For those of us familiar with the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames, their names bring images of bent ply furniture and films, the packed 901 studio, and the impressive Case Study house in Pacific Palisades. However, most of us certainly don't know a great deal about their personal lives or working habits. In Eames: The Architect and the Painter, the new documentary by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey, we have a closer glimpse. The Eameses both had extraordinary skills and weaknesses. Charles, an architect that rarely practiced, and Ray, a painter than that rarely painted, had their own…
Eames: The Architect and the Painter
Written by Katie on November 22, 2011. Permalink
Plumen Lightbulb on Fab.com
Written by Katie on September 29, 2011. Permalink
Yep, this isn't the first you've seen of the Plumen Lightbulb, as we've posted it before, but it's now on sale over at Fab.com*: $30 for one or a set of four for $98 (regular retail of $120). *If you've not heard of it, Fab.com is an invite-based site, fyi.
Written by Katie on September 21, 2011. Permalink
So, notice anything different on the site today? We've decided to scrap our Travel section in favor of linking to our Gift tags. That might upset some of you, but please know it's for the best. We decided it would be more beneficial to access gift options than attempt to produce more city guides, and we do hope you'll be happy with the results. Just as a note of caution, there's probably many items with purchase links woefully out of date; if you should run across one, please do send us an email so we can fix it.
Written by Katie on July 29, 2011. Permalink
"If the world were a village of 100 people, how would the composition be?" The World of 100 (via Brain Pickings) About freaking time: Opt Out of Yellow Pages (via GOOD) How-To: PVC and Cable Dyeing Careful what you share, it could cost you a job (if you're neurotic): Facebook profiles reveal personality traits to researchers Painterly photographs: Paysages [Processing] Is Drinking Water Overrated? Yes, it is. Drink when you're thirsty and you'll be fine. Ten Principles To Live By In Fiercely Complex Times NYTimes.com: Q. and A. on the Debt Ceiling Designer Rethinks the Rubik’s Cube for the Blind…
Sir Terence Conran’s Apartment
Written by Katie on April 8, 2011. Permalink
Yesterday evening MyDeco hosted an event to celebrate the relaunch of Conran and MyDeco's third birthday. There was also a tour of Sir Terence Conran's apartment, of which we were allowed a few photos. (MyDeco no longer is in business, fyi.)
JOY OF LIVING
Written by Katie on March 17, 2011. Permalink
If you're in London this weekend, you might want to drop by London's Somerset House to check out JOY OF LIVING, a charity project organized to raise support for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Over 100 new and established UK designers have created a piece of artwork that expresses the joy of living all on a single sheet of A4 graph paper. Each artwork is priced at £250, and you won't know who made it until the piece is purchased. If you'd like to donate directly, visit the Just Giving website. JOY OF LIVING, exhibited and sold at London's Somerset House…
Donate: Devastation in Japan
Written by kris & katie on March 14, 2011. Permalink
We're heartbroken about the devastation in Japan. Donate today to help support disaster relief efforts.
The Design Tree’s Curious Collectible Giveaway
Written by Katie on March 8, 2011. Permalink
The following post is sponsored by Greentea Design. Well, here we are with a Curious Collectible Giveaway from The Design Tree. One-of-a-kind collectibles (like a beautiful acupuncture doll or feng shui compass that you see above) sourced from artisan and antique markets across Asia will be given away 5 lucky winners, and all you have to do is click on the 'Like' button on Greentea Design's Facebook page from March 8-16 and comment on one of their wall's posts. That's it. Full contest details are available at The Design Tree. "The artifacts we’ve chosen are unique and beautiful, steeped in…
Giveaway: Authentic Eero Aarnio Ball Chair
Written by Katie on February 21, 2011. Permalink
The following post is sponsored by the Finnish Design Shop. Oh, happy days! Finnish Design Shop has officially launched its site in the US, and, as a special treat, is giving away a genuine Eero Aarnio Ball Chair (valued at $6980). One chair will be given away to each of FDS’s four local sites of US, Europe, Finland, and Italy, and will be custom made using the original molds from the original factory in Finland. It's an iconic chair, and to get it completely free is one heck of deal. Simply 'like' Finnish Design Shop on Facebook for a chance…
12 days until Christmas…
Written by Katie on December 13, 2010. Permalink
With only 12 days until the big day, I'm sure you're busy getting the last of your shopping done. If you're needing inspiration, you'll be glad to know that over the next 12 days we'll be picking some of the best and brightest gifts from our archives and putting them up front and center for your consideration. There's also tons of great things tagged in our Gift Guide if you want a more thorough look. The Gift Guide is separated by price tags if you're on a budget: Gifts (all) Gifts $1-$25 Gifts $26-$50 Gifts $51-$75 Gifts $76-$100
Artecnica Sale on Gilt
Written by Katie on December 9, 2010. Permalink
Artecnica has some bargains on Gilt Groupe today, most of it is half price (as is the custom). I want the Anemone Light badly...especially considering it's $99 (from a regular price of $192!). (Gilt Groupe is an invitation-based site, fyi.)
Fluke Collective–35% off all orders
Written by Kris on November 30, 2010. Permalink
Our friends over at Fluke Collective are having a huuge sale on all their remaining merchandise and at 35% off your entire order plus free shipping, you can afford to snap up a few design gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself. Just use promo code 'LUCKY' at checkout.
Written by Katie on November 26, 2010. Permalink
Black Friday. Yuck or Yay? Either way, for those of you that remember our old gift guide and are currently missing the grid of thumbnails guiding you to the perfect gift, you can now search by price using tags*: Gifts (all) Gifts $1-$25 Gifts $26-$50 Gifts $51-$75 Gifts $76-$100 Hope that helps. If you would like a particular set of options for a particular sort of person, email us and we'll do what we can to rustle up a special list.
Written by Katie on November 24, 2010. Permalink
2modern officially launched 2MCollective yesterday, and if you're a fan of exclusive sales and discounts (specifically in the home furnishings/accessories market), you'll have reason enough to sign yourself up. Every Tuesday and Thursday a new sale starts and will only last 3-5 days or until quantities sell out. Out of the sales currently on offer, these Perch! Round Wall Sconces stand out from the pack. Regularly priced at $160, the sale price is $110. To see more/sign up, visit 2MCollective.com.
Written by Katie on November 22, 2010. Permalink
Filmaker Davina Pardo is working on a short documentary entitled 'MINKA', a story about a 250 year old Japanese farmhouse. Originally inspired by the book Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan by retired AP foreign correspondent John Roderick, the film looks to be well worth watching, and seeing as they're still raising funds to finish off distribution costs, you can check out the trailer below or on their fundraising page to see if you'd like to help out. "Minka" trailer from Birdling Films on Vimeo. The book, Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan, available for $24.95 at Princeton Architectural Press.
Modernica Annual Factory Sale
Written by Katie on November 17, 2010. Permalink
If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, you might want to pop on over to (one of our lovely sponsors) Modernica's annual factory sale. There's a chance you'll save from 30-80% off favorites like shell chairs, George Nelson Bubble Lamps, Case Study daybeds, beds, shelving units, etc. There's also a 48 hour online sale on Friday (Nov 19) for those of you that can't quite swing the trip. Sale starts promptly at 10am and wraps up at 4pm. Location: 2871 Saco St. (at 37th St.- 1.5 miles from the Santa Fe exit off Freeway 10).