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American Modern: 5 Home-Grown Favorites

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
American Modern: 5 Home-Grown Favorites

We couldn’t very well let Independence Day pass without calling attention to some of our favorite American-based brands and American-made products. Brooklyn’s Flavor Paper, Rochester’s Staach, Los Angeles’ Parvez Taj, Vermont’s Copeland Furniture, and Upstate New York’s Niche Modern ply their trade by keeping things close to home. Locally sourced, — Continue reading

July 4th Sale: Get 15% Off + Free Shipping on Eco-Friendly Varaluz

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
July 4th Sale: Get 15% Off + Free Shipping on Eco-Friendly Varaluz

Inventively recycled and re-purposed materials—steel, glass, shells, among others—help define the imaginative eco friendly range of lighting models from Varaluz, an American company which takes the tag line ‘design with a conscience’ seriously. Our 4th of July lighting sale features a 15% discount on our entire selection of Varaluz pendants, — Continue reading

Healthier Sleep With Drift Light

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Healthier Sleep With Drift Light

Capitalizing on research that shows we’re just not getting enough sleep, or at least the proper kind of sleep, lighting products company Saffron, makers of the well-named Drift, think they’ve got a solution. An energy efficient LED light bulb, Drift looks ordinary enough, fits into a standard light socket, and — Continue reading

Design Focus: Verner Panton’s Spiegel Swimming Pool

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Design Focus: Verner Panton’s Spiegel Swimming Pool

No one could ever accuse Verner Panton of having played it safe. The great Danish designer, whose S-shaped Panton Chair remains one of the more fluid profiles of the Mid-Century era, unabashedly harnessed the psychedelic colors and playful forms that defined the Pop Art-influenced visual culture of the 1960′s, and — Continue reading

Grippine Bicycle Accessory by Sovrappensiero Design Studio

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Grippine Bicycle Accessory by Sovrappensiero Design Studio

Urban bike riders, take note. Milan design studio Sovrappensiero has come up with an invention designed specifically for city bicyclists who find themselves felled by pedals partial to certain footwear or particular weather conditions. Grippine is a silicone sheath which neatly slips onto any bicycle pedal (no screws or bolts — Continue reading

Patricia Urquiola’s Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Patricia Urquiola’s Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

A hallmark of Patricia Urquiola’s work is the infusion of delicate patterns and subtle textures into otherwise restrained color schemes and clean finishes. The interiors of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona bear evidence of these esthetic devices, and nowhere more so than in the hotel’s restaurant and lounge areas—where — Continue reading

Cerno Lighting Sale: 10% Off July 1-15 + Free Shipping

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Cerno Lighting Sale: 10% Off July 1-15 + Free Shipping

The innovative lighting solutions presented by the California design studio Cerno are an artful expression of the brand’s mission to “be accountable to our customers and our environment, by building our product to last, selecting our material pallet responsibly and using energy efficient LED technology.” Elegant, inventive forms and imaginative — Continue reading

2014 Design of the Year: Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
2014 Design of the Year: Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center

“It is an intoxicatingly beautiful building by the most brilliant architect at the height of her office’s powers. It is as pure and sexy as Marilyn’s blown skirt.” With an assessment that effusive from one of the judges, no wonder Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, a wildly — Continue reading

Hardware Designed for Kids by Quentin de Coster

Categories: Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects
Hardware Designed for Kids by Quentin de Coster

Belgian designer Quentin de Coster has designed a suite of hardware items specially designed to do double duty in children’s rooms. A collection created for the Brussels-based hardware brand Vervloet, the TIBOU collection is meant to address kids’ natural tendency to use door handles and drawer pulls as hanging devices — Continue reading

The Perfectionists’ Cafe Opens at Heathrow

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
The Perfectionists’ Cafe Opens at Heathrow

Just when we had resigned ourselves to hurriedly downing greasy food while perched on generic wooden bar stools, along comes The Perfectionists’ Cafe, a new restaurant at London’s Heathrow airport that aims to drastically elevate the airport dining experience. “I wanted this restaurant not to feel like a compromise—as so — Continue reading

Pendura Coat Stand by Portugal’s Galula Studio

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Pendura Coat Stand by Portugal’s Galula Studio

