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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

Maison et Objet: Faceted Stationery for Lexon

Categories: Maison et Objet 2014, Modern Decor + Objects, Trade Shows
Maison et Objet: Faceted Stationery for Lexon

Proving that the market for desktop stationery remains strong is this suite of chunky, colorful utilitarian items the British designer Samuel Wilkinson created for Lexon, and introduced at Maison et Objet earlier this week. The Babylon collection of six injection molded plastic items—pen and holder; stapler; scissors; tape dispenser; and — Continue reading

Hanging Stylishly With Solid Brass Geometry

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Hanging Stylishly With Solid Brass Geometry

It doesn’t get cleaner and simpler than these gleaming wall hooks from Brooklyn design studio Light + Ladder. Solid brass and angled to keep garments and sundries in place, they’re versatile, sturdy and decorative enough to hold items both substantial (coats and bags) and delicate (jewelry and scarves). And when — Continue reading

Graham & Brown’s ‘Fabulous’ Wallpaper

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Graham & Brown’s ‘Fabulous’ Wallpaper

Radiant Orchid may be Pantone’s Color of the Year, but we feel a bit of turquoise and teal coming on. This aptly named Fabulous wallpaper by Graham & Brown features a gorgeously gestural flower motif created by the UK fashion designer Julien MacDonald. With its painterly blue petals, metallic detailing, — Continue reading

ALL-DOCK: One Stop Docking Station

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
ALL-DOCK: One Stop Docking Station

We shouldn’t be all that surprised that ALL-DOCK, a Kickstarter project from Berkley’s Dittrich California Inc., has already reached its funding goal—this “fastest docking station in the world” was a winning idea from the start, and for a few other notable things besides its alluring speed. For anyone weary of — Continue reading

Valentine Alert: ‘Intoxicating’ Bottle Opener

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Valentine Alert: ‘Intoxicating’ Bottle Opener

Lest you’ve gotten too acclimated to post-holiday tranquility, we’re taking it upon ourselves to note that Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and well, you know. Massachusetts studio Beehive Kitchenware has a slew of indulgent, heart-centric trinkets, albeit useful ones, and this bottle opener—had cast from recycled zinc and engraved — Continue reading

Arc Class: The Obi Tape Dispenser From Metaphys

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Arc Class: The Obi Tape Dispenser From Metaphys

Japanese company Metaphys has created a tape cutter comprised of two connecting arcs which form a graceful S shape. The super minimal, linear profile of the Obi tape dispenser is made possible via a design that securely holds the roll of tape on one arc, while the tape cutter defines — Continue reading

Branching Out: OKSA Fireplace Tools

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Branching Out: OKSA Fireplace Tools

“The idea behind this project is to bring the magic of a campfire into the home,” says the French designer Félicie Eymard Ericsdóttir of her design for a set of fireplace tools. Called Oksa—the Finnish name for branch—the black, tubular steel set consists of a poker, bellows, and log holder, — Continue reading

Leather and Steel Magazine Holder from Makr

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Leather and Steel Magazine Holder from Makr

We can only hope that this handsome magazine holder from leather goods company Makr, will merit another production round. Currently sold out, but evoking Mid-Century grace, its elegant design, comprised of saddle tan Horween leather, gracefully supported by a pale grey powder coated steel frame, is simply too beautiful to — Continue reading

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

Another Light Bulb Moment: Plumen 002

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Another Light Bulb Moment: Plumen 002

Plumen, the company responsible for creating a sexy energy-efficient light bulb, have another illuminating idea on hand, with the launch today of Plumen 002—a lower-wattage variation on the original, and another sensuous shape with which to seduce. Plumen 001, which debuted in 2011, was a welcome alternative to the ‘green’ — Continue reading

Best Made’s Sharp Douk-Douk Chromatique

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Best Made’s Sharp Douk-Douk Chromatique

Best Made is kicking off the new year with a nod to France. The new Douk-Douk Chromatique is a variation on the French douk-douk knife, a pocket knife with exotic overtones: ‘Turkish Clip’ blade and markings based on the native mythological characters of France’s colonies. Best Made’s Douk-Douk Chromatique is — Continue reading

J. Crew Stripes With Coffee To Go

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects
J. Crew Stripes With Coffee To Go

Disposable cups are so 2013. J. Crew thinks so, anyway—and is offering this porcelain travel coffee mug as a smart alternative. Signature J.Crew tailored stripes in black and white, topped off with colored lid, may look like a standard disposable coffee cup, but will besmirch neither your eco consciousness nor — Continue reading

HooKed: Bicycle Stand by Note

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
HooKed: Bicycle Stand by Note

Urbanites appreciate a well-designed (and comely) bicycle stand, and Stockholm design studio Note provided both last year with their HooK bicycle stand, created for Swedish urban landscape company Nola. HooK’s broad band of flat metal and range of colors allows it to be spotted from a distance, while the metal band’s — Continue reading

Amidst Winter, Garden Glory

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Amidst Winter, Garden Glory

“For glamorous people with dirty nails,” is the tagline of Swedish brand Garden Glory, and no wonder. Seldom has the dirty business of gardening looked this luxurious. Gold-dipped garden hoses specially constructed to make tubes flexible without folding—complete with dangling, luxury brand tag—and matching wall-mounted gold antlers that turn hoses — Continue reading

Blue Twists from Nendo & Bombay Sapphire

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Blue Twists from Nendo & Bombay Sapphire

It may be a prime example of finding a solution for a problem that doesn’t actually exist, but Lime-Pocket, designed by Japanese studio Nendo for the Bombay Sapphire gin brand, is a fanciful attention-getter. Capitalizing on the brand’s instantly recognizable blue bottle, Nendo created a blue silicone ‘jacket’ for the — Continue reading

Party Mix: Retro Ice Crusher

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Party Mix: Retro Ice Crusher

As far as appliance indulgences—and party accoutrements—go, this Rabbit Retro Ice Crusher is a worthy buy. When a frozen margarita or daiquiri (or just a bed of ice) is called for, this cool little number will do the job in minutes, and will look good waiting around on the counter, — Continue reading

Instant Gratification: West Elm’s Party in a Box

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Modern Holiday Ideas
Instant Gratification: West Elm’s Party in a Box

Just when you thought an intimate, last-minute New Year’s gathering was beyond reach, West Elm comes to the rescue with Party In a Box, a sparkling, hassle-free alternative that doesn’t stint one bit on either form or functionality. Champagne coupes for 6, stainless steel cocktail shaker, lacquered serving tray, golden — Continue reading

Clothes Hangers For An Organized New Year

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Clothes Hangers For An Organized New Year

If you, like us, resolve to be more organized at the start of each new year, then take a wander over to the experts at Clos-ette, whose stock and trade is refining the art of clothes organization, beginning with the bane of all clothes wearers: hangers. While we maintain that — Continue reading

Doggone Luxury: Gingham Dog Bowls

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Doggone Luxury: Gingham Dog Bowls

Traditionally low-cost gingham has gone seriously upscale. Zurich-based brand En Soie has made the provincial pattern one of its signature motifs, applying it to a line of accessories and porcelain tableware—including these food bowls, for the over-indulged canine. Hand made, hand painted, and edged in 18k gold, En Soie’s Dog — Continue reading