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  • Fashion + Design + Architecture: We Like Gold!

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    fashion model in gold

    If you haven't noticed, metallics are hot, especially gold with all the Olympic hype. Whether it's fashion, design, or architecture we love gold ambition.

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    This stunning architecture is simple, but so classy with its gold finishing touches.

    modern office

    Ever wonder how to translate all the beautiful gold elements you see everywhere and implement them into your own home? Modern furniture, metallic lighting and accessories is one way to start. And this wall covering (above) is brilliant, subtle yet bold.

    Here's some help...

     gold furnishings

    1.Basie Table Lamp 2. Shell Chandelier 3. Sunburst Mirror 4. Gold Bangle Pendant 5. Rubianne Table Lamp 6. Gold Bamboo Accent Table 7. Gold Side Chair 8. Gold Ribbon Mirror

    Images: Style Sight, Lintellectural Property, Luster

  • Modern Ceiling Fans Keep You Cooler

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    Not only do modern ceiling fans keep you cool, but they make your space look cool too! There's no need to buy one of those cheesy old ceiling fans anymore! There are so many amazing design options available for your modern home. Take a look at a few of our favorites!

    A modern white ceiling fan can blend away into the ceiling or can be a great sculptural element if you decided to go with a darker, wood-finish ceiling as shown above.  

    modern white light kit ceiling fan

    42" Modern Fan Gloss White Ball Light Kit Ceiling Fan


    2-blade white ceiling fan

    58" Artemis HIgh Gloss White Ceiling Fan

    brushed steel ceiling fan

    Modern brushed steel fans are a great way to keep cool and look beautiful in an open loft setting, adding that futuristic element. Each of these fans (below) are like a piece of art. The two blades create a sleek and clean linear effect almost as if it's soaring overhead.  

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    42" Fanimation Marea Satin Nickel Ceiling Fan

    futuristic white ceiling fan

    52" Minka Aire Wing Silver Ceiling Fan

    bronze ceiling fan

    The oil rubbed bronze finish on vintage, industrial style fans works great in a more modern rustic setting. They mix beautifully with the natural elements like wood, stone, and concrete while contrasting perfectly with bold colors. 

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    54" Casablanca Bullet Brushed Cocoa Ceiling Fan

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    37" ACQUA TEXTURED BRONZE DUAL HEAD ROTATIONAL CEILING FAN

    Hope you're staying cool this summer!  

    Images: Apartment TherapyHouzz

  • Modern Outdoor Furniture: Get Your Summer On!

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    Are you guilty of neglecting your patio and then when Summer comes around you wish you had a beautiful modern outdoor space? No need to put it off, just a couple simple additions can help you get your Summer on!

    white tripod chairs

    Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs

    Simple, white spaces are typical to any modern home, but pops of color are fun too. If you don't want to do something more permanent like a door or wall, try some fun seating (below).

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    Zuo Allsorts Outdoor Dining Chairs

    This home (below) gives you a good example of how important your outdoor decor can be, especially when you have lots of windows. Many modern homes feature open floor plans, which means you see more of the house, making each space important.

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    outdoor weave chair

    Zuo Valtos Outdoor Arm Chair

    round outdoor weave table

    Avalon Round Outdoor Table

    All you have to do is get a little furniture out on your patio so you can enjoy these beautiful summer days! Make use of all your space, indoors and out.

    Images: Houzz, Zimbio

  • BaseCamp: rustic modern boutique hotel

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    Gray and Orange hotel room

    BaseCamp Hotel is a boutique hotel located in Lake Tahoe. It reflects exactly what you might think from its name, the ideals and adventures of a base camp. A comfortable place where travelers can share stories and tips in communal spaces, rest up, and prepare for a day of exploration. Walk out the door and you're in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, just a five minute walk from exploring until your hearts content. The location is perfect, the price is affordable, and the design is a winner!

    Lofted Bunk Beds

    The wood clad wall, plaid wool blankets, raw wood table, and that adorable orange lantern table lamp combine to create the perfect rustic modern cabin feel. Whether you're traveling with children, friends, or small groups the bright orange lofted bunks are such a great solution to accommodate six people and really make you feel like you're at summer camp!  

    Modern Orange Artwork

    The orange desk chair works like a piece of art against this modern walnut desk (above). The deep red orange is very sophisticated and brings a lot of energy to this neutral room. The use of orange accent furniture provides bursts of color in any space and creates a very lively and playful effect. 

    industrial bathroom lighting

    Industrial modern bathroom lighting fixtures is a great way to define style in any space.

