The Douwes Pendant&Socket Proves Sockets Don’t Have to Be Hidden

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The Douwes Pendant&Socket is designed to offer light and electricity over a kitchen table or desk while proving that sockets don’t have to be unattractive. Designed by Studio Lotte Douwes for Menu, the pair (available separately as the Pendant Lamp and Socket) is crafted from sustainably-produced, light grey porcelain that’s minimalist and neutral enough to work in just about any setting that’s in need of overhead light and/or a convenient place to plug-in. With the popularity of open workspaces these days, they’d work great hung above a long co-working table alternating between the two to provide both light and a place to charge laptops. With freestanding desks and even kitchen tables, outlets aren’t readily available making it hard to plug things in. The Douwes Socket brings an attractive flexibility that helps to enhance your work or personal life with additional freedom.
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10 Modern Serving Ware Options That Will Make You Want to Throw a Party

                                Maybe you&#8217;re sad summer has come to an end or really excited about fall and all of the forthcoming holidays but either way, now is a good time to throw a party. Well, we think anytime is a good time to throw a party so we rounded up some ideas to help you elevate your next get together. Take a look at 10 modern pieces of serving ware that will make your next party shine.
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                                1. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Teema Mini Serving Set by Kaj Franck for Iittala</a> 2. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Long Charcuterie Board by Tina Frey Designs</a> 3. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Large Resin Modern Tribal Platter by Dinosaur Designs</a> 4. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Nabo Trays by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen</a> 5. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Anna Sugar and Cream Set by Alessandro Mendini for Alessi</a> 6. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Form Tea Set by Tom Dixon</a> 7. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Platform Bowl by Jamie Wolfond for Good Thing</a> 8. <a href=";sz=60&amp;start=85"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bloom Serving Spoons by Helle Damkjær for Georg Jensen</a> 9. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wire <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--> by Norm Architects for MENU</a> 10. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Pulse Bowl by Zaha Hadid Design</a>

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10 Modern Outdoor Lanterns That Will Light up Your Summer

                                Now that summer is here, we&#8217;re all heading outdoors to soak up every second of these warm days ahead. It&#8217;s hard to get better than summer days, but summer nights might just take the cake when the sun is going down, the temperature is cooling off, and relaxation officially kicks in. To better enjoy that time, adding some mood lighting to your favorite outdoor space can really set the tone. In these high tech times, you don&#8217;t even need a fire or a bunch of candles to make that happen – you just need a modern outdoor lantern you can count on. Take a look at 10 of our favorites to help light up your summer nights.
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                                1. <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Dieppe LED Portable Lamp by Artkalia</a>  2. <a href=";sz=24&%23038;start=24&%23038;tileIndex=15"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Fez Outdoor Lantern 1 by Jose A. Gandia-Blasco for Gandia Blasco</a>  3. <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Tank Lantern by Tom Dixon</a>  4. <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Followme Table Lamp by Inma Bermúdez for <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--></a>  5. <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Luau® Portable LED Lamp by Duane Smith and Stefane Barbeau</a>  6. <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">UMA Sound Lantern by Carmine Deganello and Pablo Pardo for Pablo Studio</a>  7. <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Mr. Go Lantern Light by Zac Kenneth Ng and Edmund Ng for Koncept</a>  8. <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Lampie-On by Fatboy USA</a>  9. <a href=";&%23038;tileIndex=1"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Balad Lamp by Tristan Lohner for Fermob</a>  10. <a href=""  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Carrie Portable LED Lamp by Norm Architects for Menu</a>

