October 06, 2010

Patricia Urquiola: Vieques Island

An earlier post at 2Modern design blog covered Patricia Urquiola's tile work which was delightful! Her focus on creating industrial products with personality and her approach to integrate layers of history into the memoriable patterns surely trigger sensation and success.

Patricia Urquiola's advise for new designers is to find “a few cultural references and people who can give you guidance to develop your personality,  try to defend your ideas and projects, create your own formula.”

She created a great formula for herself; her interiors are sensible, orginal and moving. The colors are plenty but they are relative and pleasing within the context of its surrounding.

The dynamics of colors in Urquiola's interiors can be explained by intuition and observation.

Vieques island

The corners are created with a sense of comfort which drives its energy from colors, lighting and patterns.



The outdoor furniture fits well into the nature's color scheme and also constitutes a lively drop within the earthy tones of the outdoor structure.


The colors of the pillows intensify each other with hues that complement and contrast in design. The lightness of colors gets affected by neighboring tones. The light source brightens the overall affect.


The colors and patterns in the living room are not used in a limited manner.

The color design develops around the amount, shape and placement of each design element in an interactional manner: The relativity makes the design pleasant and harmonious. 


August 31, 2010

Modern Kids/Baby Gear

This weekend was one of my best-friend's baby shower.  

The time is coming where many friends are married; this is the fourth baby of the year.  All these showers have forced me to learn about all cacophony of baby gear that parents seemingly need. 

I am on a never-ending search for GREAT baby products.  They most certainly exist and really are show-stoppers!  I am always looking for products that I can feel excited about finding, giving, and using.  

Below are two products that I find unique, modern, and a worthy read. 

SuperWagon | Zen by Kaiku Design 

Every seat is a window seat...

Designed and engineered in California to get you and your little ones outside!Provides maximum comfort and ergonomics for riders and driver.18mos +

Zen_Top  Wagon_2 

Pebble Mattress by Nook Sleep Systems

Nook presents the world's most considered infant mattress. From a unique air layer that fosters oxygen flow inside the mattress, to the superior softness of all-natural eucalyptus fibers, to the unique pebbled surface that promotes air circulation, every detail is examined for maximum breathability, non-toxicity and smart design in the crib.

Pebble_mattress_big_1  Nook_Mattress_airflow


August 14, 2010

Artist Designed Mini-Golf a new fad?

Through September 16, the Salt Lake Art Center boasts 19 holes of indoor mini golf - a great way to beat the heat. Club sizes come in mini through tall adult and you can pick any golf ball color you would like, they have a rainbow of choices.


19 artists from Utah and the rest of the country designed and built the 18 holes.  The exhibit is free and you can play each of the holes!

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis did a course in 2008 - article about it here.


Back in March 2010, students at the Columbus College of Art and Design built a course that "nclude[d] a scale model of CCAD's campus created by its students and a pirate ship by Indianapolis arts group Primary Colors, along with others that incorporate electricity, game show reverence, bad family photos, comic book panels and... a waterfall. (Holes that incorporated fire, glass bottles and gigantic ladyparts made of green carpet were nixed from the course,)" said Columbus Alive.

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The most interesting part of the article for me was this excerpt, "Future plans for a throwdown among the city's various art schools are in the works,"

As an art school graduate myself, I suspect that a throwdown between students can only result in huge leaps in innovation within art making.

Art can definitely be fun for the whole family! Go see some now!

The Golden Door open until September 6 only!

There is a very special mini golf course in Hamilton Square, Jersey City, NJ and it is only up for a few more weeks. It is open to the public dawn-thru-dusk. This project was curated by Christina Vassallo

and includes:
Victoria Colabro

Asha Ganpat

Darren Jones
& Ryan Roa
Hiroshi Kumagai

Tom McGlynn

Laura Napier

Risa Puno

Nyugen E. Smith

Amanda Thackray

Kai Vierstra

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July 14, 2010

Rapha Cycling Classics Visit NYC for 3 months

A Day in 10 Photos 07.01.2010 by John Prolly.

Rapha Cycle Club, NYC by dowd/hewitt.

image source: John Prolly

Rapha a British based maker of cycling clothing and gear in classical style has decided to give its NY audience a hands on experience of their gear and aesthetic. In saying hands on we mean the full blown experience including Tour de France memorabilia, their vintage Citroen delivery van from Europe, complete with Rapha logo on it's side, gobs of Eddy Merckx memorabilia, a generous collection of their cycling clothing hung on racks for touching (not just on an LED screen!), and a coffee bar serving Third Rail Coffee with flat screen tvs showing continual coverage, live and video loops, of this years Tour de France! As a cyclist one might think that heaven has come to earth if only for a 3 month period of time disappearing all too quickly like Shangrala or Oz and then puff in a cloud of smoke back to Kansas. If you are in NYC, are madly passionate about cycling and cycle racing go quickly to the Bowery, take a seat, get a coffee, and let your head float off into the mountains of France while dreaming of winning this stages jersey, hopefully one made by Rapha.

Here they come! by will_cyclist.

Image source:  will_cyclist

May 11, 2010

Wall Candy on 2Modern

Wall Candy on 2Modern

Introducing Wall Candy on 2Modern! Wall Candy is reusable wall stickers and wall art, and is the most innovative way to decorate nurseries, kids' rooms, play rooms, and rooms for teens or adults. Deerly Beloved sticker art creatures are lovely, doe-eyed, and won't eat all the tress in your yard. Monster Patrol has super heroes, monster pops, and fireflies to help your child overcome a fear of the dark. Wall Candy even offers wall stickers you can write on, such as their Big Apple Chalkboard, or their Whiteboard Mini.

March 03, 2010

Too much free time?

make a peanut baby

This one by by Ramonah of her cousin

This is either love or hate which seeks to demean...

November 10, 2009

Evolution of the mobile phone.

Kyle Bean is truly a master of 3D form and model making. Check out this awesome project he created showing the evolution of the mobile phone (from Zach Morris style to the iPhone!) in the style of Russian Dolls.


Pretty friggin' awesome, right?

Make sure to check out the rest of his portoflio at KyleBean.co.uk



July 17, 2009

i-phone art

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Through out history artist have been drawn to emerging technology as a medium for artistic expression.  So it should come as no surprise that artists are now turning their attention to the i-phone.  

The software artist known as Lia, has curated an on-line collection of i-phone apps created by software artists who explore the possibilities of hand-held interactivity at iphoneart.org.

Though some of these apps may feel like video games, they challenge our expectations by engaging us aesthetically under the Trojan horse of interactive fun.   

July 14, 2009

Shape Up or ship out.

The Shape Up! alarm clock is perfect for folks like me who go into autopilot when reaching for the snooze button 15 times before actually getting up. With this clever little alarm clock, now I'll have get up quick and crank out 30 curls to make the alarm shut off. Pretty cool idea.




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