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Grate News From Blomus

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Grate News From Blomus

Here’s a fine melding of form and function. German design brand Blomus, which already knows a thing or two about handsome cheese graters, recently introduced the Navetta cheese grater/dispsenser—in which a razor-sharp stainless steel grater affixes snugly to an elegant, gently spouted stainless steel bowl. A cheese grater/dispenser that eliminates — Continue reading

Having Words: H&M’s Summer 2014 Catalog

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Having Words: H&M’s Summer 2014 Catalog

H&M Home has released its Spring and Summer 2014 catalog, and it’s clear that the Swedish clothing retailer has quite a lot to say—literally. Across bed linen and candles, shower curtains and children’s decor, words and phrases and numbers and letters abound. Vintage signage, newspaper copy, stenciled numbers, emblems and — Continue reading

Macaron-Shaped Seating from Italy’s Li-Ving Design Studio

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Macaron-Shaped Seating from Italy’s Li-Ving Design Studio

Taking a decidedly playful approach to furniture building, and designed with “a sweet and pleasant moment of relaxation” in mind, Italy’s Li-Ving Design Studio has created a suite of stools crafted to look like macarons. The Makastool, a design comprised of an upholstered ‘sandwich’ atop 4 wooden legs, and available — Continue reading

‘Stay Warm’ Fabric Stationery Designs by SUPERMODULE

Categories: Art + Graphics
‘Stay Warm’ Fabric Stationery Designs by SUPERMODULE

Winter’s frigid hold is not the only reason we’ve cozied up to these uncannily tactile note cards from SUPERMODULE, the San Francisco stationery brand founded by graphic designer David Riofrio. It’s true that his Stay Warm series of plaid and houndstooth motifs are particularly evocative this time of year, but — Continue reading

Orange Crush: Niche Modern Glass Votives

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Orange Crush: Niche Modern Glass Votives

We’re plenty familiar with the preposterously beautiful lighting—hand blown glass Pendants and Mini Pendants—created by Niche Modern. But the New York-based studio’s new line of glass votives has us equally mesmerized. Hand crafted in three distinct styles (Convex, Meridian, and Channel), the diminutive candle holders are being offered in a — Continue reading

Stockholm Furniture Fair: Ginkgo Acoustic Panels

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Stockholm Furniture Fair: Ginkgo Acoustic Panels

It’s safe to say that sound-absorbing panels have come a long way from the clunky, brooding eyesores of yesteryear. At this week’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, Swedish company Blå Stationent will unveil Ginkgo, an artful sound-absorbing system comprised of distinctively shaped individual panels made from hot-pressed 100% polyester felt. The Ginkgo — Continue reading

Maison et Objet: Lattice Pendant Light by Neri & Hu

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Maison et Objet: Lattice Pendant Light by Neri & Hu

Easily one of more ravishingly beautiful objects exhibited at the recent Maison et Objet in Paris is Lattice, a pendant light created by Shanghai design studio Neri & Hu for London-based furniture brand De La Espada. At once dynamic and ethereal, the brushed brass and blown glass Lattice will, we — Continue reading

New Upholstered Collections from TrueModern: George & Diggity

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
New Upholstered Collections from TrueModern: George & Diggity

In the market for accessible modern furniture? Visual clarity, functionality and comfort are the hallmarks of all TrueModern furniture, including two of the company’s latest upholstered designs: the graphically tufted George and the pure and simple Diggity. Encompassing a range of modern sofas, sectionals, armchairs, and ottomans, the George and — Continue reading

Seattle’s JCOCO ‘Couture’ Chocolates

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability
Seattle’s JCOCO ‘Couture’ Chocolates

‘Artisan’ chocolates are so yesterday; it’s time to move on to ‘couture’ indulgences. Enter Seattle’s JCOCO chocolates, which, in addition to super smart recycled packaging in a range of vibrant monochromes, has adopted a fashion-centric hook as its visual identity. Owner Jean Thompson has imbued her chocolates with the kind — Continue reading

Emeco’s Parrish Chair Wins iF Design Award

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Emeco’s Parrish Chair Wins iF Design Award

In an announcement made last week, Konstantin Grcic’s Parrish Side Chair for Emeco has been awarded Germany’s venerable iF Design Award in the Product Design category. A panel of 40 international designers chose the Parrish chair, Grcic’s creation for the Parrish Museum on Long Island, for the honor, Emeco’s second — Continue reading