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2017 Gift Guide: Under $100

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                                We’ve rounded up a ton of products in a range of price points on our <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">gift guides</a> so far, but what if you’re on a budget? If you’re trying to limit your gift-giving to $100 and under, this gift guide is for you. From luxe rubber coasters to modern hanging planters, every item on this list will impress your gift recipient (and sometimes look + feel more expensive than it really is!) without breaking the bank.
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Coin Purse, a MoMA Design Store Exclusive \\ $100
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t want to go to a Yayoi Kusama exhibition but not everyone can make it to one. This cute little coin purse is the next best thing. Royal Rubber Coasters by Slash Objects \\ $95
Can you believe these coasters are made from rubber? They come in a set of four and have a
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Elevate Life, Work and Play with Design-Driven Objects from Port of Raleigh

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                                If you&#8217;re a design-enthusiast heading to Raleigh, North Carolina, the first place you&#8217;re going to want to stop by after you get off the plane is <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Port of Raleigh</a>, a shop owned by Ana Maria Muñoz who curates an impeccable collection of modern objects that are designed to elevate everyday living. Ana Maria works with established and emerging designers who are reinventing ordinary items into ones that are design-driven, artful, and enjoyable to use. Rather than filling a home with objects that normally would look more or less the same in every household (like a coffee press or electrical cable), Port of Raleigh provides you with clever-looking options that have the same functionality but an upgraded design. Some of these designs are either making their first debut in North Carolina, regionally in the Southeast USA, or even in all of the USA!
After chatting with Ana Maria, it is
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10 Modern Things to Elevate Your Next Picnic

                                It&#8217;s officially summer for many of us, which means dining al fresco under (hopefully) blue skies is finally a possibility. Even better is taking your meal somewhere other than your patio for a completely different experience. We&#8217;re big fans of picnics so we thought we&#8217;d scope out some goods that would make a good picnic great. Check out these 10 modern finds that will definitely raise your picnic game up a few notches.
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                                1. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Picnic Lounge by Fatboy</a> 2. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Knife, Fork &amp; Spoon Set by Bambu</a> 3. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">UMA Sound Lantern by Pablo Designs</a> 4. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Compostable Tumbler from Wasara</a> 5. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Baggy Winecoat by Jakob Wagner for Menu</a> 6. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">GIGI 1 Liter Bottle by bkr</a> 7. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Cheeky Party Snack Plates</a> 8. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Bottle Opener from Areaware</a> 9. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Portable BBQ Suitcase from Kikkerland</a> 10. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">All Weather Bag by Baggu</a>

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A Sculptural Sofa Inspired by an Old Tailor Shop

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                                When Portuguese designer <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Rui Alves</a> began work on a sofa for <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Menu</a>, he remembered his grandfather&#8217;s favorite tailor shop where he&#8217;d watch the tailors huddle over their work tables and the grey suits being hung with wooden hangers. As with that old tailor shop, he wanted everything out in the open on full display, which is completely atypical of most sofa designs. The <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Tailor Sofa</a> stands out not just for its sculptural shape but because it&#8217;s beautiful from all angles.
Its overall appearance is visually light thanks to its open, natural oak wood structure that supports the curvy, upholstered foam shell.  The Tailor Sofa is available in a Light Grey (Hallingdal 65) fabric or a Dark Brown (Dunes Leather) option.
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10 Modern Fine China and Dinnerware Options

                                A couple of years ago, we took a look at <a href="" >outdoor dinnerware</a> and just a few months ago, we rounded up some really cool modern <a href="" >glassware</a>. But since you can&#8217;t eat outdoors year-round and you need something to pair with the classy glassware we showed you, we searched the web for fine china and dinnerware options. On days you want to go a little above and beyond paper plates, here are 10 modern options to elevate your dinner table and meal.
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                                1. <a href="" >Christian Lacroix Sol y Sombra Dinnerware for Vista Alegre</a> 2. <a href="" >Royal Copenhagen Black Fluted Mega by Karen Kjældgaard-Larsen</a> 3. <a href="" >Initiales by Puiforcat</a> 4. <a href="" >Richard Brendon Meets Patternity</a> 5. <a href="" >Aladdin Blue by Auratic</a> 6. <a href="" >Ito Dinnerware Set from Crate and Barrel</a> 7. <a href="" >Bedford Dinnerware by Kelly Wearstler</a> 8. <a href="" >Marc Newson Dinnerware Set for Noritake</a> 9. <a href="" >Norm Dinnerware Starter Set by Norm Architects for Menu A/S</a> 10. <a href=";start=96&amp;cgid=217&amp;&amp;tileIndex=14" >Kastehelmi Starter Set by Oiva Tikka <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--> Iittala</a>

