Using Outdoor Lighting to Create an Urban Oasis

December 10, 2012














Photo via Stylepie.

Welcome to today’s guest contributor, New York City-based lighting designer, and fellow BlogTour team member, James Bedell.

The topic of urban green space has always been fascinating to me. I’m a lifelong Queens resident and I’ve almost … Read More…

Indoor Seating for People and Plants

November 19, 2012







While at The Tramshed, a specially curated lifestyle/design event I visited recently at DesignJunction, I got a chance to try out De La Espada’s Lin Pod Bench, which Tokyo and London-based designers Leif.Designpark created to provide an Read More…

Sun and Snow-Loving Woven Outdoor Furniture

November 16, 2012








Gaga & Design’s woven furniture range includes some bright hues.

Launched in September at Tent London’s Super Design Gallery, the woven COD chair by Israeli designer Rami Tareef for Gaga & Design was one of my favorite pieces there.













Made for … Read More…

London’s Design Center Brings the Outdoors Inside

November 8, 2012







Each of the London Chelsea Harbour Design Centre’s three glass domes houses interior design showrooms which circulate around a planted ground floor café and gathering area. Ambient light filters in through the glass panels, illuminating textiles, furniture, bath fixtures and other interiors … Read More…

Style and Funk-tion at Design Junction

October 24, 2012








The author, your’s truly, in the arms of Design Junction’s gorilla. Photo: Jill Seidner.

Set within the raw industrial environment of the 1960’s Sorting Office, Design Junction was less a traditional trade show, but more a creative exploration of design Read More…

Tile and Stone Designs Influenced by Nature and History

October 21, 2012








Painted sundial on brick and flint Dial House, Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

As I pounded the pavement in London for The London Design Festival and the Modenus BlogTour, it was easy to think about hardscaping.Read More…

Natural Design Inspirations Seeded From the Pomegranate

October 20, 2012








Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens, via Instagram.

I didn’t like Pomegranates when I was a little girl because it was such a messy ordeal extract the seeds. I now like to sprinkle the bright red seeds on vanilla ice … Read More…

Iconic Eames Lounge Chair Inspires Mal Outdoor Chair

October 1, 2012







This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ray Eames, half of the iconic husband and wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames, whose vast collection of works includes the world-renowned Eames lounge chair, below, now in the permanent … Read More…

Indoor/Outdoor Design Inspirations From London Design Festival: Part One

September 30, 2012








Colorful Moooi installation at The Dock. Indoor-outdoor Gothic Chair in foreground. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

They’re definitely thinking “outside” in Europe. I’ve just returned stateside after a three week whirlwind in Paris and London soaking up design fairs … Read More…

Report From Paris: Hidden Gardens, an Urban Vineyard, Cheese and a Bottle of Rosé

September 16, 2012








Neighborhood florist adverting on roof of delivery car. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

I arrived in Paris last week to attend the design show Maison et Objet and absorb all I could from the concurrent Paris Design Week. If … Read More…

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