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  • Stunning Modern Designs From Emerging Architects

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    SsD Architecture / Braver House in Newton, Massachusetts

    Jinhee Park and John Hong of SsD Architecture develop their designs by exploring aspects of architecture, landscape, history, and social systems taking an interdisciplinary approach to design. One of their completed projects is Braver house in Newton, Massachusetts (above). Their goal with this project was to create a small, efficient residence that minimizes its actual footprint, while at the same time maximizing the perceived sense of interior space through smart design. In addition to the architecture, minimal furniture and home decor accessories help keep the interiors simple and open.

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    Arquitectura 911sc / Social Housing Project in Mexico City, Mexico

    Arquitectura 911sc / Performing Arts Center in Guadalajara, Mexico

    Jose Castillo and Saidee Springall from Arquitectura 911sc strive for a “dual commitment to an architecture that connects the physical with the social and architecture that is grounded and informed by the city.” Recently completed projects include a low-income housing development (above), bookstores, offices, and commercial spaces in Mexico City. Their social housing project is a successful case study to prove that urban, high density housing sells faster than traditional housing projects. The firm's Performing Arts Center in Guadalajara (second image above) is currently under construction. With this project, they hope to create an environment where the interiors interact with the exterior. 

    Jinhee Park, John Hong, Jose Castillo and Saidee Springall are four out of a handful of winners of the 2012 "Emerging Voices" award from The Architectural League.

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    Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon / Habitat for Humanity Student Project Winner

    Two very young architects who no doubt have big futures are Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon, both graduate architecture students from Rice University. They designed an award winning house (above) that Habitat for Humanity selected to build. The house, set to be built in Spring of 2012 will use prefabricated roof trusses to speed and simplify construction. Yonatan Pressman comments on the inverting of the roof trusses, “It allowed us to give the house a distinct aesthetic presence and create dynamic spaces full of natural light.”

    Be sure to follow all of these emerging architects, both locally and abroad. It is so inspiring to witness their extraordinary creativity and dedication.

    Images: SsD Architecture, Arquitectura 911scInternational Business Times

  • The Allure of Cranberry Red: Hot Color in Architecture and Design

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    Cranberry Red Light Fixtures and Home Decor

    Products (from left to right): Artemis High Pure Red Ceiling Fan, Jonathan Adler Capri Red Accent Lamp, Sao Paulo Ribbed Metallic Red Round Wall Mirror, Lights Up! Woody Pickled Red Dupioni Silk Shade Floor Lamp, Set of 4 Zuo Juju Red Outdoor Dining Chairs

    The allure of cranberry red can be coughed up to its association with excitement. Red is daring, bold, and just plain fun. My favorite use of red in interiors is when it is used as a stand alone color against a very neutral or white background (as shown in the bathroom picture below). Cranberry red also mixes well with other colors such as teals, violets, and light yellows. If you want to just dip your toe in the red color scheme, go for red light fixtures and home decor versus painting an entire wall.

    The bright red ceiling fan would look awesome over a modern bed. The red table lamp adds a pop of color and excitement to living room decor. I would love to see the Sao Paulo metallic red mirror used over a side table in an entryway. I have major tripod floor lamp envy and would die to purchase the red floor lamp for my home office. Jazz up your outdoor dining experience with bright red dining chairs. Which cranberry red home accent are you craving?

    Red Bathtub and Minimalist Bathroom Design

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  • Manhattan Modern Condo - Design Eye Candy

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    We're loving the clean and simple color palette of this Manhattan modern condo. The home decor  and modern furniture create a stylish living room that's sure to impress. Head on over to The New York Times for the full article "Escaping to the City's Bustle" where you'll find lots more images!

    Want to incorporate this color scheme into your home? Check out our Pinterest page where we have a whole board dedicated to yellow and gray! We're always adding more ideas so keep checking back...

    Image: New York Times

  • Mixing Fun Materials For A Modern Kitchen Design

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    Modern kitchen design with plywood

    The kitchen is no longer the most basic and purely functional room of the house. Through the use of fun, new materials and combining lots of different textures, the kitchen is quickly becoming the statement room of the house!

    The kitchen above mixes simple materials to create its unique look. The clean white countertop paired with the raw plywood and simple glass storage are a perfect combination! Like these cute glass mason jars, be sure to make the home decor selections just as important as the larger furniture and built-ins choices.

    Modern kitchen design with concrete

    The kitchen above is more bold in its design aesthetic. Concrete surfaces are a trendy alternative to the typical tile or granite options.

    Modern kitchen design with brass

    Talk about making a statement.... this kitchen veers away from the typical stainless steel look for a handsome brassy alternative. Paired with the pale concrete floors and gray brick walls, this kitchen is a show stopper! The oversized modern pendants give the space its shiny element, while the spotted countertop gives it a nice contrast.

    Hopefully we've given you some fun ideas for a modern kitchen. Don't be shy to mix and match materials as long as you have a cohesive design goal in mind.

    Images: Augenpralinen, Style Files, Sold Frog

  • Minimalism Al Fresco

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    Modern Outdoor Fireplace

    On the surface, minimalism and the great outdoors don't seem to have much in common. However, upon closer examination, minimalist design's unapologetic shedding of extraneous elements closely echoes the process of natural selection - a process whereby plants and animals that have survived through the ages have done so by casting off all traits deemed unnecessary for survival. A clean focus on the essentials.  

    It's only fitting then that when cooking and eating in nature, one does so with a minimalist flair.

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    Dining al fresco is an opportunity to return to basics. Simple ingredients are the key, be they what's on the table or the table itself. The Itauba table (pictured below) is an all-in-one outdoor kitchen solution. An unlikely design from outdoor gear manufacturer Snowpeak, this Japanese-inspired table features a stove and grill in the center. The camp lanterns are optional of course.

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    In fact, there's much more to outdoor lighting than camp lanterns. The al fresco kitchen should invite starlight in and keep light pollution out. For that purpose, dark sky lighting provides light where it's needed (for pathways, stairs and such) without destroying the natural ambience.

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    Hinkley Atlantis Bronze High Dark Sky Outdoor Wall Light (left), Vertical Dark Sky High Outdoor Wall Light (right)

    Fire can be central to the outdoor experience. Heat source. Light source. Marshmallow roaster. New Zealand based Escea makes a stunning line of modernist outdoor fireplaces.  

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    Sleek, stark modernist lines are seemingly incongruous with nature, yet anyone who has seen Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater or John Lautner's Desert Hot Springs Motel (recently renovated by interior designer Tracy Beckmann) will speak of the sublime attention to the land that both of these monuments exhibit. The open-air folly pictured below, by New Zealand based Herbst Architects, is constructed mostly of natural materials to provide a minimalist respite that blends into the surroundings yet keeps the rain out. It includes a simple kitchen and dining table.  

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    Less is more. Such has been the modernist doctrine for nearly a century now and such has been the doctrine of nature for eons, proof that good design never goes out of style.  

    Images: The Outdoor Stylist, MoCo Loco, Urban Gardens, Escea, Architechnophilia

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