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  • Modern Barn Renovation: Rustic Design Style

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    moden architecture

    The challenge: Renovating an old Spanish barn into a modern home with rustic design style.

    The outcome: Success!

    modern barn

    Large barn doors provide extra large windows for every room.

    modern dining room

    The modern interior is a stark contrast to the exterior, making it the perfect pair. Modern dining tables are always a good statement piece.

    modern dining chair

    Wishbone Natural Wood Side Chairs

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    Zuo Leatherette and Glass Dining Table

    modern living room

    This loft-style living room is full of open space and minimally furnished, making it clean and modern. Selecting a few pieces of your favorite modern furniture without overdoing it is key to designing a modern home.  

    Images: Epundit

  • Burning Man Festival 2012: Captured in Photos

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    How many of you have had the incredible opportunity to experience Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock desert? Each year the photos prove that it's something everyone should experience just once. Burning Man Festival is a pop-up city so incredible that tens of thousands of people return to the desert each year to be part of this and cut themselves off from civilization.

    This year marked the 26th anniversary which was a huge success, per usual. The Temple (above) is one of the most picture-perfect modern art installations of the entire festival.

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    Artists, techies, hippies, dreamers, corporate professionals and children attend Burning Man. Many are involved not just during this week long adventure, but year round. Whether building, creating, or investing the community invests many hours throughout the year to make their vision come to life.

    shipwreck installation

    This art installation titled La Llorona rests on the Playa as if it's been shipwrecked here for years. Nautical themed accessories are great not only for the home, but apparently for the desert as well.

    love sculpture

    There are many simple words that when seen standing alone in the desert have a whole new meaning. Love and community are at the core of this festival and you can't walk away from it without being impacted.

     explosions

    As the darkness falls, the fire lights up the skies over this pop-up city. Not nearly the same effect, using cool outdoor lighting will help you see without burning down the neighborhood.

    burn wall street

    This installation called Burn Wall Street is a political piece with a neutral point of view. A piece like this takes about 50 people, three months, and $100,000 to build.  Talk about dedication.  

     burning of the man

    Of course, Burning Man wouldn't be complete without its infamous "burning of the Man" ceremony, an interactive spectacle that involves dancers, music, fire and the destruction of a giant statue of a man and a corresponding temple.

    Is Burning Man on your bucket list...because it's definitely on mine!  If you want a little taste of Burning Man check out Decompression in your city or stay updated with this year round calendar.

    Images: Lolita Abraham, Guardian, Architizer

  • Architecture as Art Performance: Burden's Small Skyscraper

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    Despite the playfulness of his current Small Skyscraper architecture/art installation, make no mistake: it's a burden to be Chris Burden. 

    He's been shot in the arm, nailed to a VW beetle, electrocuted and crucified. He's even taken out prime time ads in Los Angles and New York. He's done it all throughout the 70s and 80s in the name of performance art.

    chris burden lacma streetlights

    More recently, Burden has focused on sculptural installations. His Urban Light  installation (pictured above) features 202 found street lights, and is a permanent fixture (pun definitely intended) at LACMA (DIY tip: you can shop Euro Style Lighting's selection of post lights if you'd like to build your own Urban Light replica).

    However, it's Burden's current work, Small Skyscraper (pictured at the top of this post and below), that finally compelled me to write about the artist. 

    art installation old town pasadena

    On view at Pasadena's One Colorado, Small Skyscraper is a playful adaption to a Los Angeles County building code loophole (since closed) that allows buildings to be built up to 400 sq. ft. and 35 feet high without permits. This fun, if a bit impractical, four story piece actually combines for an impressive 1600 sq. ft. of floor space. Small Skyscraper was inspired by a loophole Burden first discovered in 1991 when building his studio on rugged terrain in an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County. The installation itself may be up to code; his documentation of it below, however, is probably less than sufficient for the permit process:

    chris burden artist sketches

    Work like Burden's is hard to commodify, and yet in an age when museum attendees are asked to exit through the gift shop, I feel like I should leave you with something to purchase. So in that spirit, the following are a few floor lamps that, unlike Small Skyscraper, are nearly certain to conform to building codes for the foreseeable future.

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    Possini Euro Three Tier Wood Slat Frosted Glass Floor Lamp (left)Rattan Rectangular Column 40" High Floor Lamp (right)

    See Small Skyscraper between now and November 11, 2012, at One Colorado in Pasadena. The exhibition is presented by the Armory Center for the Arts.

    Images: Architect's Newspaper, Telegraph, Grupa O.K.

  • Interior Design Report: America Loves Blue

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    Now, this is the kind of news we love... House Beautiful announces America's favorite color (according to their survey). The hue winner is BLUE and we're loving it!

     

    modern blue home decor

    1. Retro Turquoise Metal 9 1/2" Round Wall Clock 2. Swag Style Blue Ikat Giclee Chandelier 3. LBL Miyu Classic Steel Blue Pendant Light 4. Linen Shade Blue Oscar Table LampCopy 5. Clear Glass Nesting Tables 6. Zuo Baby S Blue Kids Chairs

    Image: Art Ruby

  • Modern Stairway Design

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    Yes, stairs can get you from one level to the next, but that's not all the modern stairway design can do! They can be more like sculptural works of art when architects think outside the box, which can make going from one level to the next so much more fun! Whether you choose wood (above), steel, concrete, or glass creating an innovative and beautiful stairway design will make a huge impact in any modern home.  

    steel stairway design

    This modern steel staircase (above) gives the appearance of walking through a black box that floats just above the room. And just look at how beautifully the bold black contrasts against the natural materials, but still feels very light and airy. If you don't want to add a stairway or change your current one, black accent furniture can create that visual pop in a space.  

    concrete stairway

    Poured concrete stairs mixed with solid block treads create a very organic feel for a modern home (above). This is a great idea for a modern home where the stairs become shelves used to display books and modern home decor. When you think about the alternative for this creative stairway design, there's not much. The architect could have built a wall and made a closet underneath or had an odd area under the stairs... nah. This is a much better option!  

    glass stairway design

    A glass staircase does an amazing job of not obstructing the view in this gorgeous outdoor setting (above). The greenery shines through the glass as you view the garden below. This might be a little scary for some, but is stunning nonetheless!

    When you think outside the box magic happens!  

    Images: Amanda-Rae, Tamizo Architects, CastroFerroThe Art of Youthful Revolutions

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