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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Top o’the afternoon to you all and happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Today’s got me feeling very green. Not with envy, just happy with all things kelly, chartreuse, lime, apple and pine. Today’s a great day to give yourself a St. Patty’s break and enjoy some Irish eye candy.

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It’s also causing a craving to see the beautiful green hills of Ireland. Today on our Facebook page, we joked that you should not visit this sublime spot in County Kerry if you’ve been drinking green beer (do people in Ireland even do that, or is that just a crazy American thing?)

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And certainly stay away from the edge if you’re at the  Cliffs of Moher.

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The Hexagons are where thousands of basalt columns meet.  Again, a visit is recommended before you hit the pub.

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OK, OK, I promise to stop giving you vertigo after this one, it’s just too good. This is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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Let’s have an Irish/Zen moment. This magically green-covered walkway at Birr Castle calms.

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Colorful buildings cheer the grayest of days in Country Cork.

Now, the break is over, but you’ve only got a few more hours to go until you can go celebrate. If you’re still in the mood for a few more minutes of distraction, shop our big sale!

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Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Highlights From Our Artek Sale — Get Your Aalto On!

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Our current sales are so big, it’s hard to keep track. Don’t let any pieces you’ve been saving up for slip through the cracks. Artek is an modern furnishing brand established by the legendary husband and wife team of Alvar and Aino Aalto, along with art promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl in 1935. They were way ahead of their time, leading the design pack and creating beautiful modern pieces destined to become icons. Here are some of the modern icons by Artek, currently 15% off at Design Public.  

Artek_stool_60_birch.jpgArtek 60 Stool. Designed in 1933 by the great architect and home furnishings designer Alvar Aalto, this simple stool is a very early example of functional modernism. It’s look is timeless, and it’s also available in the E60 version which has lacquer and linoleum colored top options.

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Artek Siena Trays. If you have a lot of design-loving friends, I highly recommend stocking up on a few of these to use as gifts for them. This purchase will be a great bang for your buck.

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Artek A330S Golden Bell Lamp. Bring a shiny piece of the fabulous Savoy Restaurant (Helsinki) to your home. Originally designed for the establishment in the 1930s, its elegant form is timeless.

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Artek A110 Pendant. If a simpler style and finish is more your bag, try the cylindrical lines of the A110 Pendant. Available in black or white, it has just a hint of bling at the rim that helps bounce the light around.

Artek_69_Chair_birch.jpgArtek Chair 69. A straightforward birch piece, this chair is great for modern dining rooms, farmhouse kitchens or colorful playrooms alike.

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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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