Archive for ‘Love it!’

December 16th, 2014

Our Top Picks: Objet Noir

 

From vessels to interesting objects, accessories are what bring personal touches into a space. When looking to make a strong impact, less is more; choose a few items with bold color and interesting shape versus too many. In our years of practice, nothing cuts through a tablescape or bookcase like a stroke of black. Leave the tchotchkes at grandma’s house and let a dark silhouette make a strong statement with our top picks below:

 

Our Top Picks: Black Home Accessories - Rethink Design Studio Blog

 

 

Sources

1. 3-Piece Pyramid Object Set – Dwell Studio / 2. Horace – Made Goods / 3. Bitters Bottle – Michele Varian / 4. Branch Annona Vase – Barneys / 5. Smythson Panama Watch Box – Barneys / 6. 3-Piece Star Objet Set – Dwell Studio / 7. Iron Bird – Jonathan Adler

 

 

 

October 7th, 2014

Crocodile Kid

 

Growing from little to big is an adventure in itself, which is why it pays to be prepared for whatever monster may jump into your path. For creepy critters with sharp teeth and scaly tails, we’re going incognito with items for casa and kid that take the fright out of creatures in the night:

 

 

Jungle Fever - Rethink Design Studio Blog

 

 

Sources:

1. This Raindrops fabric by Donna Wilson guarantees no crocodile tears will be shed when used for a pair of shams or impromptu pillow forts. Made of lightweight cotton, this sold-by-the-yard fabric is printed in the historical silk town of Macclesfield in the UK. Click here for more mom-worthy finds.

2. Keep hidden from scales and tails until morning inside Land of Nod’s cargo tepee. Two large pockets are perfect for holding your field guide and extra pair of safari socks.

3. Fine Little Day’s new Gran pillow in indigo remind us of sharp pearly whites, great to lay on while chomping on your own late-night snack. More unique gifts for her found here.

4.  Have the jungle going bananas over your Wombles wind breaker from Indikidual. The full hood with fleece lining is sure to keep you dry during the temperamental Amazon weather.

5. Handmade gator booties from Uncommon Goods act as the perfect camouflage when spying on prey. Made in Kyrgyzstan from locally-sourced sheep’s wool assures you’ll feel just as good about your eco-friendly purchase as your little one will feel about their sense of style.

6. Problem solving in the wilderness could be a matter of life or death; luckily, School House Electric’s Figure It Out Banner gives just the pep talk you need to survive.

7. Don’t lose sight of home with this marine-grade brass compass from School House Electric. Each comes with a brass split ring for attaching to a pet collar or keychain.

8. Do the crocodile hop with Areaware’s Croc Pile wooden toys. Solid beech wood ensures this set of five reptiles are safe for kids both young and old.

 

 

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods, a B Corporation that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Help support their non-profit organization American Forests by shopping online or donating here.

August 7th, 2014

Back To School

 

School's In Session: Contemporary Office Design - Rethink Design Studio Blog

 

If you follow us on Facebook, you heard some exciting news last week about our new office space; a renovated three-story school house on the Eastside (above). As renovation takes way to turn a single floor of individual classrooms into a collaborative studio, we can’t help but pull interior elements that evoke the back-to-school vibe. Because we move in this Fall, there couldn’t be better timing to think about notepads and freshly sharpened pencils to deck out the new studio. For a fresh schoolhouse look of your own, here are our top picks for an office space that’s sure to bring home straight-A’s.

 

School's In Session: Contemporary Office Design - Rethink Design Studio Blog

 

1. Sharpen those geography skills well before the first bell rings with the new Cities Wallpaper by Rifle Paper Co. Hand-illustrated skylines of famous cities are printed on a parchment background, perfect for a desk nook.

2. This olive green compartment tray from School House Electric is sure to bring you back to long lunch lines and chocolate milk straight from the carton. We love the idea of using it to hold desk accessories and knick knacks.

3. You won’t mind counting down the hour with this handsome wall clock from Lemnos. The molded plywood frame keeps it lightweight and reminiscent of old classroom desks.

4. Keep textbooks and references in order with Pigeon and Poodle’s set of three caged baskets. Metal handles allow for easy transport and integrated name plates are perfect for custom labeling.

5. The GI Joe lunchbox has been reincarnated into this smooth olive green desk chair byWhite on White. Added bonus? The molded fiberglass seat will make waiting for recess a little less painful.

6. Never forget an assignment with Sideshow Press’ desktop accessories, inspired by 1950s stationery. Check out their full array of colorful options to make your desk space truly your own.

