Collecting classics of modern design can often take a lifetime — and some careful budgeting. If you have a modern design junkie on your gift list, I've found 10 surefire hits that will add value to your friend or family member's collection. For the feminine modern design friend, try gifting this Eva Zeisel Candlestick Set ($165). A personal favorite designer of mine, Eva Zeisel was awarded the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005. These bronze candlesticks are sand casted and made of all recycled materials. If you want something a little more playful, you can't go wrong with the Eames Hang-It-All Coat Rack ($180). To shop the rest of the look, just click on each image!
About six months ago, Su Casa community member anti curl's husband became obsessed with the George Nelson Platform Bench by Herman Miller. Seeing as an original would have cost him about $700, he decided to build one. "So what's a fellow with no discernible woodworking skills and no tools to do?" he asked. "Turn to Legos of course." Over 1,400 Legos and a few redesigns later, he's built a one-of-a-kind coffee table that's as much an art piece as it is a conversation piece. Come take a look and hear more about the project! Check out their Humble Ablog for more details, too.
Yesterday, I showed you photos of the gorgeous Pacific Northwest house used as the Cullens' home in Twilight. The home was designed by Portland, OR-based Skylab Architecture, and is fantastically designed both inside and out. I'm particularly fond of the minimalist, clean-lined patio. The white Eames furniture brightens the misty outdoor environment, and complements the chunky modern farm table and wood paneling.
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In 1947, George Nelson decided to create his own collection of lamps, when the silk-covered Swedish hanging lamp he coveted was out of reach financially. The resulting collection, known as the "bubble lamps," became an iconic one, still used prolifically by interior designers today (in fact, Vern Yip is using them in his reno of a community center). The lamps, made by coating a steel-wire skeleton with a plastic coating, were first produced by the Howard Miller Company in 1950. The collection includes a range of pendants in various shapes and sizes, as well as several sconces. Unfortunately, the most demanded type of shade — a table lamp shade — was never produced by Nelson. Thankfully, though, Modernica, the official manufacturer and distributor of the collection for the last 12 years, has recently released a table and floor lamp shade based on Nelson's original designs. The Bubble Lamp Shade ($225 and up) is available in three sizes, and will fit most traditional bases. At long last!
By manufacturing furniture designed by legendary mid-century modern legends like Charles and Ray Eames and Verner Panton, Vitra creates some of the most crave worthy furniture around. But rarely can you find those desirable pieces discounted.
So allow me to direct you to the annual Vitra sale at Hive Modern, where every item in the store's extensive Vitra selection is 10 percent off. So if you've been eyeing a George Nelson Petal Clock (sale price: $261), now is the time to buy. I pretty much want everything in this sale, which ends on Sept. 21. What are you craving the most?
Owls may seem like a rather random design trend, but actually, the wise motif goes back several decades, if not more. Way back in 1965, mid-century modern designer George Nelson created this playful Omar the Owl Clock ($130), and the design was re-released by Vitra in 2004.
Now, owl motifs are finding their way onto all sorts of home decor, particularly accent pieces like trays and throw pillows. I think these products strike a nice balance between whimsy and wisdom. Here are some of my wise ol' owl finds.