July 23rd, 2014

Get The Look: Parisian Glam

 

Parision Glam Bedroom Design - Rethink Design Studio Blog

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It’s every American’s dream to wake up hearing the streets of Paris and feel time stand still. As the scent of freshly baked croissants linger through your window, you seem drawn to grab a bite before taking a long stroll through a nearby garden. If the vie de francaise has been calling your name as of late, you’re not alone. Maybe it’s the promise of sweet Summer romance, or the call to take an afternoon off and picnic in Forsyth Park. To bring the romance of Paris back home, we’ve put together a French-inspired contemporary master suite that aims to make the days grow longer and the nights to be full of nothing short of magic.

 

Parision Glam Bedroom Design - Rethink Design Studio Blog

 

 

1. We set the tone to this posh Parisian suite with romantic lilac tones found in Noble and Wood’s Berlingot Wallpaper. Place behind the bed for a feature wall or use as a poppy dresser drawer liner in a vintage armoire.

2. It’s not French unless there’s crystal, and what better way to finish a master bedroom than with a stunning chandelier from Eloquence. Hanging the fixture over the bed allows for a lower drop height to add more drama.

3. Shed light by your bedside as you stay up late reading Les Miserables. With a feminine “swoop” swivel arm and white linen shade, the Koleman Swinger from Robert Abbey goes with virtually any space.

4. Keep the bedroom from getting too frumpy with clean, mid-century inspired bedside tables from West Elm. The white lacquer finish promises ultimate flexibility and the brass hardware adds a noticeable touch of class.

5. Keep your favorite eau de parfum on display with Anthropologie’s set of mirrored trays. These also make a great bedside accessory for reading glasses or jewelry.

6. Hedgehouse’s Lavender Heather Throw Pillow is the ultimate, versatile bed accessory. The striped linen is light and airy, and the tasseled zipper adds a perfect little detail to your pillowscape.

7. Simple geometric shapes let these Alexa Canisters shine on your bookshelf or console without adding clutter. Remove the top for an impromptu vase that holds lavender and other scents of Provence.

8. The piece de resistance, Eloquence’s Sophia Silver Two-Tone Bed is surely fit for French royalty. Top with linen bedding for the perfect lazy Sunday morning getaway.

 

 

 

June 19th, 2014

IKEA PS Collection 2014: On The Move

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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 12th, 2014

Our Top Picks: Square Nesting Tables

 

When clients come to us wanting to accomplish a lot within a small space, we look for furniture with dual purposes to avoid unnecessary clutter. Nesting tables are a great way to tackle several design problems without taking up much of a foot print. Whether they’re flanking either side of your bed or serving as an extra surface for guests to rest their drink, nesting tables are a must-have to ensure that you’re always prepared. Here are six of our current favorites:

 

Our Top Picks: Square Nesting Tables - Rethink Design Studio Blog

 

Sources:

1. Leila Nesting Tables – Made Goods / 2. Box Frame Nesting Tables – West Elm / 3. Peekaboo Clear Nesting Tables – CB2 / 4. Pavillion Nesting Table – Dering Hall / 5. Looking Glass Nesting Tables – Anthropologie / 6. Lacquer Brass Inset Nesting Tables – Jonathan Adler

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

 

 

 

June 5th, 2014

Brit + Co. Shop Launch

 

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When the creative team behind Brit + Co. contacted us after spotting our ShopRethink bottle openers, we couldn’t be more thrilled to collaborate for their exciting new shop launch this May. If you’re unfamiliar with the inspirational lovechild of Brit Morin, Brit + Co. is a daily creative resource for designers and DIYers alike. Their new shop features makers from all over the country with bright and colorful home goods aimed to add a little flair to your space.

After we made the decision to become a part of the shop launch, we knew we had to take our Painted Bottle Openers to the next level. The revamp includes three new, on-trend colors (mint, emerald, fuchsia) and a water proof paper sleeve with coordinating stitch detail. We’re so pleased with the end result, we wouldn’t be surprised if an impromptu cocktail party hit the Rethink calendar sometime soon.

Check out the new Brit+Co. shop and be sure to grab one (or two) of our bottle openers for your next Summer get-together!

 

Painted Bottle Opener by Rethink Design Studio - Brit + Co. Shop-2

Painted Bottle Opener by Rethink Design Studio - Brit + Co. Shop

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All images courtesy of Brit + Co.