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  • Part II: Avenue Interior Design

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    Modern business lounge area

    Trendy reading corner

    Yesterday, I introduced you to the fabulous ladies of Avenue Interior Design. If you missed the post, you can catch up here. There's no shortage of talent in this collaborative design team founded by Andrea DeRosa and Ashley Manhan. Their projects consist of a fun range including hospitality, residential, restaurants and night clubs.

    Modern business office

    Who What Wear Offices, Los Angeles (top three images) opened in April of 2011. This workplace has an open floor plan and looks super stylish. The eclectic combination of modern furniture and decor creates a unique look. The tall gold finish table lamps at every workstation are a nice detail. Here's what the girls had to say about this project:

    Andrea/Ashley:  Who What Wear is a fun fashion based website and after we were featured in Daily Candy in the spring of 2010, they asked us to design their offices. As you might expect, they were very savvy clients!

    Trendy lounge

    Trendy music lounge

    The Sayer’s Club, Hollywood, opened in Fall of 2011. The design delivers a chic look, creating a super cool place to hang out and listen to a band jam. The tufted leather sofas add elegance to this trendy hangout and the modern pendant lighting creates a mellow environment.

    Andrea/Ashley:  SBE Entertainment Group has made a name for itself in Los Angeles as having some of the hottest, most exclusive clubs in LA. Opened in the fall of 2011, the Sayer’s Club is no exception. The overall feel of the club is very relaxed, vintage, hip and industrial.

    Modern hotel lounge

    The Long Bar at the Borgata, Atlantic City opened in June of 2011. The sleek counter tops and textured wall coverings create a stylish place to mingle and relax. Here's what the girls had to say about the custom modern light fixtures developed for this project.

    Andrea/Ashley:  The client wanted a bar on the property that was modern, clean and casual. Previously, all the places to grab a drink on site where nightclubs or formal restaurants. The chandeliers were custom designed and were constructed of matte, black, acrylic domes with a hand applied gold leaf ‘interior’.

    Thanks again to the ladies of Avenue and good luck on all your future projects, which are sure to be amazing!

    Images: Avenue Interior Design

  • Urban Gardens: Designed for the City

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    Rooftop Garden Terrace Planters

    Spring has sprung and for some of you so has your green thumb! For many urban planners, rooftop gardens are a high priority. Not only for their decorative impact, but for their environmental impact as well. Roof gardens can reduce the overall heat absorption of the builiding drastically which in turn could reduce smog and energy consumption. They are also beautiful places to relax and escape from the daily chaos. Like your own little oasis perched high above the city. Even if it's not the rooftop, many condos and apartments in urban settings are creating gorgeous backyard gardens so you don't feel like you're missing out on the green. Here's a few of my favorite rooftop and urban gardens.

    Rooftop Garden with brick wall, green roof and bamboo

    This one is truly picture perfect and I can just hear the water running. The bamboo against the exposed brick wall keeps the urban element alive. 

    Vertical Green Wall with built in benches and firepit

    So lush and so green. The vertical green wall really wraps around you to seclude you and leaves the sky open for you.  I would definitely be gazing at the stars as I lie on those soft cushions and feel the warmth of the outdoor firepit.

    Vertical Green Wall large plantars with trees modern outdoor furniture

    The vertical green wall layered with the large potted trees is a great play on scale. The low outdoor seating make this a perfect place to relax with your friends and family.

    Built-in Planters Modern wood outdoor furniture rooftop garden

    This is the garden for the one with the green thumb. The built-in planters do a great job of dividing this large rooftop into smaller, more intimate sections.

    Built In Rooftop Garden with Integrated Seating and Plush Cushions Wood decking

    Modern Rooftop Garden with Concrete Plantars and wood benches

    The wood benches built into the perimeter planters make these rooftops very cozy and the gardening very accessible. I can just imagine the aromas of the fresh herbs and flowers. I'm ready for the rooftop garden parties to begin!

    Modern Outdoor Lamp Outdoor Daybed Outdoor Dining Chairs Concrete Slate Ottoman, Souzani Outdoor Rugh

    Here's a few great pieces to start furnishing your urban garden with. The natural colors of this palette will really contrast nicely with the bold greens, bright flowers, and natural woods.  

