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  • Design Loves Art: Gallery Openings

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    Design Loves Art - Gallery Openings

    The name says it all: Design Loves Art. Gallery openings and art walks may be the hot thing to do these days, but at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood,California they have an extra special appeal. Started in 2009 under the directorship of NYC-based curator Helen Varola, the PDC's Design Loves Art program operates with a simple yet brilliant plan: offer art dealers and curators space to show at a sizable discount. 

    Created to a leverage a spate of recession-induced vacancies at the mammoth design center into a locus for L.A.'s vibrant contemporary art scene, Design Loves Art has transformed into a fine art resource for the design community by day and a must-see art walk during the monthly evening openings. 

    Art Walks in Los Angeles

    Since its inception, Design Loves Art has hosted established dealers and young upstarts. Unlike the sexy renovated industrial spaces you'd find in art districts like NYC's Chelsea or Culver City in L.A., the galleries at the PDC are muted by comparison--humble, simple showroom spaces with low ceilings, carpeted or linoleum floors and glass window facades...

    West Hollywood Art Walk

    ...but as I found a few nights ago when I stopped by to catch the gallery openings, its not the physical space but the presentation that counts. Many of the PDC galleries had a more staged atmosphere than one often finds at commercial galleries, by using spotlights and up lights to add a dramatic flair to the work.

    Design Loves Art

    Modernist Steel Sculpture

    Sculpture benefited magnificently from this staged presentation. From Bertil Petersson's minimalist steel ribbon sculptures at Here Is Elsewhere (above), to Flora Kao's breathtaking homage to her grandfather's passing at the brilliantly curated Art-merge (pictured below), installation work was very much the highlight of the night. With both of these artists, the shadows their work threw on the galleries walls was as beautiful as the work itself. Also at Art-merge was Zelda Zinn whose work is pictured at the top of this post).

    Contemporary Art Installation

    Leaving the PDC, I caught the perforated stainless steel post lights outside of the PDC and thought back to some of the sconces Euro Style Lighting offers, because that's just what we do everywhere we go (not really).

     Pacific Design Center Blue Building

    Contemporary Wall Sconces

    George Kovacs Perforated Steel 17" High Wall Sconce (left)Sail Perforated Aluminum 7 3/4" High ADA Outdoor Wall Light (right)

    I won't go so far as to say that perforation always equals perfection, but the polk-a-dot patterns that these sconces throw on nearby surfaces are artwork unto themselves.

    Images: Art-merge

  • Modern Architecture an Architect Would Live In

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    Modern Architecture

    It's always interesting to see how different creatives design their own lives. For example, how fashion stylists dress or which art an artist hangs on their own wall. But, how amazing is it to see the homes that iconic architects designed for themselves?!

    The Eames Home "Case Study House No. 8" (above) became the home and workplace of Charles Eames and his partner and wife Ray.

    Frank Gehry Home

    The Frank Gehry Home in Santa Monica, CA (above) was constructed in 1978. The Gehry Residence may appear a bit tired today, but it remains one of Gehry’s more popular projects

    Casa das Canoas

    Located in Brazil, the home above is "Casa Das Canoas" by Oscar Niemeyer. Originally built in 1953, this modern home remains a major participant in progressive design to this day.

    If we could sneak in and furnish the living room of any of these three homes, this is what we imagine:

    Modern Home Decor

    Possini Euro White Marble Base Arc Floor Lamp, Howard Miller Easton Wall Clock, Zuo Heywood Triple Natural Wood Bench, Zuo Fortress Collection Black Leather Sofa, Zuo Haxby Walnut and Glass Modern Coffee TableIkat Print Orange Throw Pillow, Small Glacier Glass White VaseSmoke Velvet Square Pillow, Laine Wood and Faux Leather Dining Chairs

    If you could design your own home, what would it look like? We'd love to help with your modern furniture and lighting!

    Images: Design Crave, Sunrise Musics

  • Wood Art Panels - Decorating The Modern Way

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    Wood Panels

    Infused veneer is an amazing new collection of art wood panels from companies like B+ N Industries. There are hundreds of innovative and unique graphics that are infused on a variety of wood species, such as maple, cherry, and walnut. Each panel is 48" x 96" and is great for creating dramatic walls in restaurant or retail design, but can also be an amazing accent in your own home.

    The "Shanghai" wood art above look amazing when mixed with bold red chairs and accessories. Try mixing this panel with a red chandelier and add drama into any space!

    Modern Red Chandelier

    ASTI RED GLASS 31 3/4-INCH-W CHANDELIER LIGHT

    Americana Wood Art Panel

    A classic "American flag" panels would work so well in many applications. Can't you just see these cladding the wall of  your nearby Levi's store. Mix these panels with industrial lighting and you've got the feel of an old General Store.  

    Industrial Metal Table Lamp

    INDUSTRIAL CAGE EDISON BULB RUST METAL TABLE LAMP

    Graffiti Art Wood Panels

    We know that graffiti artist in you has always wanted to write on the walls, but we also know most of us don't have the skills that these artists do. If you want to add that modern urban edge into your space these graphic graffiti panels are the perfect way to do so. Mix the panels with modern black pendant lighting and the space is sure to be a show stopper.

    Modern Black Pendant

    POSSINI EURO PLANET CHROME AND BLACK PENDANT CHANDELIER

    Vintage Frames

    The Antique Silhouette Collection in Old Frames is set off with a classic mid-century modern chaise and leather travel duffel in the image above. If you want to add a bit more glitz and glam into the space incorporate an elegant pendant light. The mixture of vintage and glam is a timeless look that could be perfect in a new intimate lounge.  

    Glam Pendant Light

    ARTCRAFT CLAREMONT BLACK 23" WIDE OVAL NICKEL CHANDELIER

    I'm really looking forward to seeing more and more applications of the wood art panels. Do you want to really get your creative adrenaline flowing? Check out the entire collection of architectural panels right here!

    Images: B + N Industries

  • From Victorian to Modern: Home Renovation

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    Home Renovation

    Sidney based architecture firm Andrew Maynard Architects took this old Victorian home with tall surrounding walls and turned it into a super cool modern home. We approve.

    Modern Architecture

    Simple forms, minimal furnishing and mixed materials all work together to create the home's modern look. When your minimal furnishings include cool, modern accent chairs go ahead and consider yourself on-trend.

    Modern Loft Home

    Cool appliances, simple modern lighting and dark colored furniture make this place stylish for both male and female inhabitants.

    Images: Andrew Maynard Architects

  • Modern Artwork: Francesco Lo Castro's Stunning Geometrics

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    modern artwork

    The end of summer doesn't mean the end of bold vibrant colors, especially when used in modern artwork! The stunning geometric artworks by Francesco Lo Castro can hold their own in any space.  

     colorful modern artwork

    For over a decade, Francesco Lo Castro has been South Florida’s gateway  to the national New Contemporary art scene, as both a respected artist and as a curator of exceptional art exhibitions. And it's pretty obvious why!

    pastel geometric modern art

    This piece titled Eulenspiege, 2012 is created with oil, acrylic, silkscreen, spray paint, layered epoxy resin and gold leaf on wood. It's these layers that have you staring for hours!

     pink and navy blue artwork

    Choosing just one piece of LoCastro's work would be a challenge! I'm imagining these prints not just as artwork, but on modern decorative pillows, throws, and even bold geometric rugs. Keep your home bright and alive this winter by incorporating bold modern decor. And if you get your hands on a piece of LoCastro's work...I salute you!

    Images: Francesco LoCastro

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