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“Your ceiling fan should feel seamless and act as a quiet contribution to your overall design!”
- B. Powers, Interior Designer
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Frank Gehry is onto something again as he tries to bring a major museum into the City of Santa Monica. His proposed project is a mixed use structure with a 125-room hotel, condos, a museum, shopping, restaurants and of course parking. Santa Monica could use a little bit of excitement and who better to bring it than the Santa Monica native Frank Gehry? I can just see the modern furniture and stylish modern lighting filling the spaces and the streets lined with modern architecture and sculptures.
One of the amazing things that Frank Gehry does is mix architecture, art and culture into one. His projects are a destination waiting to be explored. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (above) is the largest museum in a series of cultural institutions planned as part of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. It will serve the world as a destination for the advancement of knowledge and the understanding of culture through the arts.
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (above) is scheduled for completion in 2017 and it will no doubt be a pleasure for the now 84 old Frank Gehry to see such a remarkable project completed.
Gehry has designed more than fifty commercial buildings and residences throughout the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Disney Concert Hall (above), the Los Angeles Children’s Museum, the California Aerospace Museum and the Yale Psychiatric Institute just to name a few.
He also renovated the famous Hollywood Bowl by adding fiberglass spheres which hang from the bowl’s shell to upgrade the sound of the acoustics.
And did you know he has also designed a series of modern pendant lighting called "Cloud" (above). The name evokes the poetic nature of these creations, which should convey the feeling of freedom and eccentricity.
Who doesn't want to add a feeling of freedom and eccentricity into their home? One of the best ways to do that is through modern lighting, whether it be a ceiling light or a pendant! Take a look at some of our suggestions below.
White Billowing Cloud Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier
Now we can all bring a little bit of Frank Gehry into our homes or office.
Images: Curbed LA, A As Architecture, Dilznacka, Modern Design
Cheeky and fun, that's what Ms. Light & Airy is all about! The rising temperatures have her ecstatic to freshen up her space and her wardrobe, like with this Floral Sheath Dress from A-Thread.
A few of these Cosmo Mirrored Candle Wall Sconces placed strategically along her hallway or in the bath make everything feel bigger with their reflective surfaces, whether or not the candles are lit. Ms. Light & Airy has this Cirrus Gloss White Ceiling Fan in her living room to keep the space feeling fresh, it's clean lines and white finish help it almost disappear against a white ceiling!
Placing this Hand-Blown blue Bubble Glass Table Lamp in her entryway or at the end of a hall not only helps subtly offer some color, it also manages to be a statement accessory without feeling big and heavy. The materials of the Eileen Grey Chrome and Glass Accent Table keep it feeling just like Ms. Light & Airy, bright and clean. It would feel equally at home next to a chair in the living room or as a bedside table.
A set of these wide, comfy Zuo Whitworth Chrome White Modern Accent Chairs would help to make a little reading nook feel much bigger than it actually is. Ms. Light & Airy loves the open form and clean lines!
It's that time of year again! Get ready to spend more time in your modern outdoor space, both day and night. There's just a few things you need to consider as you prepare your outdoor space.
The first thing you should do before selecting outdoor lighting, purchasing outdoor furniture or laying down any stones is figure out how you want your outdoor space to function. Will you be entertaining? Do you want to eat out there during the day or night? Maybe you just want to lounge on sunny days?
Keep in mind the style of both your home's architecture as well as the interior design. Selecting furniture and lighting that will compliment your home's style is important for the overall flow of the design.
It's important to include some plant life in your home, but it's especially important to include it in your outdoor living space! Greenery can be used as a barrier as well. In the case of this home below, close quarters required them to come up with a design plan to ensure privacy. They chose tall, narrow trees and it was a brilliant move.
We hope you have fun designing your modern outdoor space and even more fun spending time there!
Images: Dwell, Salmon Bay Woodworks, Tom Hurt, Incorporated NY
Your kitchen always ends up being the gathering place in a home – whether you’re hosting a party or just hanging out with the family. Because of this, it’s time for everyone to spice up your modern kitchen island with some chic barstools. Some people go for comfort; for others, they only care about looks.
Then you have to think about the design of your modern barstools... It doesn’t matter what style your home is – industrial, mid-century modern, traditional or minimalist – there is something for everyone’s kitchen island.
Zuo Marius Red Bar Chair
Your kitchen will look all spruced up for a small price. Think of the modern barstool as kitchen jewelry. Today, I’ve pulled together three different looks for you, each one I love for a different reason.
I’m partial to the industrial look (above). This bright version is the perfect pop of color to bring into your kitchen.
Orson Black Leatherette Metal Modern Bar Stools
This Orson bar stool has a back. If you treat the counter as a place for chatting while cooking, a high-back stool will be more comfortable.
Anime Modern Transparent Acrylic Stackable Zuo Bar Stool
If you want your barstools to kind of disappear from a distance, acrylic is definitely the way to go.
I hope this helped and you find your ideal barstool!
Images: Project Décor, Style at Home, Nordic Design, Casa Sugar
One could dub the ghost chair as a 'trend,' but I think with its versatility and clean design, ghost chairs are more deserving of the title 'classic.' They mix well with a number of different design aesthetics, especially since their transparent nature lends itself well to pairings with heavier furnishings.
The only problem? Ghost chairs can be notoriously expensive. Luckily, ESL has you covered and currently offers ghost chairs at a fraction of the price of other major retailers. Take a look -- can you spot the differences between this high/low?
Images: Lonny, Feb/Mar 2010, Lonny, Oct/Nov 2009
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