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Author: Miriam

What’s all the Noise About?

Categories: Sustainability
What’s all the Noise About?

I recently purchased a bag of SunChips and was curious as to why the bag was so noisy. The new bags are now made of plant material and are compostable. If the bags are placed in a hot compost bin, they will break down in about 14 weeks. I have not — Continue reading

It’s Occupied!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
It’s Occupied!

Here is a fun way to let your guests know your powder room is occupied.   Emtek's Brighthandle actually lights up on the exterior side of a door when the interior side is locked. I could also see this hardware in a restaurant or in a darker hall. The stainless steel lever is available — Continue reading

A Better Water Bottle

Categories: Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
A Better Water Bottle

These unique water bottles are free of harmful products such as BPA and PVC.   The  fun colored silicone sleeves protect the glass while also providing a safe grip.  All parts are dishwasher safe, but if you decide to replace your bottle with a new one, you can recycle the — Continue reading

Fusion Table

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Fusion Table

The Ikea Fusion Table is the perfect space saver.  The 4 chairs curve around the table while neatly tucking in underneath.  It is a great solution for those of us that like to maximize our dining space.

111

Categories: Sustainability
111

The Emeco 111 Navy Chair is a plastic version of the classic Navy Chair.  Available in six different colors such as Persimmon and Charcoal to name just a few.  Coca- Cola and Emeco worked together to create this chair out of plastic bottles in hopes to encourage recycling. To learn — Continue reading

Wood and Metal

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Wood and Metal

Peter Benarcik, a talented architect that I mentioned in last week's post on the Firehouse Station, has a creative and modern collection of furniture designs that I would like to share.  His firm, Five Ply Design, located in Seattle, likes to incorporate alternative materials and methods into their designs.  Here are — Continue reading

Firehouse Station

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Firehouse Station

Peter Benarcik, award winning designer and founder of Five Ply Design, introduced me to this fantastic project called the Firehouse Station. Peter had the opportunity to work on this project with architect Luke Mandle of Two Ton Inc.. Next week I am planning to share more of Peter's current work, but — Continue reading

The Traveling Fireplace

Categories: Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
The Traveling Fireplace

This seems to be the perfect concept.  It is a fireplace with a handle that can be transported in and around your home.  It is called The Travelmate portable fireplace by Conmoto.  So sleek and simple, weighing only 55 lbs., and easily ignited.  All you have to do is remove — Continue reading

Raw, Askew, and Striae

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Raw, Askew, and Striae

Raw, Askew, and Striae are just a few of the unique collections of Pigeon Toe Ceramics.  Artist and designer, Lisa Jones creates these wonderful clay pieces that can take up to 3 weeks production time.  Although I would love to share them all, these are just a few of my — Continue reading

A Must Have for 2010

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Must Have for 2010

Canadian House & Home recently listed modern mobiles as a top 10 trend for the new year.  They are a great way to add color, movement, and excitement to a room, stair hall, or above a baby's crib. Here are just a few of my favorites from 2Modern  The Wallter — Continue reading

Modern Medals

Categories: News + Events + Contests
Modern Medals

The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Medals are a one of a kind modern piece of art.  They are just under 4" in diameter and weigh between 1.10 and 1.26 lbs. These medals are some of the heaviest ever designed. Each undulating (not flat) form includes unique Aboriginal artworks.  Here are just a — Continue reading

A Paper Forest

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability
A Paper Forest

  I was amazed to learn that these organic forms are sculpted entirely out of trash.  The artist, Yuken Teruya, cuts and folds his medium of paper or cardboard without creating his own trash, or adding it back into the environment.  My favorite is this tree formed out of a McDonald's — Continue reading

Jewelry Designed by Architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Jewelry Designed by Architects

It is exciting to see that architectural designers often explore other creative opportunities in the design industry.  One of my favorites is a line of jewelry designed by Frank Gehry for Tiffany & Co. This is an image of Gehry's 7-Fish necklace which blends sterling silver, wood, jade, and onyx.  A — Continue reading

Streamlined Kitchen Designs

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Streamlined Kitchen Designs

The SieMatic S2 Kitchen is streamlined and sophisticated.  All of the extras are creatively hidden within this minimalist kitchen. All images provided by KONST SieMatic Notice there are no exposed handles or hanging light fixtures. Cabinets designed to appear flush with the wall are sleek and unobtrusive .  I love the high gloss — Continue reading

Water and Sound

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends
Water and Sound

When I need to relax,  I often take a bath.  I dim the lights,  light candles, and even play music (often from soundscapes on our television).  Imagine how relaxing it would be if you could slightly submerge into the water and actually experience the music.  Kohler's VibrAcoustic Technology combines sound vibrations, — Continue reading

More of This in The New Year

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
More of This in The New Year

 Products and design concepts that I would like to see more of in the New Year: 1.  Eco- Friendly Counter Materials ECO by Cosentino 2.  Sleek,Energy Efficient Fireplaces Spark Modern Fires 3.  Kitchen Islands that are a real focal point Kohler,  Island/ Occasions Island Sink 4.  High Quality Acrylic Furniture   Spectrum West — Continue reading

Fashion and Lighting

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
Fashion and Lighting

A hot trend in the fashion industry is the draping of fabric. This is an image from the Donna Karen Pre-fall 2010 Collection (found on Style.com).  I love to see the contrast of shadows and the soft silhouette that the fabric creates. This light fixture by Fambuena, is part of the — Continue reading

Lighting that Complements Art

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Lighting that Complements Art

Accent lighting is often installed in order to focus attention to your art.  It highlights the details while also creating a certain ambiance. In this room, designed by Ernesto Santalla of Studio Santalla, the designer added a suspension lamp composed of intersecting metacrylate panels that complements the art.  The framed prints in the distance reflect large intersecting — Continue reading