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With a growing population preferring to stay in urban areas, rather than purchase homes in the suburbs, designer and architects are faced with the problem of maintaining the element of community in every day life.
We discussed this in our Dwell on Design recap, reviewing Micro Living and sociological shifts. With much of the population choosing to live in the city, without a car, minimal modern furniture and less stuff for storage, high rise living is in-demand.
C.F. Møller Architects, Brut Architecture and Urban Design are closing the gap between urban high-rise living and suburb community living. They're currently developing a 24-story building in Belgium that will be grouped into mini-communities. Apartments will be clustered together with open balcony spaces depending on your style of living, for example families versus students. There will also be a shared courtyard and dining space as well as a roof terrace.
Now, you can live in the city and still have a sense of community... But for now, you'll have to live Belgium to find this fantastic architecture and urban living style.
There is no scheduled completion date, but they estimate that it will open sometime in 2017.
We can't wait!
Images: Fast Company
Image from Sukio
Do you ever scroll through design sites on the internet, like Pinterest and feel like you can never achieve that look in your home with your budget? Well, you should never feel this way. When it comes to design, there's always a way!
The key is to grasp the overall look of the room you're coveting. What makes it so great? Which is your favorite element... Is it the modern dining table, the chrome dining chairs or the decor?. Maybe let yourself spend a little more on your favorite piece and scale down from there. Or, you just stick with a smaller budget all-around...
We've decided to use this high-end dining room above as an example. We've rounded up some of our favorite Euro Style Lighting Furnishings to help you get this look and to show you that any design style is achievable!
Did you ever wonder why the brick road was yellow in The Wizard of Oz?... Because yellow is bright and happy and therefore must lead to somewhere great.
For this reason, we've rounded up a few of our favorite yellow home decor from Euro Style Lighting, inspired by this amazing architecture.
If you're trying to sparkle a little color in to your home, it doesn't take much... You can try a patterned lamp shade that features lots of colors, or maybe just some modern lighting designed in a fun color. Here's some great ideas for a little pop of yellow:
1. Thumprints Yellow Table Lamp
2. Color + Plus Sunshine Wall Mirror
3. Jonathan Adler Yellow Glass Wall Sconce
4. Anahita Saffron Fabric Side Chair
5. Lemon Retro Throw Pillow
6. Stacy Garcia Stripe Lamp Shade
7. Jonathan Adler Capri Yellow Table Lamp
8. Yellow Twitter Bird Accent Lamp
9. Yellow Stripe Square Pouf
There's a fine line between trash and art, at least in New York. Consistent with a popular philosophy behind the purpose of art, this installation teaches us something.... It exposes just how much trash is produced in New York City.
This cloud-style structure, called "Head in the Clouds" was created on Governor's Island in New York last Summer and made from 52,780 used plastic bottles. Designer Jason Klimoski points out that this is the number of plastic bottles thrown away in NYC in just one hour.
Our answer to the title of this post.... BOTH.
Jason Klimoski and the design team from Studio KCA are looking for a place to install this Summer so if you're interested contact them here.
Want to shop art that you can put in your own home, head over to Euro Style Lighting's art department!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Image from CoeLux
This year's 14th Venice Architecture Biennale saw an exhibition used LED lighting to replicate daylight.
Perhaps the most successful approximation to natural light yet created, this CoeLux optical system (developed by Italian physicist Paolo Di Trapani) uses LEDs and light-scattering nanoparticles to mimic the appearance of the sun moving across a daytime sky.
Image from Digital Trends
The potential applications of this technology are enormous. Subways, offices, hospital rooms, homes--every room suddenly with a view. And most impressive of all, the system boasts the ability to replicate the color temperatures from Nordic, Mediterranean and tropical suns.
You may remember our guide to lumens and color temperature as it applies to LED lighting? Daylight color temperatures can reach up to 10,000K and beyond, making them much warmer than the type of modern lighting used in the home today.
Koncept Gen 3 Z-Bar Silver Slim Daylight LED Wall Lamp, Koncept Gen 3 Z-Bar Slim Silver Daylight Modern Desk Lamp
Regardless, there are a handful of daylight-mimicking products currently on the market. Take Koncept Lighting's Gen 3 series of LED lamps. They mimic daylight at an interior-friendly 4,250K-4,750K color temperature, giving you all the brightness of daylight you'll ever need indoors!
Images: CoeLux, Digital Trends
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