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Looking Up

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Looking Up

Despite being surrounded by impeccable style—pristine whites, textured greys, mid-century furnishings—anyone staying at the hotel Casa do Conto in Porto, Portugal would be forgiven for spending an unreasonable amount of time staring at the ceiling. The 19th Century house was converted into a hotel in 2008, but when a fire destroyed — Continue reading

Map Quest

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Map Quest

The City of Boston wants a new public transportation map, and anyone interested in designing one is free to submit a proposal. Small problem: it doesn’t pay, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will own the rights to all submissions. Needless to say, designers are most displeased, and with good — Continue reading

Southern Comfort

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Southern Comfort

While we’d balk at the notion of traveling to a distant spot just to stay put on hotel premises, we may need to make an exception for those staying at Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez. Hotel Sezz’s interior design and furnishings were placed in the hands of the French furniture designer Christophe — Continue reading

Case Study

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Case Study

J. Crew has labeled this color sour lemon, an unfortunate moniker for such a happy-hued piece of luggage with which we’d gladly encircle the globe—but for its forbidding price tag ($1,750). In their defense, there’s its pedigree: individually handcrafted by the venerable (founded in 1897, thank you) British luggage brand, — Continue reading

Hotel California

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Hotel California

Anyone looking to instantly banish the long winter blues would do well to immerse themselves in the desert colors of Palm Springs, California—and we’re not talking burnt sienna and yellow ochre. Thanks to the architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat + Associates, guests at the Saguora hotel will find an — Continue reading

Colored View

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Colored View

  With over 100 destinations under their belts, the design team at Wallpaper magazine has hit upon an ingenious formula for making their city guides a magnet for design savvy wanderers. Reduce the essence of a city to a single color, keep typography to a minimum, and then watch as — Continue reading

American Splendor

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
American Splendor

Travel + Leisure magazine’s Design Awards issue is one of those annual editorial events guaranteed to make even self-proclaimed sophisticates feel like they’ve missed the boat, somehow. Its survey of the best and brightest in far-flung places is usually a baleful reminder of all the places and things we’ve never seen, — Continue reading

Field of Dreams

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Field of Dreams

Nashville is hot. Yes, of course, there’s the very popular TV series, but there’s also Wildsam Field Guides, the Nashville edition, the first in “a new American travel series with a bygone sense of place.” Wildsam’s editor, Taylor Bruce, is a New York-based writer, and, not surprisingly, words, not pictures, are his — Continue reading

Good Luxe

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Good Luxe

Yes, we admit to having been overtaken by a spot of wanderlust lately, here at 2Modern, and our discriminating eye for design naturally lead us to LUXE City Guides. To say that LUXE guides aren’t for most traveleers is to state the obvious, given their lavishly decorative, photo-less covers. Aimed at — Continue reading

Light-filled Modern Swedish Dream Home

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Light-filled Modern Swedish Dream Home

Do you have 4.5 million dollars? Then this lovely home in Sweden could be yours! Just listen to this place: “The main floor features a magnificent, spacious living room, dining room and kitchen in an open layout and with amazing views, as well as a bedroom and an office. Direct access — Continue reading

Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 Snapshots

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel
Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 Snapshots

This was my first Basel, so I’ll be honest when I say I was fairly overwhelmed, totally under-prepared and completely knocked off my feet…in a good way! You’ll find no thorough examination of all the artists in this blog post — Basel is one huge show full of over 200 — Continue reading

2Modern’s Headed to Art Basel Miami!

Categories: Art + Graphics, Local + Travel, News + Events + Contests
2Modern’s Headed to Art Basel Miami!

You ready to see the hottest and coolest of contemporary art from more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries through 260 of the most leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa? ‘Cause we’re totally headed to Art Basel in Miami Beach this year, — Continue reading

Restaurant Höst Kopenhagen in Denmark

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Restaurant Höst Kopenhagen in Denmark

Boy if you ever needed proof that lighting can make or break a space, you need only look at the newly revealed Restaurant Höst Kopenhagen in Denmark, that sports an exciting array of lighting options from that Amsterdam-based vintage industrial lighting store resource we’ve posted about before, 360Volt. As you can see, — Continue reading

Dwell Home Tours: Silicon Valley Style!

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Dwell Home Tours: Silicon Valley Style!

The famous and never-miss Dwell Home Tours is coming to Silicon Valley for the first time this year, on Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th! Enjoy ten modern homes that “demonstrate the most forward-thinking approaches to site planning and sustainability.” And since it’s Dwell (those folks with amazingly impeccable tastes), — Continue reading

Vintage Lighting Resource: 360 Volt

Categories: Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Vintage Lighting Resource: 360 Volt

Stumbled (quite literally) into our idea of heaven: a personal, local store in Amsterdam wall-to-wall full of industrial, vintage lighting fixtures and light-up letters. We were almost brought to tears. Called 360 Volt, it’s located down a few stairs in the basement of one of Amsterdam’s adorable canal houses on — Continue reading

Favorite Pins of the Week

Categories: Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Favorite Pins of the Week

It’s hard to say what it is about certain pins that just catch our attention more than most. Something colorful and patterned always does it. Something rich and earthy, too. Something that blows our mind or isn’t quite what it seems and something dark and dramatic always works. You’ll find — Continue reading

Paris: A Modern, Eclectic Charmer

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Paris: A Modern, Eclectic Charmer

As you may or may not have realized, your trusty editor-in-chief is gallivanting across Europe right now. Well actually, specifically, Amsterdam and Paris (I was gonna make it to Berlin, but had to drop that portion of the trip unexpectedly). I just love Paris. Love walking around. Loving seeing the — Continue reading

Modern Design Amsterdam: Cheese Factory

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Modern Design Amsterdam: Cheese Factory

Okay so the name is a…ahem…cheesy, and yes, they do indeed sell a lot of cheese, but we couldn’t believe our eyes when we stumbled across this surprisingly modern interior near the old city center of Amsterdam. They went a little heavy-handed with the whole yellow = cheese concept, but — Continue reading

Design Love: the new Hôtel Droog

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Local + Travel, Modern Decor + Objects
Design Love: the new Hôtel Droog

We fell in love today. A sprawling, welcoming, former 17th century textile guild, with white walls, sparse but meaningful architectural details, tall ceilings and beautiful, big windows letting Dutch sunshine in, the physical space wasn’t what stole our heart: It was the amazing  hip, very modern hotel/store/gallery/garden/cafe/more known as Hôtel Droog, officially opened — Continue reading

2Modern’s in Europe!

Categories: Local + Travel
2Modern’s in Europe!

Your intrepid 2Modern Editor-in-Chief Adrienne Breaux is in Europe for a couple of weeks to take thousands of photos of architectural details, get lost and eat as much chocolate and croissants as she can! We’re blogging about modern design as we explore Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin, and we’ll post about — Continue reading