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Crystal Strand Chrome 29-Inch-W ET2 Halogen Chandelier
“Lots of glam and a little modern, this chandelier has it all!”
- R. Brannon, Interior Designer
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It's always interesting to see how different creatives design their own lives. For example, how fashion stylists dress or which art an artist hangs on their own wall. But, how amazing is it to see the homes that iconic architects designed for themselves?!
The Eames Home "Case Study House No. 8" (above) became the home and workplace of Charles Eames and his partner and wife Ray.
The Frank Gehry Home in Santa Monica, CA (above) was constructed in 1978. The Gehry Residence may appear a bit tired today, but it remains one of Gehry’s more popular projects
Located in Brazil, the home above is "Casa Das Canoas" by Oscar Niemeyer. Originally built in 1953, this modern home remains a major participant in progressive design to this day.
If we could sneak in and furnish the living room of any of these three homes, this is what we imagine:
Possini Euro White Marble Base Arc Floor Lamp, Howard Miller Easton Wall Clock, Zuo Heywood Triple Natural Wood Bench, Zuo Fortress Collection Black Leather Sofa, Zuo Haxby Walnut and Glass Modern Coffee Table, Ikat Print Orange Throw Pillow, Small Glacier Glass White Vase, Smoke Velvet Square Pillow, Laine Wood and Faux Leather Dining Chairs
If you could design your own home, what would it look like? We'd love to help with your modern furniture and lighting!
Images: Design Crave, Sunrise Musics
Infused veneer is an amazing new collection of art wood panels from companies like B+ N Industries. There are hundreds of innovative and unique graphics that are infused on a variety of wood species, such as maple, cherry, and walnut. Each panel is 48" x 96" and is great for creating dramatic walls in restaurant or retail design, but can also be an amazing accent in your own home.
The "Shanghai" wood art above look amazing when mixed with bold red chairs and accessories. Try mixing this panel with a red chandelier and add drama into any space!
ASTI RED GLASS 31 3/4-INCH-W CHANDELIER LIGHT
A classic "American flag" panels would work so well in many applications. Can't you just see these cladding the wall of your nearby Levi's store. Mix these panels with industrial lighting and you've got the feel of an old General Store.
INDUSTRIAL CAGE EDISON BULB RUST METAL TABLE LAMP
We know that graffiti artist in you has always wanted to write on the walls, but we also know most of us don't have the skills that these artists do. If you want to add that modern urban edge into your space these graphic graffiti panels are the perfect way to do so. Mix the panels with modern black pendant lighting and the space is sure to be a show stopper.
POSSINI EURO PLANET CHROME AND BLACK PENDANT CHANDELIER
The Antique Silhouette Collection in Old Frames is set off with a classic mid-century modern chaise and leather travel duffel in the image above. If you want to add a bit more glitz and glam into the space incorporate an elegant pendant light. The mixture of vintage and glam is a timeless look that could be perfect in a new intimate lounge.
ARTCRAFT CLAREMONT BLACK 23" WIDE OVAL NICKEL CHANDELIER
I'm really looking forward to seeing more and more applications of the wood art panels. Do you want to really get your creative adrenaline flowing? Check out the entire collection of architectural panels right here!
Images: B + N Industries
Sidney based architecture firm Andrew Maynard Architects took this old Victorian home with tall surrounding walls and turned it into a super cool modern home. We approve.
Simple forms, minimal furnishing and mixed materials all work together to create the home's modern look. When your minimal furnishings include cool, modern accent chairs go ahead and consider yourself on-trend.
Cool appliances, simple modern lighting and dark colored furniture make this place stylish for both male and female inhabitants.
Images: Andrew Maynard Architects
The end of summer doesn't mean the end of bold vibrant colors, especially when used in modern artwork! The stunning geometric artworks by Francesco Lo Castro can hold their own in any space.
For over a decade, Francesco Lo Castro has been South Florida’s gateway to the national New Contemporary art scene, as both a respected artist and as a curator of exceptional art exhibitions. And it's pretty obvious why!
This piece titled Eulenspiege, 2012 is created with oil, acrylic, silkscreen, spray paint, layered epoxy resin and gold leaf on wood. It's these layers that have you staring for hours!
Choosing just one piece of LoCastro's work would be a challenge! I'm imagining these prints not just as artwork, but on modern decorative pillows, throws, and even bold geometric rugs. Keep your home bright and alive this winter by incorporating bold modern decor. And if you get your hands on a piece of LoCastro's work...I salute you!
Images: Francesco LoCastro
Walking through the historic Schindler House in West Hollywood this past Sunday, I discovered something amazing about recessed lighting: namely that something so hidden could look so amazing.
First a little history lesson: Austrian born R.M. Schindler worked under Frank Lloyd Wright and in 1920 was sent to Los Angeles to oversee the construction of Wright's Hollyhock house. In 1922 Schindler set up his own practice with the construction of his Kings Road House in West Hollywood.
Fast forward nearly one century to this past Sunday, and I found myself strolling through the nearly empty rooms of the house (now managed by the MAK Center, "a think tank art, architecture, urbanism, design, and international discourse") listening to the sound of reel-to-reel tape recordings in a sound art performance curated and produced by the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS). The layered, eerie tape recordings were mesmerizing. But so was the space itself.
What struck me most was how the furniture-less rooms hardly seemed empty. There wasn't excessive ornamentation in the rooms (Schindler's work is philosophically absolutely opposed to that), yet there was an extraordinary sense of depth. Materials like wood and cement mixed beautifully in the rooms. Daylight didn't stream in per se; in fact, the space was designed such that it feels like daylight is allowed to enter by permission only.
Looking about, I noticed that, aside from two pendant lights in the main room, visible light sources were conspicuously absent. Instead, the entire home was lit tastefully by recessed lighting, giving it a dramatic, staged look. Subtle architectural details took on a new life under these tucked away lights.
LR6 12 Watt LED 6" Recessed Light Module
Sometimes the beauty of an object lies in what you don't see, as is the case with the Schindler House's lighting design. Modern energy efficient recessed lights stow away nicely, and an LED fixture (pictured above) in particular will produce relatively little heat. For a warmer, spotlight style like I found in much of the Schindler House, you might want to consider a halogen light (pictured below).
Juno 4" Low Voltage Flush Gimbal Recessed Light Trim
Some recessed lighting fixtures are adjustable as in the above, allowing you to swivel or tilt the light, and some are fixed...and as I recently learned, in the right space, they can all be stunning.
Don't believe me? Check out the MAK Center website for upcoming events at the house. You won't be disappointed.
Images: Moby, Wikipedia, Markus Canter, Architecture Week
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