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Neo Con 2014: Ballo Stool by Humanscale

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Neo Con 2014: Ballo Stool by Humanscale

With evidence mounting that sitting for hours on end is doing us a heap of wrong, it’s little wonder that industrial designers are putting efforts towards healthier working alternatives. Don Chadwick, the man responsible for Herman Miller’s ubiquitous Aeron Chair, has one answer in the Ballo stool, a stool made — Continue reading

Albert Frey’s Desert Modernism

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Albert Frey’s Desert Modernism

If it’s at all possible for an 800 square-foot house to seem decadent, then Frey House II, one of two homes that the Swiss-born architect Albert Frey designed for himself in Palm Springs, California, shows us why. Situated amidst the San Jacinto mountain range that overlooks the desert resort, Frey’s — Continue reading

Yves Behar Promotes Connected Gardening, With Edyn

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Yves Behar Promotes Connected Gardening, With Edyn

Even novice gardeners have big dreams, and Edyn, a new gardening system, promises big things to weekend gardeners and expert growers, alike. A two-component system—a sensor which, when ‘planted’ in garden bed, monitors soil conditions and transmits the data via a smart phone app; and a solar-powered valve which automatically — Continue reading

Exclusive Sale: 15% Off Judy Ross Textiles + Free Shipping

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Exclusive Sale: 15% Off Judy Ross Textiles + Free Shipping

Seeing is believing with our Judy Ross Textiles collection, which features the kind of richly detailed stitching, uncommon in contemporary design, that should be viewed at close range. Meticulously hand-embroidered in New Zealand wool, expressed in vivid hues and graphic patterns, our Judy Ross Textiles are an ideal blend of — Continue reading

Grain Edit: The Wood Collector by LZF Lighting

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Grain Edit: The Wood Collector by LZF Lighting

New materials may come and go with the times, but wood never loses its allure. Just ask Spanish lighting company LZF, whose ravishing pendant lights exemplify some of the most innovative contemporary applications of wood anywhere. And, as if to reinforce their faith in wood, LZF not long ago launched — Continue reading

Building Blocks for Budding Architects from Barcelona’s Mitoi

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Kids + Baby
Building Blocks for Budding Architects from Barcelona’s Mitoi

Barcelona toy company Mitoi, founded by designer Marc Castelló, has a pair of building block sets which eschew the generic “wooden blocks without meaning” for a collection of blocks that can be fashioned into famous architectural landmarks. With Mitoi’s chunky birch wood blocks, kids can construct simple, stylized, but instantly — Continue reading

Tropical Cushions from Silken Favours

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Tropical Cushions from Silken Favours

Channeling the tropics may be as simple as a these luxury cushions from British fashion label Silken Favours. The brand’s colorful signature prints, based on pen and ink illustrations by founder Victoria Murdoch, have been applied to a suite of cushions, some featuring tropical foliage and birds, and others taking — Continue reading

Coca Cola Imagines ’2nd Lives’ for Coke Bottles

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Coca Cola Imagines ’2nd Lives’ for Coke Bottles

When life gives you lemons…. With ongoing bad news related to sugary drinks, and its undeniable complicity in the proliferation of plastic waste, the Coca Cola company may be forgiven for feeling a bit persecuted of late. But, give them credit for trying to generate some good eco-centric press for — Continue reading

In Venice, A Transparent Tea House by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
In Venice, A Transparent Tea House by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Managing to pay tribute to an ancient Japanese tradition, Venetian artisans, and the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian all at once, Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto has designed a sublime structure that’s grabbing headlines at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Sugimoto’s Glass Tea House Mondrian Pavillion, a temporary installation that includes a meticulously — Continue reading

Carl Hansen & Son Introduces Hans J. Wegner’s CH88 Chair

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Carl Hansen & Son Introduces Hans J. Wegner’s CH88 Chair

Carl Hansen & Søn have just released the CH88 Chair, a 1955 prototype design by Hans J. Wegner that had never previously been put into production. In observing Wegner’s 100th birthday, the danish manufacturer, whose recent observances of Wegner milestones have included handsome collaborations with fashion designer Paul Smith and — Continue reading

