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Cubist Housing for the Modern Bird

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Cubist Housing for the Modern Bird

Minnesota-based Loll Designs, which makes use of recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE) to create a range of contemporary products, has applied the ultimate modernist form—the cube—to a bird house design. A perfect, durable cube with a single opening for coming and going, Cube Birdhouse requires no assembly, can be mounted — Continue reading

Cerno: Thinking Big

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Cerno: Thinking Big

If building products to last, building locally, and building with the environment in mind sound like lofty ideals, Cerno is guilty as charged. Fear of thinking big has never stopped this California-based lighting collective from turning its back on a throwaway consumer culture, and setting its sights, instead, on producing — Continue reading

An Eco-Friendly American Flag

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
An Eco-Friendly American Flag

The Maine-based fashion and home goods company Citizen Native is offering up a timely and handsome excuse to wrap ourselves up in the American flag this week. This Eco American Flag Throw is comprised mostly of yarn made from leftover t-shirt fabrics and handmade using a process requiring minimal dyes — Continue reading

Vipp’s Big Green Gimmick

Categories: Sustainability
Vipp’s Big Green Gimmick

Copenhagen’s desire to hold the mantel of Europe’s cleanest city has been given a big green boost by Danish trash can maker Vipp. Seizing a marketing opportunity, Vipp has created a giant replica of its famous pedal garbage bins to call attention to Copenhagen’s green initiative, and, in the process, — Continue reading

A 21st Century Farnsworth House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
A 21st Century Farnsworth House

What does a 21st Century version of Mies van der Rhoe’s exalted Farnsworth House look like? Thanks to Manhattan architectural firm Desai/Chia, we now know. The blissfully beautiful LM Guest House in upstate New York was built for a family requesting “an analog” of Farnsworth, and lucky for them (and — Continue reading

The Sunny Yellow Taschelino Bag

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Sustainability
The Sunny Yellow Taschelino Bag

Not that we need an excuse, but the moment we spotted this handbag, we found ourselves with a touch of, yes, yellow fever. Taschelino, is one in a series of bags designed by Italians Maria Christina Hamel & Alessandro Mendini for German brand Koziol, distinguished by their elegantly structured shape — Continue reading

A Zero Waste “Piqnique”

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
A Zero Waste “Piqnique”

Earlier this year, New York City’s Parsons The New School for Design and Italian furniture brand Poltrona Frau collaborated on Wasteless, a zero-waste design initiative. A group of Parsons design students was tasked with creating products with scraps of leftover leather from Poltrona Frau’s factory in Tolentino, Italy. The first — Continue reading

Feather Weight

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability
Feather Weight

Even those not given to bird watching may easily fall under the spell of the diminutive, hovering hummingbird—or this beguiling new series of hummingbird prints by Maine artist Josh Brill. Brill, who thinks of his Flora Fauna collection of prints as a “field guide of discovery,” has clearly been paying — Continue reading

Running Wild

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability
Running Wild

“The global value of illegal wildlife trade is between $7.8 billion and $10 billion per year. It is a major illicit transnational activity worldwide—along with arms, drugs and human trafficking,” says the World Wildlife Fund. Eschewing gruesome photos of wildlife poaching, they’ve opted instead for a soulful, visually arresting, and highly effective ad — Continue reading

Mexican American

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Mexican American

If you think you can avoid the Acapulco Chair, think again. That distinctive three-legged 50′s icon, named for the Mexican resort that made it famous, is everywhere, and with good reason. With its airy, linear profile and available range of exuberant colors, it’s an outdoor show-stopper in both ambiance and — Continue reading

Toy Story

Categories: Kids + Baby, Sustainability
Toy Story

These adorably imperfect dolls are patterned after drawings made by first, second and third grade children in Sri Lanka, part of a social design initiative called Me and My Doll, spearheaded by German designer Alexa Alexa Lixfeld. The dolls are hand made by women employed by The Selyn Socioeconomic Development Foundation, — Continue reading

Rain Check

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Rain Check

Shanghai designer Carl Liu and his product design company Newtive have created this fanciful and ingenious prototype for an environmentally-sensitive watering can. Flower Watering Pot, made from PVC plastic, has been designed to catch rain water through a system of funnels that sprout up from the can like flowering stems. “The problem is that — Continue reading

Sun Light

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Sun Light

For the 1.6 billion people who lack access to electricity, being able to harness the power of the sun can be, quite literally, a matter of life and death. Which is why Little Sun, a solar powered lamp designed by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson gets major kudos from us. — Continue reading

Heaven and Earth

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Heaven and Earth

If it seems downright miraculous that a small, wood-framed church, deep in the woods of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, would be named one of the 20th Century’s great buildings by the American Institute of Architects, maybe it’s only fitting. The building, Thorncrown Chapel, is, after all, something of a miracle in — Continue reading

2Modern Earth Day Sale!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
2Modern Earth Day Sale!

Here’s another reason to go green for Earth Day. Starting tomorrow, Earth Day, 2Modern will be discounting inventory from designers who create beautiful products with ecological sensitivity in mind. For 7 full days, through April 28, choose from eco-friendly furniture, like the Modern Outdoor Etra Club Chair, available in this greenest of — Continue reading

Well Seeded

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Well Seeded

A pat on the back if you know what a tamper or dibber is. We liked the look of this one even before we knew what it was, which is why we’ll probably be reading Modern Farmer, the latest food journal aimed at modern urbanites who claim to be ‘foodies’ — Continue reading

Water Works

Categories: Sustainability
Water Works

Our preoccupation with water—drinking lots of it, paying for it, taking it wherever we go—is, not surprisingly, reflected in the abundance of attention industrial designers are lavishing on containers meant to hold and transport liquids. How many ways, we wonder, are there to interpret such a vessel? Well, with World Water — Continue reading

Waxing Poetic

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Waxing Poetic

We’ll confess that it was the clean and earthy packaging that drew our attention to Circle 21 scented candles, but it turns out we like everything else about them, too. For starters, this Amarillo, Texas company makes its candles from all-natural soy (not petroleum-based paraffin), and hand pours them into repurposed — Continue reading

Field Trip

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Field Trip

If this is what rural living looks like, then sign us up immediately! The Vancouver-based architect Omer Arbel has designed a house on a Canadian hayfield that takes it’s angular, asymmetrical shape from the 100 year-old timber beams that were—in accordance with the architect’s instructions—used exactly as found, rather than cut — Continue reading

60 Minutes

Categories: Sustainability
60 Minutes

If you don’t think it’s possible for 7 continents and every major city on the planet to agree on anything, you don’t know Earth Hour. Proving that climate change initiatives can actually be fun, this Saturday, March 23rd, marks the 7th go-round for an illuminating little idea cooked up by the World — Continue reading