7. West Elm’s Mid-Century Desk in white is a modern spin on the classic teacher’s desk. With tapered legs and three drawers, this piece is one apple away from being the perfect combination of form and function.

8. Shed light on your late-night studies with this school bus yellow table lamp from Caravan Pacific. All of their lighting is handmade in the USA and fully customizable.

June 19th, 2014

IKEA PS Collection 2014: On The Move

header5IKEA PS Collection 2014 On The Move - Rethink Design Studio Blog

 

IKEA just released a new collection of multifunctional furniture aimed at young, creative city-dwellers who are constantly on the move. Even if you don’t exactly fit into that profile, the IKEA PS Collection does offer close to one hundred well-designed pieces that can be moved around your home (or during your next move) with ease. Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the new collection, which you can view in its entirety here.

 

IKEA PS Collection 2014 - Rethink Design Studio Blog

 

1. As decorative as it is practical, the tree-shaped hat and coat stand is made of a lightweight birch with acrylic base. Four plastic feet underneath protect your floors from scratching over time.

2. Flank either side of your foyer with this adjustable knob rail for instant coat, jewelry, or key access. The knobs slide to either side of the rail that allow you to group belongings by family member.

3. Don’t take time so seriously with this playful wall clock with a mounting strap that doubles as a handle for easy travel. The hour hand is comprised of an acrylic, polka dot disc that is ever-changing along with a minute and second hand.

4. Achieve the look of a built-in without committing to your space with a bamboo storage module. Not intended for hanging on a wall but rather to be stacked with other modules, your dream bookshelf is only a simple stack away. The exposed steel frame also allows for hooks or other hangings for additional storage needs.

5. The best part of IKEA’s newest collection of multicolored jars is the adaptability. While the jars vary in height, each width is the same which means you’re free to swap lids as you see fit. We could see these being a fun splash of color on a child’s bathroom vanity or in the kitchen.

6. Finally, an LED wall lamp with an eye for design. Feel good about staying up late with that romantic novel series as this lamp uses 85% less energy than a conventional bulb.

7. Taking inspiration from scandinavian design, this dining chair with arm rests has long been a part of the PS Collection but still remains timeless today. We recommend placing these at the ends of the table while pairing with this armchair, also from the PS Collection.

8. Perhaps one of our favorite pieces from the collection, the new table mirror solves two problems: jewelry storage and a vanity mirror. A natural pairing, placing this natural birch and powder coated steel stand on your dresser eliminates the need for a separate vanity.

9. Why choose between investing in an art piece or an area rug when you can have both? The PS Collections includes several geometric area rugs such as this one that add a pop of color to your space. Made from a flat woven wool, this rug is natural soil-repellent and very durable.

 

 

June 10th, 2014

ICFF 2014 Recap: Organic Modernism

 

ICFF 2014 Recap: Organic Modernism - Rethink Design Studio

 

Another ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) is in the books and we had a blast meeting with new and familiar designers alike. With dozens of aisles of furniture, lighting, and textiles from all over the world, it seems hard to believe that you would find a common theme between most. However, as we trekked the “design globe” that is the famed Jacob K Javits Center, we realized that a common thread does, in fact, connect the hundreds of exhibitors: organic modernism.

Clean, smooth lines with round forms and bulbous shapes, this year’s curation took a departure from the strong lines of modern design and went back to its (organic) roots. Take a look at a few of our favorite examples of how designers are abandoning the straight edge and embracing the curve:

 

ICFF 2014 Recap: Organic Modernism - Rethink Design Studio

 

Clockwise from top left:

1. Leather Strap Lounge with Ottoman – Matter Made / 2. Pendant Lights – Sonder Mill / 3. Moon Tables – Universo Positivo / 4. Marble Spill Table – Pelle

 

ICFF 2014 Recap: Organic Modernism - Rethink Design Studio

 

Clockwise from top left:

1. Woven Table - Hinterveld Design / 2. Pendant Lights – Apparatus / 3. Table Lamp - Pelle / 4. Colorful Stools - Tronk / 5. Woven Outdoor Furniture - Fermob

 

ICFF 2014 Recap: Organic Modernism - Rethink Design Studio

 

Clockwise from top left:

1. Nesting Coffee Table – John Ford / 2. Desk - Universo Positivo / 3. Wall Clocks - Leff Amsterdam / 4. Walnut Chair - Councill / 5. Multifunctional Love Seat - Zara Vardanyan