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mid-century designer Joe Colombo Kartell chair reissue

Back to the Future

The legacy of mid-century designer Joe Colombo is underscored with a reissue of his plywood 4801 chair, now appearing for the first time in plastic from Italian furniture company Kartell.
March 28, 2012
white plastic patio chair Flickr group

Monobloc Blues

The secret history of a plastic classic that doesn’t sit quite right.
February 21, 2012
Mezzadro Stool By Castiglioni For Zanotta

Retail Therapy from MoMA

If you can't get enough of design history's classics, then you're in luck: MoMA just added re-issues of six iconic pieces from their permanent collection to their store. The pieces are discounted for museum members, so now's as good of a time as any to take one of these home (and renew your membership, too). I'm eyeing the Mezzadro Seat (and the Eames DCM, and the Aalto stool...), but there's plenty more to be had in their store.
January 13, 2012
attractive table lamps for different budgets

8 Bright Modern Table Lamps

Searching high and low for your ideal table lamp? Brighter days are ahead.
January 3, 2012
Jean-François Dingjian and Eloi Chafaï of Normal Studio

Modern French Design: Normal Studio

With its fresh take on minimalism, French design duo Normal Studio is ushering in a new machine age.
December 27, 2011
Francesco Moncada and Mafalda Rangel at home in their Syracuse home

Less Is Amore

With its architectural history reaching back to the ancient Greeks, Syracuse, on the island of Sicily, has plenty of old bones. In 2001, while still students, native sons Francesco (now an architect) and Alberto (a photographer) bought a crumbling building that dates from the 18th century. Seven years—three of them spent on construction—and one UNESCO permitting process later, the Moncada brothers moved in: Francesco on the top two floors and Alberto on the first. Now the two globetrotting brothers, as well as Francesco’s girlfriend, architect Mafalda Rangel, use the place whenever they’re in Sicily. The modern interior, replete with furniture of Francesco’s design as well as a few Italian classics bought on eBay, serves as the perfect counterpoint to the weight of the town’s considerable history. The trio gives us a tour of their home and hometown, showing that where they live extends beyond the front door.
May 8, 2011
hexmat

A Trivet Trove

May 3, 2011
Miller House in Columbus, Indiana

Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House opened to the public in May 2011 for the first time. Leslie Williamson gives us an intimate tour of this Columbus, Indiana, treasure.  
May 2, 2011
Afforable modern designer chairs

13 Affordable High-Design Chairs

There are lots of handsome chairs out there, but sitting beauties that cost $250 or less are a rarer breed. Our picks run the gamut from traditional (the wooden, Shaker-inspired Salt or the Thonet-designed Era, the quintessential cafe chair) to the downright futuristic (we’re looking at you, oddly anthropomorphic Dr. Yes). We sat, swayed, shook, stacked; we hefted them into the air; we typed, ate, and made grand conversational hand gestures. Here’s how they stood up in our sitting showdown.
March 7, 2011
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