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  • Paper Art: From Sheet to Sculpture

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    Paper Art

    Paper art. It can be so much more than ink or graphite drawings on flat white sheets. Folded, constructed or crumpled (or even lacquered as in David Jang's paper towel floor installation pictured above), paper becomes a sculptural goldmine. 

    Eva Black's "Folded" installation is a sculpture consisting of approximately 3,500 folded paper pyramids that, when combined, looks like an origami quilt.

    Paper Art Installation

    The entire piece is constructed from found, gifted and collected paper Black culled from old art projects, paper bags, bookstores and more. 

    Origami Paper Art

    A scaled down, terrarium sized piece, reminiscent of Black's work, is this fun sculpture by Mark from the London based Present and Correct. 

    Contemporary Paper Art

    For a less geometric and more organic paper art, check out this installation of more than 100 paper sculptures by artist Peter Gentenaar. Floating throughout the church of Saint Riquier, close to Abbeyville, Somme, Northern France, the sculptures are floral in form and jelly-like in their weightlessness.

    Modern Paper Art Installation

    My favorite paper artist ever (and a personal friend) is Olga Lah, who I first discovered while sitting on a jury for the Los Angeles Art Association. She installed this amazing and adaptable piece in the entryway of the 2012 Palm Springs Art Fair which took place last February during the city's vaunted Modernism Week.

    Contempoary Paper Sculptures

    Most fine art is archival, it will stand the test of time. Paper often contains acid, which breaks the material and its colors down over time. While some of the art above is archival, not all of it (especially in the case of Eva Black's found paper) will hold up over time. Lighting plays a big role in the display and preservation of art. Halogen track lighting is preferred by many galleries, as it provides a full spectrum of white light, is low in harmful UV rays, and is adjustable so you can fine tune the lighting of your art work. For sculptural pieces, you may want to try recessed lighting overhead.

    Last are some sculptural works nearly impervious to fading. Check out these complex, monochromatic origami-ish paper pieces by artist Matt Shlian. 

    Origami Art

    Folded Paper Art

    Paper as sculptural fine art is only the beginning. Origami is increasingly being explored, in everything from space flight to nano-technologies, as a means to pack more stuff into less space. And for most design junkies, packing cool, beautiful forms into small spaces is what we're all about.

    Images: David JangEva Black Design, Design for Mankind, Gentenaar-Torley, Olga Lah, Matt Shlian 

  • Ellie Goulding: Music Inspires Interior Design

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    ellie goulding album cover

    I'm so excited to introduce you to our new monthly series where I am going to explore how music inspires interior design! Let me introduce you to our first artist, Ellie Goulding!

    Ellie Goulding's second album Halcyon is scheduled to be released in October 2012 and the newly released single "Anything Could Happen" just proves that it's not going to disappoint. Goulding's music is filled with deep emotion and her raw and soulful vocals are sure to inspire. She is one of several female artists stepping in to define the feminine side of EDM (electronic dance music), a scene more associated with DJ machismo than the introversion of female singer-songwriters. She's a bundle of feminine soul with a sharp edge that transforms beautifully into interior design.  

    modern living room inspiration

    1. Robert Abbey Delta Lily Table Lamp  2.Silver Web Wall Mirror  3.Crystal Row Ceiling Light Fixture  4.Silhouette Chrome Nesting Accent Tables  5. Zuo Atom White Bench Sofa  6. Smoke Velvet Pillow  7. Zuo Prisma Grey Outdoor Patio Stool  8.  Agnostic Drawing 1

    This feminine, modern living room is filled with bits of glitz and glam and lots of spunk. Crisp geometric shapes mix with solid clean lines to create visual interest and a sophisticated, but energetic edge. The clean lines of a modern leather sofa along with the glass and metal sides tables do a really good job of grounding the other elements in the room. The sharp contrast of elements blends like the perfect remix.

    modern dining room

      9.Sweeping Chain Black Chandelier 10. Film Still  11. Aion A  12. Zuo Eraser White Dining Chairs  13. Zuo Wilco Black Dining Table

    This modern dining room combines elements that evoke emotion much like Goulding's music does. It might be a little dark and moody, but the intimacy in this space is sure to captivate you. Combining sleek, modern furniture with contemporary pendant lighting adds personality and a feminine charm to the space. This is very similar to the way Goulding has meshed her music with the EDM movement. It's magical and thrilling, so now we just have to wait patiently for the release of Halcyon!  

