Friday, December 29, 2017

Best of the Best! Top 10 Posts of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we’ve revisited this year’s archives and consolidated the most popular posts just in case you missed something. While we’ve already reviewed the best of each category, we’ve taken it a bit further and rounded up the best of the best. Take a look to see which post was the overall most read post on Design Milk in 2017.

Best of the Best! Top 10 Posts of 2017

10. Panama Banana: A Quirky, Rocking, Outdoor Hammock
Look familiar? This hot pink and wood lounging rocker has appeared in a couple of other Best of posts recently, which is no surprise. It’s a fun rocking hammock that lets you rest and then lets you be active by flipping it over to become a soccer goal.

9. A Minimalist House Designed for a Couple Desiring a Downsize
A couple in Seattle made the choice to scale back and simplify their lives so they hired Suyama Peterson Deguchi to design a minimalist house without all of the excess.

8. A Modern House in Taichung That Combines Work and Home Life
A house in Taichung, Taiwan, was renovated by T.M Design Studio to meet the needs of the owner who needed a space to double as his office and home.

7. A 600 Square Foot Apartment That Maximizes Every Inch
An unfinished apartment purchased by a couple gets a maximized renovation after hiring Anthill Studio to incorporate their ideas about how to make the most out of such a compact space.

6. IKEA Releases the YPPERLIG Collection from HAY
Design brand HAY designed the YPPERLIG collection for IKEA, which blends their Danish aesthetic with IKEA’s accessibility and it includes seating, coffee tables, lighting, textiles, and accessories.

5. LA’s New Museum of Ice Cream Is the Coolest
For those not able to visit the traveling Museum of Ice Cream, we virtually visited the LA one which featured 12 different rooms, each with quirky installations that are right out of Willy Wonka’s playbook.

4. Netflix’s “Abstract: The Art of Design” Demystifies Design
Netflix launched a new series that attempts to avoid the tropes of “serious” design documentaries with playful profiles about the luminaries of modern design.

3. A Compact Apartment in Kiev with a Glass-Enclosed Bedroom
This modern, compact apartment is located in the center of Kiev with a light and airy feel that’s helped by a bedroom enclosed in glass.

2. Le Refuge: The Most Instagrammed Thing at Milan Design Week
Le Refuge, a pink, jungle-like daybed designed by Parisian/Italian artist and designer Marc Ange at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition space was the most Instagrammed thing during this year’s Milan Design Week and we checked it out.

Drumroll, please… And the most popular post of all posts in 2017 is…

1. Nostalgic Lofree Keyboard Brings Back the Touch and Sound of Typewriters
This typewriter inspired, retro-styled Lofree Keyboard delivers that pleasurable and resolute tactile and auditory feedback with every keystroke and readers couldn’t get enough of it!


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Keeping Warm with Hoodies from Society6

Keeping Warm with Hoodies from Society6

All of the sudden, it seems like Southern California caught up with the rest of the world in figuring out that it’s winter. There’s a sudden chill in the air that have caught all Southern Californians off-caught (we get thrown off when it’s anywhere less than 80 degrees). To help keep warm, we can all turn to Society6 for stylish hoodies (for both men and women) to keep warm and support emerging artists – it’s a win win situation!

Pug Yoga hoodie by Huebucket

Galactic Female Rebellion by FSDisseny

Black and white face hoodie by Tas Lima

Little Gentleman French Bulldog hoodie by Gabriel

sneaky cat hoodie by Laura Graves

Bear In Whimsical Wild hoodie by Picomodi

Into The Wild hoodie by Andreas Lie

Hi Bear hoodie by beccatapert

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from the The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.


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Best Home Furnishings Posts of 2017

We cover just about everything you can imagine when it comes to home furnishings, from desks to outdoor loungers to designer doors that upgrade your IKEA pieces to cat furniture. Yep, cat furniture – so basically a little bit of everything. Take a moment and dive back into these 10 posts to see what were the most popular posts in the home furnishings category in 2017.

Best Home Furnishings Posts of 2017

10. A Storage-Packed Desk So You Can Keep Your Workspace Tidy
Designed by Gonçalo Campos for Wewood, Metis is a solid wood desk that’s outfitted with lots of compartments and sections you can use to stow your gear.

