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  • Cool + Collected 1.18

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    Photographer Balthazar Korab

    +Photographer Balthazar Korab passed away. He was a refugee from Communist Hungary who created polished images that captured the spirit of midcentury modern architecture.

    +Nepresso not only sells machines that make delicious coffee (so we're told), but now they have a flagship coffee shop in San Francisco. Dwell shares the design.

    +Haven't you ever wanted to restore your antique hardware and get rid of 10 layers of paint? Design*Sponge has a great series 'Before & After' with step by step instructions on how to restore items around your home.

    +If you're looking for a cool light installation experience from the comfort of your desk chair, check out Squidsoup's new project 'Submergence'. It's also on show at Galleri ROM in Oslo, Norway, January 17 - February 17 2013.

    +It's officially February and Valentine's is right around the corner. Oh Happy Day blog has some fun ideas for gifting, including this DIY monogrammed bag that's great for filling with candy hearts.

    Image: Idea

  • Romantic Restaurant Design: A Brief History of Canalis

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    romantic restaurant design

    In the history of romantic restaurants, perhaps no place stands out in the minds of Modern lovers more than Seattle's Canlis. In 1950, Peter Canlis hired architect Roland Terry to realize his vision of building "the world’s most beautiful restaurant." These historic photos tell the love story. 

    canalis architectural elevations

    Canalis Exterior Seattle

    The result was an eclectic mix of modern motifs that, despite a fair share of redesigns over the years, was recently named a Top 100 Romantic Restaurant by the reservations website OpenTable.com. We love how you can use nail head trim chairs to instantly make dinner in a public space feel like a private admission to someone's personal library.

    Canalis Banquet Hall

    Much of the restaurant's charm was in the sweeping candelabra and one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures. The romantic touch, it seems, has a simple formula: find a modern chandelier and put a candelabra bulb on it.

    modern candelabra chandeliers

    You could call it quirky, funky, left-of-center, but Canalis in its earliest days was a reminder that modern design, at its best, isn't about imitation--it's about being true to one's self.

    Having said that, here's how we imagine imitating Canalis at home:

    Modern Chandelier

    Possini Corinthian Bronze Twist Multi Chandelier

    Modern Sconce

    Uttermost Kane Polished Nickel Wall Sconce

    Modern Dining Chair

    Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs  

    We'd like to thank the University of Washington Libraries, from whom these fabulous historic photos were borrowed.

    Images: University of Washington Libraries

  • Superbowl Entertaining With Modern Style

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    Modern Style Entertaining

    Are you getting ready for one of the largest entertaining weekends ever...The Superbowl?! Well, we can help. We have everything you need, from modern seating to stylish home decor!

    We find that simple is always better. Make food your friends and family enjoy, no need to get fancy. Most importantly make sure you have enough platters to serve all your food and plenty of seating for your guests to enjoy watching the commercials. Oops, we mean the game.

    Modern Home Decor

    Nambe Twist Metal Alloy and Wood Coasters, Nambe Butterfly Wood Cheese Tray with Knife, Nambe Silver Serving Tray, Nambe Kissing Silver Salt and Pepper ShakerNambe Yaro Wood Salad Bowls 

    Image: Design Sponge

  • Design Trends: Las Vegas Market 2013

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    Design Trends

    I recently attended Las Vegas Market spending a week discovering the latest and greatest design trends of 2013! Today I'm sharing with you my top three 2013 trends from this year's Winter market!

    INDUSTRIAL MODERN: Combing reclaimed wood, vintage leathers, and patina metals will give you that industrial warehouse feel. When possible use salvaged and reclaimed materials like the true industrialist would do! Incorporating just one reclaimed wood side table or vintage desk lamp will help you add some of that industrial modern character to your own space.

    Home Design Trends  

    EMERALD GREEN & BRASS: Mixing emerald green (the Pantone color of the year) with brass will create an extremely sophisticated look! Using emerald green fabric on your larger furniture pieces, such as your modern sofa, will allow you to make the boldest statement. Brass is a great contrast to the emerald green and works beautifully as an accent such as a modern brass lighting fixture

     Union Jack

    UNION JACK:  The eclectic mix of English sophistication with a Maritime vibe and Union Jack  themed furniture and accessories was very prevalent at market this year! It's a more refined look with a slightly rugged edge. Rich wood tones are mixed with worn brass accents while raw linen with exposed edges is tufted with sophistication. Worn leather suitcases and trunks would be perfect for accenting.  

    With so many ways to incorporate these Design Trends of 2013 into your own home or project, where are you going to start? We look forward to finding out!

    Images: Cloud Brain, Inspired Design, Dreams & Wishes

  • Modern Design Legend: Eames Chair Debut on NBC

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    Charles & Ray Eames are modern design legends.

    In 1956 NBC television network debuted Charles and Ray Eames’ chairs on the Arlene Francis "Home" show broadcast.

    Today, you can sit back in your modern furniture, which was probably inspired by Charles and Ray Eames, and enjoy a bit of modern insight from the legends of design.

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