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Exclusive Interviews

Behind the Design: Shannon Lester of Steel Life

Categories: Exclusive Interviews, Modern Decor + Objects
Behind the Design: Shannon Lester of Steel Life

Earlier this week we briefly introduced three new American brands as part of our series on emerging modern makers. Today we hear more from one of them. Shannon Lester, founder of Steel Life, oversees a collection of modern steel planters that are handcrafted in Bend, Oregon, using local talent. Steel Life’s designs have been featured in magazines like Dwell and — Continue reading

Behind the Design: Joe Gibson of Revolution Design House

Categories: Exclusive Interviews, Modern Decor + Objects
Behind the Design: Joe Gibson of Revolution Design House

Our Behind the Design series aims to shed light on 2Modern’s new makers, emerging American designers dedicated to the craft of small-batch, hand-made design. Today we sit down with Joe Gibson, the co-founder and lead designer of Portland studio Revolution Design House. How did you get into design of furniture / home goods?  How did — Continue reading

Behind the Design: Andy Johnson of Ample

Categories: Exclusive Interviews, Furniture + Lighting
Behind the Design: Andy Johnson of Ample

Behind the Design is a new interview series on the 2Modern blog. The goal is to tell the story of the person behind the handcrafted pieces on the 2Modern site. Today we sit down with Andy Johnson of Ample, a talented maker out of Seattle, Washington. Ample products are made with a strong preference for — Continue reading

Chair For a Lifetime: The Emeco Navy Chair

Categories: Exclusive Interviews, Furniture + Lighting
Chair For a Lifetime: The Emeco Navy Chair

Does it really take 77 steps to make a chair? Yes—if you mean for it to last a lifetime, as Emeco expects of its Navy Chair. A chair originally designed in 1944 for use on submarines won’t pretend to be delicate, and there’s nothing delicate or pretentious about the Emeco — Continue reading

Interview: Founders of Somnium Mattresses 2

Categories: Exclusive Interviews, Sustainability
Interview: Founders of Somnium Mattresses 2

In the first part of our interview with founders Rainer Wieland and Susanne Flother of Somnium, a company that has possibly hit on the most perfectly designed mattress ever, we tackled their backgrounds and why they are the perfect pair to bring about real change in the US mattress market.

Interview: Founders of Somnium Mattresses

Categories: Exclusive Interviews, Modern Decor + Objects
Interview: Founders of Somnium Mattresses

What’s the most important home item that few people spend enough time considering — or paying — for? The not-quite-sexiest-to-talk about mattress. Maybe it’s not as fun as picking out patterned wallpaper or a colorful sofa, but your mattress choice deserves a lot of attention. The statistic that we spend — Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Alex Marshall Studios

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Exclusive Interview: Alex Marshall Studios

It’s hard to not fall even more in love with a company’s products when you hear them talk about how passionate they are about what they do. Speaking with Alex Marshall and Andrew Barry, who are the couple behind Alex Marshall Studios‘ earthy, thick, colorful, rich, handmade bowls, vases, plates and more, made us fall — Continue reading

Ron Henderson of Varaluz modern lighting

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Ron Henderson of Varaluz modern lighting

2Modern is so happy to announce the addition of awesome lighting company Varaluz to our line up of modern and contemporary light fixtures! Not only does Varaluz offer a wide variety of light fixtures that seem to both give respect to traditional designs and also look forward to the future, — Continue reading

ICFF Video: James De Wulf’s New Softblock

Categories: Exclusive Interviews, ICFF 2012
ICFF Video: James De Wulf’s New Softblock

Listen to a longer and more detailed interview with James, Interview: Concrete Designs of James De Wulf. Find James De Wulf products on 2Modern.

