History Lesson: Royal System

The Royal System was designed in 1948 by Danish designer Poul Cadovius. The award-winning design is a beautiful example of midcentury modular shelving. The versatile system was recently reintroduced for the modern household by dk3, and pieces are sold separately so you can design a desk and storage system completely tailored to your needs. It’s available from Design Within Reach in oak and walnut with brass or stainless steel hardware.

(Images via dk3)

Weekly Wrap Up: Barboy, Poolside, & the de Young

Monday’s History Lesson: Barboy
Wednesday’s Design Meets Fashion: Poolside
Friday’s Destination: The de Young Museum, San Francisco

Destination: The de Young Museum, San Francisco

San Francisco’s de Young Museum has a deeply rooted history that includes numerous locations and architectural styles. It debuted in 1894 in Golden Gate Park for the California Midwinter International Exposition, and in October 2005 a fully redesigned de Young opened its doors to the public. It was designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, and captures the essence of its surroundings perfectly. The gardens are beautiful and appropriate for the park, and the exterior of the museum is copper which over time will oxidize gracefully to a natural green. The museum also features an incredible observation tower that offers 360° views of the city, the park, and the bridge. Go for the art, the architecture, and the views!

(Images via weburbanist, Lost SF)

Design Meets Fashion: Poolside

Pool season is upon us, and there isn’t anything quite as spectacular as the bright yet calming blue color of a swimming pool, especially on a hot day. And you can bring that poolside feel to your wardrobe with light blue and turquoise pieces, like this sweet one piece. Happy summer!

(Images via IMGFave & Pinterest.)

History Lesson: Barboy

Verner Panton designed Barboy in 1963, intrigued by building furniture that would be easy to move. This mobile bar trolley looks just as beautiful in the modern home as it would have in his own home. It features 3 swing-out compartments and tabletop, and sits on casters for easy mobility. It’s roomy enough to store bottles, glasses, and bar accessories, and closes up easily when not in use. Barboy is made in Denmark and is available in black and white.

(Images via DWR, Verpan)

Weekly Wrap Up: Jielde, Palm Tree Prints, & Nick van Woert

Monday’s History Lesson: Jielde
Wednesday’s Design Meets Fashion: Palm Tree Prints
Friday’s Destination: Brooklyn- Nick van Woert

Destination: Brooklyn- Nick van Woert

Nick van Woert was born in 1979 in Reno, Nevada. He studied architecture at the University of Oregon and got his masters in fine art from Parsons. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He hunts for materials throughout the streets of Brooklyn from dumpsters to convenience stores, creating sculpture that is vivid, creative, and really beautiful. I love these busts from Eclipse, 2010.

(Images via Nick van Woert)

Design Meets Fashion: Palm Tree Prints

Palm trees are an iconic symbol of southern California and its laid back yet spirited beach lifestyle. And palm tree prints are a great way to add some California spirit into your home or wardrobe, whether with an upholstered print, an art print or a wonderful two piece outfit by Nonoo.

(Images via French Chairs & NYMag.)

History Lesson: Jielde

“Jielde, the most rigid working lamp in the world.” (source)

In 1950, Jean-Louis Domecq took it upon himself to design the perfect, most practical workshop lamp. He needed something reliable and heavy-duty, and discovered a market for a similar lamp. He started manufacturing his design under the name Jielde, a creative derivative of his initials. The Jielde lamp has no visible wires and is made of arms that are fully adjustable at each joint. The collections include floor lamps, task lamps, sconces, and pendants. They come in lots of great high-gloss colors and are hand made in Lyon, France.

(Images via Home Adore, Horne)

Weekly Wrap Up: Togo, La Maison Rose, & Happy 4th!

Monday’s History Lesson: Togo
Wednesday’s Design Meets Fashion: Happy 4th of July!
Friday’s Destination: La Maison Rose, Montmartre