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A Polish Coffee Shop that Jolts with Color

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Polish Coffee Shop that Jolts with Color

Never mind the coffee, this Polish cafe has found a way to give its customers a jolt of color that’s sure to keep them wide awake no matter how caffeinated their drinks. Tasked with their client’s wish for an “instantly recognizable and easy to spot” interior, Polish designers Anna Kobylka — Continue reading

Brunno Jahara’s Colorful São Paulo Home

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Brunno Jahara’s Colorful São Paulo Home

We wish we had the gumption to play with color as exuberantly as the Brazilian product designer Brunno Jahara does. His 1910 São Paulo townhouse serves as a showcase for his own furniture and lighting, as well as his quirky collection of knickknacks (including a motley crew of plastic miniature pre-historic — Continue reading

Architectural Fabric Sculptures by Do Ho Suh

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Architectural Fabric Sculptures by Do Ho Suh

It’s possible to read many things into Home Within Home, the ethereal installation by Korean-born sculptor Do Ho Suh, currently on view at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. But duality, and its accompanying tensions, are clearly a central theme for the Korean-American transplant. Duh, whose preferred — Continue reading

Baby Love from The Animal Print Shop

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting, Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects
Baby Love from The Animal Print Shop

Just when we thought we were safe from heart-tugging pictures of Baby Alpacas…..along comes The Animal Print Shop, creators of affordable, beguilingly beautiful, animal art prints—and arbiters of kid-centric taste. The brainchild of Los Angeles-based photographer (and animal lover) Sharon Montrose, The Animal Print Shop, specializes in high-quality photographic prints — Continue reading

Faye Toogood’s Interior Life

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Faye Toogood’s Interior Life

Mediocrity, it’s safe to say, was never to be the destiny of someone with a name like Toogood; still, we should have known that the home of the British designer Faye Toogood would have style to burn. Toogood—whose peripatetic resume includes editorial, industrial, and interior design—defines her aesthetic as “the — Continue reading

Raw and Refined: Sydney’s Apollo Restaurant

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Raw and Refined: Sydney’s Apollo Restaurant

“For me, Greek food is something you have at home. It’s not made to look refined,” says interior architect George Livissianis, who translated some of that simplicity and lack of pretension to his design for the Greek restaurant, Apollo, in Sydney, Australia. Livissianis, an Australian of Greek descent, was lucky — Continue reading

Mexican Hospitality with European Flair

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Local + Travel
Mexican Hospitality with European Flair

Anyone in the mood for the vibrant brand of Modernism exemplified by Mexican masters Luis Barragan and Ricardo Legorreta will have to look somewhere besides Mexico City’s new Distrito Capital boutique hotel, a ravishing Modernist nirvana with nary a nod to Mexican culture in sight. French architect Joseph Dirand, whose — Continue reading

Headline Grabbing Menus

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, DIY + How To, Modern Decor + Objects
Headline Grabbing Menus

No one appreciates a novel idea—or newspapers—more than we do, and this menu design from Sunday Suppers, the Brooklyn establishment that characterizes itself as a “communal cooking center” that also oversees private events, is both memorable and great looking. For an event with a New York-centric theme, an enchantingly beautiful — Continue reading

2 Modern Polyvore Design Challenge: Last 4 Days!

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, News + Events + Contests
2 Modern Polyvore Design Challenge: Last 4 Days!

How well can you set the stage for Organic Modernism? Join the hundreds who’ve already entered 2Modern’s Polyvore Design Challenge and show us! Put your imagination to the test and create a contemporary living room that reflects your personal interpretation of Organic Modernism. Only four days remain to rise to — Continue reading

Architectural Eye Candy by Matthias Heiderich

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Architectural Eye Candy by Matthias Heiderich

The Berlin-based photographer Matthias Heiderich (whose work we’ve featured here before) has cornered the market on architectural photography that manages to be simultaneously spare and sumptuous. Using his finely trained eye for scale and composition, Heiderich has arrived at an impressive formula for turning contemporary architecture, be they ordinary or — Continue reading

