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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.
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.
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.
Zuo Flick Chrome and White Bar Stool Set of 2
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.
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: Mashable, Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, ModulNova
Jessie Ware's new album Devotion came out about a month ago and is being recognized as some of today's best new music. A little bit Sade, a little bit Whitney Houston, and 100% original. I first heard her music during a set at the Boiler Room a couple year's ago and thought to myself...wow this girl's gonna be big! You hear her music once and it sinks into you and speaks to you. It's soft and emotional with lots of soul!
Jessie Ware's lyrics are like melodic conversations and deep insights into life. You could spend hours listening to her music, sitting in a chic dining room, sipping tea, and feeling a connection with your company. Just like Ware's music is timeless and eclectic, mixing classic lighting and decor accents with modern dining room furniture will give you this feeling in any space.
1.Treasure Gold Cup and Saucer 2.Amber Cystal 6-Light Chandelier 3Zuo Anime Black Dining Chair 4.Zuo Wilco Red Dining Table 5.Connaught Antique Bronze Bar Cart 6.Black Mirror Console Table
Jessie Ware's music is perfect for the small, intimate occasion as well as the dance floor. It's these classic elements in music, similar to those of design, that will keep Jessie Ware around for a lifetime!
I highly recommend going to get her new album right here!
Images: 7 Digital
Dana Tanamachi is deservably well known for her chalk wall art in several locations around the country, but we think her work at The Ace Hotel in NYC is beyond cool!
For her mural in Room 1021 (below) she was inspired by vintage playbills from the Victorian era. Cool, right? Her work is so detailed and so clean.
Since it's what we do, we're also noticing the cool furnishings of this hotel. If you can't get away to visit The Ace Hotel, adding rich woods to your modern furniture and cool task lighting to your nightstand will help you get the look.
We thought it might be fun to include a video on Dana's process. Check it out...
Images: Ace Hotel
Historical spaces have an unexplainable magic to them, and yet by their definition (read: old), most are in danger of coming down. Luckily, architects and designers around the world are engaging in creative, modern renovations of these spaces and breathing new life into them while retaining the charm that made them worth saving in the first place.
A contemporized top floor of a pharmacy in Brugge, Belgium (pictured above) fits unassumingly into the city's historic streetscape (below).
Traditional structures don't always fit the footprints we've grown accustomed to in the present day. Buildings are narrow and tightly packed, as in this renovated warehouse in Tribeca, New York.
To combat the lack of open floor or garden space, the Dean-Wolf Architects incorporated voids of empty airspace across the three floors of the townhouse.
Tokyo is notorious for tightly squeezed spaces. Like the Tribeca space, this home by Keiji Ashizawa (pictured below) utilizes open airspace to compensate for limited floorspace.
In Adelaide, Australia, the street-facing side of this Victorian home honors the historical provenance of the neighborhood.
The rear of the house however opens up in modern splendor. Wide glass windows are thrown open and versatile outdoor chairs can be used inside or out to complement a casual modern lifestyle that's decidedly less-than-Victorian.
With modern renovations, the sky's the limit on what lighting fixtures and furnishings you can bring into the home. The blend of historic and contemporary influences is perfect for an eclectic mix.
Rebound White Contemporary Armchair, Crystal Burst Possini Euro Design Mini Pendant Light, Zuo Liftoff Black Dining Table
When it's time to outfit your renovated historic space, we'll bring the mod and contemporary styles. The historical and keepsake stuff is all up to you.
Images: Room & Room, Arch Daily, Dwell
When living in New York City there are typically two things you miss...your family and your square footage. This group of young professionals has come together to create a Modern Family in New York. They have renovated this 2700 square foot loft in the ever evolving Bushwick neighborhood and have vowed to live together for ten years. Two years in and they are still going strong.
What's great about having a modern family is that there's bound to be an artist connection! This great piece of abstract modern artwork was created by the boyfriend of one of the residents. Bold graphic artwork adds loads of character into the industrial loft space.
The black modern loveseat sits proudly in front of the industrial windows. Hanging round pendant lights at different levels is a great way to create a sculptural piece in a room with high ceilings.
We all know that closet space in a loft is hard to come by in NYC. These custom designed wardrobes are are not only functional, but the wood creates some softness as it contrasts against the concrete floor and the crisp white walls.
Flocked damask Vera Wang wallpaper adds layers of visual interest behind the modern bed. A cluster of glass pendants lights add a bit of elegance into the room without being too over the top or too modern.
Creating a beautiful, comfortable home with your modern family is a sure way to create priceless memories that will last a lifetime.
Images: New York Times
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