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Varaluz Black Pendant Chandelier
“This chandelier is unique, modern and completely captivating from any angle. A definite crowd-pleaser.”
- E. Bingham, Interior Designer
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Crossover between creative fields is inevitable. Music influences film, which influences fashion, which influences home design and decor. It's not always obvious and it's not always literal, but as we move forward culturally, we carry creative influences into every corner of our little worlds.
Looking at what's breaking this summer in music, we've noticed that the vibe is a throwback to vintage mod and new wave...and we can't help but wonder how that will cross over into contemporary design.
First, let's start with our summer playlist:
Rush Midnight (pictured above):
If a lovechild between Billy Ocean and Haircut 100 was actually possible, dance-inducing pleasure popsters Rush Midnight would be it. Enough said. Too much said, really.
Bratty and brash, Savages wrap the post-punk energy of Patti Smith into a well-coiffed, contemporary package.
Washy and atmospheric indie rockers Deerhunter have always been good for summer lazing and listening, yet their most recent and raucous record, Monomania, is a much more assertive soundtrack, perfect for a lively and well-lived summer season.
Three sisters from the Valley in Los Angeles, the women in Haim were born and bred to be the pop stars they are. Their hit "Don't Save Me" is a throaty John Waite-esque anthem chronicling the heart's desire for co-dependence and the independent spirit's need to rebel against it.
Everything cools down at some time or another (even hot summer days) and The National have been providing that soundtrack for years. Poetic, measured, a touch dark and, as always, hum-along-able.
Now let's look at a handful of like-minded designs:
Clockwise from upper left: Tech Lighting Silver Glaze Aqua Glass Satin Nickel Pendant, Tech Lighting Fire Satin Nickel Cobalt Glass Mini Pendant, Possini Euro Darby Red Glass Pendant Light, Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs, Howard Elliott Z Mirrored Accent Table
Colored glass pendants are easy to match the vibe of your summer playlist. Mirrored accent tables and furniture definitely capture the mod mood. But is there really a correlation between music and design? Does one influence the other, or are they both just players in a greater cultural trajectory? We're not sure, but one thing's for certain: 2013 promise to be yet another good looking and listening summer.
Images: Sterogum, Juno, Kick Kick Snare, Paste
Good design doesn't need to be relegated to indoors and it can most certainly be just for fun! We've rounded up some awesome modern design in outdoor spaces. Whether you're a parent or just a kid at heart, you'll love these.
This 20,500 square meter park is located in Sydney, Australia. Designed with the land rather than against it, this fun space has several surprises and activity points.
These might be the coolest tree houses we've ever seen! The color palette is really fun and modern.
Kids of all ages enjoy this skate park and who wouldn't, it's visually stunning!
Images: The Cool Hunter, The Contemporist
Clients always ask whether or not they should invest in ceiling lighting for their living room – I personally think it’s a must. It’s just as important as dining room lighting. A statement chandelier or pendant that centers the room will make the room and you can plan furniture around the lighting you choose.
Possini Euro Arlo 15 3/4" Wide Chrome Pendant Light
Try something different, a modern chandelier set against traditional furniture can completely update a room. If that doesn’t strike your fancy and you want a touch of glam in your life but nothing over the top, choose a chandelier like the Robert Abbey version at the bottom.
There are hundreds of directions you can go in and I’ve rounded up four that have been popular amongst clients recently.
Chrome Modern Industrial LED 56 1/2-Inch-H Chandelier
Orbital Weave 19 1/2" Wide Rust Metal Pendant Light
Bling Collection Convertible Robert Abbey Chandelier
Whether you go for traditional, industrial or modern – overhead lighting is a choice you should make for your living room.
Images: Coco + Kelley, Simply Grove, House Beautiful, Elle Decor
My husband and I recently moved to New York City, and we're waiting for our apartment to be ready for move in later in July. The suspense is killing me -- not only because I'm ready to be settled, but the best part is yet to come: the decorating!
In the master bedroom, we're lucky enough that the room is just big enough to fit our prized king size bed. However, there won't be much room on either side for large nightstands, so we're looking at saving space by purchasing some kind of small side table, and using wall mounted lights to provide symmetry and nighttime lighting. Little did I know, there are so many options out there!
Lighting is one of those things that can put a big dent in your budget if you let it. Looking around, I've found some pricey options, and similar looks that ESL sells for a fraction of the price. Which of these high/lows picks do you prefer? The pharmacy lamp is my particular favorite!
Brass Swing Arm Lamp, Two Arm Wall Sconce, Pharmacy Style Lamp, Classic Brass Wall Lamp
Images: InStyle, Interiors, Lonny Magazine
Sometimes black and white are all you need. The striking contrast of the two color extremes is at once both sophisticated, modern, and clean. Our Ms. thinks it's an impossible to mess up fashion and decor solution!
When relying on such a stark contrast, shape becomes everything. This Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier has a strikingly eye-catching metal framework on a sizable 31 1/2" wide scale. Ms. Black & White loves showcasing it in her entry area to set the scene.
The corner of the living room won't be ignored with this Holtkoetter Satin White and Satin Nickel Tripod Floor Lamp. This beauty boasts a hand-blown satin white glass shade and a dimming system to help set the mood.
Mercury glass is lovely, but black Mercury glass can take a room to another level of sophistication. Ms. Black & White loves the unique look of the Modern Flynn Mercury Black Table Lamp with it's Reactive finish glass body.
A bold black and white pattern, like this Bold Black Stripe Brushed Nickel Triple Pendant, can make any piece downright show-stopping! By hanging this light fixture over her dining table, our Ms. adds a pop of interest in an unexpected place.
This Typhoon Contemporary White Desk with its clean, modern lines would be equally at home in the office or the foyer as a table. Perfect for Ms. Black & White to organize her mail and keys!
One of the sleekest ceiling fans she's ever seen, Ms. Black & White couldn't resist adding a little airflow to her living room with the 3-blade Casa Metro LED Energy Efficient Matte Black Ceiling Fan!
The double shade on the Possini Euro Nickel Double Drum White Ceiling Light diffuses the best light. Our Ms. loves the way it casts a glow in her hallway.
Images: Mod Operandi, Chatelaine
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