Autumn de Wilde’s Kaleidoscope Houses

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Autumn de Wilde’s Kaleidoscope Houses

Photographer and artist Autumn de Wilde created this ethereal installation, named Lighting, Layers and Reflections, as a backdrop for—of all things—a Cadillac ad campaign. De Wilde says that a car, the Escalade 2015, did indeed serve as inspiration for the two jewel-like 7 x 12 foot houses, constructed in the — Continue reading

Out of the Box: Denmark’s Senior Housing Complex

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Out of the Box: Denmark’s Senior Housing Complex

If this is what senior housing looks like in Denmark, we may need to consider moving north sometime in the future. This fanciful housing complex by the Copenhagen architectural practice JJW Arkitekter is comprised of apartments for 114 residents, workspace for the community’s staff, and a range of ground floor — Continue reading

Wanderlust: Tallinn, Estonia

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Wanderlust: Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia boasts the oldest capital in Northern Europe—a city of uncommon beauty and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site—but the scores of tourists who come to Tallinn do so because of its proximity to Finland. A mere 2-hour ferry ride across the Gulf of Finland, Tallinn is a popular weekend destination — Continue reading

Black Architecture: Smart, Not Scary

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Black Architecture: Smart, Not Scary

The color black, with all its ominous implications, is, in fact, tailor-made for 21st Century architecture. While a black-washed Victorian or Tudor morphs into a cliche of foreboding doom, black lends the clean lines and geometric volumes of modern architecture a stark, sophisticated dynamism. This summer house in Tjajkovski, Sweden — Continue reading

Wallpaper for (Faux?) Bibliophiles

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Wallpaper for (Faux?) Bibliophiles

We’re not quite sure which to be more impressed by: the brilliant optical illusion created by the faux Bookshelves wallpaper by Deborah Bowness, or the stairwell in this apartment (decorated by French designer Isabelle Juy) which facilitates the illusion so stunningly. A Yorkshire-based artist and designer, Bowness has made the — Continue reading

In Berlin, A Showcase for the Dark Side of Modernism

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Berlin, A Showcase for the Dark Side of Modernism

Expansive views and sun-drenched interiors may be a hallmark of Moderism, but what’s a Modernist with neither views nor sun to do? If you’re German interior designer and stylist Peter Fehrentz, and possessed with both vision and imagination, you create a home of singular, unexpected beauty—exactly what Fehrentz did with — Continue reading

Design Filters: 2Modern’s Instagram Feed

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Design Filters: 2Modern’s Instagram Feed

We’ll admit that nothing is safe from our Instagram filters. Whether walking on the street, rushing through an airport, or perusing the aisles of a favorite shop; below ground or above the clouds, we always keep our eyes wide open. 2Modern’s Instagram feed is a window into our design-centric worldview, — Continue reading

Vienna Gets a Glittering Pizzeria

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Vienna Gets a Glittering Pizzeria

How do you transform an ordinary pizzeria into a glittering attraction? With a rotating disco ball of an oven, of course! Austrian collaborative Madame Mohr conceived of an ingenious way to fulfill their client’s request for a pizzeria that expresses the “Italo-Disco era of the 1970s and 80s.” The wood — Continue reading

A Second Act for L.A.’s Trousdale Estates

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Second Act for L.A.’s Trousdale Estates

As if Southern California didn’t already have an unfair monopoly on Mid Century Modern architecture, enter Trousdale Estates, the Beverly Hills enclave that’s home to a slew of famous names, and we’re not talking actors. Designed in the 1950s as a gated community for the rich and famous, Trousdale Estates — Continue reading

Pivotal Inspiration: Head-Turning Doors & Windows

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Pivotal Inspiration: Head-Turning Doors & Windows

Creating a grand entrance may involve any number of features, but few can match the graphic simplicity and wonder of a pivoting door—which has the advantage of both visual appeal and technological panache on its side. No small wonder, then, that pivoting doors (and windows) are making more frequent appearances — Continue reading