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  • Art Scene: A + D Never Built Los Angeles

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    Art Scene

    Never Built Los Angeles explores the "what if" of Los Angeles architecture. Above is a shot of what LAX was maybe going to look like. Now, as we all know the middle section exists as a restaurant and the terminals are across the street.... and not under a super cool glass dome.

    You don't want to miss this exhibit that runs through October 13th at the Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibit asks why L.A. is a center for great architects, yet lacking in urban innovation? The show features illustrations, renderings, blueprints and models to show the power of architectural ideas.

     

    6032 Wilshire Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    info@aplusd.org

    July 28, 2013 - October 13, 2013

    General Adult: $10
    Seniors and Students: $5
    A+D Members and Children under 12: Free

    Image: A + D

  • Modern Hotel Design: Hotel Miura

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    Modern Hotel Design

    Let's just admit it: not all hotels are created equal. Located in rural Czech Republic, the Hotel Miura (designed by Czech firm Labor 13) blends contemporary cosmopolitan sophistication with country surroundings, for a modern hotel design that's stunning in an equally stunning locale. 

    A palette of charcoal and magenta recurs throughout public and private areas, creating a calm sense of cohesion.

    Modern Living Room

    Art from top international and Czech artists punctuates the property, among them: Andy Warhol, David Černý, Herny Moore, Tony Cragge, John Armleder, Luca Pancrazzi, Petr Pastrňák and Damien Hirst (painting pictured below).

    Modern Restaurant Design

    Sight lines in the lobby and dining areas expose the odd angles of the structure and afford clear views of the landscape outside.

    Modern Lobby

    Modern Design

    In particular, I love how contemporary ceiling lights can set a sculptural tone for the entire space. Even a simple stairwell can be appealing with dramatic iron charcoal guardrails and modern sconces.

    Modern Wall Lights

    Mixing the hotel's colors and angular design motifs, it's not hard to invoke the style at home:

    Modern Home Decor

    Possini Euro Aluminum Crystal Ceiling Light Fixture, Swag Style All Black Giclee Plug-In Chandelier, Tad Geometric White Lacquer Side Table, Scooper Chrome with Metallic Pink Swivel Counter Stool

    We cover quite a few modern designs like the Hotel Miura with stark geometries and minimalist interiors. And we've all heard the knocks: "it's looks great but I'd hate to live in it." So we'd love to know what you think? 

    Images: Arch Daily

  • Adding Color to Your Modern Dining Space

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    Modern Dining Space

    Adding color to an already existing space can feel intimidating and overwhelming. It’s a stressful task figuring out which colors go well together and or what colors we actually prefer to look at everyday. Here are a few modern dining spaces with pops of color throughout to inspire us all.

    The designer of this space (above) is clearly not afraid of a little color. The red tones behind the bookshelves are a fun surprise of color. And the variety of chairs, all in the same color is a brilliant idea for mixing things up a bit.

    Modern Breakfast Nook

    This relaxed, Scandinavian space has pops of color in the pillows and other small accessories. You don’t see anything permanent with color, which makes it easy to transition when you’re tired of color. Colorful accent pillows are a great way to add some color to any space.

    Modern Art

    Art is a fantastic option when adding color. Take this space with all of it’s masculine brown tones. It’s been immediately transformed to a space with big personality because of the art piece behind the table.

    White Dining Space

    I am all about neutral, white spaces. But I still need color present somehow. This kitchen/dining space introduced color in the rug and the striped chair. It’s not overwhelming and still leans itself to be a modern space.

    Images: Amber Interiors, Fjeldborg, Arper, Vorstin

  • Modern Table Lamp Style: Robert Abbey Delta

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    Modern Entryway

    Sometimes it's hard to find a modern table lamp style that is both modern and versatile. Well, Robert Abbey's Delta table lamp will look great in an entryway, bedroom, dining room or living space. And with all the colors, it's perfect for a family home or a bachelor pad!

    Modern Bedroom

    The glazed ceramic base is topped by an oyster linen shade and the polished nickel finish accents complete the design perfectly. Whether you want a pop of color or a subtle accent to light your room, this is the perfect style table lamp.

    Modern Table Lamp

    Robert Abbey's Delta Lily Table Lamp

    Images: House Tweaking, Caitlin Wilson

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  • Modern Playhouse Beds for Kids

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    Modern Playhouse Beds

    Lately, I have been noticing a trend in playhouse beds for kids. Have you seen them? It’s like the ultimate fort that you never take down. And, if you know kids, than you know that they love forts and hate taking them down.

    I love this concept, because first and foremost it’s just plain fun, but also because there is a lot of attention on design. It’s almost like designing a mini house within your home. The detail starts with the shape, plays a part in the entrance and the outside and can continue on to the inside. The possibilities are endless.

    Modern Kids Decor

    The playhouse bed can be very modern and simple (as seen above) or ornate with many many details and decorative touches. It’s simply a matter of personal taste and preference.

    Modern Kids Bed

    If you are going for details than this playhouse bed takes the cake (pictured above). I love the attention to design on both the outside and inside. The interior has darling wallpaper and curtains, while the exterior is outfitted with cute little window boxes. But, what really makes the place cozy are the light fixtures adorned on the exterior and interior. Using plug in wall lights on the inside for late night reading is such a great idea. I also think hanging a contemporary ceiling light outside the playhouse would add a very magical starry night effect when looking out your playhouse window.

    Modern Loft Bed

    From a practical standpoint, a playhouse bed is also a great space saver. If you have limited space for a bed then why not build up, leaving plenty of play space below for play? 

    Or, if you have children sharing a room, like I do, than building a two-story playhouse saves you the space you’d otherwise use up with twin beds. It’s also a creative alternative to traditional bunk beds. And, if it's space you need than there is always the option to build storage drawers beneath the bed, which is a major bonus for stashing all the toys and keeping a tidy room (seen below).

    Modern Bunk Beds

    Playhouse beds are obviously a lot of fun, but they are also a great way to get your little ones interested in design and to allow them to have a bit of ownership in decorating their very own little personal space.  

    If you are looking to have a little fun, be creative, save space and keep your kids room tidy, than a permanent fort in the form of a playhouse bed may just be the way to go. Your kids will love it and I have a sneaking suspicion (the kid in) you will love it too!

    Images : French By Design, Mopu42, Milk Magazine, Oeuf le blog, Craft Foxes

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