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On Target: 2Modern Holiday Gift Guide

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Modern Holiday Ideas
On Target: 2Modern Holiday Gift Guide

Discerning tastes demand mindfully chosen gifts, and our Modern Gift Guide contains a well-rounded selection of contemporary gifts, carefully curated to include something to suit all ages—and budgets. Whether searching for a party-perfect hostess gift or a scene stealer for the modern decor fanatic; seeking out something special for the little ones in your life or targeting a — Continue reading

Disaster Style: Prepster Emergency Survival Kit

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Disaster Style: Prepster Emergency Survival Kit

Taking the notion of basic survival to absurdly stylish heights is the Los Angeles-based Preppi company, makers of the Prepster emergency survival kit, accurately defined as “a truly handsome bag stuffed with the BEST of everything you need in the event you find yourself in the worst.” Which means that 3-day emergency essentials—tent, waterproof — Continue reading

A Lisbon Home With A Bookish Twist

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Lisbon Home With A Bookish Twist

This meticulously refurbished Lisbon loft has plenty to recommend it—we could begin with its decadent size and sumptuously ornamental (circa 1893) ceiling, for starters—but it’s the space-dividing open bookshelf that caught our eye. No doubt, this spare-no-details renovation by Lisbon architectural practice AVA Architects had every contemporary demarcation (and storage) device at their disposal, but how — Continue reading

MAGIS Holiday Sale: Save 15% Nov 24 – Dec 15

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
MAGIS Holiday Sale: Save 15% Nov 24 – Dec 15

Just in time for the holidays comes our MAGIS sale, offering a range of inventive modern furniture designs that make ideal gifts for the contemporary design enthusiast. Choose from the best sellers featured above: the sculptural Stool One, with a striking geometric form that delivers an equally comfortable sitting experience, and the playful — Continue reading

Artful Seats: Cheryl Ekstrom’s Steely Modern Chairs

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting
Artful Seats: Cheryl Ekstrom’s Steely Modern Chairs

Metallics may be an industrial design trend, but artist Cheryl Ekstrom has something quite a bit more permanent in mind. With the Los Angeles-based artist’s startlingly realistic sculpture series, Stable Inhabitants of a Changing World, Ekstrom has taken some of the most recognizable and exalted forms in Mid-Century modern furniture—Charles and Ray Eames’ Lounge Chair, — Continue reading

Scribble Wrapping Papers by Denmark’s HAY

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Scribble Wrapping Papers by Denmark’s HAY

Danish brand HAY has launched a suite of wrapping papers that could very well be seen as presents in themselves. The Scribble collection features six different repeat patterns rendered in magic marker, each applied to sheets of paper measuring  27.5 x 39 inches. The artfully executed abstract compositions showcase 6 different monochromes, and, as HAY helpfully makes note, — Continue reading

Pre-Fabricated Mini House: Happiness in 160 Square Feet

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Pre-Fabricated Mini House: Happiness in 160 Square Feet

Can happiness be found in 160 square feet? Well, we’d be more than willing to find out, if this house concept form Swedish architect Jonas Wagell morphs into reality. Wagell, who’s collaborated on the project with Sommarnöjen—a Swedish manufacturer specializing in the fabrication of wooden, eco-friendly holiday houses— originally developed his design as a simple wooden — Continue reading

Munkegaard Chair by Arne Jacobsen is Reintroduced

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Munkegaard Chair by Arne Jacobsen is Reintroduced

Danish manufacturer Howe is wisely capitalizing on the success of its reintroduction of Arne Jacobsen’s Tongue Chair last year by relaunching another Jacobsen design: the Munkegaard chair, also known (more memorably) as the Mosquito chair. Originally introduced in 1955, and designed for the classrooms of the Munkegaard school, north of Copenhagen, Jacobsen’s design bears an — Continue reading

Tokyo Designers Week: Joint Installation by Vitra and Artek

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Tokyo Designers Week: Joint Installation by Vitra and Artek

The recently concluded Tokyo Designers Week was an occasion for Artek and Vitra to present their first joint installation since Vitra’s acquisition of the Finnish brand in 2013. Taking over the Light Box Studio exhibition space in Tokyo’s Aoyama neighborhood, the suite of installations merged the most iconic modern furniture, lighting, and decorative pieces—including Artek’s Stool 60 — Continue reading

New York City’s Fulton Center Subway Complex

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
New York City’s Fulton Center Subway Complex

