Happy Mod Weekend



Happy weekend everyone!
See you all next week.
Our mod model is Irina Lazareanu.

VW Bus Design Classic



VW Bus Design Classic


VW Bus Design Classic with Kate Moss


Pull up to the Bumper Baby

Surf's up; let's catch some waves.
We all love these classic thought provoking images of the classic VW Bus, especially when pictured with a beautiful woman.  Every time we see one in the streets (which is becoming more rare every day) we always have a smile on our face (both VW bus or a beautiful woman).

I guess because it always appears that the VW Bus has a smile on its face as well...



The VW bus has such a "feel-good" vibe that makes us dream about going cross country through 1950's America, when times where "perhaps" more innocent.



If only time travel were possible....





f you love the classic VW bus, you will certainly love the Beetle.
Check out this amazing book on the history of the VW Beetle:
Thinking Small: The Long, Strange Trip of the Volkswagen Beetle

VW Samba Van 1958

Amazingly Detailed VW Samba Van in Hand-Blown Glass from the VW Collectors Edition of Ornaments from NOVA68



Gaetano Pesce La Mama Chair


Gaetano Pesce La Mama Chair

This miniature reproduction can fit in the palm of your hand! This miniature chair is part of the miniature chair collection from the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. Each of these miniature chairs are highly detailed and are exact copies of the original large version! These miniature design chairs come in a wooden box with a brochure which provides art-historical information on the background to the design, biography of the designer, and the production history of the respective chair. Because they are so true to the originals, the miniatures are not only valuable collector's items, but also ideal illustrative materials for universities, design colleges and architects.

Gaetano Pesce designed the La Mama Chair in 1969 for B&B Italia. Compressed and vacuum packed in PVC wrappers La Mamma, as part of the 'Up Series' literally bounced to life when unwrapped. Described by the designer as 'transformation' furniture, these iconic designs turned the act of purchasing a chair into a 'happening'.




One of the most alluring is the Up5 chair, Up6 series, affectionately dubbed 'La Mamma' chair. Vacuum-packed in a cardboard box, the Up 5 inflates to become a voluptuous yet abstract female figure attached by a cord to Up 6, a ball-shaped ottoman symbolizing the shackles that keep women subjugated, even in these feminist times.

An icon of the late 1960s Pop Art era, these chairs were part of a series described by Pesce as "transformation" furniture. Pieces were shipped by the manufacturer compressed in a thermosealed vacuum container which, when unsealed, caused the foam to expand back to its original size and fully form within one hour.

Available from:
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Home Office Organizer


Home Office Organizer



Handy Storage Trays

This incredible versatile home office organizer was designed by Joe Colombo in the late 1960's and is now available again! This is the perfect storage solution for the home office. This office organizer is very functional and it's nice enough to keep it within view. This home office organizers has plenty of spots to store all your office supplies. The shelves of this organizer flip open with a simple hand-touch and provide easy and almost dust-free storage of documents, keys, office supplies, etc. The vertical plastic top can be removed so tubes can be stored in it as well, making it a perfect office organizer for architects, designers or artists. The Boby Trolley has casters as well, no need to lift, just roll it from one place to the next. Sturdy as well, this is made of superior grade plastic which is almost indestructible. This storage trolley works wonders in the home and office. It simplifies life, keeps things organized and it is a must-have for both home- and office environments. Joe Colombo Boby Trolleys are the perfect office organizers, home office organizer & office storage. They are available in many colors including white, black, red or orange. Made with durable injection-moulded ABS plastic. A very functional and modern organizer.

Available from:
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Marcel Breuer Table


Marcel Breuer
K 40 Sofa table
Available from:
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The Bauhaus K 40 table was designed by Marcel Breuer around 1927-1928.
With its simple elegance, the tubular steel table with glass top has become
a timeless icon of modern design.

"I considered such polished and curved lines not only symbolic of our modern technology but actually technology itself," reflected Marcel Breuer about his celebrated table.


About Marcel Breuer:

Marcel Lajos Breuer (Pecs, Hungary 1902-1981) Hungarian architect and industrial designer, is one of the most significant designers of early Modernism. Trained at the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, is heralded as having produced the first tubular steel armchair, his pieces pioneering the demand for tubular steel furniture throughout the 1920s and 1930s. These pieces, along with his innovative laminated wood furniture and his unique architectural interpretation of light and space yielded a great deal of international respect and inspired the work of a wide range of designers. Breuer is seen as one of the forefathers of the energetic aesthetic of uninhibited experimentation, combined with a high standard of artistry, that the design industry enjoyed throughout the second half of the century.

