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Racing to Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Racing to Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House

The only private residence in Florida to have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is in danger of crumbling—a fate that the non-profit Spring House Institute desperately hopes to avert. Given landmark status in 1979 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and then placed on its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list earlier this — Continue reading

NY NOW: Sod Drying Rack by Finell

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
NY NOW: Sod Drying Rack by Finell

Our recent attendance at NY NOW gave us a chance to see more from Finell, the Austin-based design company that has made silicone its material of preference, and has an inventive range of housewares to illustrate just why. The standout remains the long and skinny Sod drying rack, which gives the traditional — Continue reading

Value Added: A New Zealand Home Replicated & Refurbished

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Value Added: A New Zealand Home Replicated & Refurbished

This exceedingly gracious home in New Zealand was given a rare, ambitious makeover to jaw-dropping effect. Built in 1910, and one of the early harborside homes in the city of Auckland, the original 20th Century structure was bridged, quite literally, to the 21st Century, thanks to a sublime interior segue — Continue reading

August Smart Lock by Yves Behar

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
August Smart Lock by Yves Behar

Device fanatics are still awaiting the arrival of August Smart Lock from Yves Behar’s Fuseproject practice, the digital lock which promises to be the Nest of contemporary door locks. “Humanity has been carrying keys, sharp pieces of metal in our pockets, for 200 years…it’s time we think of something else,” reasoned Behar last — Continue reading

Mason Shaker: Homespun Cocktail Shaker by W&P Design

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Mason Shaker: Homespun Cocktail Shaker by W&P Design

Creating an enterprise out of a single object—let alone one that’s been around since the 19th Century—might not sound like a recipe for success, but don’t tell that to Eric Prum and Josh Williams, founders of W&P Design. Prum and Williams have created a sturdy and fine-looking cocktail shaker by repurposing the — Continue reading

Design Focus: Brody House Matisse Mural

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Design Focus: Brody House Matisse Mural

When you have the power to request, reject, and finally approve a work of art directly from Henri Matisse, it’s safe to say that you have, as the euphemism goes, arrived. Sydney and Frances Brody, California philanthropists and art patrons with finely honed ideas about art, had that enviable brand of influence, and the story about — Continue reading

NY NOW: Nordic Tabletop Flair From Superliving

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
NY NOW: Nordic Tabletop Flair From Superliving

We discovered the work of Danish brand Superliving at last week’s NY NOW, the biannual trade fair which offers a heady array of housewares and gift product lines by both new and established companies. Anette Stabel and Jesper Binger, married Danish designers, are behind Superliving’s lovely offerings, a mixture of tabletop and decorative objects that — Continue reading

3-D Printed Wheels For a Disabled Puppy

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
3-D Printed Wheels For a Disabled Puppy

The story of TurboRoo, a disabled Indianapolis chihuahua puppy, has gone viral, and why not? It’s a heartwarming story about an impossibly cute pup, to be sure, but also illustrates the quick, relatively inexpensive ‘greater good’ possibilities inherent in 3-D printing technology. Born without front legs, TurboRoo’s breeder had the foresight to take — Continue reading

Exclusive Graham & Brown Sale: Save 30% Through September 1

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Exclusive Graham & Brown Sale: Save 30% Through September 1

Graham & Brown, the venerable British wallpaper company, knows a thing or two about patterns; they’ve been in the business of creating compelling wall coverings for 70 years, and the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Our range of Graham & Brown offerings comprises geometrics and florals, mattes and — Continue reading

Triangle Clothes Hanger by Roomsafari

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Triangle Clothes Hanger by Roomsafari

If you’re going to translate a musical instrument into a clothes hanger, you’d better do it well, and Berlin design studio Roomsafari has managed it beautifully with a clothes hanger that takes its shape from the percussion piece—and takes minimalism to sublime heights. Their aluminum Triangle Hanger, available in silver or black powder-coated finish, — Continue reading

Planophore Shelving Unit from Barber Osgerby

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Planophore Shelving Unit from Barber Osgerby

