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  • Paper Art: From Sheet to Sculpture

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    Paper Art

    Paper art. It can be so much more than ink or graphite drawings on flat white sheets. Folded, constructed or crumpled (or even lacquered as in David Jang's paper towel floor installation pictured above), paper becomes a sculptural goldmine. 

    Eva Black's "Folded" installation is a sculpture consisting of approximately 3,500 folded paper pyramids that, when combined, looks like an origami quilt.

    Paper Art Installation

    The entire piece is constructed from found, gifted and collected paper Black culled from old art projects, paper bags, bookstores and more. 

    Origami Paper Art

    A scaled down, terrarium sized piece, reminiscent of Black's work, is this fun sculpture by Mark from the London based Present and Correct. 

    Contemporary Paper Art

    For a less geometric and more organic paper art, check out this installation of more than 100 paper sculptures by artist Peter Gentenaar. Floating throughout the church of Saint Riquier, close to Abbeyville, Somme, Northern France, the sculptures are floral in form and jelly-like in their weightlessness.

    Modern Paper Art Installation

    My favorite paper artist ever (and a personal friend) is Olga Lah, who I first discovered while sitting on a jury for the Los Angeles Art Association. She installed this amazing and adaptable piece in the entryway of the 2012 Palm Springs Art Fair which took place last February during the city's vaunted Modernism Week.

    Contempoary Paper Sculptures

    Most fine art is archival, it will stand the test of time. Paper often contains acid, which breaks the material and its colors down over time. While some of the art above is archival, not all of it (especially in the case of Eva Black's found paper) will hold up over time. Lighting plays a big role in the display and preservation of art. Halogen track lighting is preferred by many galleries, as it provides a full spectrum of white light, is low in harmful UV rays, and is adjustable so you can fine tune the lighting of your art work. For sculptural pieces, you may want to try recessed lighting overhead.

    Last are some sculptural works nearly impervious to fading. Check out these complex, monochromatic origami-ish paper pieces by artist Matt Shlian. 

    Origami Art

    Folded Paper Art

    Paper as sculptural fine art is only the beginning. Origami is increasingly being explored, in everything from space flight to nano-technologies, as a means to pack more stuff into less space. And for most design junkies, packing cool, beautiful forms into small spaces is what we're all about.

    Images: David JangEva Black Design, Design for Mankind, Gentenaar-Torley, Olga Lah, Matt Shlian 

  • Cool + Collected 1.8

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    Rockafeller Skating Rink

    +We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends yesterday! And now, with Thanksgiving behind us (barely), it's officially Rockafeller Skating Rink season!

    +We found the perfect collection of holiday craft projects for you over at Craft Pack... They're offering a digital book with over 18 craft projects, 9 instructional videos, and over 100 printable pdf's, stickers, patterns, stencils, and gift tags!

    +Although, not very wintery it doesn't get much more holiday-cool than a house on sleds! Head over to Desire to Inspire to see this cool portable modern home.

    +Now this is wintery... Ever thought of staying in an igloo for vacation? Check out Hotel Kakslauttanen for the opportunity.

    +The Creature Comfort blog has two very holiday appropirate ideas... For starters, this may be the coolest 2013 calendar round-up we've seen! And if you're looking for chic gift wrapping ideas, you don't want to miss this blog post.

    Image: Paul Timpa

  • Thank You + Happy Eating Day

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    Modern Thanksgiving Centerpiece

    Thanks. Gratitude. Gratefulness. No matter what word you use, it's important to take a moment to pause and give thanks for the things that matter in life - your family, friends, health, food, shelter...not to mention your iPhone or your Eames rocker. 

    There's no end to the list of things we're thankful for around here. In fact, this blog serves as a running tally of those things that inspire us daily. With that in mind, we'd like to thank you for joining us on this journey.

    Happy Thanksgiving To You and Yours!

