Blog Spotlight

This week, we decided to honor one of many blogs that inspire us daily. Remodelista has been an infinite source for good reads with an emphasis on aesthetic. We look forward to seeing their compositions daily. The personal anecdotes mixed with inspiration and the occasional picture of their own home make Remodelista read like an old friend.


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Remodelista’s history is as unique as its layout. Founded in 2008, they became pioneers of online design advice and were bought by SayMedia in 2011. In 2015, the founders bought Remodelista back. Through it all, the heart of the site has remained the same. They describe themselves as “a group of friends who share eerily similar design sensibilities; a collective design DNA”. We thank them for the great articles and continued rainy-day inspiration!

We invite you to read some of our favorite articles this week:

Remodeling 101: How Shaker Peg Rails Saved My Summer Sanity

Current Obsessions: Artistic License

Angel Face: A Lyonnaise-Style Bar in Portland, Oregon

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Galleries and Learning in the Online Age

The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, in New York has released an online gallery of sorts called MomaLearning. It offers a selection of artists and themes to discover, giving viewers well-curated art history lessons complete with slideshows and worksheets. Our favorite of the day is the “gallery” titled Marcel Duchamp and the Ready Made. Below, we’ve shared some of our favorite pieces of history all courtesy of this great resource!



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Dada artist Marcel Duchamp created his ‘Readymades’ as an alternative to representing objects in paint. He chose commercial objects to designate as art, titling them and displaying them in the same way of traditional works. He stated “an ordinary object could be elevated to the dignity of artwork by the mere choice of an artist.” His ideas disrupted centuries of thinking.


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Duchamp was a pioneer for Conceptual Art and these works mark a pivotal moment in history. The movement questioned assumptions of what art should be and still provides inspiration to artists working today. 


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Student work in Milan

Eight talented students from the Rhode Island School of Design are being featured at the XXI Triennale International Exhibition Milan 2016. The student work came from a research studio course where furniture design students were teamed with textile students and given the task of challenging the role of soft material in furniture design. The resulting pieces are beautiful and innovative. We commend them on the success!



The Looped Pile Seat by undergraduate student Ana Mosseri and graduate student Elaina Runge features a woven seat referencing the looped piling in rugs. The chair has a subtle color shift from coral to fuchsia, giving it smart visual weight. It is a chair that invites you in.



Undergraduate student Michelle Dunbar and graduate student Mayela Mujica also used smart color choices in their knitted chair. The orange peek is only shown when someone is sitting, highlighting how the human form affects the material. The piece, titled Stretch Lounge, is constructed using industrially knitted wool, cotton and spandex.


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The final two pieces featured in the exhibition are both crocheted, but radically different. The first pictured was created by two graduate students, Maria Camarena Bernard and Aakanksha Sirothia, using crocheted acrylic yarn as both the textile and the structure. The stuffed chair has ruffled arm and neck rests and is comfortably stuffed.




The next crocheted piece makes use of a steel frame with self-reinforcing arms and backrest. The paper yarn crochet suspends between, creating a beautiful perch. Created by undergraduate students Andrew Bannar and Noelle Webster.




Their professor, Lothar Windels, says of the pieces, “The furniture…tells a visual story about how it was made, in each piece, various components come together in a transparent, self-explanatory manner”. We couldn’t agree more. (via RISD)


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The Modern Chair

Our home-base museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, opened a new exhibit yesterday called “The Modern Chair”. It is the first in a series of exhibitions that will lead up to the opening of the museum’s first permanent collection of 20th-21st century architecture and design. The exhibit features furniture starting in the Machine Age, highlighting a move from carpenters to industrial designers in the furniture industry.


Rudolph Schindler. Wilshire Medical Office Side Chair, about 1943

During this time, the chair became more than a utilitarian object. Architects and Designers began seeing the chair as an opportunity for engineering. It became a means for material exploration and the study of the human body. Tubular steel, plywood, and fiberglass began to have a role in furniture.  “The Modern Chair” features famed chairs from Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Harry Bertoia, and Le Corbusier, all of whom contributed to a new, modern, ideal. (via).

