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  • LED Lighting: The Future Looks Bright

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    office and desk LED lighting

    Believe the hype: LED lighting can help you save money. When looked at holistically, factoring in the cost of electricity over the lifetime of the bulb, a house full of LED lights could actually save you hundreds of dollars. 

    Let's do the math.

    LED Is for the Long Term

    According to GreenBiz.com: "A conventional 60-watt bulb lasts about 1,000 hours, uses 60 watts of electricity and costs $180 to run for 25,000 hours. The LED equivalent lasts 25,000 hours (nearly three years if you left it on 24/7), uses 12.5 watts and costs $37.50 to run for 25,000 hours."  I've outlined the math below.

    energy savings incandescent vs LED

    The calculations above are based on the Philips Ambient 12 Watt LED Medium Base Light Bulb, a light bulb that fits into any medium base fixture, intended to replace incandescent bulb usage. However, there are also tons of designs available with the LEDs built right into the design.

    Save money by using LED lights in every room of the house:  

    The Entryway>

    The Dining Room>

    The Bathroom>

    The Office or Work Space>

    Discover a Warmer, Gentler LED

    You most likely have heard an incandescent bulb described as a "warm" light. This look or feel of the light is its color temperature. Lower color temperatures (in the range of 2700K to 3000K) appear yellow/white and, despite their lower color temperatures, are referred to as "warm" in color; higher color temperatures (5000K and higher) appear blue/white and, despite their higher color temperatures, are referred to as "cool."

    LED lighting has typically been associated with these harsher looking higher color temperatures. But that is changing. Increasingly, LEDs are reaching down into the warm 3000K range, resulting in color akin to incandescent bulbs and much more natural light than most fluorescent lights.

    LED on color temperature scale

    The environmental impact of LED lighting is difficult to compare directly against other options, but the circumstantial data is encouraging.

    • Requiring 1/5 to 1/10 the energy of an incandescent bulb, LEDs clearly reduce strain on power plants.
    • With a life span of decades, not months, LEDs reduce strain on landfills.  
    • Unlike the compact fluorescent light (CFL), the LED doesn't contain toxic mercury.  

    Natural looking. Cost effective. Environmentally friendly. LEDs are a slam dunk, right? Assuming you find a style you like, the answer is probably yes. In an interview blogger Cori Magee conducted last year with Edmund Ng and Kenneth Ng of Koncept Lighting, they discussed the role of aesthetics in designing for LEDs. "Both form and function are equally important," explained the Ng brothers. "New materials enable new designs. If we find a good material, we are able to create an exciting design around it."

    It's this type of commitment to design, technology and, ultimately, cost that leads us to believe the future looks bright for LEDs.   

    Images: Koncept, Kozai Modern, Toni Spilsbury

  • Modern Kids Room: Stylish Room Decor for the Mini Modernist

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    If you haven't seen our Las Vegas Market event recap, make sure to check it out. We just want to chat about one more trend we saw there... Stylish room decor for the modern kids room. Why limit your modern decor to every room except the kid's room?

    Modern kids rooms are featuring either lots of color or the more authenticly modern route of clean and all-white. Either way you decide to go, use fun lighting, interesting furniture, and pops of color. Organization is also key for a kid's room too, so bookshelves are a great idea.

    kids seating

    Multiple types of fun kids chairs are always great for kids, especially when they have friends over.

    giraff sconce

    For the older kids, just providing fun lighting, like these giraffe sconces can help keep their modern space young. Clean lines and modern furniture looks good in any room.

     

    modern kids lighting

    1. Swag Style Alphasoup Primary Shade Plug-In Chandelier 2. http://www.eurostylelighting.com/eu02475.htm 3. Possini Euro Design Infinity Pendant Chandelier 4. Jonathan Adler Giraffe Wall Sconce 5. Yellow Zigzag Outdoor Accent Pillows 6. Zuo Baby Spire Transparent Blue Kids Chair 7. Zuo Baby S White Kids Chairs 8. Zuo Pick Pocket Ball White Accent Cube 9. Zuo Drop Stool Collection Red Contemporary Chair

    So, remember to spread your love for modern throughout the house, including your kids rooms! How else will we all raise mini modernists?!

    Images: The Boo & The Boy, Design SpongeHouzz, Home & House Design

  • Organic Light Fixtures: Designer David Trubridge

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    DAVID TRUBRIDGE, Tipu II (Grass) (2012)

    Woven is an exhibition of organic light fixtures using textures and light. The exhibition features three new abstract forms by the internationally acclaimed furniture designer David Trubridge.  Each piece in this collection is a sculptural scale abstract form as well as a delicate and mesmerizing organic light fixture. This collection is called "Tipu", which means swelling or lump and each piece within the collection is then named according to the natural material that creates the design in each piece - bush, grass, spiral.  Each piece is made using a sustainable process from plant material and New Zealand flax fibre.  

    organic texture

    Each piece expresses the organic flow of these natural elements and really magnifies the beauty of the overlays and lattice character of these elements. The role played by the light and shadow as the elements intertwine and spin together creates a depth and so much visual interest that you can get lost in the work for hours!

