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Romance for $2.95 from H&M

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Romance for $2.95 from H&M

Who says a novel romantic touch has to cost the earth? H&M Home has taken a page from Roy Lichtenstein’s book with a range of items featuring a comic book-style illustration of an embrace and accompanying fairytale text. This set of paper napkins gets our vote for most romantic $2.95 — Continue reading

Scandinavian Minimalism from Denmark’s Menu

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Scandinavian Minimalism from Denmark’s Menu

Followers of Minimalism as esthetic religion always have a host of Scandinavian design studios to look to for inspiration. Denmark’s Muuto, HAY, Normann Copenhagen and Norm Architects are but a few of the contemporary furniture and product design makers currently carrying on the tradition of clean-formed, well crafted home goods, — Continue reading

Gingham, Modernized for the Office

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Gingham, Modernized for the Office

So much for gingham being country cute. Contemporary product designers and artists alike (see here and here) have been induced to co-opt the folksy, grid-based fabric for a range of modernized applications—like this suite of desktop stationery items from Australian brand Country Road. And why not? Geometry and repetition, order — Continue reading

Rocking Alternatives to ‘On the Rocks’

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Rocking Alternatives to ‘On the Rocks’

Seeking to redefine the term ‘on the rocks,’ the entertainment products brand SPARQ has proposed some fanciful alternatives to boring ice cubes. Whiskey Rocks, cubed pieces of “non-porous, odorless, tasteless, and food safe” soapstone, just need a stint in the freezer before being plopped in a drink for chilling duties — Continue reading

Stockholm Furniture Fair: Copenhagen Loudspeaker by Vifa

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Stockholm Furniture Fair: Copenhagen Loudspeaker by Vifa

Danish brand Vifa, which has been in the sound technology business for 80 years, is showing a new portable, wireless loudspeaker, named Copenhagen, at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this week—and from the looks of these lifestyle shots, loudspeakers may be the next ‘must have’ item of the new year. Copenhagen’s — Continue reading

Grate News From Blomus

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Grate News From Blomus

Here’s a fine melding of form and function. German design brand Blomus, which already knows a thing or two about handsome cheese graters, recently introduced the Navetta cheese grater/dispsenser—in which a razor-sharp stainless steel grater affixes snugly to an elegant, gently spouted stainless steel bowl. A cheese grater/dispenser that eliminates — Continue reading

Having Words: H&M’s Summer 2014 Catalog

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Having Words: H&M’s Summer 2014 Catalog

H&M Home has released its Spring and Summer 2014 catalog, and it’s clear that the Swedish clothing retailer has quite a lot to say—literally. Across bed linen and candles, shower curtains and children’s decor, words and phrases and numbers and letters abound. Vintage signage, newspaper copy, stenciled numbers, emblems and — Continue reading

Orange Crush: Niche Modern Glass Votives

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Orange Crush: Niche Modern Glass Votives

We’re plenty familiar with the preposterously beautiful lighting—hand blown glass Pendants and Mini Pendants—created by Niche Modern. But the New York-based studio’s new line of glass votives has us equally mesmerized. Hand crafted in three distinct styles (Convex, Meridian, and Channel), the diminutive candle holders are being offered in a — Continue reading

Stockholm Furniture Fair: Ginkgo Acoustic Panels

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Modern Decor + Objects
Stockholm Furniture Fair: Ginkgo Acoustic Panels

It’s safe to say that sound-absorbing panels have come a long way from the clunky, brooding eyesores of yesteryear. At this week’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, Swedish company Blå Stationent will unveil Ginkgo, an artful sound-absorbing system comprised of distinctively shaped individual panels made from hot-pressed 100% polyester felt. The Ginkgo — Continue reading

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

Ferm Living Spring & Summer 2014 Collection

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Ferm Living Spring & Summer 2014 Collection

We’re huge fans of the inventive, serene housewares of Danish brand Ferm Living—and few things are more welcome in the dead of winter than inspiring vignettes of spring and summer. Ferm Living gives us just that with its Spring and Summer 2014 catalog, featuring new tabletop items, stationery and wall — 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

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

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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