Eileen Gray: The Nonconformist Modernist

Hand-lacquered Brick Screen

By and large, the notable luminaries of modern architecture and design are men: Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Walter Gropius, Ernest Race and Arne Jacobsen are just a few famous names. One name that is often lost in the melee and unjustly overlooked, is Eileen Gray. She was beyond question one of the early pioneering modernists, a woman whose work…

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Casa Rampa: Spacious Residence in Argentine Patagonia Overlooks Limay River

Stackable doors open up teh dining space towards the garden outside

Nestled on a quiet little plot in the beautiful Argentine Patagonia, Casa Rampa brings together unabated views of the forest landscape that surrounds it and the Limay River that becomes a part of its lovely backyard! Designed by Remy Architects, the spacious home occupies 650 square meters and is spread across three gorgeous levels that are interconnected with a series of walkways and cleverly placed…

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Luxurious Apartment Building in NYC Marries Industrial Past with Opulent Future!

Italian Calacatta marble fireplace steals the show in the living room

There is no denying the fact that the popularity of industrial style that shaped much of New York’s currently hottest housing hubs a good century ago still has a major influence on the architectural style here. With industrial once again becoming ‘trendy’, it is barely a surprise that modern homeowners want a smart blend of the renowned New York City flair and panache with understated…

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The Art of Play: Toys for Design Lovers

Poetic toys by Ingrid Hulskamp

Toys…they’re not just for kids! The art of play is something to be celebrated by adults as well, especially since we live in a world where it’s getting increasingly difficult to carve out time for relaxation and whimsy. Designers have taken note of this growing need for play, and the result is an amazing variety of toys that grown-ups can enjoy, whether they be sculptural…

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Poul Kjærholm: The Archetypical Furniture Architect

PK24 in black leather

The Danish designer Poul Kjærholm (1929 – 1980) was a creative genius. A “furniture architect” (a designation he preferred over that of “designer”), he produced a celebrated collection of furniture that is today an intrinsic part of Denmark’s design DNA. Poul Kjærholm. A Pragmatic Perfectionist Poul Kjærholm was something of a pragmatic perfectionist and a functionalist. He expected a lot of his furniture, particularly in…

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The Art of Collaborative Design

CB2 x Kravitz Design by Lenny Kravitz

A powerful design collaboration is fresh and inspiring! Perhaps your favorite designer has teamed up with a favorite brand to create a new product, such as a chair. Or maybe the work of a beloved Etsy artisan is for sale through a favorite retailer. With the design climate changing, more and more individuals have found a way to express their creativity (and get noticed). When…

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Small Tropical-Style Beach House Opens Up to the World Outside

One bedroom beach house in Far North Queensland, Australia

Space is often the biggest issue in most modern homes, with many of us looking to find that extra square footage that we feel would make all the difference. But when it comes to a lovely vacation home on the beach, one does not really need a whole lot of room, and even the smallest beach house can fill your idyllic summer afternoons with unabated…

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Big Dreams: 10 Future Projects by Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels and BIG

New Manhattan Skyline

It appears Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is the architectural world’s “man of the moment”. Founder of BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), a Copenhagen- and New York-based multidisciplinary design consortium, Ingels was recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. In a corresponding citation, the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, founder of Dutch firm OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), asserts: “Contrary to many, maybe including himself,…

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How to Display Your Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobe display

If curating a manageable batch of mix-and-match clothing appeals to you, you may be ready for a capsule wardrobe! Did you catch our post on the capsule wardrobe concept? The idea is to simplify by curating a collection of your favorite clothing and accessories, including shirts, skirts, pants, jackets, shoes, belts and more. Yet “more” isn’t the word of choice when it comes to capsule wardrobes. In…

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Modernism is Reimagined by Danish Brand Menu

Reade Table Lamp by Søren Rose Studio

For its Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Danish brand Menu has interpreted the principles of modernism in a contemporary way, as articulated under the heading “Modernism Reimagined”. Sans Ornamentation Menu’s latest collection is inspired by the founding principles of modernism and the genre’s continuing influence on design. Godot 01 1-seater and 3-seater by Iskos-Berlin. Peek floor lamp by Jonas Wagell. A pioneer of the modern movement, Czechia (as…

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Design Lovers

Two-tone glass vases from West Elm

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and if you’re looking for a unique gift, today’s post is dedicated to those who love great design. Whether you’re shopping for the style-savvy mother of your child or you’re searching for a special treasure for your own mom, there’s something for everyone in the collection of gift ideas that follows. From modern delights for the foodie chef to…

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20 Rooms with Modern Wood Paneling

Black vertical wall paneling in a room designed by CB2

Wood paneling has come a long way! If you’re looking for a modern take on this stylish accent, today’s post is for you. From painted panels that create a clean-lined background to sleek walls of rectangular forms, this classic interior flourish has gotten a fresh update. The 20 rooms that follow are filled with modern wood paneling. After soaking up the design inspiration, you just…

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This Novel Prefab Austin Home was Built in Just 12 Months!

Gorgeous living room of Prefab Austin Home with stone accent wall and wooden walls

Prefabricated homes make life a lot easier for those looking to keep construction costs down, even while ensuring that much of the work is done offsite. But another advantage of prefab homes is the speed that they bring to the development of a new residence; something that simply cannot be matched by on-site designs. This modern Austin home was built by Aamodt / Plumb Architects…

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Brazilian Taste: Green Refreshment Wrapped in Inventive Design

Apartment Brazilian Taste in Milan filled with natural greenery

Elegant, inviting and filled with green goodness that adds character to the space, Brazilian Taste is a beautiful and exceptionally unique apartment in Milan that veers away from the mundane contemporary style. Designed by AIM, this ingeniously crafted interior was once a run-of-the-mill office that was completely transformed using both the magic of abundant natural greenery and a cool ‘concrete box’ that defines, shapes and…

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Moooi in “Rebellious Harmony” at Milan’s Salone del Mobile

Fool Paradise in Moooi setting

Dutch design venture Moooi’s new collection presentation at the latest Salone del Mobile in Milan was a spectacular and theatrical design opus. In typical Moooi fashion, the brand created a surreal world of fantasy and illusion, with a stirring and captivating display of art, design and craft. Read more about “The Beautiful World of Moooi” here. Rebellious Harmony The paradoxical theme “Rebellious Harmony” typified the elements of Moooi’s 2016…

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