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Crystal Strand Chrome 29-Inch-W ET2 Halogen Chandelier
“Lots of glam and a little modern, this chandelier has it all!”
- R. Brannon, Interior Designer
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Modern kitchen design is something that many people admire from afar, but don't actually get to explore the concept behind. You may love the simplicity of a kitchen, the unique shapes, or innovative materials, but how often are you able to capture the story behind the design and really have a true understanding and appreciation for the concept and place where it originated? I had the pleasure of exploring the 800,000 square foot Schiffini factory in Ceparana, Italy, and spending quality time with the wonderful Mr. Schiffini himself as he took us to his favorite places in Cinque Terre where many of the concepts for his kitchens originated.
Schiffini was established in the 1920s to supply nautical fittings to the Italian Navy dockyard in La Spezia (above). They later made their way into the residential market and became the first Italian company to introduce the modular kitchen. They continue to stand out as one of the best Italian companies for design and innovation.
The G-One kitchen (above) is made entirely of marine grade plywood and I bet you all can see where the inspiration for this kitchen came from! The soft curves and durable materials pay homage to 50s design while designer Giuliano Giaroli was able to transform these elements into a beautiful design of today. It's neither too retro nor too nautical, but a perfect blend of styles with the quality and craftsmanship to make this a timeless kitchen. The cluster of modern pendant lights floating above the island appear almost as if they are buoys hanging from a dock.
Jamie Young Petit Paro White 64 1/2-Inch-H Modern Floor Lamp
The soft curves and mixture of natural linen and white lacquer in this modern floor lamp (above) has a nautical influence with a sophistication and elegance that make it a timeless piece.
The next stop on the trip was in the incredibly gorgeous sea side town of Venazza (above) which deeply inspired the Cinqueterre kitchen that just happens to be Mr. Schiffini's favorite place. The steep cliff side is covered in vineyards and the waves crash freely into the town, creating something magical. The colors, smells, sounds and overall experience is something that's hard to even explain.
The concept behind the Cinqueterre kitchen (above) is the rolling waves of the sea. The handle represents the breaking crest of the wave as it's about to crash into the rocks. Each door is assembled by hand in the factory with such precision and detail. Designed by architect Vico Magistretti, the Cinqueterre is the first kitchen produced entirely in aluminium. This model is available in black and anodized aluminum as well as titanium and each one is spectacular in it's own way. There is something about the black mixed with the wood and copper top that sets itself apart from any other kitchen out there. After visiting Vernazza, the place where the concept originated, and watching the fine craftsman build each door by hand, I don't think there is anyway you can't appreciate every detail of this kitchen. It's like a modern work of art!
Jamie Young Gun Metal Modern Spotlight Floor Lamp
Finding pieces with history and a story are a great way to add character to your space, whether it be with a modern kitchen or even something as simple as a new modern lamp. The industrial floor lamp (above) could help you incorporate a little nautical edge into your own home don't you think?
Images: Schiffini, Annie May
If you had to live off the land, could you? What if you had to do it with only a balcony or a tiny plot of land in the middle of the city?
There’s a growing movement of “urban homesteaders” who are doing just that. With only 1/12 acre of land, Los Angeles residents Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen (pictured below) are among a handful of people leading the way, and they're doing so with wry humor and a cool, metropolitan sense of style.
Coyne and Knutzen penned The Urban Homestead, a book that covers everything domestic, from composting to cooking. Urbanites themselves, they’re the first to acknowledge that homesteading is a matter of trial and error (as you'll see on their blog) and a matter of degrees. Not everyone has the time or will to maintain a chicken coop, yet (as we found firsthand) it can be surprisingly easy to keep the raw ingredients for clean, green household cleaners on hand.
Urban homesteading is about living in the city in an environmentally sensitive way at the domestic level. Whether it be simple addition of drought tolerant herbs to your garden (as in the Laura Cooper home pictured at the top of this post) or urban based farming initiatives such as community gardens (LA's Manaznita Street Garden pictured below) are about consuming less while growing more.
As this approach to city living grows in popularity, modern lighting retailers like Euro Style Lighting are doing what they can to expand their product bases to include designs that complement the lifestyle. Solar landscape lighting is an energy neutral way to keep the garden lit after dark. Energy efficient and longer lasting than incandescent bulbs, LED outdoor lighting can help reduce both electricity costs and landfill waste. And dark sky compliant lighting leads the to less light polluted skies in the urban environment.
