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2Modern Blog | Modern Decor + Architecture + Interiors

2Modern (San Francisco) is a curator and brand ambassador for upscale modern furniture and modern lighting design. The website features new names on the design scene, trends, and weekly design editorials. 2Modern is an authorised dealer for leading brands including Knoll, Kartell, Artek, and Emeco; and contemporary lighting brands like FLOS, Louis Poulsen, FontanaArte, and Artemide. 2Modern also represents emerging design talent, like Blu Dot, James De Wulf, Gus*, LZF, and Skram.

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blog.2modern.com Tokyo Design Week - Spiral Lamp by Chris Kirby 1blog.2modern.com Tokyo Design Week - Spiral Lamp by Chris Kirby 2

Big in Japan
blog.2modern.com 21 Nov 2008
Is it wrong that out of all the great work showcased at Tokyo Design Week (2008), the product I’m most excited about is largely because it reminds me of my favourite childhood Christmas decorations? Designed by Canadian born, Tokyo based industrial designer Chris Kirby, the Spiral Lamp is an exploration of the interaction between light and matter, the impassable and the transmissive, flat and voluminous, and growing the complex from the simple. cont/

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blog.2modern.com New York City Fulton Center Subway ComplexNew York City’s Fulton Center Subway Complex
blog.2modern.com 12 Nov 2014
A decade in the making, at a cost of 1.4 billion dollars, the former Fulton Street station, irretrievably battered during the September 11, 2001 attacks, has risen from the ashes as Fulton Center, a sparkling convergence of 9 subway lines, designed and realized by a consortium of firms—headed by the architectural practice, Grimshaw, and the engineering and planning company, Arup.

blog.2modern.com 10 Loft Three Marias, Lisbon. AVA Architects. Photo Jose Campos-yatzerA Lisbon Home With A Bookish Twist
blog.2modern.com 24 Nov 2014
This meticulously refurbished Lisbon loft has plenty to recommend it—its decadent size and sumptuously ornamental (circa 1893) ceiling, for starters—but it’s the space-dividing open bookshelf that caught our eye. This spare-no-details renovation is by AVA Architects.

blog.2modern.com cTokyo Designers Week: Joint Installation by Vitra and Artek
blog.2modern.com 13 Nov 2014
Tokyo Designers Week (2014) was an occasion for Artek and Vitra to present their first joint installation since Vitra’s acquisition of the Finnish brand in 2013. Taking over the Light Box Studio exhibition space in Tokyo’s Aoyama neighbourhood, the installations merged the most iconic modern furniture, lighting, and decorative pieces.

blog.2modern Stockholm, Sweden - Miss Clara Hotel by Gert Wingårdh Architects,jpgSwede Sensation: Stockholm’s New Miss Clara Hotel
blog.2modern.com 2 Dec 2014
The city’s recently opened Miss Clara Hotel is a refurbishment courtesy of Gert Wingårdh Architects. The 1910 former all-girls school has been transformed into a 92-room hotel. The architects have a pitch-perfect instinct for exquisite balance: venerable with contemporary, original with new, dark with white, visual lightness with textural richness.

blog.2modern.com New York Stylish Breathing Rooms - BreatherpaperfactoryStylish Breathing Rooms From Breather
blog.2modern.com 10 Nov 2014
A year-old New York company has stolen a page familiar to cheap motel owners by renting rooms by the hour. Breather, the brainchild of Canadian and best-selling author Julien Smith, taps into the smart phone revolution—by turning unused spaces within a city into stylishly appointed modernist dens that offer welcoming respite to anyone with a smart phone, in search of a personal or professional rendezvous spot, or just in need of a long nap.

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Stockton, ‘the largest US city to fail’ (via MikeStk)

Although a city of almost 300,000, Stockton is a place where many families have known one another for generations.

### latimes.com June 27, 2012 | 4:40 am
L.A.Now
By Diana Marcum
Stockton bankruptcy will make history; residents reeling
Officials said Tuesday that Stockton would become the nation’s largest city to seek protection under the U.S. bankruptcy code. The city stopped making bond payments, and City Manager Bob Deis said he expected to file bankruptcy papers immediately. Stockton has been in negotiations with its creditors since late March under AB 506, a new California law requiring mediation before a municipality can file for reorganization of debt. It was the first use of the law, and policy analysts who watched its torturous and tedious progress have titled their report on it “Death by a Thousand Meetings.” Mediations ended Monday at midnight.
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How Stockton found itself so mired in debt can be seen everywhere in the city’s core. There is a sparkling marina, high-rise hotel and promenade financed by credit in the mid-2000s, mere blocks from where mothers won’t let their children play in the yard because of violence.

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[MikeStk at ODT Online]

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ScrapHouse: ‘Reclaim, recycle and re-use’

###archdaily.com 21 Mar 2011
ScrapHouse / Public Architecture
By Christopher Henry
Designed by Public Architecture and other local design firms for World Environment Day 2005, this green demonstration home is built entirely of salvaged materials. Erected on the Civic Center Plaza adjacent to San Francisco City Hall, ScrapHouse showcases the creative use of previously discarded materials.

Image © Cesar Rubio

Some materials were re-invented for their intended purpose, such as a chandelier using several discarded lamps. Other solutions present scrap in innovative ways. One wall, composed of 500 old phonebooks stacked vertically, provides both insulation and surface texture. Rethinking a standard single-family home, the ScrapHouse facilitates design discussion and community awareness about the possibilities to “reclaim, recycle and re-use”.
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California Rose Bowl

### http://www.nytimes.com December 31, 2009
Rose Bowl Hopes to Bet Future on a Makeover
By Billy Witz
PASADENA, Calif. — As parade floats were being prepared nearby and workers busied themselves with final touches to the Rose Bowl, the 87-year-old stadium looked as ready as ever for the two close-ups it will receive in the next week. First, it will host, as it always does, the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day. Then, six days later, it will be home to the Bowl Championship Series title game.

For Darryl Dunn, the general manager of the stadium, and other officials, after a week of being at the centre of the college football world, the real work will begin: completing plans and applying for bonds for a $164 million renovation of the stadium. The project, [to] start in January 2011, would be completed four years from now — in time for the 100th Rose Bowl game and the return of the B.C.S. title game.

Short on money and ideas, Dunn called Janet Marie Smith, who as the Red Sox’ vice president for planning and development oversaw the improvements that were made at Fenway after the team was sold in 2002 to John Henry, one of the few prospective owners who did not want a new stadium for the team. They met and soon Smith and her team were in Pasadena as consultants, researching the Rose Bowl, interviewing community leaders and studying the possibilities.

“Some of it is born out of sentiment, but it’s also born out of practicality,” Smith said. “There’s an important reality on communities and sports teams that you don’t always have to start over.”

What helped was that the same conservation ethic that existed in Boston was alive in Pasadena, whose downtown revitalisation in the 1980s was pivotal in the city’s financial turnaround. If much of Los Angeles is a testament to development run amok, Pasadena is keen on embracing its heritage.
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