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Frank Gehry is onto something again as he tries to bring a major museum into the City of Santa Monica. His proposed project is a mixed use structure with a 125-room hotel, condos, a museum, shopping, restaurants and of course parking. Santa Monica could use a little bit of excitement and who better to bring it than the Santa Monica native Frank Gehry? I can just see the modern furniture and stylish modern lighting filling the spaces and the streets lined with modern architecture and sculptures.
One of the amazing things that Frank Gehry does is mix architecture, art and culture into one. His projects are a destination waiting to be explored. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (above) is the largest museum in a series of cultural institutions planned as part of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. It will serve the world as a destination for the advancement of knowledge and the understanding of culture through the arts.
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (above) is scheduled for completion in 2017 and it will no doubt be a pleasure for the now 84 old Frank Gehry to see such a remarkable project completed.
Gehry has designed more than fifty commercial buildings and residences throughout the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Disney Concert Hall (above), the Los Angeles Children’s Museum, the California Aerospace Museum and the Yale Psychiatric Institute just to name a few.
He also renovated the famous Hollywood Bowl by adding fiberglass spheres which hang from the bowl’s shell to upgrade the sound of the acoustics.
And did you know he has also designed a series of modern pendant lighting called "Cloud" (above). The name evokes the poetic nature of these creations, which should convey the feeling of freedom and eccentricity.
Who doesn't want to add a feeling of freedom and eccentricity into their home? One of the best ways to do that is through modern lighting, whether it be a ceiling light or a pendant! Take a look at some of our suggestions below.
White Billowing Cloud Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier
Now we can all bring a little bit of Frank Gehry into our homes or office.
Images: Curbed LA, A As Architecture, Dilznacka, Modern Design
When we think of landscape design, we usually consider the interplay of foliage, hardscape features and outdoor lighting. A water feature may play into the mix too, but rarely do we consider art work or finding any type of usable modern design inspiration.
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a non-profit founded in 2009 challenges the notion of how we use and program public and outdoor spaces by curating temporary installations and performances of contemporary art work. From an astrological mapping in the Southern California desert to a car horn symphony orchestrated across Los Angeles, LAND's happenings force us to look at our interaction with space in different and often inspiring new ways.
Perhaps most interesting among these exhibitions is the island (pictured throughout this post), a short-term, site-specific installation that plays with the fantasies and realities of being marooned on a desert island. For this single day exhibition held in conjunction with Art Basel Miami 2010, guests were boated to an island and induced to trek through sand, tropical plants and the water itself to discover artwork.
While the artwork was arranged like detritus drifted upon a shore, the effect was stunning. The relationship between the natural and the artificial was brought into dramatic relief.
Participating artists included: Bozidar Brazda, Stefan Brüggemann, Scott Campbell, Brody Condon, Naomi Fisher, Michael Genovese, Luis Gispert, Adler Guerrier, Terence Koh, Kate Levant and Michael E. Smith, Hanna Liden, Justin Lowe, Kori Newkirk, Jack Pierson, Marina Rosenfeld, David Benjamin Sherry, and Rona Yefman. The exhibition was curated by Shamim M. Momin, Director/Curator, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) and Aaron Bondaroff/Al Moran, Creative Directors, OHWOW.
Despite its highly conceptual approach, there are a number of design take-aways from the exhibition. What is our relationship with the outdoors? How do we design outdoor spaces in which the manufactured complements the organic rather than fighting with it? How can we develop our open and public land in a way that is sustainable and even regenerative?
These are the questions landscape architects and homeowners alike are asking, and with a growing interest in such mechanisms as energy efficient LED lighting, solar powered fountains, recycled materials and climate tolerant gardening, the land of the future promises to be a bright one indeed.
Gender neutral rooms are becoming more and more popular and I have to say, I love it! They are fantastic if you have multiple children of both genders sharing a room or even just if you don't want your child's room to look too girly or all boy.
This room (above) is my dream kids room. The colors really pop against the black and white scale, don't they? Notice that the pillow on the bed has pink in it, but it doesn't look too feminine because the gray scale and other subdued colors balance it out. I absolutely love it. Colorful pillows are always a great way for adding extra details.
The trick is to use colors that work for either sex, obviously. But you also want to include neutral tones like gray or white as the base for the walls or even the majority of the furniture. If you have a blue dresser or a pink light fixture, it makes it a lot harder to get the gender neutral look. This nursery (above) is a great example of using white as the base color and then adding fun pops of color that aren't overwhelmingly boy or girl.
And this shared nursery is so fun. They used a neutral tone for the walls and then white furniture but then used yellow and orange for most of the decorations. It's bright and cheery and totally gender neutral. You'll also notice that there are more feminine and masculine elements incorporated too. Just because the overall room is gender neutral, doesn't mean everything in the room has to be!
Images: Weekday Carnival, Apartment Therapy, Melissa Esplin
Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design! Starting in April, we will switch it up a bit and only do a link round up 1x/month. It's new name will be Design Spotlight. Stay tuned...
+We encourage you to take a look at this super cool home on Emmas Design Blogg. It's modern, edgy and just plain rad.
+Do you know what's even cooler than sustainable, green design?.... Tracking it! This new project for a high rise in Century City, California has an entire website dedicated to real-time environmental display.
+Are you an animal lover, but don't love the tacky furniture for pets? Check out Home Made Modern for a fun and easy DIY project. This is the coolest dog house we've ever seen.
+You have not seen architecture like this, we promise! It's the Chinese Coin House by Juan Carlos Menacho Durán.
+We have some buzz for you and to be honest, it's just us bragging a little. We've partnered with some great design bloggers and we're pretty proud of it. Read the full article here.
It's that time of year again! Get ready to spend more time in your modern outdoor space, both day and night. There's just a few things you need to consider as you prepare your outdoor space.
The first thing you should do before selecting outdoor lighting, purchasing outdoor furniture or laying down any stones is figure out how you want your outdoor space to function. Will you be entertaining? Do you want to eat out there during the day or night? Maybe you just want to lounge on sunny days?
Keep in mind the style of both your home's architecture as well as the interior design. Selecting furniture and lighting that will compliment your home's style is important for the overall flow of the design.
It's important to include some plant life in your home, but it's especially important to include it in your outdoor living space! Greenery can be used as a barrier as well. In the case of this home below, close quarters required them to come up with a design plan to ensure privacy. They chose tall, narrow trees and it was a brilliant move.
We hope you have fun designing your modern outdoor space and even more fun spending time there!
Images: Dwell, Salmon Bay Woodworks, Tom Hurt, Incorporated NY
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