In my opinion, the most loved and easily recognized and furniture designers of the Mid-Century are Charles and Ray Eames. Together, they had the Midas touch when it came to home furnishings; if the Eames' designed it, it became a classic.
If you aren't lucky enough to own an actual Eames Chair of any variety, how about using their images as decor?
My hardwood floors took a beating this winter. All the in-and-outs with the snow, salt, and drippy boots left a dull, gray haze over the major traffic areas. So, I went to the local home improvement center to get a door mat, and guess what - there wasn't a one that could be considered "contemporary" and certainly not modern. All the nice ones were covered with Celtic designs, and puppy paw prints, and weird flowers...and the plain ones were this terrible chemical-laden black plastic that looked like it was more interested in welcoming folks to a factory rather than as guests to my house. Continue Reading
Craft + activism = craftivism. Speaking out through creativity. Exhibit A: yarnbombing potholes like the artist Juliana Santacruz Herrerra, who took to the streets of Paris with soft, squishy yarn. Her agenda? Highlight the deteriorating city streets.
One of my favorite pieces of art in our home is a set of giant silverware pieces hanging on our dining room wall. You can say I'm a sucker for large-scale forks, so it is no surprise that I got all giddy when I came across this set of silverware silhouettes.
UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
Hey Curbliers, this week we have a nice giveaway from UPrinting.com, where you can find lots of easy ways to get custom printed products. We're giving away a 18 x 24" poster print to five lucky winners (selected randomly). You can upload any image you like, and they'll print it in high definition with a matte or glossy finish and send it to you with a one-day turnaround!
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The donut shape is the unsung hero of human ingenuity. Look at archaelogical evidence of early wheels, for example - they were basically donuts. The driving force behind technological innovation? Perhaps. A delightfully simple core element of design? For sure.
Here's a look at howContinue Reading
Right out the box, the Less Lamp really isn't much of a lamp at all. Its black egg shape lets no light pass through. Ridiculous, right? Which is why to make it 'work' you gotta break it with its accompanying pickaxe. Bust off a chunk or put dozens of little holes in it, whatever youContinue Reading
Mosaics, I love you. Let me count the ways.
- You are ancient. The oldest evidence shown in the archaelogical record indicates that mosaics date back to 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia.
- You are seemingly universal. So many cultures and so many artistic traditions have adopted you as their own medium of expression. Each work is imbued with a unique look specific to the time and place of the maker.
- You are complex assemblages of smallContinue Reading
Finding the right size side table or nightstand presents a challenge for the small space dweller. Here's a DIY side table/nightstand project to the rescue. Recycling cardboard and paper into this functional piece of furniture brings the cost down to practically nothing, not to mention the eco-hip artsy practicality of the whole project. See how Unqiueutopia Continue Reading