October 11, 2010

If I were a chicken...

I would want to live in this chicken house by Frederik Roije. 


And if I were a magazine, I would want to be stored on this shelf. 


And if I were in the dark, I would want this lamp.


Silk Road in Las Vegas by Karim Rashid

One of my favorite designers, Karim Rashid, has worked his magic again. This time, the Silk Road Restaurant in Las Vegas. I want to ask Mr. Rashid to come design my house. Think that would be pricey?


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October 07, 2010

Tulip Chair Shoes :: Kobi Levi

1Admit it.  These Saarinen Tulip Chair-inspired shoes are pretty freaking fantastic.  Impractical, yes.  But there's a little part of you that loves the ridiculousness of it all, right?  Created by the very talented shoe designer Kobi Levi - be sure to check out the rest of his portfolio!

2 Also, a big thank you to Jeni for sending this my way!  [Jeni owns and operates Stitched Cards.  Check out her Chairs, Etc. series, a collection of greeting cards featuring iconic Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories!]

So, what other furniture-inspired fashions have you seen?  Share in the comments!

October 06, 2010

Patricia Urquiola: Vieques Island

An earlier post at 2Modern design blog covered Patricia Urquiola's tile work which was delightful! Her focus on creating industrial products with personality and her approach to integrate layers of history into the memoriable patterns surely trigger sensation and success.

Patricia Urquiola's advise for new designers is to find “a few cultural references and people who can give you guidance to develop your personality,  try to defend your ideas and projects, create your own formula.”

She created a great formula for herself; her interiors are sensible, orginal and moving. The colors are plenty but they are relative and pleasing within the context of its surrounding.

The dynamics of colors in Urquiola's interiors can be explained by intuition and observation.

Vieques island

The corners are created with a sense of comfort which drives its energy from colors, lighting and patterns.



The outdoor furniture fits well into the nature's color scheme and also constitutes a lively drop within the earthy tones of the outdoor structure.


The colors of the pillows intensify each other with hues that complement and contrast in design. The lightness of colors gets affected by neighboring tones. The light source brightens the overall affect.


The colors and patterns in the living room are not used in a limited manner.

The color design develops around the amount, shape and placement of each design element in an interactional manner: The relativity makes the design pleasant and harmonious. 


Maison Martin Margiela

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 Not only does the MMM design clothing, shoes and accessories for both men and women, there is also fragrance, a fine jewelry line and objects for the home.

Now you can even stay "Avante-Garde" in the L’Île aux Oiseaux by Maison Martin Margiela. A suite designed by the Belgium house in the 5-star retreat Les Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux, France.

Loving the white palette (especially the pillows as a headboard) with a "punch in the face!" red lips sofa.

Check out the just launched e-boutique here.


Glass Lamps By Produzione Privata

I know, I know, another wonderful design out of Italy.  Mouth-blown Murano glass like a master craftsmen no less.  These wonderful lamps are from the Italian design firm Produzione Privata.   The Acquatinta lamp has several finishes to choose from.  I like the transparent green it looks almost retro.  This lamp’s wooden mold and two drawings by Michele De Lucchi, are kept at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.   Only part of a collection of suspension lamps from renowned architect Michele de Lucchi in collaboration with other designers they light up any room and create a modern ambiance.



Acquatinta lamp




Ipy Lamps


Bonne Nuit




Is there any bad design out of Italy?  Inquiring minds want to know.   

Have an infinitely modern day!

Beauty and Timelessness Meets Function

BMW R75/5  c.1972
BMW R62 c.1928
Although classic simplicity is not a new thing, it's a style and aesthetic that's covertly stood the test of time, in fact almost a century in the case of BMW Motorcycles! This simple aesthetic still exists in most people's minds, ours included, as such a solid thought. None of the thinking of the early Triumph motorcycles are around in any solid form. It's a timeless classic because of the sound thinking and approach behind it's design, form follows function, a tenant of the Bauhaus aesthetic, while managing to be incredibly beautiful, something can be beautiful simply because of it's functional qualities. It's not about making the outside thing pretty, it's about making the soul pretty. The true beauty arrives from it's functional nature.
At the root of the Bauhaus aesthtic was Occam's Razor, an engineering and deisgn principal that espoused the act of cutting away that which doesn't function or what's not absolutely essential to the perfect functioning of the piece. It's about editing, not about adding, a reduction, having the idea of 'motorcycle' in your head and then reducing. To this day a model exists with 2 horizontally opposed cylinders, two wheels and a drive shaft, the R1200R, although computer technology and emmissions regulations have added a burden to it's simplicity, the original idea is still there.
The BMW R62 you see above was brought to the USA from Munich after 30 yrs of being hidden under a canvas tarp in the back of a repair shop, treasured like aging wine. The first attempt after uncovering it got it running again and functional. Consider other things of the time period, the Titanic! Think steamdriven archaic practice, there are no more steam driven luxury liners plying the seas but there's still BMW motorcycles, quietly whispering down the interstate...

The orginal owner of the BMW R62 felt the need to attach a medallion of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, to the front fender. Although I'm sure with further experience of his new purchase, like Occam, he would have found the medallion was an unneccessary addition, as the bike itself was a guardian Saint of travellers.

2Modern Design Brief

Modern Art moments...all kinds of art make me happy. I have a soft spot in my heart for people who can express their words in this type of medium. Funky, classic, off-beat, simple-I love it ALL!

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Design Milk featured NY interior designer, Laura Day . This image reminded me of my fondness for art...read the whole story here. LOVE the skate decks above the bed. Back in the day, I had a few above my bed and always loved that look. 

Even the word 'ART' makes my heart tingle...if I ever have a son, his name just may be Art...

Social Networking sarcasm...spotted on MocoLoco. Art by Filippo Minelli.

Stunning Paper Artworks by a German artist, Simon Schubert. See the whole feature here on Wallpaper.

Installation art is one of my favorites. Pushing limits and boundaries is always the mark of an interesting artist.... Found this one on dornob. 1600 Stacked chairs...curious why she stopped at 1600...She IS the artist- it's all up to her!


October 05, 2010

Jens Risom’s Classics

The 94 year old Danish-American designer Jens Risom has entered a collaboration with Rocket Gallery in London.


Benchmark has secured the production rights to re-launch Jens Risoms classics from the 1950s and 60s. Risom was born in Denmark in 1916 and went to Design School with Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen, but migrated to the US at the age of 23. He was based in New York where he founded Jens Risom Design in 1949. The first collection of nine furniture classics is exhibited at Rocket Gallery – www.rocketgallery.com



October 04, 2010

Arthur Tofani 1958 D'Onofrio house

This modern 1958 house has a timeless appeal with contemporary angles rendered in stone and glass.

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