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Design Icons Under $500 From Lumens

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If you’re a lover of modern design, most likely you’re aware of just how expensive it can be, oftentimes leading us to save our money in hopes of one day owning a piece. Just because it comes from a renowned brand and designer doesn’t mean it’s always going to be unattainable. Luckily, there are still affordable iconic pieces out there that we can get our hands on while saving up for the bigger items. We scoped out Lumens to find 10 design icons under $500 and here are some of our favorites, which happen to be on sale right now! Lumens-Roundup-Classics-Under500-1-ball-clock Ball Clock by George Nelson for Vitra \\ $395
The Ball Clock has been around since 1947 and Vitra has been offering the authentic re-edition
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Falke Svatun designs thin-backed Synnes Chair for Menu

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        Norwegian designer Falke Svatun has created a dining <a href="">chair</a> with a thin backrest that curves around its sitter like a shell (+ slideshow). <a href="" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Norm Architects LED Carrie Illuminates the Spirit of Danish “Hygge”

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                                Designed for Scandinavian home design retailer <a href="" >MENU</a>, <a href="http://norm%20architects%20menu/" >Norm Architects</a> took everything we already liked about the candle-powered <a href="" >Carrie Lantern</a> and upgraded the handle design with a USB-rechargeable LED lantern designed to illuminate the way outdoors in the spirit of <a href="" >hygge</a> – the Danish concept of coziness.
NORM-Architects-MENU_charging The LED Carrie light is a no-frills portable and rechargable LED lamp envisioned for use across interior and exterior settings. The powder coated steel base connects to a removable handle; connected with its handle the Carrie operates as a lantern for portable tasks or situated overhead using a hook or branch, while sans handle, it operates as a secondary mood lighting lamp. In either instance, we think the Carrie LED is an entertaining design ideal for entertaining occasions. NORM-Architects-MENU_1150 NORM-Architects-MENU_1222 NORM-Architects-MENU_1205 NORM-Architects-MENU_1311 NORM-Architects-MENU_1272 NORM-Architects-MENU_1308 NORM-Architects-MENU7628
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Menu to launch minimal Modernism Reimagined collection at Maison&Objet

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        Danish brand <a href="">Menu</a> will launch its new collection of minimal furniture, lighting and accessories at this September's edition of <a href="">Maison&amp;Objet</a> (+ slideshow). <a href="" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Glassware: 10 Cool Modern Ways to Drink Your Beverages

                                Whether you&#8217;re having a glass of wine, a shot of whiskey, a cocktail, or simply a glass of water, you can make it an experience by using nice glassware. It doesn&#8217;t have to be expensive, just something you love, and you&#8217;ll probably enjoy that drink a whole lot more. Take a look at 10 designs of some of our favorite types of glassware to enjoy your next beverage.
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                                1. <a href=";utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=lines-water-glassware-roundup" >Lines Water Glasses by BOMMA</a>  2. <a href="" >Whiskey Glasses by Rikke Hagen for Normann Copenhagen</a>  3. <a href="" >HAY Color Water Glasses by Scholten &amp; Baijings for HAY</a>  4. <a href="" >Crosshatch Old Fashioned Glass by DwellStudio</a>  5. <a href="" >Stackable Glass by NORM Architects for Menu</a>  6. <a href=";&amp;tileIndex=2" >Cupa-Vino Set of 2 Wine Glasses by Daniele Semeraro for Sempli</a>  7. <a href="" >Revolution Rocks &amp; Martini Glass &#8211; Set of 2 by fferrone design</a>  8. <a href="" >Ultima Thule Footed Highball &#8211; Set of 2 by iittala</a>  9. <a href="" >Optic Glass by Arnout Visser for <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--></a>  10. <a href="" >Glass On Brass Glassware by Lee Broom</a>