Diane von Furstenberg Lends her Cache to Google Glass

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Diane von Furstenberg Lends her Cache to Google Glass

Attempting to make Google Glass cool may or may not be a worthwhile endeavor, but kudos to Google for giving it a few serious tries. Its latest attempt at giving the device fashion cache rests on the shoulders of legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, who has lent her famous — Continue reading

Colorful Herringbone Floors Remake a London Victorian House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Colorful Herringbone Floors Remake a London Victorian House

A newly restored Victorian house in London has been given a fairly musical remake in which the floors take center stage. In gut-renovating the four floors of the terrace house into a hotel for guests of a recording company, London based architects Alma-nac took inspiration from the music-related art work — Continue reading

New from Gus*: Switch Sofa With Reversible Cushions

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
New from Gus*: Switch Sofa With Reversible Cushions

Calling it a sofa with a “split personality,” Gus* has introduced the fanciful Switch Sofa, a seating statement which features quilted seat and back cushions with a different stitching pattern on each side. The Switch Sofa’s clean, graphic shape and solid wood feet are standard Gus fare, but the reversible — Continue reading

A Pop-Up Geodesic Dome for the Garden

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
A Pop-Up Geodesic Dome for the Garden

Buckminster Fuller may not have had a backyard respite in mind when he invented the geodesic dome, but we can assume he’d be plenty tickled by Garden Igloo, a German-made structure that echoes Fuller’s dome design for a versatile, easy to assemble, and visually beguiling year-round room. Comprised of a — Continue reading

“Extreme” Nature Posters By Swedish Studio Form Us With Love

Categories: Art + Graphics
“Extreme” Nature Posters By Swedish Studio Form Us With Love

Swedish design studio Form Us With Love, well known for its product design (we reported on their nifty hexagon-shaped cement boards here), has ventured into the 2-D design arena with a series of limited edition prints made in collaboration with philanthropic Danish print studio Paper Collective. Calling it “a new — Continue reading

An Italian Country House Gets a Modernist Extension

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
An Italian Country House Gets a Modernist Extension

Giving a gracious old Italian home a memorable modernist extension is no easy task, but the Treviso, Italy architectural practice, Zanon Architetti Associati, had no problem with it, thank you. The owners’ desire to expand their country home’s living space without fracturing the esthetic integrity of the original structure was — Continue reading

Sparkling Magis Sale: 15% Off + Free Shipping

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Sparkling Magis Sale: 15% Off + Free Shipping

Everyone knows that Magis has a particular way with color, of course, but our current Magis sale will have you taking a shine to metallics. The best-selling Chair One, by Konstantin Grcic, is a shining example, its cut-out geometric form and cutting-edge technology rendered more futuristic in gleaming aluminum; while — Continue reading

Massimo Vignelli Had ‘No Regrets’

Categories: Art + Graphics, Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Massimo Vignelli Had ‘No Regrets’

The great graphic designer Massimo Vignelli died this week, leaving an incomparable body of work that included iconic subway signage, a calendar that remains timeless, coffee mugs, department store visual identities, and furniture for Knoll and Heller—an oeuvre that continues to beguile first-year students and the design cognoscenti with equal — Continue reading

A Multicolored Acapulco Chair from NODO

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2014
A Multicolored Acapulco Chair from NODO

The challenge of reinterpreting a tried and true design lies in offering up something original, and Brooklyn-based, Mexican multi-disciplinary design studio NODO has done just that with their version of the winsome Acapulco Chair. A bohemian-happy patio chair that emerged in the 50s in the Mexican resort city after which — Continue reading

Avram Rusu Studio Redefines the Sputnik

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, ICFF 2014
Avram Rusu Studio Redefines the Sputnik

At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) this month, Mid-Century design buffs familiar with the many variations of Sputnik—the starburst-like pendant light that came of age during America’s Space Race—will have stopped at least twice to view the lighting models presented by Avram Rusu Studio. The New York design studio, — Continue reading