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Mumbai’s New International Airport by SOM Architects

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Mumbai’s New International Airport by SOM Architects

“We designed an airport that is intimately connected to its surroundings. By subtly incorporating regional patterns and textures at all scales, Terminal 2 resonates with a sense of place and serves as a spectacular symbol for India and Mumbai.” We’ll forgive the venerable New York architectural firm SOM (Skidmore, Owings — Continue reading

Class Act: Elegant Savings from Knoll

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Class Act: Elegant Savings from Knoll

If a lifetime investment is what you’re after, our Knoll Classics Sale may provide the answer. Starting today, and through March 4 only, all Knoll Classics—featuring class acts from Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Florence Knoll, and Jens Risom, among others—are on sale at an elegant 15% discount. And if that — Continue reading

Stockholm Furniture Fair: New Lamps from Lightyears

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Stockholm Furniture Fair: New Lamps from Lightyears

Among the more illuminating products at the recent Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair was a new suite of lights presented by Danish brand Lightyears. Included amongst them, and pictured here, the Aeon Rocket pendant lamp, an aluminum and woven polypropylene creation by designer Morten Voss; and the LED-powered Volume table — Continue reading

Richard Neutra, In Living Color

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Richard Neutra, In Living Color

Architecture buffs curious about what it may actually feel like to live inside a Richard Neutra-designed home can steal a voyeuristic thrill via photographer Jason Madara’s lush visual essay on this southern California Neutra house—images that illustrate exactly why Neutra’s Mid-Century sensibilities continue to beguile a half century later. All — Continue reading

Spring Flowers: 2Modern Wallpapers, Blooming

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Spring Flowers: 2Modern Wallpapers, Blooming

Never mind winter. Spring looms, and why wait for outdoor blooms when a slew of indoor blossoms will do so nicely. Our selection of flowery wallpaper includes temporary options, like new arrivals from Tempaper, which are so easy to apply and remove, you won’t feel hemmed in by an irrevocable — Continue reading

In New York, Maya Hayuk’s Answer to the Winter Blues

Categories: Art + Graphics
In New York, Maya Hayuk’s Answer to the Winter Blues

New Yorkers weary of an endless winter and its accompanying bone-chilling temperatures may be forgiven for finding a bright spot wherever possible—even on the traffic-clogged corner of Bowery and Houston Streets. There, the Brooklyn-based artist Maya Hayuk has created a blindingly color-saturated mural using her signature cross-hatch geometric strokes. The — Continue reading

Arkansas Loves Jeff Koons

Categories: Art + Graphics
Arkansas Loves Jeff Koons

No one ever accused Jeff Koons of thinking small. His outsized sculptures, their matching price tags (and, some say, his weighty ego) have made him the art world’s most prominent name (see more on that here). And this week, Arkansas’ Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, scored big, too, when — Continue reading

Romance for $2.95 from H&M

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Romance for $2.95 from H&M

Who says a novel romantic touch has to cost the earth? H&M Home has taken a page from Roy Lichtenstein’s book with a range of items featuring a comic book-style illustration of an embrace and accompanying fairytale text. This set of paper napkins gets our vote for most romantic $2.95 — Continue reading

A New Visual Identity for Carl Hansen & Søn

Categories: Art + Graphics
A New Visual Identity for Carl Hansen & Søn

Carl Hansen & Søn, the Danish manufacturer of exalted Mid-Century furniture designs by Hans J. Wegner, has a adopted a new visual identity to mark the 100th birthday of Wegner’s birth, and, fittingly, it leads back to Wegner himself. Turns out Wegner designed the company’s logo back in 1950, a — Continue reading

An Australian Beach House that Echoes Sydney’s Opera House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
An Australian Beach House that Echoes Sydney’s Opera House

“I spent a year of weekends drawing the Opera House and realized that the continuity and rhythm of the podium is what makes the sails float and dance…The same strategy is used in this house,” explains Australian architect Alexander Symes, who, along G+V Architecture, conceived of this jaw-dropper of a — Continue reading