Marcel Breuer studied under Walter Gropius at the Bauhaus from 1920-24. During his student years he designed furniture for the Bauhaus model house, and created pieces like the hand-carved "African" throne. Although whimsical and formally a distant relative to his later work, the chair initiated the technique of taut, minimal upholstery that would become one of his trademarks touches. He also designed a solid, blocky armchair for the Sommerfield House in 1921, and a desk chair with a woven, multicolored seat and back. Both of these pieces exhibit a starkly different method of achieving comfort than his later streamlined, even clinical, pieces. When the Bauhaus moved to Dessau in 1925, Breuer designed furniture for the new campus and became head of the furniture workshop, a position that he held until 1928. Also in 1925, Breuer created the famous tubular steel "Wassily" chair, purportedly inspired both by constructivist aesthetics and by the handlebars of his new bike. This piece, made for Wassily Kandinsky's (Russian, 1866-1944) space in Dessau, and referred to by the Bauhaus designers as "the abstract chair," made the user look as though they were floating on the upholstered seat within the steel cube frame. The chair was innovative in that it was extremely light, and was built entirely from ready-made tubes that were welded together. Several different companies sold the piece until it was picked up by Knoll.

In 1928 he started a private practice in Berlin and came out with his "Cesca" cantilever chair and stool, named after his daughter and probably inspired by Mies Van der Rohe. He worked with other cantilever designs, exhibiting one of the few couches made in this style at a 1930 show in Berlin. In 1935 Breuer, for the English company Isokon, produced a laminated wood chaise lounge and chair that, although innovative in the way they mimicked the human form, were never made as sturdily as his steel pieces. A 1936 molded plywood chair he made inspired the work of the Eames a decade later and his nested tables revisited the form of some he produced earlier in steel. In 1937 he moved to America and worked as an architect with Gropius in Massachusetts. From 1937-1947 he taught architecture at Harvard, and was commissioned by his former student Eliot Noyes to design buildings for IBM. In 1946 he started his own office in New York City and over the next decade or so, designed and furnished over seventy remarkably similar private houses and college dormitories, for Bryn Mawr and Vassar, in and around New England.

His work remains relevant due to his flexible structural philosophy that, "a chair...should not be horizontal/vertical, nor should it be expressionist, nor constructivist, nor designed purely for expediency, nor made to 'match' a table it should be a good chair."

Marcel Breuer was born in Pecs, Hungary in 1902. He studied at Allami Foreaiskola, at Pecs, and at the Bauhaus in Weimar where he graduated in 1924. He taught at the Bauhaus in Dessau until 1928 and practiced in Berlin for three years afterwards. After working for one year in London with F. R. S. Yorke, he emigrated to the United States where he worked as an associate professor at Harvard and maintained a working arrangement with Walter Gropius. He operated a New York practice from 1946 until his retirement in 1976.

Breuer's early projects in the United States were largely domestic, but in 1952 he worked with Nervi and Zehrfuss as architect for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This prestigious work carried his practice into the international field. Breuer's buildings were always distinguished by an attention to detail and a clarity of expression. Considered one of the last true functionalist architects, Breuer helped shift the bias of the Bauhaus from "Arts & Crafts" to "Arts & Technology". Many pieces of modern, tubular steel furniture in use today can trace their origins back to the Breuer experiments of the mid-20's.

Marcel L. Breuer died in New York in 1981.

Credits: http://designmatcher.com

Naef Wooden Animal Puzzle


Naef Wooden Animal Puzzle
Classic Wooden Toy Puzzle
Made in Switzerland

This wooden animal puzzle is made in Switzerland by Naef. The Naef Animal Puzzle was designed by Aoi Huber Kono in 1975 for Naef Toys, Switzerland. Play with this fantastic Animal Puzzle! Whether an elephant, monkey, lion, owl, hare or bear - all of these animal's faces can be made with the 25 maple wood cubes. Amusing, imaginary animals such as a "lion- owl" or an "elephant-bear" are also waiting to be disovered on safari. Three cards depicting the six basic motifs are enclosed as a guide.

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Modern Chandelier Sphere 19



Modern Chandelier Sphere 19

Featured at the Euroluce Milano. Sphere is one of the most attractive modern lamps ever made. This impressive modern lamp is the centerpiece of any room. 12 handblown Italian glass spheres surround an additional 7 clear light bulbs in the center. Light bulbs are included. Lamp is hard wired and comes with ceiling plate as pictured.

