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Friday, August 28th, 2015

Brand Spotlight: DLP-Design


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Designed by Doron Lachisch in 1998, DLP-Design’s Cubitec shelves are a favorite of homeowners for books, favorite objects, food and clothing storage, as well as retailers who use them to chicly display their wares around the world. The modular systems come in kits of 12 panels that can be arranged in many different ways (12 panels yields a grid of four boxes.)


Composed of injected-molded non-toxic polypropylene, the shelves have a deceivingly light look that holds a lot of weight (up to 55 pounds per shelf). You can can make this versatile system into different compositions — a grid, a long horizontal console, a wall of shelves, a tall vertical unit of shelves or even a stepped arrangement:


Cubitec comes in white or orange.


If the open look isn’t for you, there are also backs and doors you can order separately.


Today through midnight September 11, 2015 Design Public has these systems on sale.

Kits: $215 (12 panels; yields a grid of 4 boxes)

Doors: $45 each

Backs: $40 each


Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Design Public Guide: The Best Homework Desks


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It’s that time of year, time to get ready for those homework assignments and special projects. Whether you’ve got a youngster who hasn’t had to struggle over math problems until this school year or a teenager who has to balance those chemistry equations you don’t remember how to help with, you can give some assistance by getting a nice organized workspace set up. It all starts with a good base — a desk with enough surface to spread out books, a computer and paper to do work. Here are seven great options. desk-51-modern-desk-red_1


Blu Dot Desk 51. While this desk comes in ivory/gray, slate and white, we recommend red. Red has intense energy, symbolizing willpower, passion and leadership. It is seductive and hopefully that will draw your kiddos over to the homework area.


MASH Studios LAX Wall Mounted Desk. If you’re short on space, this unit is a stylish solution. Made of English walnut, the desk includes a sliding door to hide clutter and holes to keep wires organized and out of sight.


Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk. This is a great desk to keep handy for the whole family (or for those who aren’t tall enough for it, add an adjustable stool). Since according to health reports, standing is the new sitting, a standing option is a healthy option to have at home. The elegant trestle design is sleek and industrial while the lower shelf adds a spot for out-of-the-way but handy storage. Stoller Works standing desks come in 38-, 40-, 42- and 43-heights. Shop all Stoller Works Tables and Desks


Context Furniture russ Library Desk and Desk Shelf. Designed by Scott Klinker, the geometric shapes seen in this clean-lined design inspire and add playful style. The added shelf option adds space to help keep the surface clear.


Blu Dot Hitch Add-On Bookshelf and Desk. This flexible system keeps books at hand and adds much-needed storage to a child’s bedroom. The best news is that when the kiddos leave the nest, it will make a stylish shelving system in a grown-up living room, family room or workspace that will never go out of style.


Gus Modern Junction Desk. Speaking of adapting these furniture piece later, this desk is one you may try and steal from your child while they are still at home. Handsome and contemporary, it will serve you well not only as a desk, but also as a console, entry or sofa table in the future.


OFFI Overlap Tray. This is a version of one of the original items we sold back at the very beginning of Design Public, and it’s popularity has never wavered. Sometimes a kid or a teen simply needs to prop up someplace extra-comfortable after a long day at school. The tray holds a book, writing utensils or a laptop with ease.

As you outfit your homework space, stay tuned for our guide to task lamps, desk chairs and workspace accessories.




Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Instagrammers We Love to Follow


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I have to admit it, while Design Public was quick to hop on Facebook, tweet tweet tweet and Pin away early on, we arrived really late to the Instagram party! But it’s probably a good thing, or else we never would have had any time to get any other work done. Instagram is so much fun to play on that we have to drag ourselves off the app. At bedtime, I tell myself I’m going to just check in for five minutes and then realize an hour has passed, which is probably why I feel like a zombie most mornings.

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We’re still experimenting with what kind of posts you’d like to see from us, so suggestions are very welcome! But enough about us, here are some of the Instagrammers we are having fun following.

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MoMA (themuseumofmodernart) Instagram is my favorite way to keep up with their events, check out what’s on exhibit and get inspired by one of the finest art collections in the country.

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Ann Sage (citysage) We’ve been fans of Ann’s for many years, and it’s no surprise she’s got the magic touch when it comes to her Instagram account. Beautiful photography, a wonderful understanding of white space and a pleasingly arranged Instagram grid. (Do you think about how your photos will be composed on the grid when you post them? We’re trying to get the hang of it.) Clicking on citysage and browsing through her photos completely relaxes me, and then gives me a kick in the butt to go organize and pretty-fy some disastrous area in my home.

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Gus*Modern (gusmodern). We have known these guys for a long time and were not surprised to see that their Insta feed is full of bright and beautiful spaces layered with personality. It’s a great way to see how people are using their furniture in real homes, as well as keep up with the latest products. This is important to us, to see how the products we sell are used once they leave the showroom.

