Riff Raff Kitchen Island: Mid Century Style from Wake the Tree Furniture Co.

Riff Raff Kitchen Island

The Mid-Century inspired Riff Raff Kitchen Island by Wake the Tree Furniture Co. is 30″ deep x 50″ long x 35″ high

Talk about mouth-watering. This handsome hand crafted kitchen island is mystifyingly called Riff Raff, but serves up a jolt of style that’s anything but. The Riff Raff Kitchen Island, designed and built by the Pennsylvania furniture company, Wake the Tree, is almost too fine for the kitchen, where spills and stains abound, but truth be told, it’ll make a tasty accent piece in any room.

Taking his cue from the Mid Century era’s penchant for mixing expert workmanship with unexpected dashes of color, Wake the Tree designer and furniture maker, Anthony Becker, has given Riff Raff the clean lines of a classic modernist storage piece, which he’s hand made from locally sourced black walnut, along with a pair of defining peg boards of bright yellow powder coated steel. An ample surface area for food prep, built-in hidden storage, and a long open shelf add up to a nice swath of room for showcasing and storing all sorts of kitchen paraphernalia—aka, yes, “riff raff.”

Riff Raff Kitchen Island Detail

A bright yellow powder-coated metal peg board is a defining feature of the Riff Raff Kitchen Island

Located in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Wake the Tree Furniture Co. is a small American design studio that takes design and craftsmanship seriously. Founder and maker, Anthony Becker, the son of a woodworker, churns out simple, thoughtfully crafted modern furniture, each piece bearing the hallmarks off modernist sensibilities, and materials sourced from his native state. A portion of the company’s sales, it should be noted, are donated to Old-Growth Forest Network, an organization devoted to the preservation of America’s venerable forests.

Riff Raff Kitchen Island Side View

Solid, locally sourced black walnut gives the Riff Raff Kitchen Island it’s burnished good looks.

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Fall Arrivals from Gus* | Summer Sale & Giveaway

Gus Delano Lounge Chair

The new Gus Delano Char V2 features geometric tubular steel frame, and tufted seat and back.

Our Gus Summer Sale coincides with fresh new fall arrivals—many of which are part of our 20% off event—and a giveaway which features the handsome Gus Elk Chair.  Amongst the new Gus range of modern designs is the excellent Delano Chair V2, an updated version of a Gus original, which bears the elegant proportions and visual sophistication reminiscent of classic modernist furniture designs. Blind-tufted, top-stitched seat and back cushions and a polished, tubular stainless steel frame, and interior cushion panels constructed with kiln-dried 100% FSC®-Certified hardwood are the inspired elements that make the Delano a handsome addition to any contemporary space.

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Gus Mix Modular Sectional

The Gus Mix Modular Collection includes 5 pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a singular bespoke statement.

The Gus Mix Modular Collection lets you mix and match components and fabrics to build a bespoke seating arrangement suited to any space. 5 clean and elegant components comprise a collection that can be combined to create an unlimited number of upholstered configurations. 5 complementary fabric choices allow for a monochromatic or multi-fabric combination, in which components can be added to in tandem with changing needs. Added bolster cushions are the finishing touch to the Mix Modular Collection, while kiln-dried 100% FSC®-Certified hardwood construction promotes responsible forest management.

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Gus Mimico End Table

The latest addition to the Mimico series is the Gus Mimico End Table.

The Scandinavian-influenced Gus Mimico Series has a new addition in the Mimico End Table, a sturdy, compact design that works perfectly beside a sofa, a chair, or bed.  The table features a convenient single drawer, with contrasting hardware in a brass or black finish, a top surface that’s enclosed on three sides, and turned legs made of solid wood.

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Gus Pinstripe Pillows

Pinstripe felt-covered pillows are part of the new Gus fall collection.

