Archives For Modern

What’s old is new again. Especially if you’re talking about this new collection from venerable Japanese ceramics house Kutani Choeman.

For more than 130 years, the family-run company has been making tea sets and ceremonial accessories—but their newest collection adds technology (boom boxes) and contemporary activities (skateboarding) to the classic tea vessels.

Modern motifs with a traditional form? We’ll drink to that.

Source: Colossal

Spotted over at Freshome, we love this industrial-looking outdoor grill.

The goal was to create outdoor items that that could withstand the elements without requiring major care. The rugged fire pit and barbecue, designed by Materia Litica, features reinforced concrete made of marble and red quebracho tree legs.

Source: Freshome

Images: Material Litica


1. We love the new candles from Wary Meyers. (

2. How to design for human nature? Keep it simple, stupid. (

3. We’re obsessed with these hyperrealistic paintings of imaginary foods. (

4. This amazing veggie spiral slicer? Must. Have. (

5. Patternity reworked Clark’s iconic Desert Boot. (

6. Along the same lines, Fruit of the Loom’s stylish new line. (

7. Can’t wait to watch this new show about architecture on PBS. (

8. Which coffee chain dominates your city? (

9. The most stylish rubber band. (

10. Let this bulldog puppy roll you into the weekend. (


Keeping your desk clean and organized is a daily struggle. But it’s worth the fight—a tidy workspace has been proven one of the most effective ways to get ahead in business.

Case in point: Fast Company reported that executives waste on average six weeks per year searching for lost documents, time they could have spent making progress on projects or chasing down new leads.

So you can see why we were impressed with Rebecca’s minimalist desk, which she posted on her blog The Daily Muse, along with a few suggestions for must-have accessories that will help you organize your office.


With spring break just around the corner, we’ve been dreaming of our ideal getaway. This contemporary villa in Spain tops the list. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you booked a one-way ticket—and never looked back.

Situated near the shops, marina, and restaurants in Mallorca’s tony Puerto Portals, this architect-designed home offers two floors of spacious living areas. The ground floor includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as a studio/library. The first floor features a Bulthaup kitchen and generous indoor-outdoor living spaces with sweeping views of the Mediterranean. Details and finishes were all thoughtfully sourced, from Italian lighting to a Jacuzzi with a self-cleaning, saltwater electrolysis system.

Costa D’En Blanes is listed by Maria Vega and is on the market for $4,736,771.

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Some prefer to buy move-in-ready homes that require little work, but not this couple. Joel and Heidi Allen purchased a tiny foreclosure with an extensive renovation in mind.

The couple turned this boring 1970s suburban ranch into a beautiful modern home. The renovation included the addition of two carports, a larger entryway and kitchen, and even a second story with lake views. The most amazing part? Joel and Heidi did most of the work themselves. Now that’s impressive.

This article can be found in its original form on Design Sponge.

Photos: Design Sponge

1. Stand out from the crowd, loud and proud, it’s time to bust a real estate rhyme. (

2. A mini revolution—one in 10 new homes in the city of Portland are considered “tiny.” (

3. Street style blogs are seriously going to the dogs. And we love it! This is hound style. (

4. Beatrice Gallilee appointed to a newly created role as curator of architecture and design at the Met. (

5. A gorgeous Soho dream loft where everything is for sale. (

6. Has John Travolta been naming IKEA furniture all along? (

7. In honor of International Women’s Day, Architectural Review put together this comprehensive compendium of women in design. (

8. It’s almost the weekend! Time to rock out and head home. (