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We had a chat with the innovative designers at Koncept and we want to share it with you! We discussed modern design, the importance of form + function, as well as future ideas for Koncept. It all started a couple months ago when we attended the Dwell on Design event. At the event, we ran into Kenneth Ng (President) and Edmund Ng (Vice President) from Koncept and we promised each other we would schedule a longer chat at a later date. Well, we did....
ESL: Are you led by aesthetics or function when you design?
Koncept: Both are equally important. Ultimately it depends on project. For the Zbar / Equo both were equally important. Sometimes, it can even change throughout the process of designing any given project. The Equo was a little more aesthetic when it first came out and was not as functional as it has become over time.
Tono Floor Lamp
ESL: Where do you go for inspiration?
K: We maintain a very free creative process, finding inspiration everywhere including magazines, architecture, open houses. New materials inspire as well. LEDs inspired us to jump in and design Zbar. If we find a good material, we are able to create an exciting design around it.
ESL: Since you mentioned architecture, do you have any favorite architects?
K: Frank Gehry, especially his residential building in Hong Kong. He inspires us to do something special that no one else is doing.
Equo Task Lamp
ESL: How do you select materials?
K: Mostly market availability, need, and pure inspiration become the factors in our material selection process. For example, organic LED is a new material we are starting to work with. It's made with organic materials and consists of a thin sheet of material that glows strongly. They aren't cost effective yet so that's where need comes in. So far, it only last 10k hours vs. 50k of regular LEDs. It's jut not efficient enough yet.
Z Bar Task Lamp
ESL: Why LED? What is all the hype? And what are the negatives, if any?
K: LEDs lasts a long time and they are better for our environment. If we switch to LEDs for general lighting, we’ll have less impact on the environment in the long run. Even though the technology is more expensive, consumers need to see that they last 1000s of hrs longer. Consumers will come out on top by lowering their electricity bill and helping the environment at the same time.
The good news is, the cost is coming down. There have been so many advancements lately. We predict the demand for old bulbs will fade out and the cost will continue coming down.
Mosso Task Lamp
ESL: What's in the future for Koncept?
K: Well, most of our current products are for small areas, like desk tops. We want to expand into other categories and do more residential lighting fixtures, possibly large scale modern chandeliers and pendants. We also want to do ambient lighting as well, impacting an entire space with light rather than just a desk top.
Of course we also want to continue monitoring the development of organic LEDs.
I think we can all agree that there is excitement for what Koncept does next and there's no doubt we will bring it to you as it happens!
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!
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.
All Red Giclee Glow 20" Wide Pendant Light
Peach Flower Small 15-3/4" Wide Pendant Light
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 Net, Architizer
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.
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!
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.
This area is great for lounging and chatting with friends while sipping coffee or eating one of their amazing Butter Nutter cookies!
Zuo Fortress Collection Black Leather Sofa
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.
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
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.
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
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!
We'll make sure to at least stop by and see this architecture up close. If it looks this cool in photographs, imagine...
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.
Hope you're all having a great Monday, even if you're not lounging by a super cool pool bar on stylish bar stools.
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.
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
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.
UVA ISAR Exibit (above)
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.
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
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