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Afteroom updates collection of tubular steel furniture for Menu

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        <a href=""><strong>Milan 2016:</strong></a> Stockholm design studio <a href="">Afteroom</a>'s Family benches for Danish brand <a href="">Menu</a> feature tables that branch from the frames on powder-coated steel rods. <a href="" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

12 Modern Wall Clocks

From modern to retro, to minimal to classic, we sought out the best wall clocks we could find. Take a look at these 12 clocks that will not only bring functionality to your space, they’ll add a splash of modern decor.

12 Modern Wall Clocks

1. Braun Wall Clock  2. Steel Wall Clock by NORM Architects for Menu  3. HAY Analog Clock by Shane Schneck  4. Blank Wall Clock by Martí Guixé for Alessi  5. Nelson Ball Clock by Irving Harper for George Nelson Associates for Vitra  6. Wall Wonder Clock by ferm LIVING  7. Wire Clock by Mark Prommel  8. Watch Me Wall Clock by Rasmus Gottliebsen for Normann Copenhagen  9. Hazy Wall Clock by Ivan Kasner for Leff Amsterdam  10. Arne Jacobsen Banker’s Clock by Rosendahl  11. Stelton Time Clock by Jehs & Laub  12. Shadow Wall Clock by Alan Wisniewski and Sonja Kresowaty for Umbra

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10 Red Objects You’ll Fall In Love With

                                For February, we&#8217;re skipping the usually heart-shaped gear in favor of great modern objects in shades of red. From practical to merely fun to have around, we rounded up ten objects and home accessories that you&#8217;ll love to have in your everyday life.
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                                1. <a href="" >Restore Basket by Mika Tolvanen for Muuto</a>  2. <a href="" >Stack Hook (Set of 3) by Isaac Krady for Hem</a>  3. <a href="" >Nabo Trays by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen</a>  4. <a href="" >Essey Crinkle Tissue Holder</a>  5. <a href="" >Utility Mirror by Visibility for Good Thing</a>  6. <a href="" >22&#8243; Bend Basket by Bend Goods</a>  7. <a href="" >Dropp! Bowl by Niels Römer for Menu</a>  8. <a href="" >George Nelson Sunburst Clock for Vitra</a>  9. <a href=";utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=Den-Glassware-VDay2016Roundup" >Den Glassware by Gallery Shili</a>  10. <a href="" >Tokyo Blanket by Cristian Zuzunaga for Zuzunaga</a>

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10 Modern Concrete Accessories

                                You&#8217;ve probably noticed that concrete remains a prominent material used in the design world. It&#8217;s versatile, cost-effective, and adds a slightly handmade look to the finished product. While you might think it&#8217;s only for industrial-type settings, concrete accessories can pretty much work anywhere. Here, we round up ten of our favorites that we&#8217;d love to incorporate into our own spaces.
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                                1. <a href="" >Folder, Concrete Magazine Rack by Lyon Beton</a>  2. <a href="" >Concrete Clock #1355 by ConcreteClock</a>  3. <a href="" >Merge Pen Holder by 22 Design</a>  4. <a href="" >Menu Chunk of Concrete Candleholder</a>  5. <a href="" >Concrete Geometric Mini Octahedron Vessel</a>  6. <a href="" >Modern Concrete Bookends &#8211; Cube by Roughfusion</a>  7. <a href="" >Concrete Hanging Vessel by wrk-shp</a>  8. <a href="" >Salt &amp; Pepper NEX GEN Shaker Set by Culinarium</a>  9. <a href="" >iPhone Pillow by Snarkitecture</a>  10. <a href="" >Concrete Hexagon Coasters by Zeitgeist Factory</a>

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