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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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Every February, design fans descend upon the mid-century Mecca of Palm Springs for Modernism Week. Euro Style Lighting has put together a snapshot of the state of Modernism...its past, present and future...as seen through the lens of this week-long series of parties, exhibits, lectures and tours.
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The Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo (pictured above) gives a snapshot of where mod design is headed. This "village" of prefab homes highlighted the intersection of modern living, affordable architecture, green design and lighting efficiency. Here was a chance to see products and designers on the cutting edge of residential Modernism.
Meanwhile, the Vintage Travel Trailer Show, featuring classic trailers and campers from collectors across the country, offers a kitschy nod to Modernism's past.
Perhaps, nothing captures the spirit of the region's post-war design scene better than the Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014 presented by Luxe Interior+Design. This mid-century-inspired home has been decorated lavishly for Modernism Week 2014 by some of the design community's brightest stars. Photos are unfortunately not permitted in the space (a rendering of the space can be seen at the top of this post), but we can promise you from experience, it is indeed exceptional. Of note is the playful pool decor by Trina Turk, a fabulous living room by Woodson and Rummerfield's House of Design, and a chic-noir bedroom by Thomas Lavin.
Image from the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
At the Palm Springs Convention Center, the Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale showcases more than 80 exhibitors of modern furniture, collectibles, and memorabilia.
Next door (but officially unrelated to Modernism Week), the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair showcased post-war and contemporary art over Presidents Day weekend. British Artist Andy Burgess' paintings (pictured below and exhibited by Cynthia Corbett Gallery) were in lock step with theme of the week.
All in all, Modernism Week has something in store for every fan of modern design. Add nightly parties, receptions and the inevitable downtime by the pool and this is a day, week or weekend worth to remember. Modernism Week events continue officially until February 23, 2014.
Images: Christopher Kennedy, Modernism Week, Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
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Whether you're looking to brighten up your breakfast bar, dining room, breakfast nook, office or workspace, living room or entryway, there are endless lighting choices for you.
Every room needs an overhead light, which I refer to as ambient or general room lighting.
These distinctive chandeliers and pendants are my favorite picks for your space because they will be functional and beautiful.
Image from Heydt Designs
My favorite is the mercury glass pendant for many reasons. In an industrial kitchen, this would be the perfect accent to bring your eyes up.
Adding a touch of sparkle to an industrial space is a great way to bring an unexpected glam element to a rather sleek and crisp room. I could also see this pendant in the entryway, welcoming guests inside your home.
1. You can get a similar look to the glam, industrial kitchen above with this Patina Bronze Orbit Chandelier. The brushed steel keeps it sophisticated while the geometric design makes it modern and industrial.
2. Another sleek look with a little industrial flair is the Lafitte Mercury Glass Jamie Young Pendant, perfect for hanging a few over a kitchen island.
3. If you're looking for something delicate, but still capable of creating a 'wow' factor, then go with the White Glass Chip Chandelier.
4. If you have a smaller space, but still want to add some pretty lighting, the Brushed Steel Mini Pendant Light would be perfect.
5. Not sure what direction to go in? Are there just too many choices for overhead lighting? Then stick with a classic and go with the Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier.
What is your favorite light fixture and where would you hang it?
Images: Real Rooms Design, Heydt Designs
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One of my favorite home design trends is ultra modern. At least, that’s what I call it. I love the clean lines and fresh designs that often accompany the modern trend. And more often than not, white is the dominant color. Which I love! It makes the room feel clean and airy and even bigger than it might actually be.
My ideal living room would be mostly white with pops of black and bright colors. Just the thought of that makes me happy! This room inspiration above is super modern. There isn’t a whole lot of color involved in the decorating, but all of the modern clean lined furniture is the perfect example for what this design trend has to offer.
It’s minimal without feeling like an insane asylum. There is nothing worse than a cluttered room (at least to me!) and this is the opposite of that.
These days it really isn’t hard to find modern pieces to add to your space and make it feel ultra modern. It’s a really popular trend in furniture stores. The problem is selecting the best pieces for your space. You don’t want to collect too many different pieces that might clash. Think simple and clean and you’ll be fine.
1. I love this Brosna Contemporary Bookcase! Its fun, clean and super modern. The white will really make your books or designer accents pop too. May I suggest putting your books in order by color? That would look incredible on this shelf.
2. The Teresa High Gloss White Stainless Side Table is a perfect table for being useful but not taking up too much space visually. I love the contrast of the metal frame with the simple white top. It would look great in most spaces!
3. This Asymmetry Possini Euro Table Lamp would be a great sculptural piece to have in your home. The metal base is so cool and different! I would put it in my office for some late-night working.
Image: House to Home
Image from Door Sixteen
One design event that we wish we could have attended was Design Week in Stockholm, Sweden. Luckily, bloggers are invited to report back and we'd like to share their recaps with you.
If you are able to attend events like these lucky bloggers, design events are great for getting inspired, learning about new designers or new projects that the experienced designers are working on. You also meet lots of creative people doing exciting things...
Anna Dorfman from Door Sixteen has a great eye and took beautiful photography, not only of the design event, but of Sweden as well. Head to her blog for more than one blog post about Stockholm Design Week.
Image from Vosgesparis
Blogger Vosgesparis has organized Design blog tours and in every country they visit, they work with different brands doing exciting things. In Stockholm they put together the Blogger Apartment. They were given an amazing space which they furnished with appliances, furniture and accessories from our sponsors.... Head to her blog for more and a few posts on the event as well.
Image from Design Milk
KatieTreggiden reported from Stockholm for Design Milk and she not only recapped her experiences, both in Sweden and at the design event, but she also had the opportunity to interview some of the designers.
Be sure to stay tuned for a recap of Modernism Week going on this weekend in Palm Springs....
Images: Door Sixteen, Vosgesparis, Design Milk
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America's largest trade show for the kitchen and bath industry, KBIS in Las Vegas, recently wrapped, and with that we'd like to give you an insider look at what's new in bathroom lighting:
Eclecticism is back and nothing says fun and fabulous quite like a traditional chandelier in a modern bathroom:
Image from Apartment Therapy
Pendant lights offer an updated take on the chandelier, pictured at the top of this post and in this bathroom below featuring a retro-modern glass pendant with Edison bulb:
Image from Living Lab Blog
Pendants are also excellent stand-ins for sconces and look great draped in front of the vanity mirror:
Image from Lonny Magazine
If cleanliness is next to godliness, energy-efficient and long-lasting LED bathroom lighting is the ultimate "clean" green look. And because it uses small light emitting diodes instead of traditional bulbs, LED enables unconventional designs such as this faucet shaped "bath bar" which is also available in a single-light and a seven-light version:
Waterworks Chrome Access 3-Light Sconce
Lastly, as you may have noticed, brass is back...It's modern, industrial and making its way to a bathroom near you:
Murray Feiss Urban Renewal Brass Bath Light, Parker Brass Jonathan Adler Wall Sconce, Murray Feiss Contemporary Vanity Strip Light
For these styles and all the latest looks, check out all the new bathroom lighting from Euro Style Lighting.
Images: Adorable Home, Apartment Therapy, Living Lab Blog, Lonny
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