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July 17, 2009

Cool Treats for Modernists


Brooke Hodge introduces us to the coolest ice cream truck ever - a silver modernist throwback delivering handmade sweet treats created in the likenesses of masterpieces by some of modern architecture's greatest minds. With appealing names like “Frank Berry House,” “Richard Meyer Lemon,” “Louis Kahnteloupe,” and “Mies Vanilla Rohe,” ice cream bars shaped into modernist buildings make learning about architecture unavoidable, even when you're just looking for a treat. 

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Julius Shulman, Photographer of Modernist California Architecture, Dies at 98

Published: July 17, 2009

Julius Shulman, a renowned architecture photographer who depicted modern houses as the ultimate expressions of modern living and helped idealize the California lifestyle in the postwar years, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 98.

See his work at the New York Times.

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July 15, 2009

Wooden Tiles for Spas, Pools, Bathrooms

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-2 KUUPS uses the latest technology to bring the warmth of wood into high humidity installations with its new range of wooden tiles.

I have no idea how they accomplish this, although I've read the explanation. It includes  a lot of references to H2O eco hardwoods optimized through exposure to high temp HPL, phenolic resins, and celulose fibers.

The tiles have already been used in Spa installations in international hotel chains like the Hilton, Marriott and FourSeasons. They're avialable in a combination of 13 formats and 6 wood types, so customization for projects is easy. The woods used come from sustainable forests and are PEFC (Pan european Forest Council) certified.

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Art for Interior Designers

XENO INTAGLIO on 30" x 22" paper


Scott Reeds Studio in Brooklyn NY specializes in original art for designers. Working in a rage of materials including paper and copper, Scott Reeds works on paper, paintings and wall sculptures can be customized to fit the designer's specs. 

Studio contact:
917- 237- 0517
scottreeds AT earthlink DOT net

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Modern Coat Rack

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When a team of Swiss architects get together they're liable to come up with anything. I this case it was a coat rack, a really interesting, high tech coat rack. Called the Kleiderleiste Illuminated Coat Rack, it's wall mounted, manufactured in brushed stainless steel and incorporates a concealed light source. Coat hangers can be hooked into the available slots at varying positions along the length.

The designers, a group called schindlersalmeron are making Kleideleiste available in custom lengths and the buyer can adjust the LED lights to illuminate in 4 ambient light colors. 

The coat rak is available through Mocha and prices start at about $230.

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100% recycled, 50% Off


These lowly discarded rubber tires have been carefully refashioned into modern planters. Grab a set of three for $55 at DWR.

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July 14, 2009

Everything Old is New Again

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Iconic pieces are new again at M2L. For the past 18 years, the company has been brought licensed and authorized contemporary European design to the American market. Sourcing furniture designed by the likes of Le Corbusier and Pierre Paulin, M2L has become known for representing truly iconic pieces that define the modern aesthetic while protecting the intellectual property of these design masters.

The company recently launched five new collections, including: a re-edition of Pierre Paulin's F 444 Chair and  Walter Knoll's MYchair.

To view these and other iconic finds in person, check out one of M2L's showrooms in New York (215 E. 58th St.), Boston (104 Boylston St.) or Washington D.C. (3334 Cady's Alley) or visit their website at

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July 13, 2009

Diana desk

Since every store is now filled with crayons and backpacks, I figured if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

The ultimate children's desk made from bent wood -- Diana Play Desk by Pkolino.

Diana desk

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Modern Rock


Vintage modern, boomerang style rocking chair- so spare with just enough curves. Available at TC Donobedian in San Fran for $1,200. 

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July 08, 2009

Knoll Archival Textiles

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KnollTextiles once again returns to its rich history of modern textile design with its latest collection of four upholstery and drapery fabrics. Creative director Dorothy Cosonas, inspired by KnollTextiles’ extensive archives, reinterpreted classic fabrics, giving them a contemporary twist. The Archival Collection was originally introduced two years ago as part of the 60th anniversary of KnollTextiles.

German designer Wolf Bauer created Nova, 1969, as part of a group of drapery fabrics that married organic patterns with classic modernism. While influenced by the trends of the colorful and graphic pop art movement from the 60s, Nova, a large scale three color drapery print, has a more timeless appeal. Nova comes in two colorways including a blue that pays homage to Bauer’s original. It is printed on 100% Trevira CS polyester, 56” wide.

Suzanne Huguenin was a strong contributor to KnollTextiles, first as a designer, and then as design director from 1955-1964. She originally created this drapery fabric in 1963. Bold and colorful, the pattern is printed in repeats of four, one-foot wide horizontal bands of color. When railroaded, it runs vertically up to 118” in height. Made of 100% Trevira CS polyester in four colorways.

Plain Linen
This fabric, which was designed under the creative direction of Florence Knoll in 1953, is an example of how Knoll steered away from the prevailing textile language of the day – brocades, chintz and the like – and turned to simple men’s suiting for modern inspiration. Made of 97% linen with 3% polyurethane on the face.

A classic Knoll fabric in the line from 1974-1978, Cornaro – as it was originally named – remains a classic today. This textured solid is composed of 75% wool with 20% silk and 5% nylon. When piece dyed, the silk takes on a slightly contrasting tone for a subtle heather effect.

About KnollTextiles
KnollTextiles is a division of Knoll, Inc., maintains a marketing and design studio at 76 Ninth Avenue, 11th floor, New York, NY 10011. For distribution and customer information, call 866-565-KTKT or

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