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  • Modern Architecture an Architect Would Live In

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    Modern Architecture

    It's always interesting to see how different creatives design their own lives. For example, how fashion stylists dress or which art an artist hangs on their own wall. But, how amazing is it to see the homes that iconic architects designed for themselves?!

    The Eames Home "Case Study House No. 8" (above) became the home and workplace of Charles Eames and his partner and wife Ray.

    Frank Gehry Home

    The Frank Gehry Home in Santa Monica, CA (above) was constructed in 1978. The Gehry Residence may appear a bit tired today, but it remains one of Gehry’s more popular projects

    Casa das Canoas

    Located in Brazil, the home above is "Casa Das Canoas" by Oscar Niemeyer. Originally built in 1953, this modern home remains a major participant in progressive design to this day.

    If we could sneak in and furnish the living room of any of these three homes, this is what we imagine:

    Modern Home Decor

    Possini Euro White Marble Base Arc Floor Lamp, Howard Miller Easton Wall Clock, Zuo Heywood Triple Natural Wood Bench, Zuo Fortress Collection Black Leather Sofa, Zuo Haxby Walnut and Glass Modern Coffee TableIkat Print Orange Throw Pillow, Small Glacier Glass White VaseSmoke Velvet Square Pillow, Laine Wood and Faux Leather Dining Chairs

    If you could design your own home, what would it look like? We'd love to help with your modern furniture and lighting!

    Images: Design Crave, Sunrise Musics

  • Wood Art Panels - Decorating The Modern Way

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    Wood Panels

    Infused veneer is an amazing new collection of art wood panels from companies like B+ N Industries. There are hundreds of innovative and unique graphics that are infused on a variety of wood species, such as maple, cherry, and walnut. Each panel is 48" x 96" and is great for creating dramatic walls in restaurant or retail design, but can also be an amazing accent in your own home.

    The "Shanghai" wood art above look amazing when mixed with bold red chairs and accessories. Try mixing this panel with a red chandelier and add drama into any space!

    Modern Red Chandelier

    ASTI RED GLASS 31 3/4-INCH-W CHANDELIER LIGHT

    Americana Wood Art Panel

    A classic "American flag" panels would work so well in many applications. Can't you just see these cladding the wall of  your nearby Levi's store. Mix these panels with industrial lighting and you've got the feel of an old General Store.  

    Industrial Metal Table Lamp

    INDUSTRIAL CAGE EDISON BULB RUST METAL TABLE LAMP

    Graffiti Art Wood Panels

    We know that graffiti artist in you has always wanted to write on the walls, but we also know most of us don't have the skills that these artists do. If you want to add that modern urban edge into your space these graphic graffiti panels are the perfect way to do so. Mix the panels with modern black pendant lighting and the space is sure to be a show stopper.

    Modern Black Pendant

    POSSINI EURO PLANET CHROME AND BLACK PENDANT CHANDELIER

    Vintage Frames

    The Antique Silhouette Collection in Old Frames is set off with a classic mid-century modern chaise and leather travel duffel in the image above. If you want to add a bit more glitz and glam into the space incorporate an elegant pendant light. The mixture of vintage and glam is a timeless look that could be perfect in a new intimate lounge.  

    Glam Pendant Light

    ARTCRAFT CLAREMONT BLACK 23" WIDE OVAL NICKEL CHANDELIER

    I'm really looking forward to seeing more and more applications of the wood art panels. Do you want to really get your creative adrenaline flowing? Check out the entire collection of architectural panels right here!

    Images: B + N Industries

  • From Victorian to Modern: Home Renovation

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    Home Renovation

    Sidney based architecture firm Andrew Maynard Architects took this old Victorian home with tall surrounding walls and turned it into a super cool modern home. We approve.

    Modern Architecture

    Simple forms, minimal furnishing and mixed materials all work together to create the home's modern look. When your minimal furnishings include cool, modern accent chairs go ahead and consider yourself on-trend.

    Modern Loft Home

    Cool appliances, simple modern lighting and dark colored furniture make this place stylish for both male and female inhabitants.

    Images: Andrew Maynard Architects

  • Modern Artwork: Francesco Lo Castro's Stunning Geometrics

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    modern artwork

    The end of summer doesn't mean the end of bold vibrant colors, especially when used in modern artwork! The stunning geometric artworks by Francesco Lo Castro can hold their own in any space.  

     colorful modern artwork

    For over a decade, Francesco Lo Castro has been South Florida’s gateway  to the national New Contemporary art scene, as both a respected artist and as a curator of exceptional art exhibitions. And it's pretty obvious why!

    pastel geometric modern art

    This piece titled Eulenspiege, 2012 is created with oil, acrylic, silkscreen, spray paint, layered epoxy resin and gold leaf on wood. It's these layers that have you staring for hours!

     pink and navy blue artwork

    Choosing just one piece of LoCastro's work would be a challenge! I'm imagining these prints not just as artwork, but on modern decorative pillows, throws, and even bold geometric rugs. Keep your home bright and alive this winter by incorporating bold modern decor. And if you get your hands on a piece of LoCastro's work...I salute you!

    Images: Francesco LoCastro

  • Schindler House: Recessed Lighting Magic in Modern Architecture

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    schindler house feature recessed lighting

    Walking through the historic Schindler House in West Hollywood this past Sunday, I discovered something amazing about recessed lighting: namely that something so hidden could look so amazing. 

    First a little history lesson: Austrian born R.M. Schindler worked under Frank Lloyd Wright and in 1920 was sent to Los Angeles to oversee the construction of Wright's Hollyhock house. In 1922 Schindler set up his own practice with the construction of his Kings Road House in West Hollywood.

    schindler house modern architecture

    Fast forward nearly one century to this past Sunday, and I found myself strolling through the nearly empty rooms of the house (now managed by the MAK Center, "a think tank art, architecture, urbanism, design, and international discourse") listening to the sound of reel-to-reel tape recordings in a sound art performance curated and produced by the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS). The layered, eerie tape recordings were mesmerizing. But so was the space itself. 

    modern interior by schindler

    What struck me most was how the furniture-less rooms hardly seemed empty. There wasn't excessive ornamentation in the rooms (Schindler's work is philosophically absolutely opposed to that), yet there was an extraordinary sense of depth. Materials like wood and cement mixed beautifully in the rooms. Daylight didn't stream in per se; in fact, the space was designed such that it feels like daylight is allowed to enter by permission only.

    japanese inspired modern interior 

    Looking about, I noticed that, aside from two pendant lights in the main room, visible light sources were conspicuously absent. Instead, the entire home was lit tastefully by recessed lighting, giving it a dramatic, staged look. Subtle architectural details took on a new life under these tucked away lights.

    led recessed lighting fixture

    LR6 12 Watt LED 6" Recessed Light Module

    Sometimes the beauty of an object lies in what you don't see, as is the case with the Schindler House's lighting design. Modern energy efficient recessed lights stow away nicely, and an LED fixture (pictured above) in particular will produce relatively little heat. For a warmer, spotlight style like I found in much of the Schindler House, you might want to consider a halogen light (pictured below).   

    modern halogen recessed light

    Juno 4" Low Voltage Flush Gimbal Recessed Light Trim

    Some recessed lighting fixtures are adjustable as in the above, allowing you to swivel or tilt the light, and some are fixed...and as I recently learned, in the right space, they can all be stunning.

    Don't believe me? Check out the MAK Center website for upcoming events at the house. You won't be disappointed. 

    Images: Moby, Wikipedia, Markus Canter, Architecture Week

     

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