Free Download: Icons of Modern Design (PDF booklet and vector art)

by Bruno Bornsztein

Icons of Modern Design Download PDF

It's Modernism month on Curbly, and we're exploring what it means to talk about modern design for the home. This week, we're offering a really cool booklet of twenty-four iconic modern design silhouettes, along with the vector files we used to make them! We chose all our favorite designs by Eames, Nelson, Saarinen, and the best of the mid-century designers. Read on to see how to download the files.

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How To: Make Your Own Mod Eames-Inspired Drinking Glasses!

by Capree K

created at: 04/21/2011

Two birds, one stone?  Puh-lease!  You can't throw a rock at Mid-Century Modern without hitting at least three Eames pieces.  Maybe more if you're really good.  While their furniture designs are beyond iconic, Ray Eames' textile designs are relatively less-so.  Relatively being the operative word.  While throwing down on a bold Eames Dot fabric for a home decor project is probably not in the budget at $135/yard, that doesn't mean...

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How To: Make a DIY Modern Bird Feeder

by Chris Gardner

created at: 04/19/2011

If I were a pet owner...buddy, my guys would be living in style. Mod dog houses, pet beds, Eames dot collars, you name it. After all, they'd have to go in my house, which doesn't contain a lick of traditional nor country.

But, I'm not a pet owner. I have quite strong allergies to most any creature, and so, my only option is to share the modernism with the little guys who live outside my house. And since there's no way I'm doing anything kind to the squirrels and bunnies who snatch at my veggies, I'm looking to give some style to the birds.

So, I made a nice, low-slung mod bird feeder that echoes the long, low houses of Eichler-era California modernism, and you should too! Here's how:  

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Modern Bathroom Makeover

by DIY Maven

created at: 04/19/2011

Located in Las Vegas, this bathroom needed a some punch. Designer Gina De Pasquale paid tribute to the home's mid century modern architecture while simultaneously bringing it into the 21st century. 

I especially find admirable Gina's choice to mix 'high- and low-priced fixtures and accessories'. For example, the tile was

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5 Modern Swimming Pools That'll Have You Dreaming of Summer!

by Capree K

created at: 04/14/2011

I don't know what it's like where you live, but the weather here has been utterly schizophrenic lately.  Take yesterday for example: highs in the 60s during the middle of the day, then snow by 8pm!  Madness.  To make it through Winter's last desperate attempts to bring me down, I'm focusing my thoughts on all the sunny days of Summer that lie ahead.  And, what could be more suitable for such a daydream than a roundup of 5 totally gorgeous, modern swimming pools?  Not much.  

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12 Affordable Modern Homes to Stay In on Your Next Vacation

by Bruno Bornsztein


AirBnB.com
is a service that helps connect people who have homes, apartments, or spare rooms to rent. On principle, I love the idea (why bother with hotels when you can stay in a real person's house?), but in practice, I have to admin results are mixed. We used AirBnB for a trip to New York City last year, and the place wasn't nearly as nice as the pictures made it out to be. 

Still, if you just want to window shop, AirBnB is one of the best places on the Web to get tours of amazing living spaces around the world. Here are some of my recent, modern-ish favorites:

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Roundup: 5 Totally DIYable Modern Planters

by DIY Maven

Planters are not the first things we think of when we're decorating a room. However, the wrong container for that ficus can blow the look we strove so hard to complete. Here's a loverly selection of stylish and DIYable planters that would be at home in an modern or MCM environment.

First up is the Case Study Ceramic Cylinder Planter

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a Free Copy of Make It! Mid-Century Modern

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 04/11/2011

UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

created at: 04/11/2011
This month we're exploring modern design, in all its incarnations. We're also selling our excellent Mid-Century modern DIY manual for only $5 (find out about that here). On top of that, this week we're giving away TWENTY free copies of the PDF version of the book to lucky readers! Yep, that's right, two-zero, twenty people will win a free copy of our PDF. Read on to learn how to win.

   

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