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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
Not sure about you, but I find inspiration everywhere! Lately, I'm finding inspiration in posters. This could be due to how excited I am for all my fave shows to be coming back this month, including Once! The set design is amazing!
What sort of style do you pull out of this poster? I see modern glam, all the way! I put together a little round-up based on my inspired design style. The black and white palette detailed with crystal and mirror is super glam. And how can you not add a hint of red for accent?!
Artcraft Claremont Nickel Chandelier, Howard Miller Stockton Wall Clock, Zuo Wilco White Dining Table, Wilton Wide Mirrored Dresser, Zuo Kiwi Black Leatherette Dining Chair
Don't be scared to discover inspiration from everywhere when you're designing your home or even shopping just one new item. It's lots of fun and can produce fabulous results!
Image: TV Poster
Arteriors Home is definitely a go-to manufacturer when looking for the perfect contemporary decor. Each piece is well designed with a unique twist. The combination of materials, textures, and colors are the reason these products stand out in a crowd. Modern table lamps that are sculptural in form can become a major focal point in the room.
Here's a round up of my top four (4) Arteriors Table Lamps.
1.FLYNN MERCURY BLACK REACTIVE GLASS TABLE LAMP 2.ELOISE WHITE WIRE TABLE 3.ARTERIORS HOME SABINE DESK LAMP 4.ARTERIORS HOME LANE POLISHED NICKEL ADJUSTABLE DESK LAMP
Not only does Arteriors design beautiful table lamps, but their collection of modern accent tables will blow you away! Whether your design style is classic modern, contemporary, or rustic modern there is something that will work for you!
Here's a round up of my top four (4) modern accent tables.
5 ARTERIORS HOME LAWSON ADJUSTABLE METAL SIDE TABLE 6.ARTERIORS HOME KEIFER CAST METAL AND MARBLE SIDE TABLE 7.COSTELLO POLISHED NICKEL FINISH SIDE TABLE 8.ELTON VINTAGE BRASS FINISH IRON WIRE ACCENT TABLE
Whatever your style or whatever your desires, incorporating an Arteriors piece into your space will add loads of beauty!
Images: Houzz, DecorPad
The challenge: Renovating an old Spanish barn into a modern home with rustic design style.
The outcome: Success!
Large barn doors provide extra large windows for every room.
The modern interior is a stark contrast to the exterior, making it the perfect pair. Modern dining tables are always a good statement piece.
Wishbone Natural Wood Side Chairs
Zuo Leatherette and Glass Dining Table
This loft-style living room is full of open space and minimally furnished, making it clean and modern. Selecting a few pieces of your favorite modern furniture without overdoing it is key to designing a modern home.
How many of you have had the incredible opportunity to experience Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock desert? Each year the photos prove that it's something everyone should experience just once. Burning Man Festival is a pop-up city so incredible that tens of thousands of people return to the desert each year to be part of this and cut themselves off from civilization.
This year marked the 26th anniversary which was a huge success, per usual. The Temple (above) is one of the most picture-perfect modern art installations of the entire festival.
Artists, techies, hippies, dreamers, corporate professionals and children attend Burning Man. Many are involved not just during this week long adventure, but year round. Whether building, creating, or investing the community invests many hours throughout the year to make their vision come to life.
This art installation titled La Llorona rests on the Playa as if it's been shipwrecked here for years. Nautical themed accessories are great not only for the home, but apparently for the desert as well.
There are many simple words that when seen standing alone in the desert have a whole new meaning. Love and community are at the core of this festival and you can't walk away from it without being impacted.
As the darkness falls, the fire lights up the skies over this pop-up city. Not nearly the same effect, using cool outdoor lighting will help you see without burning down the neighborhood.
This installation called Burn Wall Street is a political piece with a neutral point of view. A piece like this takes about 50 people, three months, and $100,000 to build. Talk about dedication.
Of course, Burning Man wouldn't be complete without its infamous "burning of the Man" ceremony, an interactive spectacle that involves dancers, music, fire and the destruction of a giant statue of a man and a corresponding temple.
Is Burning Man on your bucket list...because it's definitely on mine! If you want a little taste of Burning Man check out Decompression in your city or stay updated with this year round calendar.
Images: Lolita Abraham, Guardian, Architizer
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