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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!”
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Wherever art collector, philanthropist and billionaire Eli Broad goes, star architects follow. As the lead donor for UCLA's Broad Art Center (2000), LACMA's Broad Contemporary Art Museum (2003), and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (2007), he has brought big names like Richard Meier, Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid respectively to modern architecture, specifically museum design. And with his current project, the Broad Museum (situated next to the Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles), Broad introduces relative newcomers Diller Scofidio + Renfro to the list.
With more than 2,000 contemporary works of art to his and his foundation's name, Broad's art collection is too expansive to list, so I'll stick to the monuments erected to house it. First up is the Broad Museum, currently under construction (pictured above and below).
Nobody walks in L.A., and to that end cars feature prominently in this design, visible through wide glass windows on the lobby level as they enter the underground parking lot.
The just-opened design at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, is all Zaha Hadid--skewed lines and angles taken straight from a science fiction movie (below).
The windswept lines continue on to the interiors, where even the recessed fixtures continue with an asymmetrical theme.
The least adventurous of Broad's museums is the Piano designed BCAM at LACMA (pitcured below). Given that the institution is partially taxpayer-funded, the austere design is a bit more understandable.
In truth, the most prominent feature of the new wing is artist Chris Burden's light sculpture located next door (check out our earlier story about Chris Burden's artwork). If you're so inclined, feel free to shop our modern post lights and build an art installation of your own at home.
Lighting isn't only used as artwork, as the above picture would have you think. At museums and in the home, it's a critical part of viewing artwork. In recent years, the art world has increasingly eschewed traditional incandescent picture lights in favor of modern recessed lighting and fluorescent and halogen fixtures. Here are a few of my favorite designs for lighting contemporary art:
Juno 4" Low Voltage Chrome Adjustable Recessed Light Trim
Louvre 18" Wide Satin Nickel Finish Plug-In Picture Light
Starting your own personal art collection is a lot of fun. And who knows, someday you may find yourself gifting your art collection to museums across the country too. This is the season of giving after all.
Images: Arch Daily, Architect Magazine, Fabrik, Experiencing L.A.
+As we count down to 2013, Design Milk put together a great wrap-up of the best tech from 2012.
+Wikipedia had a busy year in 2012. Check out their most visited pages on Daily Dot.
+Head over to Dezeen for an eclectic recap of 2012. It's all their best from each month!
+Daily Candy provides a list of 2012's best local services, great for small businesses or freelance creatives.
+A yearly recap Instagram-style. These are the most popular locations on Instagram during 2012.
Image: Design Milk
+You should head over to My Modern Met and check out the beautiful photos of Central Park. We decided to show the one that most resembled the Holidays of course.
+Speaking of NYC, the beautiful NY Library might get even cooler. Dezeen shared that Foster + Partners announced plans to add a contemporary lending library where the unused reading rooms are.
+And speaking of the Holidays, Matchbook Magazine has some great entertaining tips for you.
+For all the over-achievers out there, why not try making some 3-D printed Christmas cookies this Holiday season?
+We send you off for the Holiday weekend with a fun video of Wallace + Gromit.
Image: My Modern Met
I am a huge advocate for beautifully designed kitchens with stylish pendant lights. The kitchen is in fact the heart of the home so it should be treated with care and love. Cheesy, I know. But when you have a well designed kitchen, it can benefit you tremendously.
Now, most of us don’t have thousands of dollars to throw at our kitchen. Even if our budgets are small, there are things that we can do on that will make a huge difference in the design of our kitchen. One of those details is a fabulous pendant light above the kitchen island or breakfast nook. Here are some fantastic examples.
You see in the image above that the owner took a vintage pendant and placed it above the work area in the kitchen. It’s clean, it’s classic and so cool. It also looks great paired with the mint colored cabinet.
I’m in love with this light fixture. It’s a grouping of cord lights and it makes a huge statement for this kitchen. I also want to point out that even though this kitchen is simple in its layout and appliances the owners have warmed it up. That fantastic rug, baskets for storage and other wood and stainless steel accessories are perfect additions to this kithcen. It’s a chic space!
This simple stainless steel light adds character and goes well with all the other stainless steel accents throughout the space. It’s scale is large for a more dramatic look. I’m sure it brings ooo’s and awe’s from visitors.
Get the look:
Top: Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier, Old Bronze Mini Pendant Light
Bottom: St Croix Mercury Glass Chandelier, Dandelion Shade Possini Euro Pendant.
Images: Desire to Inspire, My Lovely Things, Remodelista, Skonahem
Every year, people around the globe start the year with a series of resolutions, and it's no different around here. The following are five things topping our 2013 to-do list:
1. See Someplace New
It seems like there’s a cultural or architectural treasure springing up in every city these days. Find one and visit it. Our short list of must-see items this year includes architect Daniel Libeskind’s wing at the Denver Art Museum, followed by a glass of wine at the High Sierra Camps in Yosemite National Park (both pictured above).
2. Act Locally
We’ve been obsessed with locally roasted coffee from Cafecito Organico and Intelligentsia, not to mention design-savvy LA Mill (pictured above). Nothing beats a fresh cup within walking distance. This year we’re going to walk more and discover the world right outside our doorstep. Architecture and design writer Alyssa Walker turned us onto the joy of walking with her blog Gelato Baby, and guess what we've noticed? There's no better way to see how others mix and match modern ceiling lights and crystal chandeliers (many of which I recognize from our website) in their homes than to peer into their front windows as we walk past. We also discovered that walking a dog makes us look less creepy as we do it.
3. Stay Centered
White Leather Low Back Swivel Office Chair, Robert Abbey Havana Polished Nickel Task Desk Lamp
It’s not always easy to stay calm in the chaos, but one thing we’ve discovered around here is that clean, organized work spaces are a great way to fake the peace until you make the peace. Essential to a calm work space are a functional (and beautiful) desk lamp and an office chair that promotes good posture. Above are two designs we’ve been ogling as of late.
4. Dress to Impress
Size matters…with clothing anyway. This year we’re looking for a clean tailored fit, and the Japan-based Free & Easy Magazine (which helped us find a perfect fitting boot this time last year) will be one of our top sources for cutting-edge-meets-classic personal style. Why walk out of the house (see resolution #2 above) looking anything but your best?
5. Read More
Reading more is by and far a universal resolution. Well, if your time is limited in 2013, there are still some great coffee table reads out there. We’re looking at Michael Idov's Made In Russian: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design (Rizzoli) to fire up our aesthetic side, and John Long's fashionable tribute to early rock climbing, The Stone Masters (T. Adler Books), to fuel our adventurous spirit.
That's it for us. But we'd love to know: what tops your to-do list this year?
Images: Artnet, Yosemite, LAMILL, Dress Launderette, Architect Magazine, Patagonia
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