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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

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

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

Sweet Storage for Modernist Pack Rats

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Sweet Storage for Modernist Pack Rats

Modernists may be quick to espouse the virtues of less being more, but the truth is that acquisitiveness is as much an affliction of self-described minimalists as anyone else. The key, it seems, is not in how much is acquired as how artfully those acquisitions are organized. This Northern California — Continue reading

In Hawaii, Craig Steely’s ‘Reductive Architecture’

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Hawaii, Craig Steely’s ‘Reductive Architecture’

A housing project on the Big Island of Hawaii—labeled Lavaflow—has given San Francisco-based architect Craig Steely an ideal backdrop against which to practice his self-described brand of “reductive architecture,” distinguished by few materials and simple, clean forms. With their linear, horizontal profiles, flat roofs, and vast expanses of glass, Lavaflow — Continue reading

Mikkel Frost’s Architectural “Toons”

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Mikkel Frost’s Architectural “Toons”

Danish architect Mikkel Frost doesn’t believe in resting on his laurels. In the aftermath of a completed project, Frost, who heads the architectural firm CEBRA, has created a post-project ritual which itself has turned into a project. “Sometimes when we’ve finished a project I sit down and draw a cartoonish — Continue reading

Victor Enrich’s Photographic Mind

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
Victor Enrich’s Photographic Mind

For a dose of architectural Surrealism, one need go no further than the image manipulations of Barcelona-born photographer Victor Enrich. Here, Enrich, who has a wickedly sharp mind for visual trickery, turns his camera on the NH Deutscher Kaiser Hotel in Munich, a relatively ordinary-looking hotel, which, via Enrich’s brand — Continue reading

In a Swedish Home, Floor to Ceiling Style

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In a Swedish Home, Floor to Ceiling Style

It’s one thing to be the contemporary-minded occupants of a home replete with ornate period details—who doesn’t enjoy a study in contrasts?—but imagine having hit the jackpot? The owners of this Malmo, Sweden, apartment most definitely can—having found a jaw-dropping apartment chock-full of scene-stealing ornamentation. Talk about getting the floor-to-ceiling — Continue reading

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Simplify Versailles

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Simplify Versailles

How does an artist address the grandeur of the Château de Versailles? By keeping it simple, it turns out. Designing brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec have created a permanent installation at the 18th Century French palace, comprised of 800 Swarovski crystal modules threaded over a stainless steel, LED-studded skeleton—a design — Continue reading

A New Baby Project by Sissy+Marley

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Kids + Baby
A New Baby Project by Sissy+Marley

Children’s interior decorators SISSY + MARLEY, who made a recent appearance on this site (see it here) just forwarded photos of their latest project—and we remain smitten by their winsome way with kids. This room for Baby Boy Daniel exhibits their trademark fondness for animal motifs—their own Baby Elephant Walk — Continue reading

The Standard: Copenhagen Updates a 1930′s Landmark

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
The Standard: Copenhagen Updates a 1930′s Landmark

A 1937 Art Deco building in central Copenhagen has been given a stately 21st Century identity as The Standard—a consortium of three restaurants and jazz club—and we shouldn’t be all that surprised by this breathtakingly refined remake. Overseen by the design studio GamFratesi (see our recent post on the duo — Continue reading

Built at Last: Charlotte Perriand’s 1934 Beach House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Built at Last: Charlotte Perriand’s 1934 Beach House

One of the highlights of last month’s Art Basel and Design Miami events in Miami Beach was this compact Modernist house, designed in 1934 by the French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand—but never built. Thanks to the French fashion house Louis Vuitton, and with permission from Perriand’s heirs, La Maison au — Continue reading

A Parisian Apartment, in Stark Contrast

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Parisian Apartment, in Stark Contrast

With images like these to fill our virtual landscape, is it any wonder that Paris remains synonymous with romance and style? This staggeringly lavish 19th Century Parisian apartment has been given a jaw-dropping 21st Century makeover, thanks to the Slovakian architectural firm Talcik Demovicova and London-based interior stylist Jessica Vedel. — Continue reading

Modernism in Full Swing

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Kids + Baby
Modernism in Full Swing

This isn’t the first time that a swing as gotten our attention (see here and here), but it may be the first time that a contemporary swing design has managed to hold its own alongside the exalted forms of Saarinen and Eames. Yet, in this barn-like New England home, designed — Continue reading

Graphic Wall Coverings by Minakani Lab

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Graphic Wall Coverings by Minakani Lab

Not so much wallpaper as graphic art, the gorgeous bespoke collection of designs from the French studio Minakani Lab includes this dazzling geometric composition called Mosaic. Measured to fit individual wall spaces, rather than sold by roll, Mosaic, like all Minakani Lab motifs, is the handiwork of designers Cécile Figuette — Continue reading

Outside the Box: Balcony Standouts

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Outside the Box: Balcony Standouts

Are balconies the rising stars of residential architecture? We won’t call it a trend (yet), but we’ve noticed more than one recent European project in which balconies are stealing the show (see another example here) from otherwise ordinary buildings. The Seguin apartment complex in Boulogne Billancourt, France, designed by Bernard — Continue reading

Still in Orbit: Sputnik Chandeliers

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting
Still in Orbit: Sputnik Chandeliers

The enduring fascination with the Sputnik chandelier, that iconic decorative symbol of the ’60s Space Race, may best be summarized in its power to express the past, the present, and the future in a single glamorous package. For the Sputnik—essentially a catchall name assigned to a light fixture with radiating, — Continue reading

A Portable House as Minimalist Statement

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Portable House as Minimalist Statement

If being able to pack up and move to the middle of nowhere remains an enduring fantasy, thank the Spanish architectural firm ÁBATON for making it a bit easier. The Madrid firm has just designed a line of prefabricated Modernist portable homes that may be called idyllic, by any measure. — Continue reading

Lucky Stars by Sissy+Marley

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects
Lucky Stars by Sissy+Marley

Stars may be a recurring motif during the holidays, but this bold new wallpaper from children’s interior decorators Sissy+Marley keeps stars twinkling all year round. In collaboration with designer Jill Malek, the decorators have created 5 whimsical wallpaper patterns, of which Lucky Star is the most unabashedly magical. Available in — Continue reading

Brussels’ Ampersand House and Gallery

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Brussels’ Ampersand House and Gallery

If you’re headed to Brussels anytime soon, put Ampersand House and Gallery on your itinerary. The gallery specializes in both vintage and contemporary 20th Century design, with a current exhibition, Colour Fields, featuring a mouth-watering collection of furniture, lighting and objet d’art called upon “to explore the connection between colour, — Continue reading