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Many amazing things are happening in the world of architectural materials and more specifically modern porcelain tiles. The Pinocchi Collection from 14OraItaliana has the look and feel of plywood, but the durability and sustainability of a porcelain tile! Since plywood has become a more popular material in architecture and commercial design (as seen in my last post) this is a very cool addition to the collection.
You can use this material in unexpected places like on shower walls and because of it's texture it's the perfect material to use poolside! It allows you to think outside the (plywood) box in a huge way!
The decorative Tartan pattern (above) is layered on top of the wood pattern to create a very tailored effect. This adds a playful, but refined edge and is the perfect combination of innovation and tradition. The Tartan is a perfect backdrop for any modern sofa with its clean lines. And I could easily see this in a adorable cafe with modern tables and modern dining chairs.
ZUO ANIME WHITE DINING CHAIRS
This collection must be called Pinocchi because you would swear they are lying to you. There is no way that a porcelain tile could look this real, but believe us, it's really fake! The Pino Collection (above) works great as an outdoor flooring and pairs perfectly with modern outdoor furniture.
Bold, modern home decor really pops against the natural color of the plywood tiles. The texture of the wood tile contrasts beautifully with smooth lacquer finish and organic elements above.
Be on the lookout for some really innovative designs in architectural tiles and materials. The largest tile show in the world, Cersaie just ended a couple weeks ago and we are extremely excited to see all the wonderful materials about to be introduced into our world!
Good design doesn't need to be relegated to indoors and it can most certainly be just for fun! We've rounded up some awesome modern design in outdoor spaces. Whether you're a parent or just a kid at heart, you'll love these.
This 20,500 square meter park is located in Sydney, Australia. Designed with the land rather than against it, this fun space has several surprises and activity points.
These might be the coolest tree houses we've ever seen! The color palette is really fun and modern.
Kids of all ages enjoy this skate park and who wouldn't, it's visually stunning!
Images: The Cool Hunter, The Contemporist
Crossover between creative fields is inevitable. Music influences film, which influences fashion, which influences home design and decor. It's not always obvious and it's not always literal, but as we move forward culturally, we carry creative influences into every corner of our little worlds.
Looking at what's breaking this summer in music, we've noticed that the vibe is a throwback to vintage mod and new wave...and we can't help but wonder how that will cross over into contemporary design.
First, let's start with our summer playlist:
Rush Midnight (pictured above):
If a lovechild between Billy Ocean and Haircut 100 was actually possible, dance-inducing pleasure popsters Rush Midnight would be it. Enough said. Too much said, really.
Bratty and brash, Savages wrap the post-punk energy of Patti Smith into a well-coiffed, contemporary package.
Washy and atmospheric indie rockers Deerhunter have always been good for summer lazing and listening, yet their most recent and raucous record, Monomania, is a much more assertive soundtrack, perfect for a lively and well-lived summer season.
Three sisters from the Valley in Los Angeles, the women in Haim were born and bred to be the pop stars they are. Their hit "Don't Save Me" is a throaty John Waite-esque anthem chronicling the heart's desire for co-dependence and the independent spirit's need to rebel against it.
Everything cools down at some time or another (even hot summer days) and The National have been providing that soundtrack for years. Poetic, measured, a touch dark and, as always, hum-along-able.
Now let's look at a handful of like-minded designs:
Clockwise from upper left: Tech Lighting Silver Glaze Aqua Glass Satin Nickel Pendant, Tech Lighting Fire Satin Nickel Cobalt Glass Mini Pendant, Possini Euro Darby Red Glass Pendant Light, Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs, Howard Elliott Z Mirrored Accent Table
Colored glass pendants are easy to match the vibe of your summer playlist. Mirrored accent tables and furniture definitely capture the mod mood. But is there really a correlation between music and design? Does one influence the other, or are they both just players in a greater cultural trajectory? We're not sure, but one thing's for certain: 2013 promise to be yet another good looking and listening summer.
Images: Sterogum, Juno, Kick Kick Snare, Paste
The best office spaces are those that are creative and can tell a story. My desk was built by my husband. He built 2 sawhorses and then took an old counter from a boutique closing in the area, and attached it to the top. It’s the BEST.
Another key ingredient to a great office space is of course good lighting. Pendant lights are stylish, while attractive task lamps are necessary. And both is even better, like the modern office space above.
This vintage office space (above) has a lot of character. It’s not big in size and fits perfectly in that room. If you're looking for a desk that just needs to house your laptop, this is a great size for you. I also love the art gallery above the desk. It creates a fabulous corner to work in.
This rustic office space (above) must have a fantastic story! The wood looks reclaimed or possibly older than me. It creates a very organic look. And I love that this whole work space does not feel stuffy nor too serious. They did a great job mixing materials and textures to give the space a lived in but very stylish look. Modern black table lamps are great for adding contrast to a neutral space.
Graphic designer Cassie Pyle needed a stylish space to work in, and I think she created just that. The walnut desk is a good size for a small space and it also offers plenty of storage. I like how she paired the filing cabinet next to the desk for even more storage. The muted tones throughout this space work well together! And even if you use a stylish pendant light, don't rule out a modern wall sconce. As you can see, they compliment each other perfectly.
Remember, when designing your office space, the sky is the limit. Think outside of the box and you’ll create a masterpiece.
Typhoon Contemporary Black Desk, Cana Contemporary White Desk, Embassy Driftwood Stainless Steel Desk, Typhoon Contemporary White Desk, Boutique Black Faux Shagreen Desk
Images: Archiphile, Sfgirlbybay, Sanctuary, Eva Black
Image from Remodelista
Whether it's architecture or interiors, we're not alone in our love for the boldness of black. This risky, bold color can be found everywhere nowadays. The perfect partner for this hue is gold!
Keep in mind, gold doesn't have to mean a metallic material.... Take a look at the image above, even the glow from modern pendant lighting and the wood furniture provides a gold element to the space. It softens the boldness of the black architecture.
Image from Décor 8
Like the architecture above, this bold room is dramatic and chic. The gold, found in the lamp and the wood tones, soften it up a bit and make I the perfect space for rest.
Here's some ideas for incorporating this dark color into your modern home.
1. Bronze Gold Art Glass 11-Inch-H Rectangle Wall Sconce 2. Vela Gold 40 1/4-Inch-W Sunburst Wall Mirror 3. Contemporary Black Metal Possini Euro Dome Pendant Light 4. Lulu Bronze Burst Babette Holland Table Lamp 5. Paige Black Upholstered 39-Inch-H Wingback Chair 6. Bachelor 1-Drawer Driftwood 24-Inch-W TV Table
Images: Remodelista, Décor 8
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