New to the Gus range of contemporary accessories is a suite of Pinstripe Pillows, each covered in felted fabrics and filled with synthetic down derived from recycled PET plastic. Available in 3 colors and 2 sizes, these eco-sensitive pillows make handsome accents to any modern space, and, predictably, complement Gus sofas, sectionals and lounge chairs to at T.

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Gus Tobias Tables

The Tobias collection of tables features a combination of steel and walnut wood tops.

The Tobias Table Collection is a new Gus fall addition, offering a suite of a minimalist, geometric modern tables well suited for the contemporary home. With slim steel bases that support table tops featuring dynamic arrangements of walnut wood grain panels, the Tobias collection boast 4 versatile contemporary tables that can serve myriad functions in living room, bedroom, guest room, or study.

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Gus Hive End Table

The Hive End Table, inspired by the structure of bee hives, features 4 smoke-colored acrylic panels.

The internal structure of a beehive was the inspiration for the Gus Hive End Table, a simple, yet visually striking, accent piece comprised of 4 smoke-colored acrylic pieces. Tailor-made for the contemporary home, the compact Hive End Table is light, both literally and visually, but hardly a lightweight, esthetically. While designed to be a side or end table, a grouping of two or more Hive tables makes an equally compelling coffee table.

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8 Favorite Eco Friendly Summer Solutions

MAMAGREEN eco friendly outdoor furniture

Mamagreen eco-friendly outdoor furniture, now on sale at 15% off, is crafted from recycled teak and aluminum.

Taking full advantage of summer’s long days is no sweat when the right modern design products are on hand—and when any design piece comes with eco credentials, too, well, hello, sunshine! We’ve rounded up 8 of our favorite summer design products, ranging from big-ticket items to ones that are, in the grand scheme of things, small change—each distinct for being easy on the eye and going easy on the earth’s resources.

MAMAGREEN modern outdoor furniture offers the complete eco experience, thanks to exceedingly handsome and sustainably sourced seating and tables that make for a luxurious outdoor statement. The company’s exclusive use of reclaimed and responsibly sourced teak, 100% recyclable and repurposed aluminum, and 70% recycled steel scrap consistently yields an elegant range of outdoor sofas, sun loungers, tables, and modern chairs that are sure to turn any design buff, yes, green with envy.

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Little Sun Solar Light

Little Sun Solar Light by artist Olafur Eliasson stores solar power during the day and lights up the night for hours.

One of the more ingenious and charming design solutions of the last few years is Little Sun, a solar powered light co-designed by Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson. Designated one of 2013’s Designs of the Year by the London Design Museum, Eliasson’s  aim was to find an affordable lighting solution for communities that reside outside the electrical grid. Little Sun, portable and wearable, gathers and stores solar power during the day, and then converts it into nighttime illumination that can last up to 50 hours. Though a compact and irresistibly sunny portable light for outdoor gatherings, it comes with an added incentive for those of us who want, rather than need, Little Sun: proceeds from sales go towards making the device affordable to those for whom a night light is a dire necessity.  

S'well Water Bottle

The S’well stainless steel water bottle keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.

For those given to perpetual hydration, but averse to making those distressing floating islands of plastics any greater, a reusable water bottle is a must—and our choice is S’well. This simple stainless steel bottle fits the bill not only for its chilling effect on beverages (it keeps them cold for 24 hrs), but for the fact that it doubles as coffee thermos (liquids stay hot for 12 hours). Founder Sarah Kauss wanted to combat plastic waste with a handsome bottle, and accomplished her mission with a bottle design that comes in 3 sizes and a range of glorious colors and finishes (summer turquoise, anyone?). A partnership with UNICEF, among other charitable organizations, funnels profits towards helping to bring clean drinking water to underserved communities. That makes S’well a serious liquid asset in our book.

Fatboy Transloetje portable lamp

The Fatboy Trnasloetje portable LED lamp is fully rechargeable via a built-in USB port.

