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  • Downtown Art Walk: Robert Vargas at Work in Los Angeles

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    Downtown LA Art Walk

    If you've been to the Downtown Art Walk in Los Angeles then you most likely have seen Robert Vargas on these streets painting live portraits. And you've most likely been mesmerized by not only how amazing these portraits are, but the how captivating his live performances are. As the crowd gathers around Vargas selects his models from the audience and creates gorgeous portraits in about 5 minutes. The spectators stand around, jaws dropped, hoping they are the next to be selected to have their portraits drawn by the oh so talented Robert Vargas.

    Live Art

    There are amazing things happening down there and this Boyle Heights native and his Pratt Institute education are really bringing out the true characters. 

    Downtwon Art Walk Live Art

     The emotion that is captured in not only the performance, but in each piece is something that is truly represents the vibe of downtown LA.

    Live Art Performance

    The crowds gather around while Vargas goes to town! Who wouldn't want to be one of the lucky ones selected to have their portrait painted?! Hanging his work in your modern interior would bring so much character to your space. His work would be a great compliment to any of the industrial downtown lofts filled with modern furniture.

    Mural

    Retro Mural

    Vargas was commissioned to do a live mural of The Far East Movement last year at the art walk. Once the mural was painted, Far East Movement started their performance while the mural dried in the background.The finished painting symbolizes "staying present and capturing the moment," states Vargas. He continues, "Fans of FM and myself will get to experience both Music and Art like never before at the Art Walk."

    East LA Wall Mural

    You can not only find Vargas's work down at the LA Art Walk but you can also find his murals on buildings across East LA. 

    Artwork is the perfect way to bring character into your own home, and is even better when your modern home decor is created by an emerging artist who is able to capture all your emotion and spirit in one single piece. A trip to LA Artwalk to see Vargas is in order for us all.

    Sources: Robert Vargas

  • Cool + Collected 1.9

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    Modern Architecture

    +Want to win tickets to Palm Springs Modernism Week? Just follow them on Instagram and take lots of modern pictures... Details on their blog.

    +This year at the White House, the holiday theme is all about "Joy to All," featuring 54 trees and patriotic wreaths paying tribute to our Armed Forces and their families. Want a tour by the First Pup? Well, Curbed has it for you.

    +The Perot Museum of Nature and Science opens tomorrow in Dallas, Texas. You have to see the architecture, designed by Morphosis over on Archinect!

    +Want to see how an old water tower was turned into an incredibly cool modern home? Well, head over to My Modern Met for the scoop.

    +This year, if you aren't buying furniture or lighting (wink, wink) as gifts, then head over to Etsy and give business to artisans while you gift the ones you love with something special.

    Image: Modernism Week Instagram 

  • Lego Architecture: Building Blocks for Grownups

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    Lego Architecture Dwell Contest

    LEGO building blocks have inspired generations of young builders. In recent years, they've also become an object of affection for grown adults looking to indulge their childhood dreams of becoming an architect.

    In 2008, LEGO introduced the LEGO Architecture Series, a series of building block sets that replicate some of the world's most iconic structures. Included are a number of modern residences that would be of particular interest to fans of modern design. 

    There's Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House:

    Lego Van Der Rohe HouseThere's Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater:

    LEGO Frank Lloyd Wright Set

    And there's even Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye:

    Le Corbusier and LEGO

    The LEGO design fad has definitely taken hold. Earlier this year in fact, Dwell Magazine and LEGO joined forces to stage a contest in which participants were asked to create a Mid-century Modern home using the blocks (pictured at the top of this post and below).

    Dwell Lego Contest

    Put any of these sets together, literally, and you've got the best in mid-century houses. Unfortunately these models aren't large enough to fit our favorite lighting fixtures and furniture. For a real home, we recommend modern black leather chairs, Danish wood tables or credenzas, and any of our favorite arc designer floor lamps.

    For a fraction of the cost of real construction, it's fun to fantasize for a moment about building one of the world's most recognizable modernist residences.

    Images: Dwell, LEGOLocal Planet

  • Modern Office Design by Make Creative

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    Modern Office Design

    Make Creative does modern office design and they do it well! When Make Creative was called to create a generous and innovative workspace for a collaborative team, they hit the nail on the head through the transformation of this industrial warehouse. The design of Unit B4 office spaces in Sydney, Australia was named Best Workplace under 1000sqm at the Interior Design Excellence Awards.

    Modern Conferece Room

    The design was based on the the idea of interconnected elements within the open space. This allows the interior to become a series sculptural features woven together which fill the open space with multiple blocks and voids.  

    The unique use of modern lighting in this space makes a huge statement. The larger pendant lights over the communal table are encased in a sculptural wood frame which not only defines the space but does an amazing job of filling the void. While the black wall sconces look as if they are crawling off the wall in the little red niche. Modern wall sconces are always a great way to add a sculptural element to your space.

    Modern Wall Light

    Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Bronze LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp

    Modern Loft Office

    A good client truly is a blessing and when Made Creative was asked what the best part was about this project they replied, "We were lucky enough to have been given a lot of trust and freedom with this project… good clients ready to take a risk on an unexpected solution."  When a client is open to taking risks talent shines through! Even if it's something as simple as using pops of red on the modern barstools or hanging lights in an unusual way these small details really help make a space special.  

    Modern Kitchen

    The simple pendant lighting floats through the space to create glistening bursts of lights. Clusters of modern mini pendant lights hanging at different levels creates an organic feel and is a bit unexpected.  

    Mini Glass Pendant

    Clear Glass with Chrome Mini Halogen Pendant

    Modern Office Loft

    Such a functional and practical solution for a creative office environment that I'm sure many of you would love to work in! I know we would!  

    Images: Yellowtrace

  • Design Style Mix: Modern Vintage

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    Design Style

    Whether your style is modern, traditional, country or you just don't know, it's ok. The fun part about design is mixing and matching different elements and styles. Take this Danish home for example...

    Style Mix

    The living room and dining room feature a clean, modern palette of black and white. However, the untreated floors, twigs, sheepskin and antlers give the space a comfortable lived-in feel. Balancing modern furniture with vintage accessories is always a fun combination.

    Modern Dining Chair

    Alex Black Leatherette Dining Chairs

    Modern Vintage

    This modern vintage home does a great job following through with its design. From the reading corner to the bedroom, the color palette and comfortable aesthetic remains consistent. We're noticing a lot of desk lamps used in areas of the home other than the office, like the bedroom (above).

    Modern Pouf

    Arteriors Home Priscilla Pouf

    When you're perusing magazines or blogs for inspiration, remember to take ideas from all types of styles and then combine them to make one of your own. In the end, this will add the most character to your home.

    Images: Guardian

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