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Have you been searching for the perfect modern coffeehouse to meet your clients at, have a quick business meeting, or just get some work done? Well if you're in Los Angeles, look no further, Graffiti Cafe is the perfect place! The interior is a clean black and white palette with painted white floors and exposed vaulted beam ceilings that make the space feel incredibly open. It's a gorgeous crisp palette just waiting to be tagged by the local graffiti and street artists that fill the streets of the La Brea neighborhood.
The baristas are as friendly as ever and stand behind the all white counter lined with treats. This peace sign dictates quite an accurate description of this place. The glowing sign along with the incredible music creates a vibe that almost makes you feel as if you're floating like a cloud in the space. It's a real chill experience even when you're hyped on the delicious Intelligentsia coffee!
There are many different types of seating in this modern coffeehouse to suit your mood and your company. The classic fireplace mixes with the modern elements to create a cozy setting. Using a modern black sofa that is extremely comfortable can really make one feel cozy in a space that may appear to be very sleek.
This area is great for lounging and chatting with friends while sipping coffee or eating one of their amazing Butter Nutter cookies!
Zuo Fortress Collection Black Leather Sofa
You can head upstairs to the laptop stations in the lofted area and look down onto the crowd or you can grab a comfy seat in one of the booths lining the perimeter of the open space below.
The tables and chairs float in front of the booths to create small group seating that can easily be clustered together for larger groups. You won't feel cramped in this large open space by any means. The use of modern black dining chairs and simple round white dining tables creates a bold, modern contrast in any space.
Zuo Spire Black Dining Chair
Zuo Wilco White Dining Table
The larger communal spaces are perfect for serious business! Long dining tables are linked together to create a communal area for interacting with larger groups or just new friends.
The graffiti installation in this rear nook subtly separates the corner from the open plan seating. Semi-circular booths create intimate, more private seating in this area.
No matter what your agenda is, this modern coffeehouse is tailored to suite you. The coffee is definitely sublime and the music is so good you won't want to leave! Soups and sandwiches are coming soon and I'm sure so much more is up their sleeve! Welcome to the neighborhood Graffiti Cafe!
Images: Graffiti Cafe. The Delicious LIfe
We're in Vegas today for the Las Vegas Market and we hope to bring back lots of inspiration for you. In honor of our trip, we thought we would profile some modern Las Vegas architecture.
We've all seen Vegas architecture develop from the days when The Flamengo was the new hot spot (at least in photos) to today's design eye candy. Case in point, the pool deck and cafe at the new City Center's Aria!
We'll make sure to at least stop by and see this architecture up close. If it looks this cool in photographs, imagine...
The interiors of the cabanas are extremely private and appear to have full service attendance. Plenty of modern outdoor furniture is the key for comfortable Summertime lounging and ceiling fans never hurt.
Hope you're all having a great Monday, even if you're not lounging by a super cool pool bar on stylish bar stools.
After writing my post on Tuesday, Modern Chandelier Meets Art Installation, I decided to post about actual art installations because well, it's fun and they're an amazing source of design inspiration. So, prepare to be inspired....
Since large-scale installations are very architectural, it makes perfect sense that the ones I'm featuring today are done by IwamotoScott Architects. Their range of projects include residential, commercial, institutional, competitions.... and art.
The Voussoir Cloud was designed for the Southern California Institue of Architecture gallery in Los Angeles. It consists of fourteen segmented pieces made out of paper thin petals shapes "designed to explore the structural paradigm of pure compression".
The project was inspired by such icons as Frei Otto and Antonio Gaudi who also studied efficient form. Each new form of design inspiration is developed out of another and that is inspiring.
UVA ISAR Exibit
IwamotoScott was selected to be an exhibitor for the Michael Owen Jones Lecture and Exhibition at University of Virginia's School of Architecture. The UVA ISAR Exhibit was made of graduated pleated paper with two different projects printed on alternating sides of the pleats to form this fascinating art installation.
The effect is giant postcard that flickers between the two images upon movement. The pleats allowed for efficient shipping as it was flat-packed all the way to Virginia from California.
