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  • Modern Art Installation: Umbrellas In The Sky

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    So, we featured an image of this awesome art installation as one of our Facebook posts last week and we just couldn't let it go so we decided to blog about it too! A colorful and whimsical umbrella art installation floats above this promenade in Águeda, Portugal. It casts a shadow of geometric shapes on the ground below and fills the streets with a fairy tale like energy. This colorful public art installation is not only functional, but also brings uplifting energy into a quiet community during the lazy days of summer!  

    colorful umbrellas

    The sun shines through the umbrellas and they just light up in the sky! Bringing this type of vibrant energy into your own home is as simple as adding colorful modern ceiling lighting.  

     red pendant light

    All Red Giclee Glow 20" Wide Pendant Light

     Orange Pendant Light

    Peach Flower Small 15-3/4" Wide Pendant Light

    floating umbrella decor

    The juxtaposition of the bright colors and the natural elements of the historic buildings form such an interesting composition. The reflection of the colors in the glass windows creates a stained glass like effect.

    Colorful glass pendant lighting looks beautiful when installed with this type of juxtaposition. The combination of the colorful sleek glass, mixed with historic brick walls, creates depth in design and adds visual interest to a space.

    LBL Mason Steel Bue and Satin Nickel Pnedant Light

    Pop Collection Green Glass 15" Wide Pendant

    Photographers Patrícia Almeida and Diana Tavares were able to capture the amazing umbrella installation with photos that evoke so much emotion that you might just feel like you're about to float away on one of those colorful umbrellas. Hope your week has been as magical as this installation!

    Images: My Modern NetArchitizer

  • A Modern Coffeehouse and Gallery: Graffiti Cafe

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    modern retail design

    Have you been searching for the perfect modern coffeehouse to meet your clients at, have a quick business meeting, or just get some work done? Well if you're in Los Angeles, look no further, Graffiti Cafe is the perfect place!  The interior is a clean black and white palette with painted white floors and exposed vaulted beam ceilings that make the space feel incredibly open. It's a gorgeous crisp palette just waiting to be tagged by the local graffiti and street artists that fill the streets of the La Brea neighborhood.

    peace sign wall art

    The baristas are as friendly as ever and stand behind the all white counter lined with treats. This peace sign dictates quite an accurate description of this place. The glowing sign along with the incredible music creates a vibe that almost makes you feel as if you're floating like a cloud in the space. It's a real chill experience even when you're hyped on the delicious Intelligentsia coffee!

    modern black sofas

    There are many different types of seating in this modern coffeehouse to suit your mood and your company. The classic fireplace mixes with the modern elements to create a cozy setting. Using a modern black sofa that is extremely comfortable can really make one feel cozy in a space that may appear to be very sleek.

    modern fireplace design

    This area is great for lounging and chatting with friends while sipping coffee or eating one of their amazing Butter Nutter cookies!   

    modern black sofa

    Zuo Fortress Collection Black Leather Sofa

    all-white interior

    You can head upstairs to the laptop stations in the lofted area and look down onto the crowd or you can grab a comfy seat in one of the booths lining the perimeter of the open space below.

    white round tables

    The tables and chairs float in front of the booths to create small group seating that can easily be clustered together for larger groups. You won't feel cramped in this large open space by any means. The use of  modern black dining chairs and simple round white dining tables creates a bold, modern contrast in any space.  

    Zuo Spire Black Dining Chair

    Zuo Wilco White Dining Table

    communal seating

    The larger communal spaces are perfect for serious business! Long dining tables are linked together to create a communal area for interacting with larger groups or just new friends.

    graffiti artwork

    The graffiti installation in this rear nook subtly separates the corner from the open plan seating. Semi-circular booths create intimate, more private seating in this area.

    No matter what your agenda is, this modern coffeehouse is tailored to suite you. The coffee is definitely sublime and the music is so good you won't want to leave! Soups and sandwiches are coming soon and I'm sure so much more is up their sleeve!  Welcome to the neighborhood Graffiti Cafe!

    Images: Graffiti Cafe. The Delicious LIfe

  • Las Vegas Architecture: Circa Now

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    modern hotel architecture

    We're in Vegas today for the Las Vegas Market and we hope to bring back lots of inspiration for you. In honor of our trip, we thought we would profile some modern Las Vegas architecture.