Of the many things subway-riding New Yorkers never expect to see—a clean surface and a smiling ticket agent, notwithstanding—a ray of sunlight may be the least expected. Until now, that is—when riders taking a trip through the sparkling Fulton Center can expect to see a thick swathe of sunlight streaming down from the city’s streets, two — Continue reading

Clean Gems: Soap Stones from PELLE

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Clean Gems: Soap Stones from PELLE

Artisanal soaps may be all the rage, but Brooklyn design studio PELLE can lay claim to the most precious soaps of all. Their dazzling range of Soap Stones are hand crafted from natural vegetable-based glycerine, hand cut into faceted shapes, and imbued with lustrous colors so alluringly close to that of actual gemstones, we’d be wholly dissuaded — Continue reading

FontanaArte Sale: Koho Portable Lamp

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
FontanaArte Sale: Koho Portable Lamp

While the digital revolution has arrived tethered to wires and cables, the Koho Table Lamp, a playfully elegant portable lamp from FontanaArte, offers wireless relief in a beguilingly compact package. A creation of Finnish designer Mika Tolvanen, Koho has been given a form that illustrates Tolvanen’s belief that “an object can have a complex range of functions — Continue reading

Stylish Breathing Rooms From Breather

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Stylish Breathing Rooms From Breather

New Yorkers tempted to guffaw at the concept of ‘peace and quiet, on demand’ may want to give Breather a whirl. The year-old company has stolen a page familiar to cheap motel owners by renting rooms by the hour—a concept that will, no doubt, be lost on anyone other than urbanites, who long ago — Continue reading

Chikuno Cube Air Purifier

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Chikuno Cube Air Purifier

As far as subtle air purifiers go, it’s hard to beat the tiny, clean profile of the Chikuno Cube, a house-shaped objet d’art that measures a mere 1.6 inches, but—thanks to a purifying element comprised of ‘activated bamboo charcoal,’ a highly porous form of carbon—manages to effectively absorb impurities and odors via its light and intricate — Continue reading

New Modern Lighting by Standard Socket

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
New Modern Lighting by Standard Socket

Standard Socket, a Seattle-based design company, has amassed a collection of modern light fixtures by connecting disparate design studios with a locally run manufacturing base. This Connect + Design + Make strategy has yielded a range of thoughtfully crafted, imaginative lighting models distinguished for their simple forms and inventive material applications. Featured lights in the Standard Socket collection include the Spun pendant from Seattle’s Ladies — Continue reading

Leeo Nightlight & Smoke Detector

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Leeo Nightlight & Smoke Detector

The latest in the ‘home awareness’ digital product range—which includes remote controlled thermostats and door locks—is Leeo, a stylish nightlight that may also keep an unoccupied house from burning down. Developed by the San Francisco-based design company, Ammunition, Leeo has been given the kind of esthetic care aimed at design obsessives (who, us?), so it — Continue reading

Exclusive MODLOFT Sale: Save 20% Nov 4-18

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Exclusive MODLOFT Sale: Save 20% Nov 4-18

Our well-priced collection of modern furniture by MODLOFT includes some sleek new additions, like the Bleecker Side Table, with its Mid-Century inspired profile, and the houndstooth-clad Hester Pouf and matching Hester Ottoman, a bold, graphic touch sure to revive any interior space. Beds, chairs, storage, and accessories, like the round, — Continue reading

Modern Quilts by S.D. Evans

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Quilts by S.D. Evans

Despite its storied tradition and folksy down home image, the visual appeal of quilt designs—with their clean edges, elegant geometry, and impeccable symmetry—has never been that far removed from the appeal of line-shape-color modern art movements. Brooklyn designer S.D. Evans is amongst a slew of contemporary artists for whom quilting is the medium of choice for a body — Continue reading

New Arrivals! Bandas Collection by Gandia Blasco

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
New Arrivals! Bandas Collection by Gandia Blasco

Patricia Urquiola’s Bandas collection of modern furniture and rugs for the Valencia-based brand Gandia Blasco are amongst the new arrivals at 2Modern, and what a collection! Urquiola’s Bandas range is a wow, distinguished by thick, graphic stitching that lends a homespun air to a sophisticated suite of modular seating and rugs designed to — Continue reading

Grid Storage Units from Oliver Bonas

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Grid Storage Units from Oliver Bonas

Proving that low-cost, no-frills storage doesn’t have to be bereft of style are these freestanding storage units by Oliver Bonas, the British retailer which offers a wide range of quirky products, most of which are designed in-house. The Grid series presents a suite of freestanding shelving units in varying sizes, each rendered graphically contemporary, — Continue reading