British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have created a shelving unit with Mid-Century overtones—that may itself one day rate as a (21st Century) furniture classic. Planophore, which takes its name from an 1871 airplane model, is a five-shelf system created for Vitra, which merges solid wood horizontal planks with a series of vertical aluminum panels, each component given gently rounded — Continue reading

New Ceiling Fans from the Modern Fan Company

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
New Ceiling Fans from the Modern Fan Company

Summer may be winding down, but it’s always ceiling fan season when the fans are as elegant and versatile as those from the Modern Fan Company. New models Solus, Torsion, and Flow are the latest in a range of Modern Fans that present a perfect synthesis of form and function—with — Continue reading

Aspen Art Museum by Shigeru Ban Opens

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Aspen Art Museum by Shigeru Ban Opens

Aspen now has a lofty structure (besides its exalted Rocky Mountains) about which to wax poetic. Shigeru Ban’s new building to house the holdings of the 35 year-old Aspen Art Museum opened to the public last week, giving residents of the ski resort their maiden view of the Pritzker Prize winner’s first museum commission on American soil. — Continue reading

New at 2Modern: Radical Shapes From Vondom & Karim Rashid

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
New at 2Modern: Radical Shapes From Vondom & Karim Rashid

New arrivals at 2Modern include the radically inventive furnishings of Spanish brand Vondom, which has distinguished itself with a collection of furniture, rugs, and planters meant to completely redefine what we’ve come to expect from the domestic outdoor experience. A philosophy exemplified by the Vertex collection, sculptural chairs and tables designed by Karim Rashid, characterized by their — Continue reading

For First Class Mailings, Return Address Embossers

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
For First Class Mailings, Return Address Embossers

Yes, we’re mostly digital these days, but there’s still the occasional need to send a letter or card made from good old fashioned paper. And as an alternative to boring return address labels or ink stamps, stationery purveyors Wedding Paper Divas offers customized monogram embossers with which to make a more emphatic—and very classy—mark. With a — Continue reading

Installation of Floating Lanterns by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

Categories: Art + Graphics
Installation of Floating Lanterns by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

The seaside resort of La Grade Motte, in southern France, was the site of a fleeting installation by architects Marion Mousety and Alexandre Arcens. One of 7 temporary projects that comprised the annual Festival des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture ) this past June, Mousety and Arcens’ composition, named — Continue reading

Exclusive Fabbian Sale: 15% Off + Free Shipping

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Exclusive Fabbian Sale: 15% Off + Free Shipping

Italy’s rich tradition of glass making is given a contemporary spin by Fabbian, the Italian lighting brand that has taken the craft to new heights with a range of luminous modern lighting fixtures. Collaborations with a team of international designers and architects has produced a collection of glass pendants, wall — Continue reading

Closer Shower Head by Diego Grandi

Categories: Milan Furniture Fair 2014, Modern Decor + Objects
Closer Shower Head by Diego Grandi

Form might follow function, but Italian architect and designer Diego Grandi has set about to completely reinvent the familiar form of the shower head—having designed a shower head that takes its form not from any standard bathroom fixture, but from the milieu of lighting design, instead. Created for luxury faucet — Continue reading

On Long Island, A Sophisticated Backyard Playhouse for Children

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
On Long Island, A Sophisticated Backyard Playhouse for Children

One can only hope that the children of artist Jerome A. Levin will someday have a full understanding of how lucky they were. Levin, a father of three, has built a backyard house for his kids by employing the kind of careful consideration and meticulous attention reserved for full-sized contemporary — Continue reading

Jane’s Carousel, Resplendent in Brooklyn

Categories: Uncategorized
Jane’s Carousel, Resplendent in Brooklyn

Carousels, like ferris wheels and sunsets, are intrinsically photogenic—but, like ferris wheels and sunsets, tend to look alarmingly the same. Not so Jane’s Carousel, the beguilingly beautiful antique carousel that graces a stretch of Brooklyn Bridge Park along New York City’s East River. Spared the baleful fate of being auctioned — Continue reading