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The Nativity, in Abstraction

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
The Nativity, in Abstraction

Taking the polar opposite tack of literal Nativity Scenes is French artist and designer Émilie Voirin, who has created a thoroughly original, purely conceptual alternative. Realized in beech wood, each character in the Minimal Nativity Set, including the baby Jesus, is represented not in human or animal form, but rendered — Continue reading

ATYPYK’s Green Christmas Tree

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
ATYPYK’s Green Christmas Tree

The Parisian design studio ATYPYK is doing its cheeky part to reduce the number of trees cut down each Christmas. Their Save a Tree Christmas tree manages to be a paper poster and digital image in one, with its pixel-based, deliberately blurred composition an artful, green answer to a real — Continue reading

Handsome Stocking Stuffer: Shinola Ruler

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Handsome Stocking Stuffer: Shinola Ruler

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for the discerning, impossible-to-wow creative, you could do worse than this deliciously stylish, basic black ruler from Shinola, the Detroit-based watch and leather goods company we’ve featured before (see here and here). Made from a chunky slab of digitally printed acrylic, this ruler’s — Continue reading

Normann Copenhagen Cracks a Tough Nut

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Normann Copenhagen Cracks a Tough Nut

Nut crackers have rarely been given much adulation, forced to cede stardom to other implements, like corkscrews and bottle openers. But now, just in time for nut-cracking season, comes a very modern nutcracker from Normann Copenhagen that looks good and is easy to use—no small feat. An aluminum component that — Continue reading

Lucky Stars by Sissy+Marley

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects
Lucky Stars by Sissy+Marley

Stars may be a recurring motif during the holidays, but this bold new wallpaper from children’s interior decorators Sissy+Marley keeps stars twinkling all year round. In collaboration with designer Jill Malek, the decorators have created 5 whimsical wallpaper patterns, of which Lucky Star is the most unabashedly magical. Available in — 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

A Seal of Approval for the Wine Enthusiast

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Seal of Approval for the Wine Enthusiast

  Entertaining with flair is about the little things, and these little things—namely, silicone wine glass markers by the Dutch company Vacu Vin—are sure to impress partying guests. Crafted to look like wax seals, they attach to the smooth surface of a wine glass with suction cups—ensuring, stylishly, that no — Continue reading

Well-Mapped Christmas Ornaments

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Well-Mapped Christmas Ornaments

We confess to a fondness for maps and re-purposed printed matter of any kind, which is why we wish we’d found these Christmas ornaments from the UK brand Bombus a bit earlier. The studio, which specializes in the art of découpage, shares our fascination with old maps, and has applied — Continue reading

Brussels’ Ampersand House and Gallery

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Brussels’ Ampersand House and Gallery

If you’re headed to Brussels anytime soon, put Ampersand House and Gallery on your itinerary. The gallery specializes in both vintage and contemporary 20th Century design, with a current exhibition, Colour Fields, featuring a mouth-watering collection of furniture, lighting and objet d’art called upon “to explore the connection between colour, — Continue reading

A Very Kitschy Christmas From Etsy

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Very Kitschy Christmas From Etsy

“Our Kitsch Christmas is focused around all the beautiful vintage accents available on Etsy which, when combined, can make a pretty standout centerpiece for the home to wow guests over the Christmas break.” Kudos to Emily Dean, part of Etsy’s UK team, who put together this decidedly merry mantel focal — Continue reading

Cozy Blankets, On the Plus Side

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Cozy Blankets, On the Plus Side

Pia Wallen’s lust-inducing Crux blanket is getting some stiff competition these days, and design enthusiasts couldn’t be happier with their ever-growing list of cozy, cross-centric choices. Our two favorites are the American-made Swiss Cross Reversible Throw, from Brooklyn shop LEIF, which is made from soft recycled cotton/acrylic, and available in — Continue reading

A Virtual Christmas Tree Brought to Life

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Decor + Objects
A Virtual Christmas Tree Brought to Life

We were immediately struck by the moody prettiness of this Christmas tree, only to find that we were fooled by a terrific home-made optical illusion—and the most artful no-fuss tree we’ve seen in a while. As illustrated on Almost Makes Perfect, the beauty of opting for this tree is that — 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

Wintery Holiday Warmth from Elle Decoration

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Wintery Holiday Warmth from Elle Decoration

As die-hard Modernists, we naturally like our Christmas decorations devoid of kitschy red Santas. No wonder, then, that these vignettes from the Christmas issue of Elle Decoration (Sweden) make us sigh in envy. Scandinavian restraint—pale hues, tasteful handmade details, and just the right dose of glitter—is one thing, but photographer — Continue reading

For Hanukkah, a Modern, Minimal Menorah

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
For Hanukkah, a Modern, Minimal Menorah

The celebration of Hanukkah may be a venerable tradition, but that doesn’t mean that menorahs can’t be brought into the 21st Century with appropriate aplomb. This solid steel menorah is an exclusive offering by the San Francisco retailer March, and, while we agree the price point may be a tad — Continue reading

Noteworthy Cause: Public-Supply Notebooks

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Noteworthy Cause: Public-Supply Notebooks

Obsessive writers and doodlers (count us in) know the value of a good notebook, and the notebooks designed by Brooklyn-based Public-Supply have a double dose of goodness to recommend them. To be sure, we like their austere, utilitarian beauty, and we always appreciate a superior, responsibly-sourced, American-made product; but it’s — Continue reading

A Space Age Christmas Ornament

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Space Age Christmas Ornament

A staple of Mid Century Modern interiors, and a symbol of the 60′s space age, the spiky Sputnik chandelier (named for the Soviet satellite launched into orbit in 1957) is now a Christmas ornament, thanks to New York’s Metropolitan Opera. An homage to the famous Austrian crystal chandeliers that decorate — Continue reading

Kernel of Life: Medical Device Concept from Fuse Project

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Kernel of Life: Medical Device Concept from Fuse Project

It’s true we’ve featured a slew of projects headed up by Yves Behar on this site (see Soda Stream Bottle, XO Tablet; Jawbone Wristband; Whole World Water bottle), but it’s only because we admire his belief in design’s ability to change the world. To that end, Behar’s Fuse Project has — Continue reading

The Best-Made Dinner Bell Around

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
The Best-Made Dinner Bell Around

Be it hand painted axes or nautical badges, the outdoors-fixated New York design shop Best Made knows how to induce us into lusting after random objects we’d barely ever considered before. Case in point: this exquisitely simple hand crafted Dinner Bell. We’re more likely to bellow across the room to — Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: Modeska Desk Accessories

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Kickstarter Alert: Modeska Desk Accessories

As admirers of thoughtfully crafted American-made products, we took notice when Modeska alerted us to their handsome suite of desk accessories, currently making a splash on Kickstarter. The Connecticut-based company, founded by Jeremy Biron, set out to create a range of stylish, utilitarian office accessories to complement the streamlined good — Continue reading