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  • 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.

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    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. 

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    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:

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    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.  

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    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.  

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    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!  

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    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

  • Rustic Interior Design: Ram's Gate Winery

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    Hope you all had an amazing Labor Day Weekend! Many of us spend so much of our time working and not enough time playing so I hope you had a chance to relax, enjoy family and loved ones. The best long weekends are when you can be at peace with nature and your surroundings.

    Rewarding yourself is sure to keep your energy flowing. How will you reward yourself this fall?

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    A trip to the picturesque Ram's Gate Winery in Sonoma seems like a perfect reward! "In a world obsessed with making things faster, where speed is valued above all else, Ram’s Gate is our way of pressing pause."

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    The architecture is a modern interpretation of it's natural surroundings and weathered farmsteads of Carneros, while the interior is an eclectic mix of classic contemporary and urban cool. 

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    Designer, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy did no wrong here and created something exciting at every turn. The interiors were designed with close attention to detail, from the open beam ceiling, the reclaimed wood walls, and the natural stone tops to the mill-work. Large glass pendant lights work great in open spaces because they make a gorgeous statement without cluttering the space.

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    Clusters of seating create intimate environments. Low coffee tables are always great for casually seating spaces. 

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    The large island in this modern kitchen creates a perfect area for serving and gathering.

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    Can't you just feel the calmness of Ram's Gate Winery through these photos? What a serene setting!

    Images: Ram's Gate Winery

  • Modern Wood Paneling: Adding Texture To Any Space

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    Modern wood paneling has no doubt progressed since the 70's, proving it's a trend that will be around for a while! We love the use of wood paneling on walls, ceilings, floors, and all-over because it has the ability to soften up a space. The white wood planks on the walls of  this kitchen (above) create a very clean, natural feel. The oiled white oak floor warms up the space and the use of the same material over the hood is a feature design element. See how even this little accent of the natural wood on the walls can make such a big statement.

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    The marine plywood panels on the ceiling create a unifying element within this space. The use of wood on the ceiling allows you to use tile on the floor without the space feeling too cold.  

    reclaimed wood panels

    Reclaimed wood walls are a very popular trend right now. They mix so beautifully with bold colors and industrial elements. The use of industrial wall sconces against reclaimed wood is the perfect pairing.

     

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    HOLTKOETTER UP-DOWN 5 1/4" WIDE OLD BRONZE WALL SCONCE

     

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    Wrapping the walls and ceiling of this rustic bathroom in un-milled, reclaimed wood is a great way to achieve that rustic modern cabin feel. The use of light wood planks and the light concrete floor feels bright and airy, creating a beautiful contrast with the black vanity.  

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    Today, restaurant design uses reclaimed wood to achieve an industrial modern feel. It's a trendy look, creates a cozy atmosphere, and also helps absorb sound. Bronze pendant lights really are the perfect metallic accent in any modern, industrial interior. Gunmetal accents also work perfectly with this industrial modern feel.

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    JAMIE YOUNG SINGER FLOOR LAMP

    Whether you're going for a modern-rustic or chic-industrial, incorporating wood paneling or reclaimed wood into your space can provide you layers of textures that bring softness and warmth. It's a trend that will definitely be around for awhile!

    Images: Style Files, Est Magazine, Remodelista, Yatzer

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