We would love to know who inspires you on Instagram, and we’d also like to share some of our favorites each week. So please add your faves and your own account usernames in the Comments section so that we can check out what you’ve got going on!


Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Our Top Five Favorite Mad Men Design Moments


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Now that Don Draper finally nailed the ultimate account and Mad Men has disappeared into 1970 forever, I’ve been binge watching the whole thing all over again on Netflix. There were so many fantastic moments of graphic design, fashion design, even hair design (and some not-so-good ones, those ’70s staches and sideburns were not doing the characters any favors). But most of all, I loved to watch Mad Men for the spot-on 1960s set design.

There are too many to count; with all that Eames, Saarinen and other mid-century icons lurking everywhere. Here are some of the highlights:

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What does this guy need an office for? No actual business ever happened here, except for a fake phone call to Lee Gardner over at Lucky Strike weeks after Roger had lost the account.

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1) The best moment to me was when Jane Sterling hired a decorator to redecorate Roger’s office, the spot where he dictated that not-so-bestselling Sterling’s Gold. A tulip table, a CJ Corona chair, op art and more iconic items in a black and white palette. I mean, check out that phone!


“A modern Chinoiserie breakfront, a Dunbar Japanese-influenced sofa, silk Dupioni drapes, Murano vases, and a classic Drexel end table.” — Betty Draper’s decorator


2) Betty redecorates the living room. Betty hires a decorator that gives her sharp Hollywood Regency style for her living room. Don walks in and moves a lamp around to make it perfect. Then Betty buys a very symbolic fainting couch that messes the whole look up. It’s so appropriate because the poor woman is trapped in an era that squeezes her like a Victorian corset.


3) Betty goes to get analyzed. Has there ever been a sadder woman on a Barcelona daybed? And did analysts really call husbands to give them the rundown after the wife’s appointment? That was crazy. Anyway, this image is fun to compare and contrast with the fainting couch one above it.


4) Don flies to sunny L.A. and winds up hanging out with a bunch of European tax evaders in “The Jet Set” episode. According to Curbed, this house is The Fox House, an abode Sinatra rented for 10 years. If that’s not a ringing endorsement that it’s classic California modern, I don’t know what is. The set designers and art director captured that clean white, glass and that unique California cool.


Bert Cooper’s Japanese-inspired office. No shoes allowed in here. The arrival of new art was always exciting and gave us insight into Bert’s character and tastes. A new Rothko had everyone in the office a tizzy, a Pollack was behind his head during the moon landing, but the best was the sex octopus:

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But the best sex octopus moment was this vision of Peggy Olson, completely transformed, strolling into McCann-Erickson unrecognizable from the young secretary we’d met a decade earlier.


What was your favorite Mad Men design moment? Please share it with us!


Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Some Easy Swaps and Props for Summer Decor


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If you’re not going anywhere this weekend, it’s a great time to summer-fy your place. Or for those of you lucky enough to have a cottage or a summer share it’s the prime weekend to open it up and give it a zshush. Here are 10 favorite products that will help you get ready for summer.



1. Lobstahs! Go for that overt sea creature theme, because now is the time. A favorite lobster accessory of mine is the Thomas Paul Lobster Sketch Pillow.


2. Candlelight.  Get ready for some outdoor candlelight. The usual tealight holders won’t keep the breeze from blowing out your flames. Add color and cute little perforated designs to your moody candlelight with notNeutral Hurricanes (set of 2).


3. Be picnic-ready. The Fatboy Picnic Lounge has plenty of room for your entire picnic party and comes with four pins to keep it grounded and a brush to keep it sand-free.


4. Embrace the BBQ, and take it wherever you go. The RS Barcelona Mon Oncle BBQ is portable, has retro style and you tote it down to the beach  in a cool little briefcase. This makes it a cool little accessory when it’s stashed in the house, not in use. you won’t want to hide it in a garage like those other grills.


5. Add some summery art. I love to switch up my color scheme in the summer. One key work of art can inspire all of your choices. The pastels and bright greens in this oil painting by Ginger Marshall will make the room feel instantly airier.


6. Accessorize your mojito. Hot days call for cool cocktails. Jazz them up with these playful patterns from See Design.


7. Have the lemonade or sweet tea chillin’. Also, you must have a pitcher of iced tea at the ready at all times. Them’s the rules. The ittala Aino Aalto Pitcher is a mid-century classic, and seeing it every time you open up the refrigerator will make you happy.


9. Swap in cotton for wool. Lighter brighter rugs will remind your bare feet it’s summer. This is the Blu Dot Bravo Rug in Orange.


10. Hang a summery shower curtain. This is the easiest and least expensive way to give your bathroom what will feel like a total makeover. Thomas Paul has everything from the squid to the whale on his sea-inspired shower curtains, but I find this pair of seahorses too cute to resist.

What’s your favorite summer design move? Please share it with us in the comments section.