    Hope you enjoyed this first post in our new series as much as you are about to enjoy Ellie Goulding's first single off her new album, "Anything Could Happen"

    Images: Soul 11 Music

  • Design Trend: Modern Rustic Style

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    rustic style living room

    Ever since my Las Vegas Market recap on design trends, we've had a few requests to elaborate on the modern rustic style. Since we love it, it is no problem at all for us to do so!

    The goal when designing a rustic style room or home is to maintain comfort, warm colors, and lots of woods. Clean white walls help maintain the modern element. Also, clean lines in the furniture and accessories help keep your rustic home a modern home.

    modern rustic style

    Natural materials like woods and leathers are a great way to incorporate a more rustic feel into your home. They incorporate nature into your decor in a very stylish way.

    rustic style lighting

    Make sure you mix up your materials, using leather, metals, glass and woods to achieve your modern rustic style.

     modern rustic furnishings

    1. Nickel Ceiling Fan 2. Smoke Glass Ball Pendant 3. Black Tufted Leather Sofa 4. Tripod Floor Lamp 5. Wenge Wood Stool 6. Wishbone Side Chair

    The great thing about any style is that you don't have to re-design your entire home to achieve it, just adding a couple pieces like wood furniture or glass lighting will go a long way.

    Images: Houzz

  • Fashion + Design + Architecture: We Like Gold!

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    fashion model in gold

    If you haven't noticed, metallics are hot, especially gold with all the Olympic hype. Whether it's fashion, design, or architecture we love gold ambition.

    modern architecture

    This stunning architecture is simple, but so classy with its gold finishing touches.

    modern office

    Ever wonder how to translate all the beautiful gold elements you see everywhere and implement them into your own home? Modern furniture, metallic lighting and accessories is one way to start. And this wall covering (above) is brilliant, subtle yet bold.

    Here's some help...

     gold furnishings

    1.Basie Table Lamp 2. Shell Chandelier 3. Sunburst Mirror 4. Gold Bangle Pendant 5. Rubianne Table Lamp 6. Gold Bamboo Accent Table 7. Gold Side Chair 8. Gold Ribbon Mirror

    Images: Style Sight, Lintellectural Property, Luster

  • Modern Ceiling Fans Keep You Cooler

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    white ceiling fan

    Not only do modern ceiling fans keep you cool, but they make your space look cool too! There's no need to buy one of those cheesy old ceiling fans anymore! There are so many amazing design options available for your modern home. Take a look at a few of our favorites!

    A modern white ceiling fan can blend away into the ceiling or can be a great sculptural element if you decided to go with a darker, wood-finish ceiling as shown above.  

    modern white light kit ceiling fan

    42" Modern Fan Gloss White Ball Light Kit Ceiling Fan


    2-blade white ceiling fan

    58" Artemis HIgh Gloss White Ceiling Fan

    brushed steel ceiling fan

    Modern brushed steel fans are a great way to keep cool and look beautiful in an open loft setting, adding that futuristic element. Each of these fans (below) are like a piece of art. The two blades create a sleek and clean linear effect almost as if it's soaring overhead.  

    futuristic ceiling fan

    42" Fanimation Marea Satin Nickel Ceiling Fan

    futuristic white ceiling fan

    52" Minka Aire Wing Silver Ceiling Fan

    bronze ceiling fan

    The oil rubbed bronze finish on vintage, industrial style fans works great in a more modern rustic setting. They mix beautifully with the natural elements like wood, stone, and concrete while contrasting perfectly with bold colors. 

    brown ceiling fan

    54" Casablanca Bullet Brushed Cocoa Ceiling Fan

    industrial ceiling fan

    37" ACQUA TEXTURED BRONZE DUAL HEAD ROTATIONAL CEILING FAN

    Hope you're staying cool this summer!  

    Images: Apartment TherapyHouzz

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