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Author: Shannon Jordan

Mid-Century Modern goes Green

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Mid-Century Modern goes Green

Intelligent. Attractive. Hand-produced. And did we mention harvested from sustainable forests? In fact, many of the pieces designed in Chicago's Ali Sandifer Studio are crafted using fallen trees from the local area. Specializing in casegoods, the collection avoids veneers and stains and instead builds exclusively with hardwoods that are finished — Continue reading

Fusion Tables for “Fun”ctional Dining Rooms

Categories: Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects
Fusion Tables for “Fun”ctional Dining Rooms

We know two different couples whom, in the interest of lifestyle, have placed pool tables in their formal dining rooms. Great idea for casual California living, but on the few occasions they actually need the dining space their guests are, of course, left with sticks instead of forks. Voila! The — Continue reading

The Question of Style

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
The Question of Style

No question here, this chair is a stylish statement. In fact, German born Mercedes-Benz vehicle designer turned furniture designer Stefan Heiliger has certainly hit the mark with his entire collection. The Question Mark chair was the winner of the 2008 Red Dot Award and is available here in the U.S. — Continue reading

Lampa sponsors earth-friendly educational projects

Categories: Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Lampa sponsors earth-friendly educational projects

In honor of the upcoming Earth Day, I thought I'd share a couple of good deeds from eco-friendly lighting company, Lampa.  The company has sponsored some great educational projects in their New York community.  Check out this smiley bug designed by school children and  made of laundry detergent bottles. The polar — Continue reading

Moveable Modern – Award Winning Kitchen Concept!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
Moveable Modern – Award Winning Kitchen Concept!

An adaptable kitchen for a growing family was the theme and did Marcello Zuffo ever deliver in the most innovative way. You've got to hand it to him for some very out-of-the-box thinking. He took a rotating mechanical concept and created a space saving innovation. The moveable concept could transfer — Continue reading

Sierra Club launches Green Home website

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Sustainability
Sierra Club launches Green Home website

Outdoor enthusiasts hang on to your gear, our beloved Sierra Club has just gone domestic!  And that's a good thing because there's quite a bit of greenwashing going around, so when something comes out via a reputable source I take notice. Green Home is the Sierra Club's newly launched website, — Continue reading

Innermost’s Award Winning Lighting from the U.K.

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
Innermost’s Award Winning Lighting from the U.K.

Available in Gloss White and Gloss Black & White, Innermost's award winning "Tie" pendants feature steel and aluminum concentric roll formed panels painted in two tones. With showrooms in London and Hong Kong, Innermost produces modern lighting, furniture and interior accessories. Watch for accompanying floor lamps, wall lamps and mini — Continue reading

IdeaPaint Sparks a Playroom Makeover

Categories: DIY + How To, Kids + Baby
IdeaPaint Sparks a Playroom Makeover

When I first heard about IdeaPaint, I thought what a brilliant concept! Created by a couple of colleagues feeling constrained brainstorming on a small dry-erase board, IdeaPaint provides anywhere-dry-erase coverage and won multiple awards at NeoCon in 2008. A single can of IdeaPaint covers 50sq ft. This is definitely too — Continue reading

Blue Ice Transforms Cubicle Culture

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Blue Ice Transforms Cubicle Culture

New research on the impact of color was recently published in Science magazine. The key findings? Blue inspires creativity; red supports attention to detail. So, imagine my delight when this renovation gem came across my radar screen, literally, out of the blue (actually by way of one forward thinking account — Continue reading

Modern Porch Swing

Categories: Sustainability
Modern Porch Swing

  This one will stop you in your tracks. The artist-designers certainly deliver to the tag line "modern furniture that hasn't forgotten where it's come from. " The founders of Woodia La Piccolo, Jermey Sisto, Eric Michael Cole and Bruno Acalinas share a love of functional art and a dedication — Continue reading

Recycle that Cork!

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Recycle that Cork!

We are great about recycling our wine and champagne bottles, but what are we supposed to do with all those corks? It'll cost you a little postage, but Yemm & Hart Ltd, a small green building company in Missouri, will gladly take them off your hands….and with 15 billion corks — Continue reading

Modern Roots

Categories: Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Modern Roots

This one probably best fits under the category "did you know?" Do you recognize this chair? Design enthusiasts among us may. It's a replica of one created circa 440 B.C., Classical Period Greece and called the Klismos. This graceful, clean lined, wood side chair was the most influential furniture piece — Continue reading

Compassionate Modern? Supporting 3rd World Artisans

Categories: Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Compassionate Modern? Supporting 3rd World Artisans

  You've heard the phrase doing well by doing good? How about doing well by good design? A couple of globally conscious entreprenuers launched Exotic World Gifts last year to bring the creations of remote villages to market, in turn providing the artisans a sustainable income. The clean lines of these bamboo, cinnamonwood and olivewood — Continue reading

Does Modern Have a Color? Color Forecast 2009!

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Does Modern Have a Color? Color Forecast 2009!

Each year the Color Marketing Group convenes a 1,000 members for the single task of forecasting the hues that will color everything from carpet to cosmetics in the upcoming year. Solutia, manufacturer of Ultron nylon fibers (one of the members of this exclusive group) has just released it’s take on this — Continue reading