our adolescent life, hung out with someone who did — Continue reading

Let “Her” Comfort You

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Let “Her” Comfort You

Ever since the final project in 3-D art course in college, where we had to create a chair of our own, I’ve been mesmerized and followed by the different and unique forms of chairs that are and continue to be created.  Unfortunately a photo of my chair was destroyed in — Continue reading

New Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
New Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania

Zaha Hadid Architects had beat out two modern architecture for the next installation of the Guggenheim Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. The competition was a collaborative partnership between Guggenheim Foundation and Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the new museum will house collections from both of the prominent museums.  Lithuania — Continue reading

Smart Little Music Player

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Smart Little Music Player

Believe or not, but this little gadget is a Digital Music Player.  Designed by Yong-Seong Kim, it is a portable music player that will spin CDs and support USB flash drives to play MP3s.  What this tells us is that things can be as basic as this little palm sized — Continue reading

Phonofone Ipod Speaker

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Phonofone Ipod Speaker

This is a great blast from the past item, put to use in a very contemporary way and style.  All ceramic, this phonofone resembles ones from the Gatsby era, but plays music from your IPod instead.  For now, this is only a concept piece but it is made for pre-order — Continue reading

Legos for adults: Build your bookcase

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Legos for adults: Build your bookcase

Designers from a Swedish design company, Smånsk, revealed these magnified Legos that stack up into a whimsical bookcase, at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February.  Because it was only a prototype, they are now actively looking for a manufacturer to produce the product and bring into the mainstream.  My bets — Continue reading