Copper Solar Lantern Landscape Light
Kichler Dark Sky Nickel Outdoor Wall Sconce
Hinkley Piza Angle Bronze LED Landscape Light
Small space living. A penchant for artisan produced food and goods. A belief that small scale changes can contribute toward a cleaner city and a sustainable future. These are the tenets of the urban homesteading ethos, and while it may sound like something straight out of an episode of Portlandia, you don't hear anyone making jokes when a fresh loaf of home-baked bread or a batch of home-brewed beer lands on the table, courtesy of the urban homesteader.
Images: Dwell, Root Simple, Los Angeles Times
Simple lines and bright colors can be so underrated! Ms. Bright & Exotic aims to change that by taking advantage of both in her space.
Steel Droplet Blue Accent Lamps with crisp white drum shades come in a set of two, offering a calm and refreshed feel to whatever room you place them in. Our Ms. uses them as a pair on either side of the bed, but they can just as easily be split up.
The distinctive pattern on the back of this Jennifer Wooden Modern Lounge Chair makes Ms. Bright & Exotic feel like she's lounging in the Caribbean. The extra wide seat is perfect for enjoying lazy cocktails or a book that she just can't put down.
The Brushed Nickel Exotic Peacock Giclee Pendant is our lady's favorite way to add a pop of color to her kitchen – it features every color of the rainbow! The exotic peacock-inspired pattern looks different as the light changes.
Nothing like a big mirror to play up a room, and the SIlver Teardrop Round Wall Mirror does just that. The antique silver finish frame makes this piece feel like it has its share of stories to tell, while the beveled teardrop shapes give it a stylish look.
Ms. Bright & Exotic loves a good hot bath after a tough day, the Possini Euro Frosted Glass Polished Nickel Bath Fixture casts a cool and alluring light to help her relax. Two layers of frosted water glass create an almost-at-the-beach vibe which is just what she's after.
Pacific Standard Time, the art phenomenon that took Southern California by storm in 2011-2102 (with shows and events at more than 60 museums, galleries and other institutions) is back from now until July with something for fans of design and architecture: "Pacific Standard Time presents Modern Architecture in L.A."
There are two exhibitions in particular that should appeal to mid-century design lovers, chronicling the modernist aspirations that defined post-war Los Angeles. Featuring beautiful home photography and renderings, they promise to hold plenty of eye candy. But they're equally rich on substance too.
The first of the two is The Architecture of Smith and Williams at the UC Santa Barbara Art, Design & Architecture Museum. Drawing on the museum's rich archives of modernist designs by partners Whitney R. Smith and Wayne R. Williams, this exhibition focuses on the firm's pragmatic ability to site buildings beautifully within a landscape, such as the Shoreline House pictured as both sketch and photograph above.
The second exhibition, Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California at Cal Poly Pomona (pictured above and below) flexes that institution's muscle in architecture and engineering, saluting innovations in construction technology and the iconic designs made possible by them. As with most modern homes, large planes of glass blur the line between indoors and out while the structural use of steel usurps traditional building patterns.
All told, exhibitions, screenings, tours and talks will take place at seventeen area locations for "Modern Architecture in L.A." As is often the case with historical survey exhibitions, there will inevitably be a plethora of vintage furniture worth salivating over. We particularly love how smooth spherical hanging pendant lights and wall lamps play well in otherwise rectangular spaces.
Roomstylers Globe White Glass Pendant Light
Basque Brushed Nickel Modern Arc Floor Lamp
"Modern Architecture in L.A." offers a lot for the design fan and yours truly will try to hit every single event. At the very least, you can expect to see me at the downtown L.A. skyline tour hosted by the L.A. Conservancy. Multiple times.
Images: Pacific Standard Time
Crystal chandeliers have been a thing of the past, are a thing of the present and I think will easily be a thing of the future. A chandelier is such a classic piece when paired with a modern space, beauty happens!
I remember starting a few years back, everyone wanted a crystal chandelier. Mostly to decorate their entryway, child’s room, dining room and even laundry room with. The key is mixing the chandelier with the right ambience. The space that you can make the biggest impact with is the dining space. Above we see a very rustic dining space decorated with a large, dainty chandelier. There's contrast so it works!
Now this room gives me goose-bumps! The art collection alone is stunning. Throw in modern furniture and add that magnificent chandelier and you’ve created a picture perfect space. I’m sure at night, the chandelier gives off quite the twinkle lights.
Here is another rustic space, prettified with a crystal chandelier. This time the owner went with more of a brass look, which I appreciate next to all of those warm wood tones. It also pops against an all white room, along with the art.
Here's a couple pretty options.
Eyja Silver Crystal Chandelier
Schonbek Bordeaux Collection Bronze Chandelier
Images: Skona Hem, Style Files, Ministry of Deco
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