The name is a little unwieldy, but the Fatboy Transloetje table lamp is as simple and reductive as they come, transparent and compact, portable and energy-saving all at once. This LED powered, modern table lamp easily segues from inside the house to deck or patio, guaranteeing 6-20 hours of wireless illumination (depending on the setting), thanks to a built-in USB port for pre-party charging. A touch-sensitive switch and a choice of 3 settings helps control light intensity, and 8 pretty colors guarantees at least one hue that fits into most any interior or exterior scheme dazzlingly.

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Flip Flop Door Mat

Woven entirely from recycled flip flop rubber matter is the Flip Flop Door Mat

Along with the plastic bottle conundrum resides the discarded flip-flop conundrum—meaning that the cheap (and cheaply made) summer rubber sandal is just as apt to end up in a floating plastic heap as is a soda bottle. This color-happy Flip-Flop Door Mat, however, makes use of all those random rubber bits by weaving recycled footwear strips into a summer-ready outdoor mat of happy colors, and packs a tad more pizzaz than a standard coir doormat.

Loll Designs Arbor Birdhouse

The Arbor Birdhouse by Loll Designs is made from plastic milk bottles and local timber.

Modernism is absolutely for the birds, thanks to the Arbor Birdhouse by Loll Designs, a Minnesota-based company that makes modern outdoor furniture and accessories from recycled skateboard ramps and milk jugs (aka high-density polyethylene). 100% recycled (and recyclable) materials have gone into making the clean and simple Arbor, which requires no assembly and can be mounted and cleaned out within minutes. A flat roof in a range of bright colors, and a front panel of locally harvested, maintenance-free wood give the Arbor Birdhouse undeniable Mid Century style—ensuring a space tailor-made for year-round bird parties.

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UMA Sound Lantern by Pablo

The UMA Sound Lantern from Pablo is a portable lamp and sound system in one.

Who wouldn’t want a lantern singing to them? The Pablo UMA Sound Lantern combines beauty, portability, nuanced LED illumination, and, 360° high fidelity surround sound in one handsome profile.  Touch sensitive volume control and Bluetooth connectivity allows UMA to stream superior sound from any mobile device, and its elegant good looks—we really like the handsome leather strap that begs to be grabbed and whisked off—means UMA moves seamlessly from room to room, indoors to outdoors, bringing light as well as state-of-the-art sound with it. That’s lights-out in our book.

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Vintage Laser Sail Duffel by Sea Bags of Maine

Stylish, locally made, and eco friendly, the Vintage Laser Sail Duffel is fashioned from boat sails.

A sturdy, handsome duffle bag is a summer staple, and if it’s made locally from recycled materials, all the better. And it doesn’t get much better than Sea Bags, a Maine-based company that specializes in bags of all sizes, fashioned from discarded boat sails. With its striking burst of red, the Vintage Laser Sail Duffel is our personal favorite, though any of the company’s serendipitously graphic iconography will do nicely. Hemp rope handles that wrap around the bottom, industrial zipper, and detachable shoulder strap make this weekender versatile and durable—and ready for hauling your sundries around through a boatload of summers.



KEM Studio Named Winner of Eames Good Design Challenge

KEM Studio Winner Eames Good Design Challenge

The winning design of the Eames Good Design Challenge came from Kansas City’s KEM Studio

Call it the most elegant DIY project in recent memory. KEM Studio, a Kansas City-based architecture and industrial design studio, has won the 2016 Eames Good Design Challenge, an annual competition in which a Mid-Century Modern design classic by Charles and Ray Eames is given a novel makeover. Sponsored by Herman Miller and the John A. Marshall Company, the contest, which ultimately benefits a charity (the winning design was auctioned off to benefit the Ronald McDonald House), presents an opportunity for designers to use their ingenuity to breathe new life into one of the most recognized chairs of the last half century—and to do it in a way that expresses both style and comfort.

KEM Studio Eames Chair Drawings

Illustrations by KEM Studio show various attempts at patterning on the body of the Eames shell chair.

