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Monday, October 19th, 2015

Get to Know Søren Rose Studio’s Unique Lighting for Menu

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When looking for inspiration for a new line of lighting, Søren Rose hit the road. In search of vintage lighting and hardware bits and bobs from the 1930s, the idea was to create a series of stylish lighting that is the sum of its parts. They searched far and wide for the most interesting antique lamps and reusable lamp parts, gathering all of their findings together, laying them out and creating something new from the old. The results are stylish forms with classic elements and finishes that give them timeless staying power. Here’s a closer look at the line for Menu, currently on sale for 15% off at Design Public.

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Menu Reade Table Lamp The elegant curves of this brass table lamp create a simple yet elegant structure that sits lightly atop a desk, nightstand, counter or table. It is unobtrusive yet packs a design punch.

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Menu Warren Wall Lamp. This lamp extends to the spot where you need light. If you’re short on space next to the bed, it will provide lovely reading light from overhead without taking up much space. The brass hides the cords so that you can plug it in stylishly without having to hard-wire it.

 

Franklin_Chandelier_Brass_-_Sren_Rose.jpgMenu Franklin Chandelier. This quirky fixture adds a dynamic touch overhead, bringing a zig-zag of lines and light right at eye level and above.

 

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Menu Leonard Chandelier. This chandy’s lines meld Art Deco and mid-century modern style in a fresh way.

 

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Menu Duane Pendant. A warm glow emits from the hemispherical shape of this lovely piece. It combines industrial and elegant elements which means it can fit into just about any style of room.

Menu Lighting is 15% off at Design Public through October 31.

 

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Monday, October 19th, 2015

Vitra on Sale at Design Public

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It only happens twice a year — Vitra is on sale at Design Public. Save 15% on iconic modern classics now through October 22nd 2015. Here is just a small handful of the wonderful products that add a playful feeling to modern design.16806__dpVitra Eames Elephant. Vitra’s got something for all ages. Charles and Ray Eames designed this happy little elephant back in 1945 but it was never mass produced. Vitra has stepped in and made their design come to life in plastic that can stand up to being left outdoors.

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Vitra Eames House Bird. This classic little folk-art guy has been a symbol of the great taste and style of Charles and Ray Eames for decades.

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George Nelson Clocks. No mid-century modern wall was complete without one of these playful and functional pieces keeping time.

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Uten Silo. Whether you need to corral you office supplies, crafting materials or bathroom stuff, designer Dorothee Becker’s Uten Silo has you covered, right within reach on the wall.

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Vitra Kast Storage. This modular color-blocked composition floats atop its metal legs. Designer Maarten Van Severen designed several versions — this serves as a low console, perfect to use for a TV. This two-tiered version makes a great sideboard. The tallest version is a shelf/cabinet unit.

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Verner Panton Cone Chair. A sale is the best time to pick up that iconic work of art you have been looking for. This eclectic classic plays with geometry and color. Of course, if you’re not into the cone, there’s always …

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The Vitra New Panton Chair.  The wide variety of colors and durable polypropylene make this a sculptural chair a versatile piece that works as well in an elegant dining room as it does in a playroom.

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Vitra Cork Stool. Jasper Morrison’s simple stools add a big dash of light texture to any room as a side table, nightstand or coffee table.

So you’ve got these an over 100 other options to save on now. The catch: you have to hurry! This only happens twice per year and the sale ends October 22nd.

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

On Trend: Brass Is Back

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I know, I know. The word “brass” gives you flashbacks to all that very lacquered, fake looking, gaudy ’80s stuff. But that image of brass is all wrong. Let’s set the record straight.

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 1.58.14 PMToday’s brass has earned that oh-so-popular design word, “patina.” It’s unlacquered and thus a living finish, which means it changes over time and gets even better with age. It can go glam, traditional, modern, new bohemian … it’s really just about what you pair this warm finish with. Here are some of our favorite fresh ways to welcome brass back into our homes. 1940539_Duane_Pendant_Black_SrenRose_01.jpg

Menu Duane Pendant. An assemblage inspired by repurposed lamp parts, this powder-coated steel light is a black hemisphere on the outside, and illuminates the bulb by surrounding it with a warm glow inside.

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Chilewich Rectangular Drift Placemat. Inspired by traditional Japanese woodblock prints, this woven mat adds a base that will bring metallic movement to your tablescape. 4116_1.jpg

Ferm Living Brass Tray. Impress your guests. This is an easy way to corral your booze and glassware in a chic arrangement.

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Menu Franklin Chandelier. This solid brass piece is a tribute to old-school Manhattan hardware stores.

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Menu Pepe Marble Mirror. Inspired by the glamorous style of Italy in the 1950s, this mirror is at once modern and an elegant throwback, crafted with a brass frame and marble base.

