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LBL Batons Satin Nickel Suspension Pendant Light
“When lighting looks like art, you know you have a winner!”
- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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A client wanted peace, freedom, and nature so Sven Matt Architects made that happen with this small modern home in Austria. The budget was tight, but that didn't mean there was a compromise on function or aesthetic. It just means smarter design and that's exactly what Sven Matt was able to do.
There was a focus on the essentials... The large living space, two small bedrooms and entrance are organised around a central core containing the bathroom and technical installations. The thick walls house the kitchen and living room storage which creates a completely built-in look.
The living room has an open floor plan with minimal furniture and a view like no other. The concrete floors, wood-clad walls and ceilings provide a peaceful yet cozy feeling.
The repetition of materials throughout the space make it appear larger and very zen like. Using modern chairs in the same tone as the walls allows the form of the pieces to stand out and integrates perfectly with the architecture.
Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs
Built-in furniture becomes part of the modern architecture and helps to not waste an inch of space. In this room, you could also opt for modern wall lamps instead of table lamps so the nightstand becomes more available.
House of Troy Generation Black LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp
The built-in modern desk is very streamlined, providing the resident with a very generous work surface. We all know that a generous modern desk and open space are the keys to productivity!
And aren't we all trying to be more productive in this new year?!
Images: Sven Matt
Please join us in welcoming Liz Stanley from Say Yes to Hobeken as one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Liz....
I absolutely love pendant lights. They area a fantastic way to add lighting and character to a space without taking up any of your table space or your square footage. I am currently in the market for some great modern pendant lights for a corner in my living room as well as a few to go over my dining room table and I am loving these options.
Olde Bronze Mini Pendant Light
I love this bronze pendant. It looks like the perfect mixture of modern, antique, and industrial. It would look amazing in pretty much any space.
St Charles Jamie Young Pendant Chandelier
This amber glass pendant looks so chic doesn't it? The color is beautiful and the shape is just killing me!
Marcel Metallic Mini Pendant
I am in love with this light. It looks so fancy and fine but without being pretencious. The brass is of course amazing, and the hammered look gives it some texture.
Tetra Tiffany Style Pendant
Going right along with the beloved geometric trend, this light is perfect! The bold white and black pattern and the faceted texture are enough to make a statement but not take over the space.
Do modern interior design styles and children mix? Of course they do! Should your modern home revolve around your children? Why not?! Take a look at how Incorporated Architecture + Design Purposefully designed this small New York City residence to accomodate a stylish modern family. This colorful, contemporary home is like an indoor playground and is both fun and functional.
Pops of colorful pendant lighting (above) are used to brighten up the kitchen, contrasting with the neutral aesthetic.
Satin Nickel with Red Shade ET2 Pendant Light
A rustic modern dining room (above) introduces graphic artwork to create a sophisticated feel with a playful edge. Contemporary glass chandeliers are another fun way to add whimsy to any modern interior design style.
A permanent display for your children's artwork is genius! This bold, blue gallery-wall has the ability to transform as new artwork is created. And it's great for watching Saturday morning cartoons of course.
Bright yellow shines like the sun against this cornflower blue. Implement this color punch in your home by adding artful and functional elements such as modern yellow table lamp. Color always takes the edge off and make your space feel more playful.
Yellow 15-1/2" Whoopsy Desk Lamp
Who would want a room with four boring walls to play in when you could have your own indoor treehouse? The wallpaper (above) and the adorable treehouse are a great way to bring the outdoors in when playing in the real outdoors may not be an option.
The juxtaposition of the view and the interior elements in this kids room (above) are quite captivating. Now the children can have green grass and bright blue skies 365 days a year even if it's just modern green hardwood floors and the bright blue paint. I'm sure the energy is uplifting throughout the cold and gloomy New York Winters.
Of course, as a parent you need to have a place to retreat and this modern, eclectic master bedroom (above) was designed just for that! The reclaimed wood doors and vintage panels add elements of old-world charm and a peaceful aesthetic.
Painted concrete tile adds a playful detail to this organic modern master bathroom. The use of eclectic modern bathroom lights is always a great way to add character to any bathroom.
Groton Polished Nickel Hudson Valley Wall Sconce
Let's all try to have a little more fun this year and a great place to start is in your home!
Images: Incorporated NY
+Photographer Balthazar Korab passed away. He was a refugee from Communist Hungary who created polished images that captured the spirit of midcentury modern architecture.
+Nepresso not only sells machines that make delicious coffee (so we're told), but now they have a flagship coffee shop in San Francisco. Dwell shares the design.
+Haven't you ever wanted to restore your antique hardware and get rid of 10 layers of paint? Design*Sponge has a great series 'Before & After' with step by step instructions on how to restore items around your home.
+If you're looking for a cool light installation experience from the comfort of your desk chair, check out Squidsoup's new project 'Submergence'. It's also on show at Galleri ROM in Oslo, Norway, January 17 - February 17 2013.
+It's officially February and Valentine's is right around the corner. Oh Happy Day blog has some fun ideas for gifting, including this DIY monogrammed bag that's great for filling with candy hearts.
In the history of romantic restaurants, perhaps no place stands out in the minds of Modern lovers more than Seattle's Canlis. In 1950, Peter Canlis hired architect Roland Terry to realize his vision of building "the world’s most beautiful restaurant." These historic photos tell the love story.
The result was an eclectic mix of modern motifs that, despite a fair share of redesigns over the years, was recently named a Top 100 Romantic Restaurant by the reservations website OpenTable.com. We love how you can use nail head trim chairs to instantly make dinner in a public space feel like a private admission to someone's personal library.
Much of the restaurant's charm was in the sweeping candelabra and one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures. The romantic touch, it seems, has a simple formula: find a modern chandelier and put a candelabra bulb on it.
You could call it quirky, funky, left-of-center, but Canalis in its earliest days was a reminder that modern design, at its best, isn't about imitation--it's about being true to one's self.
Having said that, here's how we imagine imitating Canalis at home:
Possini Corinthian Bronze Twist Multi Chandelier
Uttermost Kane Polished Nickel Wall Sconce
Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs
We'd like to thank the University of Washington Libraries, from whom these fabulous historic photos were borrowed.
Images: University of Washington Libraries
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