UVA ISAR Exibit (above)
Unlike the first two installations, the In-Out Curtain is actually a prototype for an operable screen that combines modular origami and digital production with light. It's sort of a hybrid drape/venetian blind/screen.
The curtain uses simple material resistance to generate its 2-dimensional movement quality. It's never in a permanent state, either in shape, or when against a window.
Although these are certainly not weekend DIY projects and also not something you would put in your home, the use of materials, form, and function are inspiring at so many levels. They serve as inspiration for designing our home and selecting modern furniture or lighting.
Images: IwamotoScott Architects
Can you guess the brands above? In great brand design, form is always led by function, and in that regard, what's most impressive about these iconic logos is not that they are recognizable (and beautiful) but clearly tell you exactly what they're about. They are a call to action, telling you exactly how each can be utilized by the consumer.
Be an all star. Take a bite from the fruit of knowledge. Roll on four wheels. Read the clock hands.
At last month's Dwell on Design event there was a lecture titled "The New Face of Affluence", the Dwell Insights Group discussed how younger luxury consumers weigh design heavily when determining their trust and loyalty in a brand. In short, good design = good brand.
This of course, got me thinking about some of the most popular designer furniture of the last century: Van Der Rohe's Barcelona chair, Saarinen's Tulip table, or even the Eames chairs illustrated above. Great design, it seems, creates something greater than a mere object or image. It creates iconography - a unique reflection of time and place.
Anyone who's read my posts before knows that I lean toward contemporary design and art, and yet I'm always drawn to the allure of classic Mid-century modern lighting and decor. The flower:
Possini Euro Design White Flower Pendant Chandelier
The floor routine:
Chrome Boom Arc Floor Lamp with Linen Shade
And a memorable work of art:
Josef Albers' Homage to a Square
In branding work and in creative work, good design is what stands the test of time. It favors superb over superfluous. And at its very best, it needs no words to describe itself.
On that note, the logos at the top of this post are, from left to right: Converse, Apple, Audi and Movado.
Images: Converse, Apple, Audi, Movado, Dwell, Design Is History
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The hot summer days always call for something light and refreshing. This modern loft features a light-filled design by Linda Bergroth and is just about as refreshing as you can get. Bold colors dance around the room like summer flowers in bloom while the white hardwood floors reflect the light that shines in these large gorgeous windows.
The modern glossy blue lacquer kitchen is such a strong and bold contrast with all the white surroundings. Adding bold colors in a neutral space is the perfect way to add character to any room. The use of the wall mounted light fixture above the cook top is a very clever idea and a great alternative for under-counter lighting. You can get this look in your own kitchen by using this modern swing arm lamp.
Mondoluz Pelle Brushed Platinum LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Bold colors and patterns bring so much fun energy into the space and still manage to maintain a sophisticated feel. Bright colored pillows are a great way to add personal style and energy into your modern loft.
Blue, black, and white stay consistent in the small library and create a well balanced, interesting space that one would actually get excited about reading in! The patterned rug is...well...just so cool! Blue accents on the built-in shelving create a very powerful element that shows the level of detail considered in this modern loft. Simple, but decorative pendant lighting can be a defining element in the style of your home. The solid black pendant (above) makes a strong statement due to the contrast with the white, but is very simple in form.
Kichler Olde Bronze Mini Pendant Light
Large, bold artwork above the bed is always a great alternative to a headboard. This colorful painting brings a very playful, positive energy into the bedroom and almost guarantees you'll wake up everyday with a smile! The wall mounted bedside sconces are perfect reading lights and help with keeping the nightstands clear from clutter.
The contemporary bathroom may be neutral in color, but its boldness is right on par. The gray, black, and white geometric patterned concrete floor tiles are a dynamic element and pair perfectly with the beveled edge white brick pattern tile. The vintage bathroom sconces and pendant lights bring an industrial vibe into this modern bathroom. Bathroom lighting can change the entire feel of your space so creating balance is key when deciding what direction you want to go.
Oh look, and there's a modern sauna, as if we weren't sold on this loft already! This looks like the perfect place to relax after a hard day at work.
Hope you all are having a beautiful and refreshing summer! Make sure to take a little time for some rest and relaxation!
Images: Linda Bergroth
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