     Graphic Shower Curtain

    The bathrooms are not overly designed, but very simple and elegant with playful pops of orange. I am completely in love with this graphic shower curtain! I wonder where I get one for my house?! The natural oak vanity, industrial bathroom lighting, and white brick patterned tile give you that classic rustic modern feel that works so perfectly in the setting of Lake Tahoe.

    Hotel Room with a view of Lake Tahoe

    Map of Lake Tahoe

    The hotel doesn't open until June 20th, 2012 but I'd book a room now if you want to enjoy your wonderful summer getaway at BaseCamp! I know I do! Just look at all the exploring that's waiting for you!

    Image Source: BaseCamp Hotels

  • Starchitect Modernist Service Stations

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    Foster & Partners modernist gas station

    When one thinks of the quintessential examples of Modernist design, one doesn't usually think of the roadside service station. And yet, look at the gas stations in almost any flyover town and you'll see the undeniable signature of modernist design philosophy: an emphasis on function, a simplification of form and a reduction of extraneous ornamentation. This philosophy is particularly well-suited to the gas station, a venue that ostensibly provides two services to the road-weary traveler: automobile re-fueling and restrooms.

    You'll see something else too: the insertion of brand identity directly into the architecture itself. Case in point: white, orange and red canopies serve as the focal point of Norman Foster's Repsol service stations throughout Spain. The design is directly in line with the brand's tri-color scheme. From a roadside standpoint, it is strikingly bold, broken up only slightly by the need for lighting fixtures overhead. In a case like this, recessed lighting does the trick discreetly and elegantly.

    Eliot Noyes Mobil stations

    Don't credit Foster with the canopy-as-branding concept however. The idea of branding a company through its physical touchpoints, especially in the case of the service station, goes back to industrial designer Eliot Noyes. Noyes began his career as a curator of industrial design at MoMA in New York, but later worked in the 1960s as a design consultant with IBM and Exxon Mobil. He is credited for creating Exxon Mobil's iconic round gas station canopies (below), providing a memorable modernist touch to distinguish Exxon Mobil from the more traditional gas station designs scattered across the United States. 

    Aside from the company-wide design campaigns above, the last 60 years have also seen a handful of one-off service stations designed by some of the biggest names in architecture, including Mies van der Rohe, Albert Frey and Arne Jacobsen. Perhaps it's no coincidence that the gas station has attracted such starchitects. Modernism and the automobile shared a golden age for nearly 25 years from the late 1940s through the 1960s. 

    Los Angeles googie architecture

    Jack Colker's Beverly Hills Union 76 station (above) is an example of the space-age branch of Modernism common during this period known as Googie architecture. His design is a star in a city full of them.

    When the stars head east to Palm Springs for a winter getaway, they're greeted by a similar triangular themed Modernist design by Albert Frey (below).

    Albert Frey Palm Springs architecture

    No discussion of Modernism is complete however without mention of the great European designers. Mies van der Rohe's Nun's Island gas station (below) in Canada is a perfect example of his stark design style, unabashedly reminiscent of his iconic Seagram Building in Manhattan.

    Mies van der Rohe architecture

    Looking through these designs, you may have noticed that most architects have worked with simple fluorescent lighting fixtures. They're energy efficient and throw out plenty of light. But they're not the only option out there. This Texaco gas station (below) by celebrated Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in Skovshoved, Denmark, breaks the pattern with some beautiful streamline uplight wall sconces. Today, there are plenty of modern outdoor lighting products available to help you break the fluorescent tube trend. 

    Danish modern architecture

    The designs above span over half a century of Modernism. Looking to the future of gas station design, we return to Southern California, the center of global car culture to discover that visionary gas station design, and the belief that it can have a positive impact on brand identity, is still in full effect. The eco-friendly BP Helios House is doing its share to reverse much of the damage fossil fuels have caused in recent decades.

    The Helios House station is a model of sustainable design. It collects, filters and reuses water runoff; collects solar energy with 90 solar panels spread throughout the property; it's built from recycled and renewable materials; and it's designed with carefully planned angles and a rooftop drought tolerant garden to minimize urban heat island impact.

    Clearly there is reason to hope that, as cars look to be cleaner in the future, the stations that service them will too.

    Images: Foster & Partners, Flavorwire, Matchstic, Los Angeles Times, Architizer, We Are Private, Azure Magazine

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