    Woven and organic lighting, whether it be in the shade of a pendant light or the base of a table lamp,  will always add a sculptural element to your space.  

    modern pendant light

    Alita Collection Mini Pendant Chandelier

    modern table lamp

    Ennis Antique Brass Web Sphere Table Lamp

    Bush fixture

    DAVID TRUBRIDGE, Tipu I (Bush) (2012)

    The natural elements in the Bush fixture are flowing softly, almost as if they are blowing in the wind.

    organic elements

    As the fibres overlap they continue to create a play with light and shadow. The translucent effect creates layer upon layer of visual stimulation.

    Natural woven elements in your fixtures can cast incredible shadows and light patterns.

    modern sconce

    Corbett Shoji Collection 18-3/4" High Wall Sconce

    modern floor lamp

    RATTAN LINE VASE 40" HIGH FLOOR LAMP

    David Trubridge's entire collection of furniture and lighting are works of art! It is thoughtful and innovative design that will continue to inspire.

    Images: David Trubridge

  • Design Trends: Las Vegas World Market Event

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    Last week we attended the Las Vegas World Market event. It's a week long event that revolves around design trends, new products, creative collaborations, and much more! Not only did we have fun, but we came away with a clear understanding of what the hot design trends are right now.

    Undoubtedly, a major trend right now is bold color (above). Colorful design is seen all over different design industries, especially fashion and interiors. If you don't want an entire room filled with color, then just accent with color. But go ahead and move away from the safety of the neutral color palette.

    whimsical designs

    Keeping with the color trend alert, we also noticed a lot of quirky designs (above). Whether it's due to our difficult economy or its just a trend wave, people want whimsy in their life and the design world is responding. This space not only pairs daring colors but fun designs, like the chair and mirror. Colorful S-Chairs are a great way to add color and personality to your space!

    industrial kitchen

    If you're adamant about not adding color and prefer the neutral palette, don't worry because there's always room for modern, industrial design on the trend list (above). This kitchen is a perfect balance of modern and industrial, pairing sleek metals with textured woods and glass. Mason jar pendants are always a fun accessory when you want to achieve the industrial look.

    natural design

    Taking the industrial step a little farther, rustic designs are also on trend (above). Textured floors, walls and accessories create a natural vibe to any space. But adding some modern furniture and accessories, like the sofa and beautiful area rug creates balance, adding a softer element to the rough space.

    tribal pattern

    Finally, a great way to wrap up all the design trends we've been discussing, tribal designs (above) incorporate all of them. By using tribal accessories, such as area rugs, pillows, vases, etc you can add a colorful, rustic, and modern look to your home.

    We sure had fun at the event last week, we hope all the information we brought back was helpful. But the main design idea to come away with... you can make any style work by incorporating subtle or large design trend elements!

    To see some of our images from the event, you can head over to our Pinterest page and check out our "Design Trends" board...

    Images: April & May Studio, House to Home, What Wilson WantsInteriores MinimalistasDesire to Inspire 

  • Curiosity Rover Lands On Mars

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    curiousity rover

    Did you hear... the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars! Of course you have, but still what an incredible performance by Nasa's JPL and everyone in the world that has been involved in the creation of the Curiosity Rover and this incredible feat. Is there life on Mars? When will we be able to travel to Mars? How will this event inspire the future?  We just might be able to answer some of these questions soon. We gain inspiration from nature and everything that surrounds us so there is no doubt in my mind that design, architecture, music, fashion, and film will be extremely inspired by this journey as well.

    modern architecture

    I'm already imagining the first houses inspired by this trip to Mars. Mars is a very peaceful place right now with only Curiosity wandering around, as far as we know! The bold white geometric concrete structure contrasting against the rough red rocky landscape is what comes to mind.  It's peaceful and elegant while the surroundings appear to be rough and a bit harsh.  

    modern kitchen

    I image the modern kitchen on Mars would be natural in its elements, but ultra modern in its technology and aesthetic. The concrete kitchen, Twenty Cemento from ModulNova is a great example of this. The concrete cabinet fronts are subtle, but the soft texture is something you just want to reach out and touch.

    Pairing sleek modern barstools with more organic materials like concrete and wood creates layers of materials that are perfectly balanced. Too much of anything is never a good thing, but a pop of chrome and white leather is like the icing on the cake.

     modern barstools

    Zuo Flick Chrome and White Bar Stool Set of 2

    modern bathroom

    Modern bathrooms don't always have to be so sleek and clean. This solid wood vanity stands strong against the naturally textured concrete wall, while the modern pendant light hangs gracefully from above. It's like the combination of the surface of Mars mixed with the sleek elements of the Curiosity Rover. 

    The mix of modern mini pendant lights with rough natural materials blend together in such a way that still allows each element to hold their ground, make a statement, and maintain the balance.

     modern pendant light

    Silver 24" High Satin Nickel Mini Pendant Light

    There are so many things this world needs, and although a Mar-traveling rover and a house on Mars may not be on the top of everyone's list (yet), it should be able to bring inspiration to each and every one of you. Just think of the possibilities! How has this event inspired you?

    Images: MashableFran Silvestre Arquitectos, ModulNova

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