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  • Family Living in Modern Homes

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    Modern Homes and Modern Kid's Designs

    Having kids doesn't mean having to throw in the towel and become a soccer mom. The modern family homes featured above set out to break the stereotype of family living. I personally love the idea of living in a modern home with a handful of kids running around. Growing up in a stylish enviroment exposes children to fashion, design, architecture, and other creative arts.

    Designing the main areas in a modern home can can sometimes be easier than decorating kid's rooms and spaces. When designing a modern nursery or kid's room there is a balance between modern furnishings and a kid-friendly, functional design.

    Need a few directional ideas for designing your modern nursery or kid's room?

    • Choose a classic or modern theme
    • A few different options for color schemes included neutrals, white and black with bright accents, and an all white space
    • Select furnishings that don't shout baby

    The light fixtures you select for the kid's space can make a big impact on the overall design. Below are a few modern table lamps for the kid's room or nursery. The lamps are modern and fun and will easily transition into a more grown up space as the child ages.

    Modern Kid's Table Lamps and Euro Style Lighting

    Lite Source Kito Blue Table Lamp (left), Chrome Stack Set of Two Table Lamps (right)

    * Post Update 10/24/12: Our Chrome Stack Table Lamps has been discontinued.

     Contemporary Kid's Table Lamps and Euro Style Lighting 

    Possini White Flower Acrylic Shade Table Lamp (left), Jonathan Adler Carlyle Slide Table Lamp (right)

    * Post Update 10/24/12: Our Jonathan Adler Carlyle Table Lmap has been discontinued.

    Images: emmas designblogg, Family Living, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy

  • 387 Square Foot Prefab Home in Portugal

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    Modern prefab home in Portugal

    Responding to the modern dream for clean sophisticated design and bright open spaces.

    The Mima House is a 387 square foot prefabricated house in Portugal. Designed by Mima Architects, it has a modular structure and can be divided into rooms with a grid of removable partitions. Each side of internal and external walls can have a different color/finishing, which allows a dramatic change through a simple wall rotation.

    It costs about the same price to manufacture as a family car. Mima architects researched for years to be able to put together a single home that was fast to produce, flexible, light and inexpensive, yet was a good quality product wrapped up with a pleasant clean design. Fundamentally inspired on the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines.

     Plywood panels and the Mima House

    Plywood panels transform the windows into walls to create privacy where necessary.

     the Mima House and Customizing

    Despite its standardized construction methods, these houses can be customized in so many parameters, that you’ll hardly see two equal houses.

    Inspired by the Traditional Japanese House and the Mima House

    Fundamentally inspired on the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines.

     Mima House Exterior at Night

    The restrained order of its standardized building parts appealed to MIMA architects as the hallmark of a deeply rooted culture, confirmed over centuries and easily adaptable to any new development.

     

    Images: Jose Campos

  • A Modern Cabin in Northern California

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    Modern Cabin Design and Northern California

    With winter coming on in full force, we thought you would enjoy a little greenery.

    This modern cabin seamlessly blends in with its Northern California forest setting. Upright wood siding echoes the surrounding redwood and pine tree trunks. Planted roofs evoke the forest canopy and help to protect the roof against sun damage.

    Modern Cabin Green Roof Photo

    And we love the way they used cylindrical and modern outdoor lighting to subtly illuminate the entryways and a small seating area.

     Exterior and Modern Cabin Design

    Photos thanks to Builder Online

     

  • A Modern 500 Square Foot New York Apartment

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    Modern house under 500 square feet dining room

    A mostly white interior palette gets dramatic with tasteful black accents and carefully curated pops of color. This is an incredibly well designed 500 square feet of space and although the original open plan was sacrificed for a large wall of closets that extends in to the living room, the apartment is practical and functional beyond its tiny footprint. This New York apartment is modern in design, but has a richly curated and well traveled worldly feel with its blend of patterned textiles and unique accessories.

    Modern house under 500 square feet floor plan

    Modern house under 500 square feet bedroom

    Modern house under 500 square feet kitchen

    Modern house under 500 square feet living room

    Modern house under 500 square foot office

    Images: The Designer Pad

  • Designer Spotlight: Karim Rashid

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     Industrial Designer Karim Rashid

    Name:                 Karim Rashid

    Age:                     52

    Occupation:       Iconic Modern Designer

    Born:                   Cairo, Egypt

    Education:         Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada

    Karim is one of the most prolific designers of our time, with over 3000 designs. His designs span the creative medium from product design to fashion. Karim's designs are easy to recognize and are known for their bright and bold color schemes. His work has gained such acclaimation from the design community that it can be found in 14 museums worldwide. Some of his popular product designs include his lamps for George Kovacs, trash cans for Umbra, water bottles for Bobble, USA, and post-it holders for 3M.

    If you have visited Las Vegas recently you might have seen his design of the Silk Road restaurant in the City Center. It is no surprise that Miami fell in love with Karim Rashid's designs. The Mybrickell Condos in Miami definitely represent Karim's colorful and playful style. Karim fits right into the fashion scene with his unique watch designs for Alessi, funky rain boots for Sydney D. Japan, and Heart Pendant necklace for Georg Jensen, Denmark.

    It is no doubt that I too am a huge Karim Rashid fan. I love that we carry a few of his table lamps that he designed for George Kovacs. Below are my favorite picks.

     George Kovacs Apple Green Desk Lamp at Euro Style Lighting

    George Kovacs Apple Green Desk Lamp

     Karim Rashid Opal Glass Soft Collection Table Lamp at Euro Style Lighting

    Karim Rashid Opal Glass Soft Collection Table Lamp

     George Kovacs Soft Tangerine Glass Desk Lamp at Euro Style Lighting

    George Kovacs Soft Tangerine Glass Desk Lamp

    Image: Modern Furniture

February, 2012