KEM Studio’s winning design was was brilliant for its simplicity and grace. For Jonathon Kemnitzer, KEM Studio co-founder and principal, the solution was as simple as drilling holes into the chair’s one-piece body, and threading strands of wool felt through them, creating a latticework of cushioning that acts as both decoration and upholstery. Easier said than done, of course. Cheap knockoffs had to be sacrificed during the experimentation process, until the desired hole size and exact pattern of weaving were arrived upon. “The hardest part was working with such a classic chair,” Kemnitzer says. “We didn’t want to screw it up.” Not a chance.

KEM Studio Eames Chair

A pattern of holes were drilled into the shell of the Eames chair, and strips of wool felt were woven through them.

KEM Studio Eames Chair Weaving

Cords of wool felt being woven through a pattern of holes drilled into the plastic shell of the classic Eames chair.

KEM Studio Eames Chair Close Up

KEM Studio’s winning makeover of the Eames shell chair shows cushioning created by cords of wool felt.

Via Interior Design Magazine


Ipanema With STARCK: Philippe Starck Dips his Toe into Shoe Design

Philippe Starck Ipanema Sandal Thing M

The Ipanema With STARCK sandal collection is a collaboration between the Brazilian footwear company and Philippe Starck.

Calling it “a real need, not an accessory,” Philippe Starck has joined forces with Brazilian flip-flop brand Ipanema to design a collection of modern summer sandals that go toe-to-toe with the ideals of minimalism. The Ipanema With STARCK collection—4 designs, each available in a suite of 12 colors—employs the bare minimum amount of materials (and number of elements) needed to arrive at sandals that manage to be both practical and innovative. It’s no accident that Starck’s first foray into fashion footwear begins with that summer staple, the flip-flop. “When I was traveling I realized two-thirds of the population wears sandals. I think it’s the number one shoe in the world by far, because Asia, Africa, South America, this wide strip of hot climate countries wear flip-flops.”

Philippe Starck Ipanema Sandal Thing U

The Ipanema With STARCK Thing U Sandal features a simple toe knob and single strip of plastic.

Inspired by his grandmother’s words, “You can be poor but you always need to have clean, perfect shoes,” Philippe Starck set out to elevate the status of the flip-flop from that of a cheaply crafted and unimaginatively designed summer shoe to “something intelligent that is affordable for everyone.” To that end, Starck’s supremely simplified sandal designs—soft cushioning and slender strips of pliable plastic tubing are the featured composition in each—and the use of 30% recycled materials, appear to achieve the designer’s goal of material restraint, visual elegance, and a price tag of around $30-40 per pair.

Ipanema With Philippe Starck Thing G Sandal

An intricate arrangement of piped straps make the Thing G Sandal the most elaborate of the 4 Ipanema With STARCK designs


The wide range of colors assigned to the Ipanema With STARCK sandal collection was a deliberate choice, injecting a dash of ‘more’ into the tightly edited offerings, and assuaging Starck’s desire to imbue the footwear with a sense of “…freedom to find something to make you unique. That is always difficult in mass production. That’s why I made 48 different colors, and with the 48 you have to choose what fits you.” In true modernist fashion, black, white and smoky neutrals hold sway with vivid, summery hues.

Philippe Starack Ipanema Sandal Thing N

The Ipanema With STARCK sandal collection makes use of 30% recycled materials and a minimum number of design elements.


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Summer Solstice Installation by Lighting Designer Arturo Alvarez

Coral Lighting Installation by Arturo Alvarez

Located in the woods of Galicia, a lighting installation by Arturo Alvarez celebrates the summer solstice.

