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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Sale Spotlight: Save 15% on Vitra

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Hey all! March is a great time to shake up your interior design, and we’re having a slew of sales to help. In fact, there are so many sales going on at Design Public right now that it’s almost hard to keep track! We’ll be featuring some of the highlights throughout the month to help you navigate.

Today we’re focusing on the Vitra sale, which begins today and will end on March 19, 2015. Save 15% on mid-century modern and modern-day classics from iconic designers like Alexander Girard, George Nelson, Verner Panton, Jasper Morrison and more!Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 9.38.48 AM

Vitra Cork Stools. Add wonderful texture and a strong silhouette to your room via this charming stool. 9868__dp

Uten Silo Wall Organizers. Keep all of your desk necessities corralled in a way that turn them into an artful assemblage.

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Panton Classic Chair. This curvaceous beauty has become a contemporary classic, seen in rooms from the most traditional to utterly minimalist, in a range of colors from white to black and everything in between.

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George Nelson’s Iconic Clocks. The mid-century modern great’s original clock designs are available, including playful yet sophisticated wall clocks and desk clocks.

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Vitra Alcove Love Seat. This cozy furniture is available in a one, two or three-seater version.

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Lots of great items featuring the work of the great Alexander Girard. Graphic design classics from the iconic designer appear on accessories from dolls to trays to pillows.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

On Trend: Black and White in Home Decor

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Black and white provides that bold graphic punch that never goes out of style. You can stick with strictly the two colors (well, technically, white is the absence of color and black is all of the colors, or I think I learned something like that in art class, but I digress … ), or you can add dashes of other colors. Bold orange, taxicab yellow, royal blue and turquoise are just a few favorites I like to use with black and white around my own home. Whatever you chose, here are ten picks of the combination at its best.

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Design Letters Letter T Teapot with Lid. The typography on these teapots was designed by Danish design icon Arne Jacobsen.

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Lights Up! Meridian Grande Pendant Lamp. This drum shade is the perfect blend of modern and floral.

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makelike 100 Things Wallpaper in Black and White. Made for doodle-lovers, these funky renderings include everything from geometric patterns to bananas.

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Kahler Omaggio Vase in Black. This vase is beautiful in its simplicity and provides a graphic base for colorful blooms.

602881_Era_Rocking_Chair_High_Tango_41599_1.jpgNormann Copenhagen Era Rocking Chair – High. This rocker has mid-century modern swagger and plenty of comfort. Use it in any room from the living room to the nursery.

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Heather Lins Home 3-D Art Pillow. 3-D glasses included!

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ferm LIVING Squares Blanket. Well, technically, I think they are trapezoids, which is even better. This is modern black and white at its coziest.

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Coalesse Emu Heaven Table. The wire pattern on this table base will add interesting texture and a beautiful silhouette to any room.

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Sin in Linen Pinup Shower Curtain. Racy and fun, these ladies will add a playful touch to a vintage modern black and white bath.

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Blu Dot Last Dinner Table. Two leaves are cleverly concealed underneath this spartan table so that you can expand it for a large gathering.

 

 

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Monday, February 16th, 2015

Junkin’ in Georgia

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I know we feature very clean-lined contemporary and modern designs here at Design Public, but in order to make a design interesting, all white walls and rectilinear lines need something, well for lack of a better word, junky. I’m talking rusty and crusty.

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photo from Fort Indian Springs Antique & Flea Market Facebook page, all other photos by Becky Harris

Yesterday, I took a trip down to Fort Indian Springs Antique & Flea Market and found myself imagining the kind of spaces where a collection of rusty wrenches, a big crusty turquoise sign that said “CARPE” or a Buddy L Hertz toy car carrier from 1961 could go. I’m still not sure on the last one, but I bought it anyway.

If you look closely at the building above, there’s much more that meets the eye; painted details are all over the walls, as well as owner John Hanley’s metal sculptures. I loved this guy who greets you right next to the front door:

IMG_5047Around every corner in this multiple-acre compound there were stacks of old metal, wooden chairs, half-rusted out cars and slapped-together outbuildings. But were they so slapped together? There was something about the way third-generation junkman John Hanley (who has also bred two more generations of junkmen, bringing the legacy to five generations in his family) has everything arranged that reveals the eye of an artist; wonderful assemblages and compositions that combine necessity and art.

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The side of one of the campers looked like New York City street art from the Basquait/Haring days:

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An exuberant wall recently painted by folk artist Rev Ness entices visitors around the corner: Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Hey all, we’re not so into the usual hearts and candies and teddy bears (or if we are, we don’t want to admit it). Instead, we thought we’d share this amazing heart, composed of every flag in the United Nations. It was made by crew on the Greenpeace boat, The Arctic Sunrise, as a call for global action to protect the Arctic.

Hope all of your days are filled with love. And hearts, candies and teddy bears, if that’s what floats your boat. And if you’re not spending your dough on that stuff, think about a donation to savethearctic.org in honor of someone you love. Or in honor of a polar bear.

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Photo by award-winning photographer Daniel Beltra

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Friday, February 13th, 2015

Sale! Save on Cerno

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We’re kicking off a killer sale on Cerno. From now through March 1, 2015, Cerno Lighting is 15% off. Cerno’s selection includes table lamps, floor lamps, pendant lights and sconces. Cerno’s products are made of sustainably forested wood, and they are made in California.  The fact that they are LED makes them energy efficient. In other words, it’s a feel good purchase, which cancels out any guilt about treating yourself, OK?

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Cerno Valeo Floor LampThis functional work of art makes a massive statement about scale, and approaches things from its own angles. Technically a floor lamp, it’s more of a drum shade on the world’s coolest stand. The walnut wood adds warm to any contemporary space.

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Cerno Cubo Bedside Sconce. This clever piece takes up no wall space and functions as a hybrid. Above, see the way it can swing into task mode. Below, the arm tucks away and behind a polymer shade, creating the mood for something more exciting than reading.

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Cerno Muto Large Pendant. Overlapping planes of walnut bounce the light around, cast interesting shadows while the whole piece has modern lines reminiscent of simple and beautiful Japanese architecture.

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Cerno Claudo Pendant Lamp. Fast becoming a modern classic, this piece plays with positive and negative space. The Claudo also comes in a wall sconce version.

 

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The Cerno Silva Giant Floor Lamp. This floor lamp has a dramatic base that appears to defy gravity.

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The Silva also comes in regular size
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