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  • Design in Style: Mid Century Modern Round-Up

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    mid century modern architecture

    We talk a lot here about Mid-century Modern, posting  a lot of cool images on our Facebook page too. But what does it take to achieve this look? What are the elements, besides super cool architecture? Let's dive in...

    To give you the simple definition, Mid-Century Modern is just that...mid-century. It describes the period from 1933 to 1965 and the developments in architectural, interior, product and graphic design that took place during that time. Today, we enjoy pieces from that time, some authentic while others are inspired-by pieces.

    1. Arteriors Macay Pendant, 2. Zuo Terracotta Leatherette Sofa, 3. Mesh Dining Chair, 4. Wilco Dining Table, 5. Basque Steel Arc Floor Lamp, 6. Zuo Heywood Bench

    Function was important in mid-century designs, with an emphasis placed specifically on targeting the needs of the average American family. Each of these pieces above function perfectly without being bulky and using unnecessary space. They're currently the most widely used pieces when designing a modern home, demonstrating that classics persevere. You can design an entire home using Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories or you can just sprinkle them in as modern accents.

    mid century modern

    This living room (above) is furnished in authentic Mid-Century Modern style, right down to the Barcelona chair and wood floors. Architectural materials add character and can go a long way toward creating your design aesthetic.

    mid century modern furniture

    The relative of the Barcelona chair is the bench (above). This space nails Mid-Century Modern style on the head, while also maintaining a good mix of materials.

    mid century modern dining room

    Pairing modern items together, but mixing materials (above) is important and helps your home look collected rather than staged. A cute cat helps too.

    Designing your home or apartment with your own modern style is fun, but knowing a little about the history of modern design is even more fun!

    Image: House Plans, HouzzSF Girl by Bay

  • IwamotoScott Art Installations: Large Scale Design Inspiration

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    Voussoir Cloud installation

    Voussoir Cloud

    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.

    wedge shaped masonry blocks

    Voussoir Cloud

    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

    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.

    pleated art installation

    UVA ISAR Exibit (above)

    In-Out Curtain

    In-Out Curtain

    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.

    two dimensional material

    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

  • Las Vegas Architecture: Circa Now

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    modern hotel architecture

    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!

    modern outdoor patio

    We'll make sure to at least stop by and see this architecture up close. If it looks this cool in photographs, imagine...

    modern pool cabana

    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.

    modern pool bar

    Hope you're all having a great Monday, even if you're not lounging by a super cool pool bar on stylish bar stools.

    Images: Moonward

  • Atlanta Retail Design: Make a Wish

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    Retail Design

    Shopping for shoes in Atlanta is an experience in and of itself, but the designers at Established Architecture have proven that retail design will make a huge impact on your experience. The redesign of Wish, a very hip Atlanta shoe boutique, has allowed the store to keep it's urban streetwear credibility while bringing in high-fashion labels. Monthly sales have increased 400% since launch. Design is an investment with a good return when it's done right.

     Modern Library

    From the outside you would never know the gorgeous experience that awaits you as step down the stairs into the basement... The white glowing resin boxes make a huge statement while drawing your eyes to the vibrant displays. The shoes are perched on top like works of art, making this destination a style-lovers emporium.  

     Innovative Shelving

    Undercabinet lighting is perfect for illuminating products, but also decor items in the home as well. Surrounding the lit shelving, walls are lined with books, perfectly placed and piled. Hopefully, hipster shoppers will make the connection between stye and well-read. It's a brilliant display concept, don't you think?!

     Plywood Walls

    The bright and cheery upstairs also demonstrates very innovative design. The surrounding raw plywood creates a calming feel, allowing the displays and clothing to really stand out. Clusters of mini-pendant lights are perfect for creating special lighting effects.

     Sculptural Hanging Display

    Custom hanging rods and shelves line the walls in a clever and sculptural way. They create visual interest, but are not so overpowering that they take away from the goods on display.

    A well planned and executed design is a huge part of the retail experience (and the shop's sales apparently). So if you happen to be in the planning stages, remember that investment in design can generate a huge return!

    Images: Established

  • Cool + Collected 1.2

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    Temporary Tattoo

    +Want to get a tattoo, but can't commit? Tattly offers temporary tattoos with style. These aren't your ordinary kids tattoos from years ago...

    +Richard Branson discusses the importance of design in branding over on Cool Hunting.

    +Not your typical Mexican getaway retreat.... We just couldn't get enough of this modern home in Jalisco, Mexico featured on Freshome. You just might be priting an image or two and posting them on your fridge as the dream home. We did.

    +If you love art, you'll love Art.sy, a start-up that just launched on Monday. According to The New York Times, "the site aims to do for visual art what Pandora did for music and Netflix for film: become a source of discovery, pleasure and education".

    +Hey New Yorkers, check out this Donut Map provided by All You Can Eat Press. It includes a history of doughnuts, and 35 favorite New York doughnut shops.

    Image: Tattly

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