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Friday Focus: Josef Frank Textiles

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Friday Focus: Josef Frank Textiles

Anyone seeking relief from winter’s chill should warm up to the exuberant textile designs of Josef Frank, the great architect, artist and designer who blithely dispels any notions of Nordic design as all geometry and restraint. Frank was Austrian by birth, but Swedish by choice, and, well, lucky Sweden, we — Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: Charms, Quivers & Parades

Categories: Art + Graphics, Kids + Baby
Kickstarter Alert: Charms, Quivers & Parades

In this visually-saturated age, how do you ignite the imagination of a young mind? With the right mix of words, pictures and whimsy, for starters. San Franciso-based designer Michael Mulvey has arrived at this—and quite a bit more—with a Kickstarter project that we don’t mind calling a wild idea. Mulvey, — Continue reading

‘Eccentric Mobile’ by Jamie McLellan

Categories: Art + Graphics
‘Eccentric Mobile’ by Jamie McLellan

A pendant light, perhaps? No, Eccentric Mobile by Jamie McLellan. The New Zealand-born industrial designer has created a suspended art piece for Auckland’s Resident design studio that’s being described as a “precision engineered hanging object whose parts gently rotate about multiple axis.” Crafted from oak and resembling a stylized tree — Continue reading

Kristina Krogh’s 2014 Calendar Poster

Categories: Art + Graphics
Kristina Krogh’s 2014 Calendar Poster

It’s no Stendig, but design enthusiasts are taking note of this smart, purely typographic 2014 calendar, created by Danish graphic designer Kristina Krogh. Aimed at the graphics-crazed set, Krogh’s calendar is an elegant composition, presenting 12 months in one orderly, visually balanced view. It’s offered in a choice of black — Continue reading

A Poster Homage to Dieter Rams

Categories: Art + Graphics
A Poster Homage to Dieter Rams

Who knew that a hand mixer, a calculator and a coffee maker could command this kind of attention? Systems is a current London exhibition that pays tribute to Dieter Rams, the great German industrial designer whose appliance designs for Braun and shelving system for Vitsoe remain benchmarks of elegant 20th — Continue reading

Minimalist Animal Prints fom Arktre

Categories: Art + Graphics
Minimalist Animal Prints fom Arktre

We just discovered the Danish design studio Arktre, which has produced a suite of simple, yet expressive, animal prints based on geometric shapes. The 6 prints, which range in subject from ape to zebra, were born, says Arktre, of a love of minimalism and the desire to create expressive illustrations — Continue reading

Eyeing Super Fun Happy Trees

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Eyeing Super Fun Happy Trees

It’s not that we’re opposed to real trees, but we seem to be running across a preponderance of paper alternatives of late. These oversized tree posters are part of the Super Fun Happy Tree project, created by a group of Australian designers who made original art specifically for the project. — Continue reading

Sputnik Lights in Stark Relief

Categories: Art + Graphics
Sputnik Lights in Stark Relief

We’ve already waxed poetic about Sputnik Christmas ornaments; now comes the Sputnik holiday card from the Washington, DC print shop Letterpress Light, pitch-perfect as holiday motif, and Christmas-ready in red and green. A trademarked hand-applied embossing process highlights these Sputniks in deeper relief than possible with traditional letterpress embossing, lending — Continue reading

12 Days of Holiday Giving Sweepstakes: Parvez Taj Canvas!

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12 Days of Holiday Giving Sweepstakes: Parvez Taj Canvas!

The last prize in our 12 Days of Holiday Giving sweepstakes is a canvas of your choice from the prolific California artist Parvez Taj, whose layered mixed-media compositions make striking, yet accessible, original wall art. Enter today and tomorrow for a chance to select a piece  from our eclectic range — Continue reading

Fresh Covers For Classic Novels

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Fresh Covers For Classic Novels

Luxuries don’t have to cost the earth. These modestly priced Penguin book classics have been given new life by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, the New York-based makers of bespoke stationery. Sold exclusively at Anthropologie, the suite of 6 hardcover books, which include perennial favorites Pride & Prejudice and Alice in Wonderland, — Continue reading

Vintage Botanical Prints for the Wordsmith

Categories: Art + Graphics
Vintage Botanical Prints for the Wordsmith

Wordsmiths and gardeners, take note: these gorgeous prints by Portland-based Jean Cody are terrific value as gifts for yourself or someone else. Cody, who runs the Etsy shop Faux Kiss, sources vintage botanical prints (among other illustrations), enhances them digitally, and then prints the images onto old dictionary pages. We — Continue reading

A Letterpress Countdown to the New Year

Categories: Art + Graphics
A Letterpress Countdown to the New Year

It’s a bit early to begin the countdown to the New Year, but not too early to snap up cards that are sure to come in handy at year’s end. More so than on any other occasion, the dawn of a New Year lends itself to purely typographic cards, and — 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

A Delectable New App for Wine Enthusiasts

Categories: Art + Graphics
A Delectable New App for Wine Enthusiasts

Wine enthusiasts have a new smart phone app—and a specialty social media platform—over which to get tipsy. Delectable targets the would-be wine connoisseur eager to share his or her wine tasting experiences with like-minded drinkers. By simply submitting a snapshot of a bottle label via the Delectable app, wine lovers — Continue reading

Ice Cream ‘Clouds’ from Haagen Dazs

Categories: Art + Graphics
Ice Cream ‘Clouds’ from Haagen Dazs

Normally, we’re not too keen on reminders of winter, but ice cream trumps all other concerns. These “snow cloud” ice cream cake creations were designed for Haagan Dazs by the Swedish design studio Front, which explains, “As Scandinavians, snow is an essential part of our winters. We were inspired by — 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

David Mellor Screen Prints by Lane

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
David Mellor Screen Prints by Lane

Graphic designers Joff Casciani and Ollie Wood, who run the UK shop Lane, have immortalized 3 seminal works by the British product designer David Mellor in a suite of elegant limited edition posters. Mellor’s Embassy Teapot (1963), 700 Series Chair (1975), and Minimal Cutlery (2003) designs have been given the — Continue reading

Modern Tribal Cards from Dinosaur Designs

Categories: Art + Graphics
Modern Tribal Cards from Dinosaur Designs

We love these greeting cards from Australia’s Dinosaur Designs for their originality and adaptability to most any occasion. Creative Directors Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy are old hands at creating hand made goods, from furniture to jewelery, and these cards (which are blank inside), from their current Modern Tribal collection, — Continue reading

Exclusive Sale: 15% Off Parvez Taj & Manulution!

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting, News + Events + Contests
Exclusive Sale: 15% Off Parvez Taj & Manulution!

Autumn isn’t all falling leaves; for the next week, 2Modern’s exclusive sales include a bouquet of flowers ready for the picking. Our entire, striking collection of Parvez Taj mixed media art, including Dandelion and Maroc Dandy; and our range of statement furniture by Manulution, like the Petal Side Table, can — Continue reading

Ampersand Gold for Type Lovers

Categories: Art + Graphics
Ampersand Gold for Type Lovers

Product and interior designers aren’t the only ones currently preoccupied with gold; graphic designers are paying attention, too. And ampersands, with their ornamental allure, are ready-made for the gold treatment. This gold foil ampersand print from Dallas-based shop, Feathered, is a gleaming, modestly priced must-have for any type lover. And, — Continue reading