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Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

We love the work of Roy Lichtenstein.
Here is one of our favorite works from his Nude series:



Roy Lichtenstein
Nude with Blue Hair, State I
Relief Print in Colors, 1994

Tom Kundig Architect






We love modern architecture and this modernist minimal home is just our cup of tea. Designed by the architect Tom Kundig from Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects for Jac McFarland, the house is located in Bellevue Idaho. A concrete-block box at the end of a half-mile driveway, the house is built around a single large room that combines kitchen, living and dining areas. A narrow sisal-covered staircase leads to a mezzanine bedroom supported by an exposed steel beam. Every detail may feel exquisitely thought through, but the understatement of the concrete-block construction — along with the windows, some as large as 8 by 11 feet, that breach the walls on all four sides — steers the visitor back to the main attraction: the constantly changing scenery of the desert. It’s as if the house were a huge three-dimensional Idaho tourism brochure.

Pictures by Stuart Isett for The New York Times.

View more of the modern architecture by Tom Kundig:

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Moooi Animal Range




Foundry is a UK based modern design store with great taste. Check their current Moooi exhibit which features lots of interesting creations from the Dutch design brand. Moooi furniture and lighting has integrated culture, human needs and technology by creating the most successful innovative design-collection ever. Classical extravagance merges with modern minimalism to create unusual and stunning furniture and lighting. Moooi has ten brand values: Integrity; Respect; Continuous improvement; Passionate/dedicated; Initiative/creative; Customer success; Commercial; Teamplayer; Positive; Stretch/grow; Fun. All are captured in every Moooi product. For contemporary lighting Moooi really sets the benchmark producing wonderful and striking modern pendants, floor lamps and contemporary furniture.

The Moooi farm creates a safe haven for the Horse lamp, Pig tray and Rabbit lamp, designed by Front. Who wouldn't want a horse to lighten up your living room and a pig to serve your guests? Furniture to fall in love with at first sight, or hate forever.



The Moooi Horse Lamp is one of a three piece collection of animal furniture which also includes a life-sized Rabbit Lamp and Pig Table. A perfect guest for a Mad Hatters tea party.


The Pig Table is one of a three piece collection of animal furniture which also includes a life-sized Horse Lamp and Rabbit Lamp. A perfect guest for a Mad Hatters tea party.




The Rabbit Lamp is one of a three piece collection of animal furniture which also includes a life-sized Horse Lamp and Pig Table. A perfect guest for a Mad Hatters tea party.

http://www.foundryonline.co.uk

LOMME modern sleeping pod






LOMME modern sleeping pod
Awaken reborn

LOMME received the reddot design award in 2008

LOMME (Light Over Matter Mind Evolution) is a unique sleep experience and rejuvenation environment. Lomme defies definition. It is a piece of furniture, a work of art and a place to rejuvenate. In its sophisticated simplicity it evokes feelings of unity and enables the soul to access the source of its power.

Lomme is generating a wave of interest about the importance of quality sleep and the environment in which we spend a third of our lives. The founders of the company have made it their mission to create the most relaxing, protected and natural place to restore energy levels for the day to come.

Created as a result of two years research into sleep habits, problems and therapies, Lomme skilfully combines natural therapies with the cutting edge technology. Using light, sound and massage therapies, Lomme offers an environment to enhance all the senses - forming a place to rejuvenate, meditate and above all sleep.

Available from:
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Foscarini Tropico Ellipse Lamp


Foscarini Tropico Ellipse Lamp

Tropico Ellipse was designed by Giulio Iacchetti for Foscarini Italy.
Assembly is required: lamp kit contains small parts which need assembly.
Tropico is a collection of lamps in various shapes and sizes which play with light and shadow. Composed of diamond-shaped individual modules, the decorative features recall a classic crystal chandelier, with its polished glass elements. The diamond-shaped individual modules are available in either a clear crystalline "ice" version, with the clarity and light transmission, or in an opaque, off version, which gives a warm, aged and exotic-looking effect. Tropico allows for a choice between a cool violet or warm orange to create completely different moods. Tropico has a decidedly sculptural presence, although it remains easy to interpret. It produces an all embracing, atmospheric light, thanks to the inner cylinder that filters and spreads the luminous fluorescent flow. The finishes available give two strongly contrasting effects: the ice version lets the light through, while the ivory version- which underlines the material and decorative effect of the element - recalls the almost ethnic vision of an oriental lantern.

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Foscarini Tropico Lamp Bell



Foscarini Tropico Lamp Bell

Tropico is a collection of lamps in various shapes and sizes which play with light and shadow. Composed of diamond-shaped individual modules, the decorative features recall a classic crystal chandelier, with its polished glass elements. The diamond-shaped individual modules are available in either a clear crystalline "ice" version, with the clarity and light transmission, or in an opaque, off version, which gives a warm, aged and exotic-looking effect. Tropico allows for a choice between a cool violet or warm orange to create completely different moods. Tropico has a decidedly sculptural presence, although it remains easy to interpret. It produces an all embracing, atmospheric light, thanks to the inner cylinder that filters and spreads the luminous fluorescent flow. The finishes available give two strongly contrasting effects: the ice version lets the light through, while the ivory version- which underlines the material and decorative effect of the element - recalls the almost ethnic vision of an oriental lantern.

http://www.nova68.com

Foscarini Mite Lamp




Foscarini: Marc Sadler Mite Floor Lamp
Foscarini, Italy.

