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Digital Disruptors

Objects come to life at Airbnb-hosted "Wild Thing" exhibit

digital disruptors | December 12, 2017
Personal objects—from art to furniture—come to life in an interactive installation that replicates Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen of Belgium-based design duo Muller Van Severen's own living room. Certain touches speak to guests via high-tech speakers that deliver directional sound. (When gue... By Katy B. Olson

Queer Eye returns with Bobby Berk aboard as designer

digital disruptors | December 11, 2017
The much-loved makeover show, Queer Eye, is returning after over a decade, as a Netflix remake, and interior designer Bobby Berk will star as the show's interiors expert, joining fellow pros on the team, known as the Fab Five, including Karamo Brown (specializing in culture), Jonathan Van Ness (... By Katy B. Olson

Modsy nabs $23 million in funding from NBC, Comcast and more

digital disruptors | December 8, 2017
The home design startup, which lets users visualize wares in their homes via 3D imaging and AR technology, has closed a $23 million Series B funding round. It was led by Advance Venture Partners (which is a branch of Advance Publication—parent company of Conde Nast) with previous investors inclu... By Katy B. Olson

Pantone names 2018 Color of the Year

digital disruptors | December 7, 2017
Ultra Violet is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018 and, as the color company points out, it reflects the qualities that are needed in today’s world. The vibe of Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet is distinctly ethereal. “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, t... By Katy B. Olson

Domino pops up for Habitat for Humanity

digital disruptors | December 5, 2017
Domino and The Home Depot in SoHo, New York, are using home decor, furniture and product to inform and entertain attendees—and impact nonprofit Habitat for Humanity. The Domino holiday pop-up, which opened last week and runs on weekends through the end of the month, features a functioning kitche... By Katy B. Olson

Interior design communities are thriving in these five Facebook groups

digital disruptors | December 5, 2017
Scrolling through the spam of standard Facebook groups can be discouraging, an unfortunate fact considering some pages can provide a genuine community to share and advise. To help save time and research, EAL has tested the pool of interior design–related forums. Here, we’ve gathered our top five... By Melissa Studach

The Mine brings its midcentury mod goods offline, to New York

digital disruptors | December 1, 2017
The Mine, which back in April underwent a rebrand from its former name,, has popped up in a LOWE’S store in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. (Lowe’s is The Mine’s parent company.) Up for sale are furniture and decorative objects designed by the brand’s in-house team, available... By Katy B. Olson

Consumer Report: An architect tests out GC matchmaker Sweeten

digital disruptors | November 28, 2017
Architect Steven Harper, partner and operating director at the New York–based MN Design Professional Corporation, has endured his fair share of contractor woes. There was a routinely unprepared general contractor who couldn’t seem to manage his subcontractors; another who provided almost zero te... By Katy B. Olson

1stdibs launches first-ever catalog, expanding Contemporary section

digital disruptors | November 16, 2017
1stdibs’s “Contemporary,” a shoppable catalog replete with editorial, has launched. The catalog spotlights new and customizable products found on the website. It’s the first edition in what will be a quarterly schedule. Among the editorial-meets-retail features are profiles of Apparatus, ... By Katy B. Olson

Brian Patrick Flynn launches design-travel Instagram project

digital disruptors | November 13, 2017
Brian Patrick Flynn is parlaying his love for international travel and design into a video series, Flynn International, airing exclusively on Instagram. The designer launched the series on Monday, with the goal to “combine useful information about these bucket list travel experiences with design... By Katy B. Olson
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