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Chaise Lounge, designed 1928, manufactured about 1933


Here at Maxine Snider, we can see this influence in our own furniture. Our City Bench and Bauhaus Sofa combine steel and upholstery with crisp lines and a clean aesthetic reflective of the era.


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It is exciting to see the AIC’s renewed interest in the history of design and it’s influences, and we look forward to seeing more work by those that inspire us.


All images via The Art Institute of Chicago and Maxine Snider Inc.

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Ghost Architecture by Edoardo Tresoldi

In Puglia Italy, artist Edoardo Tresoldi has created a masterful sculptural installation that reinterprets the remains of an ancient church. Tresoldi worked with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Archaeology Superintendence of Puglia to re-imagine the splendor of the church at the Archaeological Park of Siponto. The work, simply named Basilica di Siponto revives the remains, allowing visitors to transcend time and see the splendor of the cathedral.

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Photographs taken by Blind Eye Factory detail the magnitude of the project. Showing how the work sits beautifully in the archeological site. Tresoldi’s eye for detail, and the original architect’s eye for space is breathtaking.


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Tresoldi included replicas of even the smallest detail, including columns and the original sculptural figures.




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Process Refinement: From Dirt to Sphere

Hikaro Dorodango is the ancient Japanese art of turning dirt into spheres. Artist Bruce Gardner has mastered this craft. Gardner describes his spheres as “nearly the perfect expression of process refinement”. Each Dorodango feels personified, their perfection through labor and extreme fragility through material allowing them to feel intimate.

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“A traditional pastime among the children of Japan, the exact origin of hikaru dorodango is unknown. The tradition was dying out until taken up by Professor Fumio Kayo, of the Kyoto University of Education, as a means to study the psychology of children’s play. In the course of his research, Kayo developed a simple technique for creating dorodango. With the help of Japanese media, Kayo has revived and extended the popular reach of this tradition to the point where it is now an international phenomenon.” –Bruce Gardner


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Watch the beautiful video by P2 photography, then go try the practice yourself with the instructions on Bruce Gardner’s website.

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To Sharpen a Pencil

Professors at the Free University of Bolzano in Italy conceived a clever project for 20 of their design students.  The project, called La Matita Rossa, challenged them to rethink the user’s experience when sharpening a pencil.

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The students came up with many thoughtful new approaches.

A notched handheld with blade.

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A tool kit for fine tuning the perfect point.

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A wearable approach.

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The interactive method.

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A fantastic project that challenged the students and yielded amazing creations.  To view more of the concepts click here.


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Pencil Shaded Shapes as Wallpaper

The creative team at Front Designs approached this collection by first cutting shapes out of paper.  After putting together several variations they made pencil drawings of the layouts. Using these for the final collection allows the patterns to be subtle yet have a three dimensional quality that adds interest to wall.

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They partnered with Eco Wallpapers to bring the line into production. We are charmed by the subtle yet textured feel the wall paper offers a space.  To order, go here.

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Updated 60’s Home Keeps Its Prairie Roots

A long time family home in Quebec was in need of an update.  Architecture Open Forum worked with the owners to honor the prairie style and horizontal lines of the 60’s home while bringing a contemporary feel both inside and out.

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The outdoor area provides an excellent space to enjoy the surrounding landscape.  The yard is easily accessible from several points and enjoyed through large windows throughout the home.

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The interiors were designed by FX Studio par Clairoux.  They brought a minimalist vision with clean lines and muted colors, allowing the architecture to come through.

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The cedar wood and natural stone used outside the home is continued inside adding warmth.  It was important to maintain a ‘soul’ to the home.



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For more images go here.


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Portraits in Threads

Cayce Zavaglia has taken her skills as a painter and applied it to portraiture through embroidery.  She has been producing her photo-realistic portraits for several years.


She has been showing the back or ‘verso’ of her works after she discovered that the resulting patterns yielded a captivating result worth sharing several years ago .


Taking inspiration from the strong lines and colors, she has recently begun producing paintings of the verso, capturing the detail and depth of the embroidered works.


Each approach holds their own for the precision and intricacy but taken as a body of work the metaphor for the many sides, uniqueness, and evolution of the person within the portrait comes through.  For more insight, listen to the artist discuss her process in this short video.


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