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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

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

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

Tropical Prints That Pay Homage to the Beverly Hills Hotel

Categories: Art + Graphics
Tropical Prints That Pay Homage to the Beverly Hills Hotel

Those with neither the proximity nor the means to stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel can take solace in these beautiful prints by Jessica Rowe. Rowe pays homage to the famous hotel’s equally famous Martinique wallpaper with Beverly, a suite of four watercolor compositions that, while highly evocative, are a — Continue reading

Heart-full City Prints by Franny & Franky

Categories: Art + Graphics
Heart-full City Prints by Franny & Franky

We love these heart-y prints from Franny & Franky Designs, which make sweet Valentine’s Day presents, but can also be applied to most any occasion. Franny & Franky founder Christina Lembo has created whimsical digital map illustrations of cities (both domestic and foreign) using a pattern of repeated hearts, imbuing — Continue reading

Hershey’s Chocolate, the Printed Kind

Categories: Art + Graphics, Fashion + Trends
Hershey’s Chocolate, the Printed Kind

What’s better than buying chocolates? Printing them at home, presumably. That’s what Hershey’s hopes, anyway, as it teams up with a manufacturer of 3D printers to devise a printer capable of churning out chocolate treats. Both 3D Systems and Hershey’s have a vested interest in making printed chocolate a reality: — Continue reading

Striking Matchboxes from HAY

Categories: Art + Graphics
Striking Matchboxes from HAY

Why pay for matches when they can easily be had for free? Because matchboxes this pretty don’t come for free. Strike matches by Danish brand HAY—which feature repeat patterns of phosphorous on the whole surface area of each matchbox—are striking little jewels, made as much for display as for use. — 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

Graphic Signage For Sweden’s Kalmar Kunstmuseum

Categories: Art + Graphics
Graphic Signage For Sweden’s Kalmar Kunstmuseum

We can’t vouch for their art collection, but the contemporary art museum Kalmar Kunstmuseum, located in Kalmar, Sweden, certainly has graphic signage that’s fittingly inventive. Creative agency Sweden Graphics was tasked with creating the museum’s visual identity back in 2008, and created a logo comprised of a bespoke typeface, Kalmar — 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

Diane von Furstenberg’s New York Office, Via Instagram

Categories: Art + Graphics
Diane von Furstenberg’s New York Office, Via Instagram

Thanks to Instagram, famous people can offer their fans and the general public a carefully curated view into their personal and professional lives—a window that allows the rest of us mere mortals to live vicariously through artfully filtered vignettes. The fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has an Instagram feed that — Continue reading

Design Focus: Josef Frank Textiles

Categories: Art + Graphics, Modern Decor + Objects
Design 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!

Categories: Art + Graphics
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