Indiana’s Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Indiana’s Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

Suffice it to say that when the great graphic designer, Paul Rand, created a visual identity for the city of Columbus, Indiana, back in 1973, he wasn’t imagining how terrific his ‘dancing C’ would look as a public bicycle rack. But kudos to Columbus for its practical and symbolic application — Continue reading

3D Printed: Studio Macura’s LETI Pendant Light

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
3D Printed: Studio Macura’s LETI Pendant Light

Eindhoven-based Studio Macura, whose Pero 3D-printed bookmark was featured on this site last year, recently sent us photos of a pendant light which also employs 3D printing to novel effect. LETI would be an elegant, if somewhat ordinary, pendant light were it not for the figurine of a woodpecker, created — Continue reading

Scandinavian Minimalism from Denmark’s Menu

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Scandinavian Minimalism from Denmark’s Menu

Followers of Minimalism as esthetic religion always have a host of Scandinavian design studios to look to for inspiration. Denmark’s Muuto, HAY, Normann Copenhagen and Norm Architects are but a few of the contemporary furniture and product design makers currently carrying on the tradition of clean-formed, well crafted home goods, — Continue reading

Gingham, Modernized for the Office

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Gingham, Modernized for the Office

So much for gingham being country cute. Contemporary product designers and artists alike (see here and here) have been induced to co-opt the folksy, grid-based fabric for a range of modernized applications—like this suite of desktop stationery items from Australian brand Country Road. And why not? Geometry and repetition, order — Continue reading

Knoll Classics 15% Off Sale Feb 24-Mar 4: Request Swatches Now!

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Knoll Classics 15% Off Sale Feb 24-Mar 4: Request Swatches Now!

Our Knoll Classics Sale, which comprises furniture designs by Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, Florence Knoll, Alexander Girard, Mies vn der Rohe, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, Warren Platner, Jens Risom, and Eero Saarinen, begins on February 24th. But fabric swatches can be requested now. Call our Knoll expert, Allison Kerson at — Continue reading

A New York Landmark Updated by Shigeru Ban

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A New York Landmark Updated by Shigeru Ban

The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, whose most innovative work has been directed toward temporary housing for disaster victims, will be leaving a permanent mark on a landmark New York City building. The 132-year-old Cast Iron House, a downtown Manhattan building with a breathtakingly ornate cast iron facade, will soon have — Continue reading

Designs of the Year 2014: Ultra Light Ripple Table

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Designs of the Year 2014: Ultra Light Ripple Table

A wood dining table that weighs less than 20 pounds is one of the nominees for Designs of the Year 2014, as just announced by London’s Design Museum. Selected as one of 6 nominees in the furniture category was Benjamin Hubert’s super skinny, ultra-light Ripple table, which was launched at — Continue reading

Outside Rotterdam, a Möbius Strip Staircase

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Outside Rotterdam, a Möbius Strip Staircase

Every city suburb should be so lucky as Carnisselande, the Rotterdam suburb for which NEXT Architects have built a mammoth piece of public art that also serves as lookout point. Situated on a hill, the giant Corten steel staircase, from which Carnisselande visitors are offered an unobstructed view of the — Continue reading

Rocking Alternatives to ‘On the Rocks’

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Rocking Alternatives to ‘On the Rocks’

Seeking to redefine the term ‘on the rocks,’ the entertainment products brand SPARQ has proposed some fanciful alternatives to boring ice cubes. Whiskey Rocks, cubed pieces of “non-porous, odorless, tasteless, and food safe” soapstone, just need a stint in the freezer before being plopped in a drink for chilling duties — Continue reading

Stockholm Furniture Fair: Copenhagen Loudspeaker by Vifa

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Stockholm Furniture Fair: Copenhagen Loudspeaker by Vifa

Danish brand Vifa, which has been in the sound technology business for 80 years, is showing a new portable, wireless loudspeaker, named Copenhagen, at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this week—and from the looks of these lifestyle shots, loudspeakers may be the next ‘must have’ item of the new year. Copenhagen’s — Continue reading