Spanish designer and artist Arturo Alvarez recently created a lovely modern lighting installation in a bucolic forest setting in Galicia, Spain—and his innovative Coral lamps took center stage. The lush venue, along the Ulla river in the northwest Spanish region of Galicia, was the site of an annual ritual of bonfires and mysticism that takes place every June 23 to mark the summer solstice. “We love getting involved in this beautiful tradition, and collaborate with the neighbors with an outdoor lighting setup every year,” explained the designer, who ranked #22 last year on Architonic’s 200 Top Designers of 2015 list. The Galicia installation consisted of a sumptuous suite of white Coral lighting models suspended from tree branches, hung at varying lengths high above the forest floor, creating an outdoor canopy of illumination on the shortest night of the year.

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Coral Lghting Collection by Arturo Alvarez

The Arturo Alvarez Coral lighting collection suspended from tree branches in a wooded clearing.

Named for the coral reefs that inspired their forms and textures, the Arturo Alvarez Coral Collection features hand-formed SIMETECH®, a proprietary, highly malleable material created by Alvarez, comprised of stainless steel mesh and silicone. SIMETECH® remains the defining characteristic of the designer’s contemporary lamps, intrinsic to the collection’s sculptural volumes, nuanced light, and decorative detailing, like the meticulous pleating evident in the Coral modern lighting suite. “Its organic look melted into the vegetation creating harmonious large chandeliers which illuminated an unforgettable night. A performance of light and fire closely tied to our environment and roots.”

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Arturo Alvarez Coral Lighting Installation

Hand crafted with the proprietary material, SIMETECH®, the Coral collection of lamps by Arturo Alvarez hang suspended from trees.

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Grey And White Interior Design Inspiration From Scandinavia

Grey and white are often used as background or complementary colours. Muted, easy to design around and pair with Scandinavian style, they are often the supporting act, not the feature. What if your dream interior combined just those colours – just grey and white? These three Scandinavian-inspired homes show that grey and white need not fade into the background. Whether adorning kitchen tiles, comforter sets, living room walls, luxurious couches or simple wall streaks in the bathroom, grey can amplify white, and white can lighten a touch of grey. See more grey and white in our three house tours below.

Architect: Thai Quang  

Our first space is an apartment decorated in grey, white and green. Green peoples the space in an array of potted plants and canvas artwork. The lounge opens up, offering a Swiss Cheese Plant, cacti and a mini tree against an exposed brick wall painted in grey. Sleek concrete flooring holds a worded rug, making grey and white almost monochrome. A gorgeous quilted couch and banquet chandelier in white match blowing chiffon curtains, providing a level of contrast. Two leather ottomans make the contrast sharper, by pairing solid grey and white in two comfy items.

Towards the other side of the lounge, a TV emerges betwixt two plants. Backed by a range of leaning monochrome abstracts, a white cabinet alludes to the dining room beside it, with a row of dark-wooden handles. The space parades many different species of flora and fauna, including the Fiddle Leaf Fig in the bedroom to come.

The dining room offers an eclectic array of furniture, interspersed with plants. A spray of black and white LEDs create a monochromatic chandelier. A circular glass mirror and leaning ladder add a hint of the kooky; a stencil black bookcase, wicker cane baskets and a plant in a lightbulb-vase the hipster. Beside a beige panel wall, an all-wooden dining table and chairs allude to nature, while grey and white portraits create more contemporary chatter.

The bedroom is a sensual feast in grey and white, with an erotic photograph above the bed. A standard design without the little details, the complexion of the room is easily changed by a white and grey comforter set, boldly-patterned rug and banquet lamp from the living room. Looking from the bed, artistic letters, pictures and numbers hang above another erotic work, TV cabinet and desk. The result is minimal Scandinavian with a natural twist.

Designer: Hoàng Long  

Our second Scandinavian space makes a statement with a grey wooden floor extending through its rooms. Surrounded by white walls and grey kitchen cabinets, the main living space oscillates between grey and white, grey and white in a striped rug, grey couch and cushions. Coloured features pop out alternately, in white tables framed with gold and a mixture of lamps in differing colours. A few potted plants, a dangling copper lamp and deer hide add elements of difference.

