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  • Design Style Mix: Modern Vintage

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    Design Style

    Whether your style is modern, traditional, country or you just don't know, it's ok. The fun part about design is mixing and matching different elements and styles. Take this Danish home for example...

    Style Mix

    The living room and dining room feature a clean, modern palette of black and white. However, the untreated floors, twigs, sheepskin and antlers give the space a comfortable lived-in feel. Balancing modern furniture with vintage accessories is always a fun combination.

    Modern Dining Chair

    Alex Black Leatherette Dining Chairs

    Modern Vintage

    This modern vintage home does a great job following through with its design. From the reading corner to the bedroom, the color palette and comfortable aesthetic remains consistent. We're noticing a lot of desk lamps used in areas of the home other than the office, like the bedroom (above).

    Modern Pouf

    Arteriors Home Priscilla Pouf

    When you're perusing magazines or blogs for inspiration, remember to take ideas from all types of styles and then combine them to make one of your own. In the end, this will add the most character to your home.

    Images: Guardian

  • Paper Art: From Sheet to Sculpture

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    Paper Art

    Paper art. It can be so much more than ink or graphite drawings on flat white sheets. Folded, constructed or crumpled (or even lacquered as in David Jang's paper towel floor installation pictured above), paper becomes a sculptural goldmine. 

    Eva Black's "Folded" installation is a sculpture consisting of approximately 3,500 folded paper pyramids that, when combined, looks like an origami quilt.

    Paper Art Installation

    The entire piece is constructed from found, gifted and collected paper Black culled from old art projects, paper bags, bookstores and more. 

    Origami Paper Art

    A scaled down, terrarium sized piece, reminiscent of Black's work, is this fun sculpture by Mark from the London based Present and Correct. 

    Contemporary Paper Art

    For a less geometric and more organic paper art, check out this installation of more than 100 paper sculptures by artist Peter Gentenaar. Floating throughout the church of Saint Riquier, close to Abbeyville, Somme, Northern France, the sculptures are floral in form and jelly-like in their weightlessness.

    Modern Paper Art Installation

    My favorite paper artist ever (and a personal friend) is Olga Lah, who I first discovered while sitting on a jury for the Los Angeles Art Association. She installed this amazing and adaptable piece in the entryway of the 2012 Palm Springs Art Fair which took place last February during the city's vaunted Modernism Week.

    Contempoary Paper Sculptures

    Most fine art is archival, it will stand the test of time. Paper often contains acid, which breaks the material and its colors down over time. While some of the art above is archival, not all of it (especially in the case of Eva Black's found paper) will hold up over time. Lighting plays a big role in the display and preservation of art. Halogen track lighting is preferred by many galleries, as it provides a full spectrum of white light, is low in harmful UV rays, and is adjustable so you can fine tune the lighting of your art work. For sculptural pieces, you may want to try recessed lighting overhead.

    Last are some sculptural works nearly impervious to fading. Check out these complex, monochromatic origami-ish paper pieces by artist Matt Shlian. 

    Origami Art

    Folded Paper Art

    Paper as sculptural fine art is only the beginning. Origami is increasingly being explored, in everything from space flight to nano-technologies, as a means to pack more stuff into less space. And for most design junkies, packing cool, beautiful forms into small spaces is what we're all about.

    Images: David JangEva Black Design, Design for Mankind, Gentenaar-Torley, Olga Lah, Matt Shlian 

  • Cool + Collected 1.8

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    Rockafeller Skating Rink

    +We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends yesterday! And now, with Thanksgiving behind us (barely), it's officially Rockafeller Skating Rink season!

    +We found the perfect collection of holiday craft projects for you over at Craft Pack... They're offering a digital book with over 18 craft projects, 9 instructional videos, and over 100 printable pdf's, stickers, patterns, stencils, and gift tags!

    +Although, not very wintery it doesn't get much more holiday-cool than a house on sleds! Head over to Desire to Inspire to see this cool portable modern home.

    +Now this is wintery... Ever thought of staying in an igloo for vacation? Check out Hotel Kakslauttanen for the opportunity.

    +The Creature Comfort blog has two very holiday appropirate ideas... For starters, this may be the coolest 2013 calendar round-up we've seen! And if you're looking for chic gift wrapping ideas, you don't want to miss this blog post.

    Image: Paul Timpa

  • Thank You + Happy Eating Day

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    Modern Thanksgiving Centerpiece

    Thanks. Gratitude. Gratefulness. No matter what word you use, it's important to take a moment to pause and give thanks for the things that matter in life - your family, friends, health, food, shelter...not to mention your iPhone or your Eames rocker. 

    There's no end to the list of things we're thankful for around here. In fact, this blog serves as a running tally of those things that inspire us daily. With that in mind, we'd like to thank you for joining us on this journey.

    Happy Thanksgiving To You and Yours!

    - Euro Style Team

    Image: Chatelaine

  • Modern Art + Lighting Create Light and Shadows

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     Modern Art

    Modern art and of course modern lighting has really been inspiring us lately. With the long holiday weekend coming up you might actually have some time to create some artwork of your own! Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all these great shopping days are upon us, but for those of you who would rather create something for your loved ones this season, then let Kumi Yamashita's collection "Light and Shadow" inspire you. 

    " I sculpt shadow with light or sometimes light with shadow, but both function in essentially the same manner." -Yamashita

    Modern Wall Art

    Carved objects are placed in relation to one single light source to create these simple and stunning sculptures.

    Modern Art Installation

    There is so much emotion in each piece, this collection of modern art nearly takes my breath away.

    Numbers Sculptures

    Letters and Numbers Art

    Lighting works in amazing ways!

    There are many modern chandeliers that plays with light and shadow in a beautiful way. Here are a couple of our favorites!

    Modern Chandelier

    Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier

    Modern Chandelier

    Customizable Squares Possini Euro Pendant Light

    Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, inspired with loved ones!

    Images: Kumi Yamishita

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