New Year’s Resolution – Get Organized

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Followed by “get fit”, “quit smoking” and “learn something new” the most popular resolution that’s made year after year by millions, is to “get organized”.  Lucky for those who love modern design, this resolution is easily translated into having a more organized living style because contemporary storage solutions are full of ingenuity and often feature multiple functions and hidden capabilities.  What’s more, these clever organization mediums are versatile and can be easily integrated into any room in the house.   Here are our top 3 solutions that are bound to help organize any room.

Modern wall units are a great way to take advantage of vertical spaces in any room by offering dedicated display areas as well as hidden storage.  Check out Gallery 115 wall unit with LED lighting by Milmueble for inspiration.

Gallery 115 wall unit with LED lighting by Milmueble

Designer storage and shelving solutions often double as room dividers and sculptural décor as is the case with My-Kado bookcase by Cattelan Italia.

My-Kado bookcase by Cattelan Italia

Platform beds with storage are a great way to declutter.  Storage can be in the form of an under-the-bed hydraulic lift mechanism as seen with the Selex Rex platform bed by Milmueble or as part of the headboard’s design as seen with Luxor 903 platform bed by Milmueble.

2012 PANTONE Color of the Year is 17-1463 Tangerine Tango

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

A vibrant color choice for the year that is predicted to bring economic upturn and global recovery, Tangerine Tango is a reddish orange that is destined to uplift spirits and re-energize its surroundings.  Pantone’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman has summarized the true essence of this color by describing it as “sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it, reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

17-1463 Tangerine Tango - 2012 Pantone Color of the Year

In modern furniture design, we have already seen intricate examples of how orange revives and differentiates one piece of contemporary furniture from another era and it is a matter of months before we see so much more of orange incorporated into designer furniture from leading European manufacturers.

Tangerine Tango

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Tout Va Bien Modern Sideboard

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Translates from French as “Hopefully”, the Tout Va Bien modern sideboard is an exceptional realization of modern ingenuity and creativity.  Designed by the Parisian graphic designer duo Antoine Audiau and Manuel Warosz for the Spanish ultra hip manufacturer BD Barcelona, the Tout Va Bien sideboard fuses multitude of styles and emotions into an avant-garde attraction with conjugated ancient Egyptian motifs, unique forms, and a touch of whimsy modern design.

Tout Va Bien modern sideboard by Antoine Audiau & Manuel Warosz for BD Barcelona

Tout Va Bien modern sideboard by Antoine Audiau & Manuel Warosz for BD Barcelona

The art of getting more from less

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Formtank created the 2d3d collection of modern tables that give new meaning to multi-dimensional design.  Taking advantage of technological advancement made in the field of 3d modeling, George Rice, the British designer behind this project amalgamated the ancient art of origami, industrial ingenuity and echo friendliness into a strikingly one-of-a-kind silhouette.

2d3d modern table collection by Formtank

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OLD meet NEW…My name is Mondrian

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Inspired by the meticulous designs of yesteryears, Mondrian Art Nouveau Limited Edition sideboard fuses past and present through impeccably executed design of Boca Do Lobo’s lead visionnaire, Pedro Sausa.  A true protagonist of modern interiors and traditional settings, Mondrian designer sideboard demonstrates stylistic, cultural and material portmanteau at its finest.  With a predominantly linear silhouette, Mondrian’s heart-and-soul lies in its square and rectangular drawer assortment that varies in size, style, finish, texture and façade.

Mondrian Art Nouveau Limited Edition Sideboard

Mondrian incorporates hi-tech surfaces like glossy lacquers, glass and leather into its grid-like patterned structure, accented by elaborate, bespoken brass drawer pulls with baroque reminiscent hints.  Mondrian’s extraordinary and multifaceted nature also makes it an easy to place element not only with respect to décor but as related to its utility and spatial dynamics.  Whether used as a sideboard in the modern dining room, a dresser in the contemporary bedroom, a console or a TV stand in the traditionally furnished living room, Mondrian triumphs as an elicitor of emotions, which is the most desirable character of a one-of-a-kind furniture piece.

Mondrian Designer Sideboard by Pedro Sausa for Boca Do Lobo