Turning towards the bedroom, a large, winding Japanese partition window makes a stand across a large section of wall. Set off beside the copper lamp, the black-framed panel opens up the room and reflects natural light, setting off an array of coloured wall frames.

The bedroom, beautifully partitioned on the other side, is lit further by the window. Full white walls with a white-tiled panel juxtapose the painted wooden floor and matching cushions. A brown fur throw and patterned rug combine the two hues, while two simple wooden shelves hold trinkets.

The warm gold of the dining room adds warmth to the kitchen, a wall of grey with shiny appliances. Inlaid into a custom-made inlet, the wooden bench affords ample room for preparation, without encroaching on the wider room. Rough-shod metal chairs and a red-legged wooden cabinet add detail to the white dining table.

Photographer: Anders Bergsted  
Source: Entrance  

Our final space draws on lighter-toned grey to bring monochromes and greyscale elements together. No place is this better exemplified than the lounge’s six frames, a compilation of dreamy fades and illustrations each different in their artistry. A woollen grey rug foregrounds the scene, as a white leather sofa and matching tables hold roses below glass bubbles. The space opens to show a ceramic fireplace and greyscale kitchen with five-piece white chandelier. Two brown leather chairs shrink back the space, echoing hot air balloon decorations on the wall behind.

Three portrait windows across the main space’s wall let in light and hold on to modernity. Bathed in grey with white joinery, they unite the kitchen, dining and lounge areas. Beautifully-crafted cornice mouldings bring a French Renaissance feel, mirrored by a black antique mirror in the entrance.

The dining room and kitchen add a Scandinavian twist, as a wall of brick and idea lights populate the room. High, black wooden chairs sit around a grey slatted table, while white cabinetry makes a splash in a kitchen otherwise grey. A stack of three shelves hold crockery for guests; chrome, copper and living accessories add a natural touch.

A walk around the corner shows a decorated ceramic fireplace, hot air balloon ornaments (available on Amazon) and a silver hot rod – an entrance for a nursery. Its corridor space is made bright by grey paint and white joinery, alongside small white wall shelving and a matching cot.

Cute hipster accessories like the race track rug and cute bear storage basket are found from Amazon, while the wall bunting and name-branded cupboard join in a soft and sophisticated design.

The master bedroom offers a pretty place for relaxation. Pastel mint walls and cabinetry play with white, grey and berry hues upon the bed and across the room. A large window to the side lights up personal finds in photographs, cheesecutter hats and antique chandeliers, while a simple white bedside table rests candles and plants.

The bathroom echoes the kitchen in a wall of tiling with a stroke of grey. White amenities, shower curtains and cabinetry offer just enough space for a simple wooden stool and two mirrors, reflecting a glass-vased plant.

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At home in Minimalisma


If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my ‘Story’ about the snow. We’ve had lots and lots of it in December and now into January. For our region we haven’t had this much snow since 1984-85! Right around the time I was born.
Ill prepared and not wanting to drive on the ice (also we got stuck once when we tried to leave), the kids and I have been at home for several days now. We went for a walk yesterday and the snow reaches Elin’s toros and my son’s upper legs, so it’s not even a fun amount of snow it’s just ridiculous.
At home and trying to be resourceful homemade bread has been baked, a cake, a bean soup, movie watching and this morning cardboard mask making. Crafting got off to a great start but then the kids lost interest and I needed to help with cutting since it’s so thick and soon our dining table was coated in paper scraps, paint, glitter and me along trying to finish. Elin wanted a simple heart and that did’t take long, I glued ribbon to the back to keep it from sliding down. My son however wanted an owl, with feathers and black glitter.

What I am most excited to share is not our weird indoor activities but this adorable and simple blush pink dress from Minimalisma. With the series going on this month it made sense to share a minimal design for kids, the whole line is very simple like this. The small ribbing makes it very stretchy and comfortable and as a side note my daughter is obsessed with pink so she’s particularly fond of this color. 😉

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