It doesn’t get more reductive than the Pendura Coat Stand by Portuguese design studio Galula, which has distilled the hang-it-all device’s design into a statuesque triangle and a few notches. Just lean the solid oak, vertically configured Pendura—available in a range of 5 pleasing colors for flair and accessorizing flexibility—against — Continue reading

Recycling Made Easier With The Rag Bag

Categories: Sustainability
Recycling Made Easier With The Rag Bag

Swedish clothing retailer Uniforms For The Dedicated is proposing a novel approach to recycling—with a shopping bag that graphically encourages a clothing donation with each consumer purchase. The Rag Bag is a shopping bag which, when turned inside-out, morphs into a mailing envelope, postage-paid and pre-addressed. Customers are urged to — Continue reading

Pierre Charpin Remakes LeCorbusier’s Apartment 50

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Pierre Charpin Remakes LeCorbusier’s Apartment 50

French designer Pierre Charpin is the latest in a line of contemporary creatives  given free reign over a single apartment designed by Le Corbusier. Apartment 50, a unit in Le Corbusier’s famous Cité radieuse apartment complex in Marseilles, France, has been preserved in its original state, given Historic Monument status, — Continue reading

Keystone Table Wins 2014 Interieur Awards Grand Prize

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Keystone Table Wins 2014 Interieur Awards Grand Prize

A table held together with a pair of 3-D printed connectors walked away with the 2014 Interieur Awards Grand Prize, unanimously selected last month by an international jury. Held in tandem with the annual Belgian design event Biennale Interieur, the Grand Prize winner was the Keystones Table by Minale Maeda, — Continue reading

Minimalist World Cup Posters by Andre Chiote

Categories: Art + Graphics
Minimalist World Cup Posters by Andre Chiote

Portuguese architect Andre Chiote had channeled World Cup fever into an ongoing poster series that focuses on the architecture of the 12 stadiums in which World Cup matches are currently being played. Chiote, whose previous self-initiated graphic design projects have featured stylized images of iconic built works from around the — Continue reading

New at 2Modern: Eco Friendly Furniture by Miles & May

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
New at 2Modern: Eco Friendly Furniture by Miles & May

The Upstate New York design studio Miles & May has distinguished itself with a collection of handsome hand-crafted furnishings largely realized in locally sourced recycled or reclaimed timber. Environmental consciousness, however, is only one facet of the larger company objective of synthesizing, rather than separating, material from form. By allowing — Continue reading

Blom Table Lamp by FontanaArte Wins Red Dot Award

Categories: Furniture + Lighting
Blom Table Lamp by FontanaArte Wins Red Dot Award

When the 2014 Red Dot Design Awards are handed out in Essen, Germany, next month, Italian lighting brand FontanaArte will be on hand to receive accolades for its winsome Blom Table Lamp. The beautifully compact, flower-shaped Blom, with its painted aluminum petals and milky diffuser, was announced as a Red — Continue reading

On Shelter Island, A House Defined by Color

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
On Shelter Island, A House Defined by Color

“Life: Lived in Color,” a tag adopted by the New York-based design firm Stamberg Aferiat + Associates, would be an apt aphorism for this architectural experiment on Shelter Island, distinguished, more than anything, by its audacious color scheme. Aiming to blur “the line that divides art from architecture,” the architectural — Continue reading

Soccer Style: RS Barcelona’s Football Tables

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Modern Decor + Objects
Soccer Style: RS Barcelona’s Football Tables

World Cup fever aside, esthetes with a passion for playing table football will be particularly pleased with the game table offerings from RS Barcelona. The Spanish company’s lighthearted approach to ‘living intensely’ includes a range of playful furnishings—and a decidedly fresh spin on standard game tables that, while plenty fun, — Continue reading

Iowa’s High Trestle Trail Bridge

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Iowa’s High Trestle Trail Bridge

Inspired works of public art and architecture are not, thankfully, a privilege accorded only to metropolis-dwellers. One of the more poetic public works in recent years is, without a doubt, Iowa’s High Trestle Trail Bridge, a half-mile long expanse over the Des Moines River, distinguished by a series of immensely — Continue reading