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As we've seen with the recent devastation from Superstorm Sandy, surging seas and rising waters can be a menace to even the most modern city. While scientists and politicians debate rising ocean levels, some designers are already thinking about how to build modern home designs for their regular occurrence.
Perhaps no one knows better how to prepare for high seas than the Dutch, who have been living below sea level for hundreds of years (and who happen to have a pretty cool design sense to boot). Their solution? Floating homes.
Pictured above and at the top of this post, the floating Dutch village of Steigereiland has a crisp modern design aesthetic with a normal community feel.
Design studio Waterstudio has design concepts for artificial islands, sea trees and more, but the amphibious Villa de Hoef (pictured below) will more than suit most family's needs:
The designs do have "curb" appeal, but how do they look on the inside? Well, the Watervilla by +31 Architects is a house boat in Amsterdam that, despite it's small finprint, has a generous and light feel inside.
The decor combines simple contemporary and mid-century elements. Modern furniture featuring acrylics, thick woods and minimalist forms is a great way to achieve this look in your own home.
Set of 2 Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs
Zuo Haxby Walnut and Glass Modern Coffee Table
Nambe Anvil Alloy Metal Vase
Use of modern recessed lighting helps to keep sight lines unobstructed and the limited floor space unfettered.
There's no way to undo the damage from recent storms and our hearts go out to those affected. Thankfully, as designers and architects continue to look at ways to curb the affects of storms and sea levels, we can look forward to such damage being mitigated in the years to come.
Images: Flavorwire, Inhabitat, Afflante
+Yale School of Architecture will celebrate the life and work of iconic designer and Yale alumnus George Nelson. The exhibition, titled “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher,” will be on display at the gallery of Yale School of Architecture from Thursday, Nov. 8, to Saturday, Jan. 26.
+It's definitely cooling down, time to pull out the sweaters and jackets. Since we know you want to be on-trend this season, P.S. I Made This has a great DIY for adding elbow patches to your favorite sweater.
+And we have the perfect round up of cozy locations for you to wear your new elbow patch-sweater. Casa Sugar curated a list of mountain resorts around the globe.
+Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. Their purpose is to build a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. Each year they host Design Like You Give a Damn, an event full of innovative panel discussions, workshops and 'Design Open Mic'. Visit their website to register for this 2-day event (November 12-13, 2012) in San Francisco.
+The East Coast is in desperate need of our attention and our help. As if Superstorm Sandy wasn't bad enough, they just experienced a Nor'eastern this week. Occupy Sandy is a great resource for donations and volunteering. Please help if you can.
For years you heard the words stainless steel, chrome, and brushed nickel when referring to modern kitchen design... But rarely did you hear the words brass or polished brass. Well, those times are over and for the design lovers out there that are looking to mix it up we'll show you some great ways to incorporate brass into your modern kitchen!
Brass accent strips were added to the Bulthaup Kitchen (above) to create a striking detail in this otherwise simple kitchen design. Mixing the modern elements with the more traditional brass and carrara will offer your kitchen layers of interest.
How stunning is this brass countertop in this industrial kitchen design? It mixes so beautifully with the bricks to create something fresh and visually stimulating. Usually when you think industrial you think steel, but rarely do you think brass. This kitchen just might change the way you think...
Adding a vintage style brass faucet and cup pulls can completely transform your modern white kitchen. Simple changes in kitchen hardware can make a huge difference. Brass sconces are a great solution for lighting when you forgo the upper cabinets and choose open space instead.
HOLTKOETTER UP-DOWN 5 1/4" WIDE POLISHED BRASS WALL SCONCE
When you want your kitchen to feel a bit more polished, then just polish your brass. This kitchen hardware adds elegance to the modern kitchen design, like that flashy necklace or watch you put on for a evening out on the town.
JONATHAN ADLER MEURICE BRASS ROBERT ABBEY CHANDELIER
And of course one of the best ways to incorporate brass into your space is through modern pendant lighting. Whether it be multiple pendants or one large brass chandelier, the impact will no doubt be dynamic.
Images: Flodeau, Pinterest, Hannas Room, Sequins and Stripes
It's that time of year again and if you're like us, you're thinking about the best way to create a modern dining room for this holiday season. Similar to the room above, we love the use of a modern dining table mixed with acrylic dining chairs to create a beautiful holiday table and still feel spacious. This sleek style allows for minimal decor to really stand out against the glistening backdrop.
Accessorizing with simple organic elements, such as gold leaf branches (above), helps soften the modern materials. Modern candle holders are also a wonderful touch.
If you want to get the look above here are some perfect selections to help you achieve this look in your own home.
Zuo Flag White Leatherette and Glass Dinign Table
Zuo Anime Transparent Dining Chairs
Clear Crystal Chrome Luminous Chandelier
Set of 8 Mini Glass Bubble Placecard Holders
You can make your guests feel special by creating modern placecard holders (above) for each one.
Adding simple holiday elements to your modern decor will be a sure way to keep you festive this holiday season without compromising your modern aesthetic!
Images: Sketch 42
The Arab world has seen a spate of political revolutions over the past few years, but a recent series of two design books called Arabesque looks at a quieter revolution taking place in the Arab world: graphic design. This stunning collection of inspiration images features modern calligraphy, logos and illustration by artists from Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.
In the book, urban and environmental design photos show Arabesque patterning at the street level:
Arab illustration points to a vibrant mix of cultural heritage with modern production techniques:
Logos and typography highlight the Arab calligraphy tradition, albeit with a modern twist:
Arabesque does stop short of covering industrial or interior design. That doesn't stop us however from daydreaming of a few home decor elements that might look great surrounding this beautiful coffee book:
Tall Turquoise Glass Stupa Vase, Possini Glitz Crystal Chrome 8 1/2" High Pocket Wall Sconce, Helix Collection Rectangular End Table, Tangle 20" Square Red Throw Pillow, Set of 2 Zuo Modern Darwen Black 24" High Counter Stool
A book this nice is just too good to keep locked up on the shelf. We suggest you design the perfect reading corner with a modern coffee table, a pretty arc floor lamp and start reading. Let's face it, almost nothing beats a warm beverage and a good read.
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