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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Back-to-School: Finding the Right Desk

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Now that the school year is getting into full swing, it’s time to make sure your workspace suits you. In fact, even if you aren’t in school, check out your workspace and make sure it’s inspiring you to do your best and enjoy it as much as possible. We’ll start with some smashing contemporary desks. Here are six favorites – see if you (or your little homework-doer) are cut out for any of them. Enjoy!

Blue Dot Desk 51. You’re a minimalist, and you like fast cars, or at least, Matchbox cars. All you need is your laptop and everything else is in the cloud or in your head. This desk is powdercoated and glossy, sleek and clever. There’s also an extending keyboard tray/shelf that glides on metal/ball bearing side runners; you can’t even tell it’s there.

The OFFI Half Pipe Desk. You love to board, whether on pavement or snow, but you also like to put your feet up. You like to fidget and love having a few items close at hand. You’d rather make a diorama than write a report, you collect matchboxes (not matchbooks) and you love to curl up in a cozy nook. This desk has some cool curves, niches for stowing things and a footrest.

Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk. You are so tired of sitting at school all day that you need to stand. You dream of a career where you’re at a drafting table, designing a zero-energy skyscraper, a bridge, a new public park or a motorcycle like the one in Tron. While you embrace technology, you also have an appreciation for handmade things, and enjoyed using the jigsaw in shop class. This desk has a beautiful trestle sculpture and will keep you from succombing to a sedentary lifestyle.

The MASH Studios LAX Wall-Mounted Desk. You hate wasted space, probably because your room is tiny. You like hiding things between your mattress and your box spring, and have a particular affection for stash boxes that look like books. You love the concept of floating and you played with building blocks a lot as a kid. This desk mounts to the wall, saves floor space and combines walnut wood with powdercoated aluminum.

The Brave Space Design Delta Desk (shown: Maple). You’ve always been fascinated by airplanes, and you’re quite good at fashioning your own from paper and drilling your friends in the head with them. You’re a piler, not a filer and you prefer a good old fashioned corkboard to one on Pinterest. This desk has a very cool silhouette, and its sculptural wings serve as shelves.

The Blu Dot Modulicious Power Deskette. Legos were always your toy of choice. You tend to make a mess but like to be able to hide it with one sweep of your arm. You think Mike Brady was a dang good architect and wish you could have seen more of his work, and you think your Mom’s vintage Fisher Price A-Frame House was way under-rated. This desk has mid-century modern flair, yet it’s fresh, and you can totally customize it with fun colors on the drawers.

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Outfitting the Dorm Room

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Modcloth.com has featured some great vintage dorm rooms

Ah, many people I know are heading off to college this week. By now, you may have gotten a glimpse of the abysmal dorm room furniture and lack of personality in the room. While you or your college kiddo may already have the basics – bedding, shower shoes, bathroom caddy, shoe rack, there may be quite a few items you didn’t realize you could squeeze in there or they may discover they want after settling in a little bit. Here are a few ways to help make the room your own.

1. Customize your bed. Often times, your bed serves as your sofa, your chair, your desk. Fill it up with extra throw pillows to prop up and/or create more of a daybed when you’re not sleeping in it. Add an OFFI overlap tray for doing a little work on your lap. Also, add a rug, even a tiny 2×3 one, so you can step onto something soft in the morning and give them a little wipe off before hopping into bed.

2. Create a better lighting scheme. Overhead light is such a bummer. Gain some softer light and versatility with a desk lamp. We love the modern lines and metallic finish on the Flos Archimoon K Lamp.

3. Gain some comfy seating beyond the bed. We love all of the fun colors offered up by the Fatboy Original. It’s the ultimate bean bag; you can actually sit upright in it if you choose.

4. Add a small side table. By now, you may realize that a desk somewhere behind that weird headboard is not the best place for your water glass, glasses, book or other stuff next to your bed we won’t mention here. Grab a portable table like this snazzy little number that also serves as a tray. This is a piece you’ll take to every home you live in for the rest of your life; but if you’re short on dough, those milk crates will do. Shop all side tables/nightstands

5. Wake up! You can add great design detail via a happy colored clock that is also a dock for your iPhone.

6. Keep charged. In addition to your clock dock, you’ll want to keep your tech accessories in order. I like to keep juiced up with the Blu Dot Juice Box Digital Dock.

7. Protect your electronics. Thomas Paul’s clever Composition Book iPad Envelope cracks me up. Shop all personal accessories

Dorm Room Help

Dorm Room Help

Jonas Damon dock
designpublic.com

PYRUS lambswool rug
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OFFI overlap tray
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Thomaspaul throw pillow
designpublic.com

Mater bowl table
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Fatboy Original
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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Dorm Inspiration: Union Jack

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This week on Polyvore I went to an old inspiration board and started thinking about how to apply it to a dorm room. Granted, you might not have the budget for all of this stuff, or you may be moving in somewhere that comes complete with a desk, lamp, and shelves, but hey, it’s fun to play in Polyvore and wish I were headed off to be a first year all over again. We’re going to keep giving you some inspiration and ideas from now until school starts.

Union Jack Dorm RoomFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Union Jack Dorm Room by thebubbreport on Polyvore.com

Thomas Paul Crab Linen Pillow – Aqua
$100 – designpublic.com


Emeco Navy Chair ( 1006 Chair)
$415 – designpublic.com


Pablo Uno Wastebasket
$48 – designpublic.com


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Thursday, January 29th, 2009

DP Products on MTV’s Real World Brooklyn

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I feel a bit (actually a lot) ashamed to confess this, but I watched one episode of the MTV’s Real World Brooklyn, just “to see what their house looks like” (cough cough) and low and behold DP products were everywhere! Fantastic college dorm room inspiration.

The first things I spotted were the DwellStudio Junior Transportation duvets and shams with the Framed Bodoni and Maze pillows as an accent:

DwellStudio Junior Transportation Bedding

Then a “confessional” came up and the hair rose on my arms as I was overwhelmed by the Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

If If Were Off to College I Would…Part Three of Three: Lighting

Ali

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If I were off to college I would… think to brighten my space with something other than holiday string lights and a mere/sad desk lamp. There is so much more to lighting than simply preventing eye strain while in dark spaces.

There are pieces that can:

Guard your goods..

OFFI My Pet Lamp Dachshund

Create for an awesome visual in a boring 8’x10′ foot dorm space…

Innermost 5 in 1 Shade

Act as a source of modern inspiration (and light) Read the rest of this entry »

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