9. The Delirium Collection Brings Playful Patterns to Your IKEA Sideboard
Superfront can elevate a basic IKEA sideboard with new fronts by Swedish artist Klas Ernflo, who created the non-repetitive Delirium Collection.

8. A Modern Cat House They’ll Love and You Won’t Mind Having Around
Krab launched minimalist cat houses that your cats can escape to to feel safe, while also blending in with your modern decor.

7. Objects Inspired by Japanese Tradition for the Modern Nomad
Gerardo Osio created a series of transportable objects inspired by Japanese culture designed to be taken from place to place so you always feel at home.

6. The Latest Minimalist Collection From Artifox
We looked at Artifox’s latest pieces, a desk and shelf, which fell right in line with the brand’s minimalist designs, and both featured cool mix and match accessories for added functionality.

5. Muista: A New, More Evolved Way to Sit at Your Desk
Muista is a work chair that looks more like a stool, but it allows your body to stay more active by allowing for different sitting positions.

4. This Is Fur Real: Say Hello To Singapore’s First-Ever Cat Furniture Design Show
Appropriately named 9 Lives, this cat-themed furniture design exhibition was full of practical and aesthetically pleasing furniture for indoor cats.

3. Panama Banana: A Quirky, Rocking, Outdoor Hammock
Lithuanian designer Agota Rimsaite’s Panama Banana makes for a quirky, yet fun outdoor, rocking hammock that can also be used as a soccer goal.

2. IKEA Releases the YPPERLIG Collection from HAY
Danish design brand HAY brought their aesthetic to the YPPERLIG collection for IKEA, including seating, coffee tables, lighting, textiles, and accessories.

And the most popular home furnishings post of 2017 is…

1. Le Refuge: The Most Instagrammed Thing at Milan Design Week
The most Instagrammed piece during 2017 Milan Design Week? Le Refuge, a pink, jungle-like daybed designed by Marc Ange at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition space.


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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Best Interior Design Posts of 2017

Every week we go inside some of the most incredible modern houses, apartments, and offices to get a taste of how other people live, or rather, to get a peek at their taste. Most spaces leave us with severe design envy, ready to forward our mail directly there, or at least dream of it. But most of all, they leave us inspired and wanting to incorporate some elements into our own homes. Now that it’s the end of 2017, we revisit the 10 Interior Design posts that were the most popular over the last 12 months.

Best Interior Design Posts of 2017

10. A Cube-Like Room Within a Room
Kammerspiel is a room within a room that organizes essentials, like sleeping, working, eating, and reading, into a cube-like piece of furniture.

9. A Kid’s Room That Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again
In a rural Belgian house, Van Staeyen transformed an empty, awkwardly shaped room into a bedroom that any kid would dream to call their own.

8. A Modest, Modern Apartment for Living and Working
Maciej Kawecki, of Brandburg Studio, hired mode:lina™ after finding the perfect apartment in Poznan, Poland, to become his new place to both live and work.

7. A 72 Square Meter Apartment in the Center of Tel Aviv
Galya Ben Asher and Studio 6B transformed a 72 square meter apartment in the center of Tel Aviv into a modern, sophisticated retreat for a family of four.

6. A Clean, Monochromatic Apartment in Helsinki
Helsinki-based interior designer Laura Seppänen created an all-white apartment that was clean and monochromatic, but at the same time, cozy and comfortable.

5. A Minimalist Apartment in Odessa for a Bachelor
M3 ARCHITECTS designed a minimalist interior for an apartment in Odessa, Ukraine, with a neutral color scheme and simple materials.

4. IKEA Kitchen Fronts Made of Recycled Plastic & Reclaimed Wood
Form Us With Love collaborated with IKEA to create the KUNGSBACKA line of kitchen fronts made entirely from recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed wood.

3. A Playful Apartment in Taiwan for a Modern Family Lifestyle
A young couple hired HAO Design to design a modern apartment that was a colorful place for their two young children to play and grow up.

2. An Apartment in Taiwan That Keeps the Children in Mind
Awork Design Studio designed an apartment in Taiwan with an open floor plan with lots of natural light, along with places for the children to play.

And the most popular interior design post of 2017 is…

1. Basic Bathroom Gets a Graphic, Modern Renovation
MY BATHROOM RENOVATION!!!! After (many!!!!) long months, we revealed my modern bathroom project and took you through the entire design planning process, demo, construction, and the final results.


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