The tall and elegant Mite Floor Lamp by Marc Sadler for Foscarini is simply beautiful. This is mighty floor lamp stands almost 73" tall! The Foscarini Mite Lamp is a modern floor lamp which uses innovative new materials such as yellow KevlarĂ‚® or black carbon thread.

Floor lamp with dimmer in fiberglass fabric with yellow KevlarĂ‚® or black carbon thread. The base is in chrome metal. "Compasso d'Oro" prizewinner 2001. Italy. Uses 1 X 150W T10 medium base halogen bulb.

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Cambridge Modern Architecture


Justin Blanco White and David Croghan Architects, 1961


George Checkley Architect, 1932


H.C. Hughes Architect, 1933

Cambridge England has many modernist-style houses dating back to the early 20th century.

http://www.cambridge2000.com

Illuminating Mushroom Lamps



Insprired by Nature Porcelain Mushroom Lamps

Bring nature indoors with these wonderful porcelain mushroom lamps inspired by nature! This series includes a Chanterelle Mushroom Lamp and a Porcini Mushroom lamp. Most mushrooms grow in the dewy dark but these fine porcelain mushroom lights flourish with light. Putting the "fun" in fungi, spores of illumination pour out from under the caps of the matte porcelain Chanterelle lamp. This captivating table lamp will look grand in both traditional- and modern homes. These beautiful lights create a warm atmosphere and almost festive glow in any room. Bulb included. 10 watt max. UL listed components.

Available from:
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Silver Jewelry Boxes


Silver Jewelry Boxes

This set of four jewelry boxes includes one of each: petite, small, medium and large. Each delicately crafted pieces is constructed from high quality stainless steel sheet that is hand-hammered with precision to a soft, dimpled texture. Each jewelry box is then plated with silver and polished to a lustrous sheen. These very stylish jewelry boxes reveal exquisite hand-crafted details. Highly decorative in form and a great addition to your home decor. These jewelry boxes are great to store jewelry, rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, chains, etc.

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Silver Candlestick Holders


Silver Candlestick Holders

These candlestick holders are very contemporary. This set of three candlesticks includes one of each: small, medium and large. Each delicately crafted pieces is constructed from high quality stainless steel sheet that is hand-hammered with precision to a soft, dimpled texture. Each candlestick holder is then plated with silver and polished to a lustrous sheen. These very stylish candlesticks reveal exquisite hand-crafted details. Highly decorative in form and a great addition to your home decor.

Available from:
http://www.nova68.com

Noble Deer Wall Sculpture


Noble Deer Wall Sculpture

Bring nature indoors with this impressive Noble Deer wall sculpture! We are delighted to present these finely articulated quality trophy heads. These striking wooden animal wall sculptures are entirely hand crafted. Since each of these animal-friendly wall sculptures is hand made, they reveal exquisite hand-carved details. These modern trophy heads are highly decorative in form and are a great addition to your home decor. The Antlers of the Deer can be removed for easy shipping. These animal trophies are very easy to attach to a wall. The back of the sculpture has a keyhole hanger allowing easy installation. These captivating trophy heads will look grand in both traditional- and modern homes.

Available from:
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Tree Trunk Stool



Modern Tree Trunk Stool

This stool has a very organic shape but it is very contemporary at the same time.Bring nature indoors with this unique stool! This finely articulated modern stool is shaped like a tree trunk as found in nature. This striking contemporary stool is entirely hand crafted. This attractive stool features lifelike detail. Made with ceramic which is glazed in matte gunmetal. It has a very elegant finish for a rustic motif but fits equally well in a contemporary home. The Tree Trunk Stool is highly decorative in form and a great addition to your home decor. This captivating stool is guaranteed to turn heads and will look grand in both traditional- and modern homes.

Available from:
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Modern Italian Pottery


Modern Italian Pottery

These modern vases are incredible! These are like small modern sculptures. They remind us of Italian ceramics from the 1950's created by Guido Gambone, perhaps even Pablo Picasso. These wonderful vases are made of chiseled ceramic with a platinum glaze. They are perfect for spare bouquets or as sculptural objects. They are available in three sizes, each size has its own distinctive shape. Highly decorative in form and a great addition to your home decor.

Available from:
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