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Friday, September 4th, 2015

Great Pinners To Follow

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Have fallen into the black hole of time-sucking that is Pinterest? We try to keep up, but we also need to do things like sleep, eat and run Design Public! But when we allow ourselves those wonderful moments to get inspired by the latest design ideas people have curated from around the web, we find ourselves drawn to these busy Pinners’ boards over and over again. And we wonder, when do they have time to eat or sleep!

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sfgirlbybay / Victoria Smith. Smith’s bohemian modern taste and style has been one of our favorites for many years, all the way back to the early days of blogs and Flickr. Since then, we’ve seen her apply her unique personal style to different abodes around San Francisco, and most recently, we’ve been following her fixing up her new house in Los Angeles. She’s got 142 boards to keep track of, so know that once you hit her page, it will be a long time before you leave. Block out a good amount of time!

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Tyler Goodro. We’ve had our eye on the guys behind’s great eye for years, and his Pinboards keep us busy repinning.

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Jonathan Boivin. Time and time again, we find ourselves getting lost in Jonathan’s boards, whether we want to be inspired by travel to incredible places, gorgeous interiors or street art.

Who are you following on Pinterest? Check out who we’re following and what we’re pinning here


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, May 15th, 2014

Our Top Five Favorite Movie Architects


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Architect seems to be the favorite job for movies to give a certain kind of character. Here’s a look at our top five fake architects, all for various reasons. Please add yours to our list in the comments section. And apologies to Gary Cooper for leaving you out, but I liked the book a lot more than the movie.

photo via Vancouver Lookout

5. Richard Gere in Intersection (1994). Yeah, this movie bombed at the box office, but the building they chose to pretend Gere’s character built was a superior choice. It’s the Musuem of Anthropology on the University of British Columbia campus, designed by architect Arthur Erickson and built in 1976 (with a stunning landscape designed by Cornelia Oberlander). The fact that the movie pretends this was designed and built in 1994 shows how successful and surprisingly timeless the mix of brutalist concrete and glass and how well it fits into the landscape are.

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4. Michelle Pfeiffer in One Fine Day. This tale of one woman trying to have it all is exhausting, and her work situation doesn’t seem all that realistic, but the breaking of the model, well, anyone who has ever dealt with one sure felt that pain. Man though, that is one ugly building, huh? I think the model deserved what it got.

3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 Days of Summer (2009). We gotta give this movie props for being ahead of the chalkboard paint wall tipping point, and for using it better than anyone else has to date. I loved the way it fit in with the sketchy architectural graphics used in the movie as well. A broken heart and reassessment cause this sweet lovestruck man to drop out of the greeting card business in the funniest way ever, and rekindle his true passion, architecture. Plus, his love of architecture provides a lot of special moments from his favorite bench that overlooks the city. Kudos.

photo via Twentieth Century Fox

2. Matt Dillon in There’s Something About Mary (1998). Pat Healy is the fakest fake architect around. He claims he’s working on a soccer stadium in Santiago Chili, he skirts his way around answering what the difference between Art Deco and Art Noveau is, and he has a pocket full of Napelese coins. Chompers is an all-time sleazy favorite. And a big part of his sleaziness is that he’s claiming to be an architect when he’s not.

photo via hookedonhouses

1. And our favorite movie architect is … drumroll please … Steve Martin! The problem is, we can’t decide if we find him more appealing as the hapless Newton Davis HouseSitter (1992) or as the self-defeated sensitive guy who is giving Meryl Streep the kitchen of her dreams in It’s Complicated (2009). Well, who would redo that perfect Nancy Meyers movie kitchen anyway?”  Newton Davis reduced me to a puddle, laughing on the floor when he sang “Toorah Loorah Loorah,” so the winner is HouseSitter. We look forward to seeing Martin play another architect soon.


Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Hybrid-Home’s Brian Flynn … As a Muppet


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Oh if you just need a laugh today check out a day in the life of the Muppet version of the amazing Brian Flynn over at Design Milk. We know Brian and his wife Dora Drimalas from Hybrid-Home, which offer fantastic limited-edition prints like this one:

Pencils, Limited-Edition Print by Hybrid-Home

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Watch Muppet Brian order lunch, brainstorm and collapse in yoga class.


Friday, February 7th, 2014

Cool Stuff We Spied Around the Web This Week


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What caught your attention on the web this week? Certainly there was plenty of Sochi not-so-funny terrible conditions fall over the internet. Here are five things that made me say wow this week.

1. Swimming on the Metro. The proposals for the abandoned Metro stations in Paris was my favorite link this week. Can you imagine if this:

Magically transformed into this?

What a beautiful and unique subterranean spot for getting some laps in.

Photos via NK Paris and RATP/ 20 Minutes; story via Messy Nessy Chic

2. Sochi, oh Sochi. I don’t know where to start, but this graphic certainly lightened the mood for me. Yes, I’m 12, potty humor gets me every time. I have to wonder about the graphic artist who had to sit and illustrate things like “don’t put a fishing pole in the toilet,” or “don’t do your business in the ‘upper deck.'” Is the one on the bottom right some sort of Olympic athlete-caliber calisthenic? That position looks tougher than eight-angle pose:

photo via @SebToots/Twitter

3. Thomas Wold adds his magic to Pinterest’s offices. I was so excited to see ingenious designer Thomas Wolds installation at Pinterest get attention from The Wall Street Journal online as well as at Fast Company. Though I would like to state for the record that I asked him for an interview about it months ago but the man was too busy building more magical things. Way to go Thomas!

Photo by Victor Ng

4. Other people’s Facebook Movies (or even your own). JUST KIDDING! Seriously Facebook, when we X it out as “annoying or unintesting,” stop putting them in our news feeds! Sheesh.

5. Vintage NASA photographs. There’s something so cool about these, I want to blow one or two up and design a room around them. I think it would be really neat for a kid’s room as well:

photo by Neil Armstrong/NASA via

What kinds of cool things did you catch on the internet this week? Please let us know in the Comments section.

Also, we’ve been trying our hand at Instagram (I know, we’re WAY behind the times on that one!) Please feel free to give us any suggestions on how we can be better Instagrammers, we could use the help. Have a great weekend everyone!