    1. Outdoor Floor Lamp  2. Outdoor Daybed  3. Zuo Delight Outdoor Dining Chair  4. Slate Fiberclay Ottoman  5. Souzani Circles Outdoor Rug 

    Images: Home-Designing, Curbed, Urban Style Vibes,  Better Homes and GardensRemodelista

  • Urban Style Living: Concrete Products

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    Concrete style wall covering

    Concrete is the trendy product for home building if you want that modern urban-style aesthetic. It's a very raw material that provides clean lines and an open canvas for any home decor and furniture you decide to pair it with. Would you be surprised to learn that this living room wall (above) is not concrete but a wall covering? This image below is another style in the same Tom Haga Concrete Collection.

    Concrete style wall covering

    If you do have the option of selecting the architectural materials for your home or condo during the building stages, this super modern bathroom is a great design idea. The typographical screening concept paired with the concrete is also a really cool idea.

    Coccrete bathroom

    These tiles from Daniel Ogassian are a great option whether you're designing from scratch or just re-designing a single room. They can help you add concrete in a big way or just a little corner.

    Concrete style tile

    This ottoman gives the appearance of concrete without the heaviness. It's constructed out of clay with a slate finish made to look like concrete... perfect near a side chair in an urban-style loft.

    Concrete style furnishing

    Slate Finish Round Clay Ottoman

    This floor lamp has a super fun and modern style, but also has a chic detail... the base is finished with a concrete paint to give it the effect without the extra weight.

    Concrete style lighting

    Rico Espinet Brushed Nickel Floor Lamp


    So, whether you're building your home from scratch and you have input on the architectural materials.... or you just want to add a little detail, there's lots of fun ways to incorporate concrete into your urban-style decor.

    Images: Tom Haga, Daniel Ogassian, Apartment Therapy

  • Design Icon: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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    S. R. Crown Hall, 1956

    This week we celebrate the birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, "father of modern architecture." In observance of his brilliance, let's take a look at his most notable accomplishments.

    Crown Hall (above), located in Chicago, was completed in 1956 during Mies's tenure as director of Illionois Institute of Technology's Department of Architecture. This design features industrial simplicity with exposed steel frame construction.

    Famous modern architecture

    Farnsworth House is a one-room weekend retreat built in Plano, Illinois. It is brilliantly designed to be one with the landscape. The glass panels and white painted steel construction are so simple and elegant, it's the perfect design aesthetic for a weekend home.

    Famous modern architecture

    The Barcelona Pavilion was completed in 1929 for the International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain. Seamlessly merging structure with water, Mies selected marble, red onyx and travertine to create this stunning structure. Such extravagant materials contrasts this beautifully simple structure.

    In addition to Mies's profound accomplishments in architecture, he also designed modern furniture and his furniture is just as well known. For example, the Barcelona chair and ottoman (below). This noteworthy pair, inspired by ancient campaign and folding chairs, is made of steel with a chrome finish and leather upholstery. Like the Barcelona Pavilion, it was also designed for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain. Mies designed much more sleek furniture which has been inspiring furniture design ever since, such as stylish ergonomic office chairs.

    Modern lounge chair and ottoman

    Tuesday would have been Mies's 126th birthday.

    Images: Wikipedia, Paul J. White

  • Acrylic Elements in Interior Design

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    Hotel Lobby Glass Roof Hardwood Floors

    My love for acrylic in interior design started with a stay at the Hudson Hotel in New York a few years ago and it has stayed with me ever since. I think acrylic is the perfect contrast against natural materials. It adds life and light without being too heavy or dominating. It's a perfect element of the unexpected whether it be clear or colored. It mixes perfectly with modern interiors and contrasts beautifully with traditional. Here are some amazing interiors to prove it!

    Concrete Porcelain Tile Floors Wood Table with Acrylic Chairs

    The clear acrylic chairs work well with the natural elements of this kitchen and breakfast room. By being visually unobtrusive they make the space feel larger and the modern lighting make a statement.

    Slab wood dining table acrylic chairs slat wood on fireplace with red laquer surroung

    The fireplace is the main focus of this space and the acrylic chairs do a great job of complimenting that. I love how the fireplace can be seen through the chair at the end of the table. Mixing transparent orange chairs and clear chairs is also a nice touch in this modern organic space.

    Modern Living Room shades of gray with acrylic sofa table and silver lamps with black shades

    This table let's the chrome lighting make the statement and let's the floors shine through. It really brings light into this rich setting.  

    Smoky Gray Acrylic armchairs on stone floor leading outside to patio

    The sleek and smoky outdoor dining chairs are perfect in this slightly rustic setting that opens up to the exterior.

    Black Acrylic Chair on Gray hardwood floors and white walls

    This black acrylic chair can stand all on it's own. It is the perfect accent in any space.  

     

    Images: Hudson Hotel, DecorPad, Arkimom, Design Indulgences

March, 2012