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Popular post: Corian Loves Missoni

Categories: Art + Graphics, ICFF 2011, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
Popular post: Corian Loves Missoni

What happens when you combine the colorful style of Missoni and the multiple application possibilities of Corian? Endless design fun throughout the house. In the bathroom: The shower floor, wall and ceiling become a seamless riot of color. In the kitchen: Vibrant, modern, cool. First shown as part of the — Continue reading

Buckminster Fuller: Thinking outside the box

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Buckminster Fuller: Thinking outside the box

Famous for his Geodesic Dome Houses and Bucky Balls, Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), was an architect, inventor and early proponent of green technology. A celebration of his life and legacy will be held at various venues around New York City starting tomorrow, June 23 2008, with the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Conferring — Continue reading

Breathing: Art as Memorial

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel, News + Events + Contests
Breathing: Art as Memorial

The Breathing, a memorial to all the journalists, cameramen and crew killed while reporting the news has become the latest addition to the skyline of London, England. The BBC commissioned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa to design the 30ft high, inverted steel and glass cone, which together with BBC radio mast — Continue reading

Alja Novak: Lace and Leather

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
Alja Novak: Lace and Leather

Using shoe-making skills that have been in her family for generations, Slovenian designer Alja Novak combines modern styling with local materials such as handmade lace from Idrija, a Slovenian town with a three hundred year lace-making tradition, to come up with covetable men’s and women’s shoes and sandals. Novak says — Continue reading

Olafur Eliasson: Waterfalls in the City

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Olafur Eliasson: Waterfalls in the City

Work by Icelandic-Danish Artist Olafur Eliasson is all over New York City this Spring and Summer. Currently showing at MoMA and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Take Your Time is an exhibition exploring  the cognitive aspects of the sense of sight using light, prisms, water and, the case of his photographs, — Continue reading

From Vinyl to iPod

Categories: Fashion + Trends
From Vinyl to iPod

While the ion-audio LP dock might not be the coolest looking piece of technology in your home it certainly does an extremely smart thing. Plug your iPod into the docking station and the USB turntable allows you to upload any old vinyl records you might have in your collection to — Continue reading

Cai Guo-Qiang: I want to Believe

Categories: Art + Graphics
Cai Guo-Qiang: I want to Believe

There are many exciting modern art shows in New York this Spring, Jeff Koons at the Metropolitan Museum, Olafur Eliasson at MoMA but none makes a more immediate first impression than Cai Guo-Qiang’ s retrospective: I want to Believe. Inspired by a car bomb, Inopportune Stage One occupies the rotunda — Continue reading

Collectible Architecture: Louis Kahn’s Esherick House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Collectible Architecture: Louis Kahn’s Esherick House

Another Modernist masterpiece will be sold as a work of art this month when Louis Kahn’s Esherick House goes under the hammer on May 18th. Built between 1959 and 1961 in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania for Margaret Esherick, the house also features the original custom kitchen designed by sculptor Wharton Esherick, — Continue reading

Rapid Manufacturing: Throwing out the Mold

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Rapid Manufacturing: Throwing out the Mold

New technology in the form of Rapid Manufacturing is changing the way designs are delivered from conception to completed product. Using the revolutionary form of printing known as Rapid Prototyping that builds up a 3D object layer by layer of polycarbons, nylon or other materials, Rapid Manufacturing or RM can — Continue reading

The Kaufmann Desert House: Architecture as Art

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
The Kaufmann Desert House: Architecture as Art

Along with the 1986 mask-like Andy Warhol Self-Portrait and the Mark Rothko red and yellow no.15 (1952) Christie’s Contemporary Art Department will auction one of the finest examples of 20th century Modernist houses at its Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale on May 13.  Lot #42, estimated to fetch between $15,000,000 — Continue reading

“Design Art”: New concept or media hype?

Categories: Art + Graphics
“Design Art”: New concept or media hype?

In 2007 auctioneers Phillips de Pury created a new brand name to catalog limited editions of furniture, often made in luxury materials, that had a sculptural quality. Design Art was born and with it a demand that pushed prices skywards. Since then there has been a debate raging regarding the — Continue reading

Design and the Elastic Mind

Categories: Art + Graphics, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Design and the Elastic Mind

Already half way through its run, Design and the Elastic Mind at the Museum of Modern Art in New York is an exhilarating exploration of the synergy between science and design. Taking as its basis the idea that because humans are bombarded by new technology and information at a greater — Continue reading

Color Chart at MoMA

Categories: Art + Graphics
Color Chart at MoMA

I was lucky enough to get to the Museum of Modern Art in New York this morning to see Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today.  Forty-four artists including Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and Damien Hirst explore ready-made color in various forms including paintings, sculpture and large art — Continue reading

Minimum Impact Flooring

Categories: Sustainability
Minimum Impact Flooring

InterfaceFlor, the company responsible for Flor, the popular modular floor tiles, has long been known as a “green” business. In 2006 it launched Mission to Zero, a seven-step plan to sustainable flooring with a goal of achieving zero environmental footprint by 2020 by reducing waste, gas emissions, and energy consumption. — Continue reading

Adding More Space

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Adding More Space

Until recently, lovers of modern architecture looking to add extra outdoor space had little available, but now there are a range of structures on the market, from gazebos to whole rooms, with clean contemporary lines. From DWR comes Kithaus, a  9′x13′ prefabricated space that can be used as a cabana, an — Continue reading

Fitting into the Landscape

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Fitting into the Landscape

There’s something enchanting about houses that fit into their natural surroundings. Maybe it’s because my house does this, designed as it was around a huge cypress tree, that I’m particularly drawn to this form of architecture. Or perhaps it’s because the architect designed them not to impose upon but to — Continue reading

Room in the suitcase?

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
Room in the suitcase?

It seems that there’s a trend developing in the modern design world: to reduce living space as efficiently as possible, preferably to a size where it can be transported easily be one person. Two examples of this have recently made headlines in the media. One from Asia and the other — Continue reading

To Wear Or Not To Wear

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
To Wear Or Not To Wear

That’s the name of a new store on etsy.com featuring the work of Jamie Geller Dutra.  Jamie, an artist from the Ithaca, New York, produces modern, original hand-painted scarves and works of art on paper.  The scarves are generously sized and can also be used as table runners or wall-hangings. — Continue reading

Levitating Lounger

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Levitating Lounger

“ Don’t just sit – Hoverit.” That’s the tag line of Hoverit, the British company that has developed a revolutionary levitating chair. Using magnets to defy gravity, The Lounger allows you to hover in space while the same magnets, the manufacturers claim, reduce stress levels, back aches and  muscle pain. — Continue reading