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  • New Year Resolutions for 2013

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    Libeskind Museum Tops New Years Resolution

    Every year, people around the globe start the year with a series of resolutions, and it's no different around here. The following are five things topping our 2013 to-do list: 

    1. See Someplace New

    Yosemite High Sierra Camp

    It seems like there’s a cultural or architectural treasure springing up in every city these days. Find one and visit it. Our short list of must-see items this year includes architect Daniel Libeskind’s wing at the Denver Art Museum, followed by a glass of wine at the High Sierra Camps in Yosemite National Park (both pictured above).

    2. Act Locally

    Artisan Lamill Coffee

    We’ve been obsessed with locally roasted coffee from Cafecito Organico and Intelligentsia, not to mention design-savvy LA Mill (pictured above). Nothing beats a fresh cup within walking distance. This year we’re going to walk more and discover the world right outside our doorstep. Architecture and design writer Alyssa Walker turned us onto the joy of walking with her blog Gelato Baby, and guess what we've noticed? There's no better way to see how others mix and match modern ceiling lights and crystal chandeliers (many of which I recognize from our website) in their homes than to peer into their front windows as we walk past. We also discovered that walking a dog makes us look less creepy as we do it.

    3. Stay Centered

    White Office Furniture

    White Leather Low Back Swivel Office Chair, Robert Abbey Havana Polished Nickel Task Desk Lamp

    It’s not always easy to stay calm in the chaos, but one thing we’ve discovered around here is that clean, organized work spaces are a great way to fake the peace until you make the peace. Essential to a calm work space are a functional (and beautiful) desk lamp and an office chair that promotes good posture. Above are two designs we’ve been ogling as of late.

    4. Dress to Impress

    Free & Easy Magazine

    Size matters…with clothing anyway. This year we’re looking for a clean tailored fit, and the Japan-based Free & Easy Magazine (which helped us find a perfect fitting boot this time last year) will be one of our top sources for cutting-edge-meets-classic personal style. Why walk out of the house (see resolution #2 above) looking anything but your best?

    5. Read More

    Coffee Table Book Covers

    Reading more is by and far a universal resolution. Well, if your time is limited in 2013, there are still some great coffee table reads out there. We’re looking at Michael Idov's Made In Russian: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design (Rizzoli) to fire up our aesthetic side, and John Long's fashionable tribute to early rock climbing, The Stone Masters (T. Adler Books), to fuel our adventurous spirit. 

    That's it for us. But we'd love to know: what tops your to-do list this year? 

    Images: Artnet, Yosemite, LAMILL, Dress Launderette, Architect Magazine, Patagonia

  • Happy New Year!

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    Geronimo Balloons

    From our Euro Style Lighting family to yours, we wish you a very Happy New Year!

    Image: Geronimo Balloons

  • Modern Wall Clocks for the New Year Countdown

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    Modern Wall Clock

     

    Everyone needs a modern wall clock for the new year countdown. What's your countdown style? We love the classic, modern look with a dash of retro.

    We hope you're having an awesome last day of 2012. Make it count!!

  • Cool + Collected 1.13

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    Design Milk

    +As we count down to 2013, Design Milk put together a great wrap-up of the best tech from 2012.

    +Wikipedia had a busy year in 2012. Check out their most visited pages on Daily Dot

    +Head over to Dezeen for an eclectic recap of 2012. It's all their best from each month!

    +Daily Candy provides a list of 2012's best local services, great for small businesses or freelance creatives.

    +A yearly recap Instagram-style. These are the most popular locations on Instagram during 2012.

    Image: Design Milk

  • Modern Architecture: The Long and Winding Broad

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    Modern Architecture

    Wherever art collector, philanthropist and billionaire Eli Broad goes, star architects follow. As the lead donor for UCLA's Broad Art Center (2000), LACMA's Broad Contemporary Art Museum (2003), and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (2007), he has brought big names like Richard Meier, Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid respectively to modern architecture, specifically museum design. And with his current project, the Broad Museum (situated next to the Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles), Broad introduces relative newcomers Diller Scofidio + Renfro to the list.

    With more than 2,000 contemporary works of art to his and his foundation's name, Broad's art collection is too expansive to list, so I'll stick to the monuments erected to house it. First up is the Broad Museum, currently under construction (pictured above and below).

    Broad Museum Interior

    Nobody walks in L.A., and to that end cars feature prominently in this design, visible through wide glass windows on the lobby level as they enter the underground parking lot.

    The just-opened design at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, is all Zaha Hadid--skewed lines and angles taken straight from a science fiction movie (below). 

    Zaha Hadid Museum Project

    The windswept lines continue on to the interiors, where even the recessed fixtures continue with an asymmetrical theme. 

    Zaha Hadid Interiors

    The least adventurous of Broad's museums is the Piano designed BCAM at LACMA (pitcured below). Given that the institution is partially taxpayer-funded, the austere design is a bit more understandable.

    Renzo Piano LACMA Wing

    In truth, the most prominent feature of the new wing is artist Chris Burden's light sculpture located next door (check out our earlier story about Chris Burden's artwork). If you're so inclined, feel free to shop our modern post lights and build an art installation of your own at home.

    Street Light Art at LACMA

    Lighting isn't only used as artwork, as the above picture would have you think. At museums and in the home, it's a critical part of viewing artwork. In recent years, the art world has increasingly eschewed traditional incandescent picture lights in favor of modern recessed lighting and fluorescent and halogen fixtures. Here are a few of my favorite designs for lighting contemporary art: 

    Stainless Steel Recessed Light

    Juno 4" Low Voltage Chrome Adjustable Recessed Light Trim

    Modern Picture LightLouvre 18" Wide Satin Nickel Finish Plug-In Picture Light

    Starting your own personal art collection is a lot of fun. And who knows, someday you may find yourself gifting your art collection to museums across the country too. This is the season of giving after all.

    Images: Arch Daily, Architect Magazine, Fabrik, Experiencing L.A.

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