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  • Debating Modern Architecture: Central Los Angeles High School

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    Central Los Angeles High school features dramatic modern architecture designed by Wolf D. Prix and the Austrian firm Coop Himmelblau. There's no doubt this high school holds a place in debates over urbanism, planning, and architectural patronage in Los Angeles.

    Fifteen years ago, LAUSD launched a  $20 billion construction campaign, which included a new high school along Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, a neighborhood where existing schools had grown incredibly overcrowded. How important should architecture be to a city's urban development, and the design of schools specifically? Shouldn't campuses be both economical and appealing in design, rather than one or the other?

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    Katherine Harrison, the school’s executive director puts it like this, “The striking character of the buildings attract a great deal of attention to the school which is alternately welcome and unwelcome. Either way, we run the risk of the building somehow defining the school’s mission rather than the educational needs of students and the community we serve.”

    Despite the continuing debates over design and budget, the beauty of both the interior and exterior architecure is hard to ignore.

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    The auditorium (above) is a show stopper in itself. The 950-seat theater is state-of-the-art and features a tower rising from its iconic roof. Bold, colorful seating provides any modern space added character. Give this chair a try in your modern home for the same effect.

    Eclipse Red Vinyl Club Chair

    Minimal lighting, with just the use of downlights, allows for the interior architecture to have the main spotlight. Here is a suggestion for achieving this simple, yet effective lighting aesthetic.

    Juno 4" Low Voltage Chrome Adjustable Recessed Light Trim

    Prix’s decision to design the whole composition in concrete and aluminum panels no doubt makes the school stand out in Los Angeles.

    This image demonstrates its proximity to the downtown freeway system, the featured character in the story of Los Angeles should its urban development be turned into a script.

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    Despite the difficulty completing this project and the debates that continue to hover around it, there is no questioning the noteworthy appeal of the architecture and the impact it has on the city's overall design development.

    Images: Coop Himmelblau

    Quote: Metropolis Magazine

  • Glamping: Glamorous Camping in Renovated Airstream

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    Interior Designer Rachel Horn and her husband Justin Kreizel combined their skills to renovate this 1969 Airstream. They are now ready for the great outdoors, but more importantly, they can spend their time camping in luxury.

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    The interior is just as functional as it is beautiful. The built-in daybed is wrapped in glamorous fabrics and Moroccan accents, making it almost too beautiful to sleep in. The geometric mirrored coffee tables add a touch of glamour to the space.

    This table (below) will help you bring modern lines and a little glam into your own home.

    Zuo Tyrell Stainless Steel and Black Glass Coffee Table  

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    Although this wasn't the typical 10,000 square foot project Horn was used to designing, she didn't treat it any differently and carefully considered all the details. 

    Mixing modern home decor with Moorish, Turkish or Persian details creates something Horn decribes as "Luxe Nomadic".

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    This modern kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, a cappuccino maker, water filter, and all the amenities typically found in a luxurious home kitchen. Horn and her husband have everything they need to be comfortable while camping.

    Modern wall light fixtures are great for casting a nice glow onto counters and surfaces below, perfect for cooking those late night meals. Directional wall lights are great for kitchens without upper cabinets. This light (below) would also work perfectly in this type of setting.

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    Satin Nickel 8" High LED Spotlight Wall Sconce

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    The bedroom is separated from the rest of the space with Moorish arches and curtains, tied back for easy access. The headboards mimic the arches of the overall structure and are covered in elegant fabrics. After a long day hiking in the rough outdoors, who wouldn't want to jump into these comfortable beds?

    For those of you who shy away from the rough outdoors and don't typically like the idea of camping.... Maybe it's time you give "glamping" a try!

    Images: Rachel Horn

  • Balancing Act: Modern Architecture Or Art?

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    Often times, modern architecture is nice to look at in the same way that art is, but is it somewhere we want to live? Well, we don't have to resolve this design debate here and now. This super cool home, aka The Balancing Barn, is a hotel!

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    The reflective tiles and unique form are what gives this structure it's art-like quality.

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    The structure is eye catching from every angle!

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    The simplicity of this space makes it the perfect getaway spot. Furnishing a room with simple modern seating and wall lights is a great way to keep your modern space minimal.

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    If you want a unique vacation spot, be sure to check out the availability. I'm sure The Balancing Barn books up fast!

    Images: Living Architecture

  • Modern Office Design: Concept Office “Attic” by Vasiliy Butenko

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    Many of us are greatly influenced by our environment and especially our work environment, but there are few modern office designs out there that really inspire you. Office design can do wonders for your productivity, creativity, and overall sense of well-being throughout the work week, but I think that many business owners fail to understand the full impact it has on their employees.

    Creating peace of mind in a stressful environment is something that can be hard to do, but the design of your space can really help you achieve this! Vasiliy Butenko did a marvelous job on the design of Concept Office "Attic" by creating a thoughtful plan and a more enjoyable workplace. 

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    A central volume within the space houses the workstations and is surrounded by a more comfortable lounge area with exposed vaulted ceilings. The rose colored volume becomes the main feature of this interior and is framed nicely by the natural wood walls and ceiling. Low, modern lounge sofas create a relaxed area perfect for flipping through the stacks of books that line the walls.  

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    Zuo Circus Gray Sectional Sofa

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    The sleek black furniture, warm wood accents, and modern pendant lighting balance nicely with the strong choice of color in the space. An exposed bulb glass pendant light works beautifully in clusters, or it can stand alone. It doesn't clutter the space, but still adds visual interest.  

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    LBL Isla Clear with Satin Nickel 9 3/4" Wide Pendant

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    These textured wood walls create a beautiful softness while the pendant lights hang with grace from above. It's a modern environment with a cozy atmosphere that makes employees and clients alike feel like they're at home. Table and floor lamps are sculptural in form, and in this setting they're almost as beautiful as a piece of art.

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    Jonathan Adler Black and Brass Antwerp Floor Lamp

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    The concrete bathroom provides full amenities to the employees, making the office feel like an extension of their home. It's a beautiful bathroom in and of itself. In the work environment it's exquisite.  

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    The outdoor seating provides a great area to relax and take in the ocean views. What an incredible place to let your creative energy flow.  

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    Set of 2 Zuo Modern Whitworth White Chrome Accent Chairs

    I know that we can't all be this lucky, but I hope your office provides you with a productive and creative environement! Happy Monday and have a great week!

    Images: Vasiliy Butenko

  • Organic Elements in Modern Home Decor

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    Mixing organic elements in your modern home decor is the perfect way to create a cozy space. Elements like natural wood tables or sculptural chairs work great with clean solid lines and add layers of interest. This contrasting of materials provides both depth and character to a room, making it feel like a more artful and curated space.  

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    Arteriors Home Lakehurst Gessoed Wood Accent Table

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    The rustic hardwood floor and exposed ceiling beams create an environment that already has character in its soul.  When modern furniture, industrial modern lamps, and accessories are layered over achitectural character, you create a very thoughtful space. The modern, but natural chaise lounge stands in the center of the space like an organic sculpture. Staple elements like these can make any space feel complete, especially with modern black sofas to ground the space.

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    Arteriors Home Kamaro Vintage Silver Tripod Table Lamp

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    Natural textures bring life to this neutral interior (above). The textured rugs and rattan pouf fill the space with a softness that the concrete and metal do not provide.

     If your modern home decor is feeling a little too cold, warm it up with the use of natrual elements. It's this mixture of natural elements in modern interiors that creates a cozier, lived in feel. 

    Images: Douglas Friedman Photography, Yellowtrace,  Archello

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