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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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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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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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Decorating with Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles That Look Like Wood

Porcelain-effect wooden tile from Surface Art

If wood flooring is available, why go with porcelain tiles that look like wood? For one thing, this sturdy tile is perfect for areas such as the kitchen and the bathroom. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are durable, and they can hold up in spaces where moisture will accumulate. After all, it would be difficult to maintain a wood floor in a highly trafficked area where…

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New “Objects” by Republic of Fritz Hansen

Renowned Danish brand Republic of Fritz Hansen launched a superlative collection of objects at the recent Salone del Mobile in Milan. Simply titled “Objects”, the collection comprises a mix of new and classic designs by Danish and international designers, including Arne Jacobsen, Jaime Hayon, Studio Roso and Wednesday Architecture. Each object is a reflection of Fritz Hansen’s passion for good design that is useful, aesthetic…

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Patio Furniture and Decor Trend: Bold Black and White

If you’re looking for an outdoor lounge concept, this post is for you! In fact, one of today’s top patio furniture trends is the use of black and white tones. The contrast is stunning, and the combination evokes a sense of glamour. It’s classic, and it goes with everything. All you need now is a cabana! Check out the images that follow and let us…

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Table Style: 4 Festive Concepts for Spring Entertaining

Fresh entertaining style from CB2

Spring is the perfect time to entertain! With the weather warming up and the flowers in bloom, there’s an energy in the air and a desire to celebrate the new season. Looking for a party concept? We’ve got four different options for you, from tropical flair to glamorous festivity. What’s your table style? Read on for a look at the latest in table design, then…

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Live: Salone del Mobile 2016, Highlights of Day 4 from Milan

Salone Del Mobile Milano 2016 Live Highlights Day 4

The carnival of design rolls in Milan, and we head into the fourth day of the amazing celebration that is Salone del Mobile 2016. Yesterday was truly inspirational with great bathrooms and décor lighting up our day, and as we still look back and marvel at the diverse and exclusive furniture that we were privileged to witness, it is also the time to take in…

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Life on the Funny Farm: A Quirky Family by Isidro Ferrer and LZF Lamps

Funny Farm characters

Life on the “Funny Farm” is a wonderful mishmash of the comical and the curious, with a cast of kooky characters expressing their personalities in a multitude of ways. To name but a few: we have Mad Mouse who believes he’s a cat in fancy dress and Smelly Fant who laughs hysterically at the things kids say when the grown-ups are out shopping; there’s Penny…

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Live from Milan: Salone del Mobile 2016, Day 3 Highlights

Wooden dining table chairs, lighting and sidetable in the backdrop - Calligaris at Slaone del Mobile 2016

It is day three of the furnishing and design extravaganza at the Milan Fairgrounds, and we move on from the amazing EuroCucina 2016 and explore a whole lot more, including the awesome International Bathroom Exhibition. Once again, we will bring you Live Updates throughout the day, thanks to our man on the ground, Alex Ion. It promises to be a day filled with opulent, relaxing,…

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