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  • Modern Kitchen Design: Brass Faucets and Accents

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    Modern Kitchen Design

    For years you heard the words stainless steel, chrome, and brushed nickel when referring to modern kitchen design... But rarely did you hear the words brass or polished brass. Well, those times are over and for the design lovers out there that are looking to mix it up we'll show you some great ways to incorporate brass into your modern kitchen!

    Brass accent strips were added to the Bulthaup Kitchen (above) to create a striking detail in this otherwise simple kitchen design. Mixing the modern elements with the more traditional brass and carrara will offer your kitchen layers of interest.

    Modern Industrial Kitchen

    How stunning is this brass countertop in this industrial kitchen design? It mixes so beautifully with the bricks to create something fresh and visually stimulating. Usually when you think industrial you think steel, but rarely do you think brass. This kitchen just might change the way you think...

    Brass Kitchen Hardware

     Modern Wall Sconce

    Adding a vintage style brass faucet and cup pulls can completely transform your modern white kitchen. Simple changes in kitchen hardware can make a huge difference. Brass sconces are a great solution for lighting when you forgo the upper cabinets and choose open space instead. 

     Brass Wall Sconce

    HOLTKOETTER UP-DOWN 5 1/4" WIDE POLISHED BRASS WALL SCONCE


     Polished Brass Faucet

    When you want your kitchen to feel a bit more polished, then just polish your brass. This kitchen hardware adds elegance to the modern kitchen design, like that flashy necklace or watch you put on for a evening out on the town.

     Hammered Brass Pendants

     Brass Pendants

     Modern Brass Chandelier

    JONATHAN ADLER MEURICE BRASS ROBERT ABBEY CHANDELIER

    And of course one of the best ways to incorporate brass into your space is through modern pendant lighting. Whether it be multiple pendants or one large brass chandelier, the impact will no doubt be dynamic.

    Images: Flodeau, Pinterest, Hannas Room, Sequins and Stripes

  • Euro Style Lighting Catalog Launch!

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    Euro Style Lighting 

    We are very happy to announch the launch of our print catalog! Iniside, you'll find 55 pages of our fabulous products, including some of our furniture.

    To view the catalog, please visit the iTunes store.

    Euro Style Lighting Catalog

    Of course you can also shop us on-line at EuroStyleLighting.com!

  • Cool + Collected 1.6

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    George Nelson

    +Yale School of Architecture will celebrate the life and work of iconic designer and Yale alumnus George Nelson. The exhibition, titled “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher,” will be on display at the gallery of Yale School of Architecture from Thursday, Nov. 8, to Saturday, Jan. 26.

    +It's definitely cooling down, time to pull out the sweaters and jackets. Since we know you want to be on-trend this season, P.S. I Made This has a great DIY for adding elbow patches to your favorite sweater.

    +And we have the perfect round up of cozy locations for you to wear your new elbow patch-sweater. Casa Sugar curated a list of mountain resorts around the globe.

    +Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. Their purpose is to build a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. Each year they host Design Like You Give a Damn, an event full of innovative panel discussions, workshops and 'Design Open Mic'. Visit their website to register for this 2-day event (November 12-13, 2012) in San Francisco.

    +The East Coast is in desperate need of our attention and our help. As if Superstorm Sandy wasn't bad enough, they just experienced a Nor'eastern this week. Occupy Sandy is a great resource for donations and volunteering. Please help if you can.

  • Rising Waters + Modern Home Designs

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    Modern Floating Home Designs

    As we've seen with the recent devastation from Superstorm Sandy, surging seas and rising waters can be a menace to even the most modern city. While scientists and politicians debate rising ocean levels, some designers are already thinking about how to build modern home designs for their regular occurrence.  

    Perhaps no one knows better how to prepare for high seas than the Dutch, who have been living below sea level for hundreds of years (and who happen to have a pretty cool design sense to boot). Their solution? Floating homes. 

    Modern House Boats

    Pictured above and at the top of this post, the floating Dutch village of Steigereiland has a crisp modern design aesthetic with a normal community feel.

    Design studio Waterstudio has design concepts for artificial islands, sea trees and more, but the amphibious Villa de Hoef (pictured below) will more than suit most family's needs:

    Dutch Floating Homes

    The designs do have "curb" appeal, but how do they look on the inside? Well, the Watervilla by +31 Architects is a house boat in Amsterdam that, despite it's small finprint, has a generous and light feel inside.

    Amsterdam Modern House Boats

    Modern Boat Interiors

    Contemporary Boat Interiors

    The decor combines simple contemporary and mid-century elements. Modern furniture featuring acrylics, thick woods and minimalist forms is a great way to achieve this look in your own home. 

    Modern Acrylic Chairs

    Set of 2 Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs

    Glass and Wood Table

    Zuo Haxby Walnut and Glass Modern Coffee Table

    Contemporary Metal Vase

    Nambe Anvil Alloy Metal Vase

    Use of modern recessed lighting helps to keep sight lines unobstructed and the limited floor space unfettered.

    There's no way to undo the damage from recent storms and our hearts go out to those affected. Thankfully, as designers and architects continue to look at ways to curb the affects of storms and sea levels, we can look forward to such damage being mitigated in the years to come. 

    Images: Flavorwire, Inhabitat, Afflante

  • Open Architecture Manifesto: Written by a Robot

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    We're going extra modern today, guys. We're talking robots. This movie demonstrates how a printer updates a copy of the Open Source Architecture Manifesto Wikipedia entry. It's written on a wall in the entrance to the Adhocracy exhibition at the Istanbul Design Biennial.

    Open Architecture Manifesto

    Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associatti wrote the manifesto for open source architecture and decided to start a Wikipedia page so it could be continually updated by the online community.

    The robot (vertical plotter) writes, erases and rewrites sections of the manifesto onto a whiteboard as it receives changing information from the Wikipedia page.

    Pretty cool, right?

    Images: Dezeen

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