    - Euro Style Team

    Image: Chatelaine

  • Modern Art + Lighting Create Light and Shadows

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     Modern Art

    Modern art and of course modern lighting has really been inspiring us lately. With the long holiday weekend coming up you might actually have some time to create some artwork of your own! Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all these great shopping days are upon us, but for those of you who would rather create something for your loved ones this season, then let Kumi Yamashita's collection "Light and Shadow" inspire you. 

    " I sculpt shadow with light or sometimes light with shadow, but both function in essentially the same manner." -Yamashita

    Modern Wall Art

    Carved objects are placed in relation to one single light source to create these simple and stunning sculptures.

    Modern Art Installation

    There is so much emotion in each piece, this collection of modern art nearly takes my breath away.

    Numbers Sculptures

    Letters and Numbers Art

    Lighting works in amazing ways!

    There are many modern chandeliers that plays with light and shadow in a beautiful way. Here are a couple of our favorites!

    Modern Chandelier

    Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier

    Modern Chandelier

    Customizable Squares Possini Euro Pendant Light

    Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, inspired with loved ones!

    Images: Kumi Yamishita

  • Modern Lighting Trends With Design For Mankind

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    Erin Loechner

    We have invited Erin Loechner, from the super cool art/design blog Design for Mankind, to help us with modern lighting trends while staying on budget. Take it away Erin...

    Lighting can transform any space, but can all too often break the bank just as quickly. Lucky for you, I've rounded up 10 fantastic lighting finds - all under $100. Whether your dream makeover calls for industrial or baroque, I've got something for every budget-friendly style, plus tips on how to make the most of your new statement lighting. Enjoy!

    INDUSTRIAL:
    Industrial lighting can sometimes look cold and outdated, so cozy up these pieces with plenty of layered textiles and earthy elements. Try pairing industrial-inspired spotlights and uplights in a warm, white kitchen with subway tiles and raw wood countertops for a chic Scandinavian aesthetic. Or, give the tripod table lamp a spin in an office filled to the brim with books and magazines with a flokati rug underfoot. Whatever you decide, rest easy knowing your lighting is making a bold statement in the space!

    Lil Wonder Black Mini Spotlight ($84.99 Modern In Studio Adjustable Steel Tripod Table Lamp ($99.91) Lil Wonder Micro Mini Uplight ($84.99)

    Modern Lighting Trends

    TRADITIONAL:
    Traditional lighting can be universally flattering in a variety of spaces. I recommend traditional chandeliers in a mission style dining room with tufted chairs for your next dinner party. Better yet? Add a bronze outdoor wall light to welcome your guests in style.

    White and Chrome Finish Swag Style Plug-In Chandelier ($99.99) John Timberland 13" Wide Seedy Glass Outdoor Wall Light ($79.99)

    GLAMOROUS:
    For the gal who can't get enough jewels, glamour-inspired table lamps and sconces are the perfect addition to a modern living room. Want to complete the look? Add an animal print rug, modern sectional and sculptural artwork for the chicest entertaining space around. Or tone down the glamour by pairing my picks with more natural elements, such as a wooden coffee table or concrete-inspired console.

    Baroque Clear Acrylic Table Lamp ($99.99) Possini Euro Chrome Crystal Rainfall Modern Wall Sconce ($99.99) Mercury Glass 26 1/2 Inch - H Triple Gourd Table Lamp ($99.99)

    CONTEMPORARY
    Want to freshen up any room of the home? Contemporary light fixtures work overtime in every space - from bedrooms to offices and everywhere between. Choose a chic table lamps to complement a modern bedside table or add sophistication to a drab desk. And I dare you to find an entryway that doesn't sing when paired with contemporary ceiling lights!

    Resin White Drum Shade Michelle Table Lamp ($90.81) Possini Euro Design White Flower 15 3/4" Wide Ceiling Light ($99.99)

    Happy lighting, friends!

    Thanks so much Erin for your great modern lighting trends!

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