Peek Performance: A Smart New Digital Calendar

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Peek Performance: A Smart New Digital Calendar

Seeking to “create an alternative option that could bring new values to everyday lives,” designers Amid Moradganjeh and Patryk Zoltowski have arrived at Peek, a new smartphone calendar that has both technology and design enthusiasts atwitter. Whether or not it turns out to be the revolutionary time management device to — Continue reading

Ferm Living Spring & Summer 2014 Collection

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Ferm Living Spring & Summer 2014 Collection

We’re huge fans of the inventive, serene housewares of Danish brand Ferm Living—and few things are more welcome in the dead of winter than inspiring vignettes of spring and summer. Ferm Living gives us just that with its Spring and Summer 2014 catalog, featuring new tabletop items, stationery and wall — Continue reading

2Modern’s January Instagram Stream

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
2Modern’s January Instagram Stream

Amongst the Instagram-worthy things that caught our attention this past month? A winter beach scene; illuminated hexagons; a star-studded street corner, a dozen yellow roses that refused to wilt. If you’re not following 2Modern on Instagram, you’ve no way of knowing what you missed during the month of January. Here, — Continue reading

Up, Up and Away: Marimekko Launches Unikko Celebrations

Categories: News + Events + Contests
Up, Up and Away: Marimekko Launches Unikko Celebrations

As we’ve previously mentioned on this site, 2014 marks the 50th birthday of Unikko, Marimekko’s most famously happy, poppy-laden print. To fete the occasion, the Finnish brand has a launched a series of pop-up events worldwide, from New York to Hong Kong—but, understandably, has saved its loftiest venture for Helsinki. — Continue reading

Maison et Objet: Faceted Stationery for Lexon

Categories: Maison et Objet 2014, Modern Decor + Objects, Trade Shows
Maison et Objet: Faceted Stationery for Lexon

Proving that the market for desktop stationery remains strong is this suite of chunky, colorful utilitarian items the British designer Samuel Wilkinson created for Lexon, and introduced at Maison et Objet earlier this week. The Babylon collection of six injection molded plastic items—pen and holder; stapler; scissors; tape dispenser; and — Continue reading

Full Circa: New Ambient Lighting from Pablo

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Full Circa: New Ambient Lighting from Pablo

From San Francisco-based design brand Pablo, comes the Circa lighting collection, a stunning suite of modern lamps defined by graceful, disc-shaped shades that tilt at 45° and rotate at a full 360°. Available in table, floor, wall and pendant models, Circa’s revolutionary flat panel LED light source distributes even, ambient — Continue reading

Maison et Objet: Kyoto Sideboard by Colonel

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Maison et Objet 2014, Trade Shows
Maison et Objet: Kyoto Sideboard by Colonel

French brand Colonel has shown a new sideboard design, which it’s named Kyoto, at Maison et Object in Paris this week, a beautifully constructed piece that clearly shows its Japanese influence. “Kyoto is inspired by partitions found in the Ryokan, traditional Japanese inns. When they cross, doors form a set — Continue reading

Valentine Alert: Romantic Aphorisms Stitched In Cloth

Categories: Art + Graphics
Valentine Alert: Romantic Aphorisms Stitched In Cloth

Framed aphorisms are all the rage these days, but few are stitched in cloth, let alone this appealingly. For a hand crafted show of affection, it’s hard to beat these typographical compositions by Australian design studio Castle. Hand stitched using a range of new and vintage fabrics by Castle shop — Continue reading

Palm Trees & Color: Ravishing São Paulo Home Renovation

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Palm Trees & Color: Ravishing São Paulo Home Renovation

As if the very fact of January weren’t enough reason to be tropical dreaming, along comes this blissfully beautiful home renovation by Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres, who transformed a tired 1970′s São Paulo house into a breezy, color saturated contemporary home for a couple and their young children—proving that, when — Continue reading

Hanging Stylishly With Solid Brass Geometry

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Hanging Stylishly With Solid Brass Geometry

It doesn’t get cleaner and simpler than these gleaming wall hooks from Brooklyn design studio Light + Ladder. Solid brass and angled to keep garments and sundries in place, they’re versatile, sturdy and decorative enough to hold items both substantial (coats and bags) and delicate (jewelry and scarves). And when — Continue reading