New Colors from Eastvold Modern Furniture

Categories: Exclusive Interviews, ICFF 2012, Modern Decor + Objects
New Colors from Eastvold Modern Furniture

Had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Eastvold of Eastvold, a great modern furniture company out of Minnesota, and he shared with us a few new things going on with them. Can’t get enough of this funny and genuine guy? Be sure to check out an interview we did with — Continue reading

Interview with Monte Design Group, in honor of our “Glide into Spring” contest!

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Interview with Monte Design Group, in honor of our “Glide into Spring” contest!

Reposting this great interview with Monte Design Group, who are furnishing the awesome grand prize in our going-on-right-now-so-hurry “Glide Into Spring” Contest. Comfort. That’s not a word we use often when speaking about modern design and modern furniture. That’s not to say that there isn’t any comfortable modern furniture out — Continue reading

Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects on Design, Sustainability and the Importance of Sharing!

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Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects on Design, Sustainability and the Importance of Sharing!

Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects is widely considered to be one of the best architectural firms in North America, and it has won over 100 awards from organizations around the world. Founded in 1967 by architect Jim Olson, in their over 40 years of existence the firm has designed a wide — Continue reading

Interview: Textile designer Judy Ross (and a sneak peek of her new Spring 2012 collection)!

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Interview: Textile designer Judy Ross (and a sneak peek of her new Spring 2012 collection)!

Textile designer Judy Ross always wows with her bright color palettes, bold patterns and must-have pillows, rugs and other home textiles. We love her stuff so much, in fact, we just had to interview her to see how she does what she does.

Exclusive Interview: Sandy Chilewich Pt. 2

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Exclusive Interview: Sandy Chilewich Pt. 2

As we said in our post earlier last week, our interview with Chilewich founder Sandy Chilewich was so awesome, we had to break it up into two parts. So, for your reading or listening pleasure, here’s part two (full of good stuff)!

Exclusive Interview: Sandy Chilewich Pt. 1

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Exclusive Interview: Sandy Chilewich Pt. 1

We love and appreciate plenty of things in this modern world, but when a designer can take innovative materials or processes never used for home decor before, well, then you get our attention. Today’s exclusive interview is Sandy Chilewich, the founder of the amazing company Chilewich (brand new to 2Modern!). — Continue reading

Interview: iittala designer Anu Penttinen

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Interview: iittala designer Anu Penttinen

We’re so excited to welcome stunning Scandinavian brand iittala to 2Modern because we love gorgeous, shiny things that are smartly designed. iittala, originally started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland in 1881, collaborates with some of the most talented and thoughtful designers (Alvar Aalto and Oiva Toikka ring a bell?) — Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Vibia Lighting’s President!

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Exclusive Interview: Vibia Lighting’s President!

We’re so excited to share with you guys one of our newest brands to the site: Vibia Lighting! Boy are you going to love these modern lighting pieces. Vibia Lighting is the epitome of sleek, modern, minimalist lighting. They create lighting that is at its core simple and works with so — Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Kevin Kane of Arktura

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Exclusive Interview: Kevin Kane of Arktura

We’re going to keep this intro short and sweet so you can get straight to reading this interview with Kevin Kane, a partner at the awesome Los Angeles-based modern furniture company Arktura, a recent edition to the 2Modern line-up.

Designer Spotlight: Interview with Mark Craig

Categories: Exclusive Interviews
Designer Spotlight: Interview with Mark Craig

As is so often the case in life, Mark Craig fell into the sunglasses and eyewear business almost by accident.  After completing his training as an industrial designer, Craig took a job with a large international eyewear company, designing collections for their American fashion and sports brands.  The rest, as — Continue reading

Emily Dupen-Hopkins Interview: Beautifully Burlesque

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Emily Dupen-Hopkins Interview: Beautifully Burlesque

If the thought of adorning your living room walls with black-and-white wallpaper depicting 1940s-style women doing household chores in stockings and suspenders – or serving a traditional British tea topless – doesn’t appeal, then look away now. The wallpaper is the creation of Emily Dupen-Hopkins, who has designed what she — Continue reading