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ferm LIVING Hexagon Brass Pots. We’r all for mixing metals, but if you’ve switched out your fixtures and hardware for brass you may just want to coordinate. ferm LIVING has all kinds of accessories including a brass toilet paper holder and a brass paper towel holder.  The small vase seen here would do a great job as a toothbrush holder.

Will you be bringing brass into your home? Please let us know how in the comments section.

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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Happy National Coffee Day

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It’s another one of those silly national “holidays,” but we’ll use any excuse to savor our java. In honor of this very important day, here are some of our favorite coffee prep and delivery vessels.
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notNeutral Cooper Hewitt LINO Coffee Mug Set of 4These are a very special series of mugs developed by notNeutral in partnership with the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. This inaugural series features a selection of textile patterns from the museum’s iconic collection, designed by artists Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser during the early 1900’s Wiener Werkstätte era.

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Stelton AJ Coffee Serving SetLaunched in 1967, the Cylinda Line designed by Arne Jacobsen immediately attracted considerable attention for its serene and functionalist design. It’ an iconic set any modernist will love for life, and hand down for generations.

Tanssi_coffee_cup_0_2L.jpgiittala Tanssi Coffee Cup. A cup inspired by an opera called “The Cunning Little Vixen” — we’re all in. “Tanssi” means “dance” in Finnish, and it’s also the name for this exuberant new tableware collection illustrated by London-based Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi.

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Nambe Bulbo Coffee Canister with Scoop. This sleek little canister combines sleek steel with warm acacia wood. Designed by Lou Henry, it’s the perfect way to store, access and scoop high quality coffee beans.

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Eva Solo Madam Solo Coffeemaker. Even the strictest minimalist won’t have trouble leaving this simple porcelain coffeemaker out on the counter. It’s Eva Solo’s modern take on the iconic Danish coffee pot, Madam Blue. The coffee pot enables you to brew coffee in two different ways. Either the traditional way using a coffee filter, or ‘al fresco’, which is how coffee was originally brewed.

links-coffee-set-blk.jpg_1notNeutral Links Coffee Set. Along with the coffee, the strong graphic on these pieces will help you wake up. Inspired by the way bicycle chains fit together, the design is by Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Includes a coffee pot with lid, a creamer and sugar bowl.

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Muuto Push Coffee Maker. This contemporary Nordic press fits right in on a shelf full of other favorite shapely objects.  “I wanted to make a coffee press, which is both soft to look at and soft to hold. The friendly shape goes hand in hand with the warm and cozy atmosphere that a good cup of coffee provides.” — designer Mette Duedahl.

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Eastvold Elko Coffee Table – Bamboo. Of course, every good hot cup needs a good place to perch. This handmade coffee table is at once contemporary yet fills us with nostalgia for the mid-century modern era.

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Nambe Twist Coaster Set of 6And of course, you’ll want to protect your coffee table. We love this set because it doubles as a gorgeous sculptural piece you’ll admire even when the coasters aren’t in use.

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Whatever you do today, take a second to stop and smell the coffee.

 

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Friday, September 18th, 2015

Homework Station Accessories: All The Rest

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OK, so we’ve been over great desks, chairs and lamps for homework time. As the school year ramps up, you may find your kiddo is missing some key accessories, tools or places to keep organized. Here are some of our favorite offerings. filing-cabinet-no1-modern-filing-cabinet-grass_1-1

Blu Dot File Cabinet No. 1. One of the many things we love about Blu Dot is that many of their items have a playful spirit that both kids and adults appreciate. The brilliant grasshopper green of this file cabinet is a prime example. We also appreciate that the wheels make it easy to roll around and that it combines two regular drawers with a file drawer.

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ferm LIVING Smoked Oak Organizer. Speaking of drawers, help keep all of those bits and bobs easy to find with this clever piece. Use it as a drawer organizer or on the desk top.

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ANYTHING Scissors — Orange. Scissors can get lost in the shuffle, especially in a drawer. Keep a family pair mounted right on a desk or tabletop. The bright color and base make them even easier to keep track of. Same goes for the tape dispenser and stapler.

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Blu Dot 2d:3d Wall Mount Magazine Rack. Keeping track of school folders, printouts, books, permission slips and other school paperwork is tricky. Having a place to keep it all organized is key. Mount this rack to help keep it all in order.

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Danese Milano In Attesa Waste Paper Basket. Well, let’s change up our thought process assume that the literal “waste paper” makes this a recycling bin for paper. The slanted shape makes trying to score two points with a ball of paper more of a challenge.

David Weeks Cubebot. Cubebot is the most important homework station accessory. He keeps worker bees company and they can change his shape and solve the puzzle of how to turn him back into a cube when they need a little mental break.

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