    We've all seen Vegas architecture develop from the days when The Flamengo was the new hot spot (at least in photos) to today's design eye candy. Case in point, the pool deck and cafe at the new City Center's Aria!

    modern outdoor patio

    We'll make sure to at least stop by and see this architecture up close. If it looks this cool in photographs, imagine...

    modern pool cabana

    The interiors of the cabanas are extremely private and appear to have full service attendance. Plenty of modern outdoor furniture is the key for comfortable Summertime lounging and ceiling fans never hurt.

    modern pool bar

    Hope you're all having a great Monday, even if you're not lounging by a super cool pool bar on stylish bar stools.

    Images: Moonward

  • IwamotoScott Art Installations: Large Scale Design Inspiration

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    Voussoir Cloud installation

    Voussoir Cloud

    After writing my post on Tuesday, Modern Chandelier Meets Art Installation, I decided to post about actual art installations because well, it's fun and they're an amazing source of design inspiration. So, prepare to be inspired....

    Since large-scale installations are very architectural, it makes perfect sense that the ones I'm featuring today are done by IwamotoScott Architects. Their range of projects include residential, commercial, institutional, competitions.... and art.

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    Voussoir Cloud

    The Voussoir Cloud was designed for the Southern California Institue of Architecture gallery in Los Angeles. It consists of fourteen segmented pieces made out of paper thin petals shapes "designed to explore the structural paradigm of pure compression".

    The project was inspired by such icons as Frei Otto and Antonio Gaudi who also studied efficient form. Each new form of design inspiration is developed out of another and that is inspiring.

    UVA ISAR Exibit

    UVA ISAR Exibit

    IwamotoScott was selected to be an exhibitor for the Michael Owen Jones Lecture and Exhibition at University of Virginia's School of Architecture. The UVA ISAR Exhibit was made of graduated pleated paper with two different projects printed on alternating sides of the pleats to form this fascinating art installation.

    The effect is giant postcard that flickers between the two images upon movement. The pleats allowed for efficient shipping as it was flat-packed all the way to Virginia from California.

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    UVA ISAR Exibit (above)

    In-Out Curtain

    In-Out Curtain

    Unlike the first two installations, the In-Out Curtain is actually a prototype for an operable screen that combines modular origami and digital production with light. It's sort of a hybrid drape/venetian blind/screen.

    two dimensional material

    The curtain uses simple material resistance to generate its 2-dimensional movement quality. It's never in a permanent state, either in shape, or when against a window.

    Although these are certainly not weekend DIY projects and also not something you would put in your home, the use of materials, form, and function are inspiring at so many levels. They serve as inspiration for designing our home and selecting modern furniture or lighting.

    Images: IwamotoScott Architects

  • Best of Brand Design

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    Can you guess the brands above? In great brand design, form is always led by function, and in that regard, what's most impressive about these iconic logos is not that they are recognizable (and beautiful) but clearly tell you exactly what they're about. They are a call to action, telling you exactly how each can be utilized by the consumer. 

    Be an all star. Take a bite from the fruit of knowledge. Roll on four wheels. Read the clock hands.

    At last month's Dwell on Design event there was a lecture titled "The New Face of Affluence", the Dwell Insights Group discussed how younger luxury consumers weigh design heavily when determining their trust and loyalty in a brand. In short, good design = good brand. 

    dwell on design lecture

    This of course, got me thinking about some of the most popular designer furniture of the last century: Van Der Rohe's Barcelona chair, Saarinen's Tulip table, or even the Eames chairs illustrated above. Great design, it seems, creates something greater than a mere object or image. It creates iconography - a unique reflection of time and place. 

    Anyone who's read my posts before knows that I lean toward contemporary design and art, and yet I'm always drawn to the allure of classic Mid-century modern lighting and decor. The flower:

    flower pendant light

    Possini Euro Design White Flower Pendant Chandelier

    The floor routine:

    Chrome Boom Arc Floor Lamp with Linen Shade

    And a memorable work of art:

    josef albers paintings

    Josef Albers' Homage to a Square

    In branding work and in creative work, good design is what stands the test of time. It favors superb over superfluous. And at its very best, it needs no words to describe itself.

    On that note, the logos at the top of this post are, from left to right: Converse, Apple, Audi and Movado.

    Images: Converse, Apple, Audi, Movado, Dwell, Design Is History 

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