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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Five Ways to Add Rustic Modern Style


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The fact that the nights are cold and dark can make a crisp white contemporary room feel chilly and stark. Taking notes from cozy cabins, add a few rustic textures like walnut, cozy plaid textiles, leather and brass to warm it right up. While rustic cabin style may seem at odds with modern/contemporary rooms, these items combine cozy textures with clean lines and clever design. Here are five favorite rustic modern pieces.


Lights Up! Woody Pendant Lamp. This beautiful pendant adds the textures of a thin wood veneer’s grain and linen, clean modern lines and a warm glow overhead overhead.


Gus Modern Hex Ottoman. The large-scale colorful plaid will add a cozy cabin touch to your modern room. It’s easy to pull around by the handle when you need to move it for extra seating or a place to put your feet up.


Skargaarden Marstrand Candle Lantern. Beautiful caramel-colored leather trimmed out with tacks add rich rustic texture to this simple glass hurricane. Use them on a tablescape or hanging indoors or out.


Twig Terrarium Gentle Reminder Male. For those who take a close look through the glass at the clever terrariums by Twig, there’s always a fun surprise. In this case, it’s a man holding an I Heart You sign among the stones and moss. A wooden sphere tops it off perfectly.


Gus Modern Wireframe Coffee Table. The mix of deep rich walnut wood and black, powder-coated steel grid framework is a wonderful balance of rustic and modern.

How do you warm up your modern/contemporary room with a little rustic style? Please let us know in the Comments section.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Friday, May 29th, 2015

Brand Spotlight: Kahler Design

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If you don’t know Kähler, you’re going to want to get to know them. The iconic Danish ceramics company has been making museum-worthy pieces since 1839. Don’t let the pedigree scare you though; the Kahler pieces you’ll treasure forever are still handmade by artisans yet are reasonably priced.



Hand-painted stripes mark the classic Omaggio line by Kähler. A variety of shapes and sizes in a range of colors, the vase collection is made for all sorts of leaves, branches and blooms.



Omaggio will dress your table with style as well. A favorite is the crisp contrast of black and white with lovely wooden details like the butter dish’s top.


As an interesting side note, Kähler more recently expanded from making serveware to serving regional Danish specialties in their restaurants in Denmark.


The Botanica vases have beautiful colored glazes that reflect the light.

Watch Kähler being made:



Kähler’s Urbania lantern’s windows glow on the table.




Speaking of glowing,Kähler has a variety of playfully shaped candleholders.


Kähler’s Ora Table Clock adds sweet charm to any table or bureau top. It comes in white, black, pigeon blue and rose.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

iittala on Sale at Design Public


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Some of the most iconic and beautiful modern items available today, both old and new, are available through the wonderful folks at iittala. Items include classic Aalto vase or other glassware, gorgeous and durable cookware and a special limited edition birds by Oiva Toikka. Now through April 7, 2015, save 20% on all iittala at Design Public.


This is just one of the lovely Toikka bird friends currently on sale. If you’re looking to add to your collection or to start one, now is the time to scoop up this beautiful piece of art and save.




If you’re a serious chef looking for more functional pieces, check out iittala’s cookware. This pot is part of the iittala Tools Cookware line, designed by Björn Dahlström. The line includes other pots, pans, saucepans and casseroles. that are so lovely you’ll want to install a pot rack or leave it out on display on the stove all the time.



Alvar Aalto’s classic vases are my go-to gift for anyone who loves modern architecture and design. Stock up now while you can save.

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Speaking of go-to gifts, this cast iron casserole with the wooden handle is one of my all-time favorites, and remains the favorite of anyone I’ve ever given it to. It brings the best simplicity, beauty and function of modern style to the stovetop.


Carina Seth-Andersson’s wooden Salad Servers are another great way to add superior Finnish style to your table. They go with a formal dinner just as well as they suit a casual picnic.


Corral all your candles with Norwegian simplicity in Andreas Engesvik’s Allas Large Round Candleholder.

Go ahead and browse all iittala. You’ll have to act fast as this sale ends on April 7, 2015.


Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Last Day to Save Big at Design Public!

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One last temptation for you — here are just a few of our favorite things you can buy on sale through the end of the day today (March 19, 2015).


The OFFI Perch Lounge Chair. A modern-day classic, this super cool chair is one you’ll pass down through generations. Shop all OFFI


Louis Poulsen PH50 Pendant. A Danish modern classic, this beauty delivers big light without any glare.  Shop all Louis Poulsen


mater Bar Height Stool — Dark Stained Hardwood. Graceful subtle curves and beautiful materials compose this simple, sleek and sustainably manufactured stool. Also available in other heights. Shop all mater


Pablo Link Task Lamp. Playful, super high-tech and functional, this lamp will make you want to keep a more efficient office. Shop all Pablo


Versus Pump 3-Seater. This minimalist sofa is dangerous — it’s so comfy you may never get out of it. Shop all Versus


Panton Classic Chair. MoMA has one, and so can you. From dining rooms to dressing tables, nurseries to patios, this chair works everywhere. We’ve never seen it fail. Shop all Vitra


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