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  • Modern Spa Designs

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    From the water temperature to the fruit in the bowl to the soothing modern light fixtures overhead, modern spa designs leave no stone unturned. Creating the perfect relaxing space requires an intuitive balance of color, texture and form. 

    Color theory dictates that blue is relaxing, while green is noted for its soothing and healing properties. Combine the two colors and you get aqua, or water, the inherent color and ingredient in the spa. The aqua hue looks stunning against the charcoal gray slate of Mandalay Bay’s Bathhouse in Las Vegas (pictured above) and it's of course a natural fit in the hot springs of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon spa (pictured below).

    modernist Icelandic spas

    Other colors work well too. The Hirsch Bedner designed EDITION Hotel ESPA was widely acclaimed upon opening for its generous use of natural stone walls and its signature sculpted mica wall and ceiling lights, inspired by traditional Turkish bath designs. Close to ceiling lights offer much needed illumination without crowding airspace. Organic colors add a sense of warmth and comfort, while the form itself adds the implication of provenance to the space.

    European spa designs

    Light, like color plays a vital role in the design of a spa space. While mica lights add warmth to EDITION's bath area, the chandeliers in the foyer at the Long Beach Hotel in Mauritius (below) offer a lighthearted entre to the relaxation that lies beyond. Contemporary chandeliers can be found in a ton of styles to fit any atmosphere. 

    Island spa resorts

    Lastly, simplicity of space is a key ingredient throughout successful spa designs, and the reason is simple: less visual clutter leads to less mental clutter. And less mental clutter leads to relaxation. Furniture is sparingly used. Palettes are surprisingly simple. These rules allow designers to create the illusion of space in even the tightest floorplans, such as the open Mizu Spa in  San Francisco.

    San Francisco spas

    Modern residential architecture

    For design lovers, the attention to design details is what draws them in to a spa in the first place. The relaxing after after-effect is usually a much needed side effect. And for a lucky few, such as the owners of the Spa House in Cape Town (pictured above), the simple elegance of a spa can be a year round love-affair.

    Images: Mandalay Bay, TravelPod, Brand Critique, Contemporist, Merdu, HomeDsgn

  • Unique Bathroom Designs

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    Modern bathroom with curved walls

    A modern bathroom design doesn't always have to fit within the box.When you approach the design with a clear and open mind you open up a whole new world of possibilities! This Flaming Lips bathroom takes things to a place deep within the imagination to a place Wayne Coyne describes as "... the drug damaged, artist element of our home". The soft curves wrapped in penny round tiles feel as if you're going on an adventure into some unknown territory. You can discover something new with each journey into this futuristic bathroom.

     White Brick Tile on Bathroom Walls

    This exquisite bathroom takes you to a different era. It's a mixture between Louis XVI classic French style and the modernist elements of Jonathon Adler. The bold orange, classic white tile, and gold gilded accents bring incredible amounts of style and life into this room. The use of contemporary gold accent furniture is an elegant touch in any bathroom.

      Graffiti walls in bathrooms

    From classic to street, this use of graffiti in a small powder room is a great way to infuse your true personality into a space. The words are written backwards, but can be read when looking in the mirror on the back of the door. Gold accents always look great when mixed with bold black and white pattern or graphics.

    Graphic Mosaic Walls in Bathroom

    Whoever is bathing in this yellow submarine sure is lucky. Have you ever seen more extensive tile work in the bathroom? "The Yellow Submarine Crash-Lands on Gaudi’s Beach House in “Brazil”, now imagine that while soaking in this tub. Close to ceiling lights are a key element in bringing these vibrant colors to life. The lighting looks as if the sun is shining into the sea. The tiles towards the bottom get less light and darker in color so it appears as if you're really floating around at the bottom of the sea.

    Clawfoot Bathtub

    If you want to bring life into a room, then it's as simple as incorporating a plantwall into your space. The freestanding tub with shower column and no curtain really give you the effect of an outdoor shower in a garden. The green mosaic tile mimics the plantwall and is able stay consistent with the aesthetic of the space. Sleek and modern bath lighting is a great way to to incorporate a bit of the unexpected into such a natural and organic environment.

    Porcelain wood tile in bathrooms

    The bathroom in this modern cabin designed by Fabio Galeazzo uses porcelain wood tiles on walls, floors, and ceiling. You may be inside, you may be outside, it's hard to tell!  

    Image Sources: Design Milk, Bjorns Randoms, The Goods Design, Jaina Bee, Brave Home DesignContemporist

  • Rustic Cottage Meets Modern Glass Home

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    Modern glass house

    Normally, when a home is purchased furniture is simply moved in, the house is renovated or the house is demolished and re-built. In this case, the scenario was none of the above. When the current owners, a banker and an antique book collector bought this land in Vilnius, Lithuania, all that existed was a little yellow brick cottage.

    Modern residential staircase

    They removed the yellow paint and were surprised to see the gorgeous, timeless Vilnius bricks. Not wanting to destroy the history of this one-time cannon foundry as well as needing much more space, they decided to restore the old structure and build a glass house around it to showcase the history.

    As you can see, situated behind the added staircase (above), the dining room is part of the new structure, but features a backdrop of the vintage brick with up-lighting. Large pendant lighting helps balance any space when you're dealing with a mix of large and small scales, like with this home. The dining area is small, but the overall structure is large.

    Mixed materials for a modern home

    There's nothing more artistic than combining materials in a cohesive manner, and this is especially true in architecture. This is a great shot into the belly of the added staircase, showing all the elements of this structure. With such a beautiful backdrop, a wide range of modern furniture can be used to design spectacular interiors in this amazing home.

    For more images of this home within a home, visit Trendir

    Images: Trendir

  • Modern Outdoor Living: Experience The Relaxation

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     outdoor glass pavillion

    Long summer days and hot summer nights are finally upon us and now is the time to maximize your modern outdoor living experience in your own backyard. The Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion (above) can be used year round, but when the doors open up on this glass structure, that's when you're using it to its maximum potential. However, it's intended to provide shelter from the harsh natural elements, so when the heat is too much you can still enjoy the beautiful garden, views of the pool, and the natural surroundings from within this modern backyard pavilion. 

     organic outdoor cabana

    The lush surroundings, modern pool, and organic outdoor structure create an environment that is so sculptural and serene. You can spend your days and your nights perched up above the pool like you're in a modern day treehouse. When the modern outdoor lighting is turned on just imagine the beauty of the glowing structure and pathway.

    modern outdoor playhouse

    An escape to your outdoor oasis is sometimes just what the day calls for. This Polyhedron Habitable designed by Manuel Villa is not only a retreat, but a sculptural masterpiece that easily integrates into nature through it's use of materials. The glass front opens up to the teak deck deck while the skylight opens up to let the stars shine in.  

    creative covered garden

    The owners of the Kodaira-Shi Residence in Tokyo weren't so blessed to have the beautiful private outdoor oasis surrounded by nature, but their team did an amazing job of creating one. Suppose Design Office created this primitive tent like structure attached to the residential structure to blur the confines between the indoors and outdoors. They were able to create a very private and unique area in a space located on street level that offered no privacy to the homeowners. Imagine the landscaped garden yet to be completed! The concrete floors and shaded open plan are natural cooling elements. And on a hot summer day, the use of contemporary ceiling fans would really get the breeze flowing in there.  

    If you're planning on building a cabana or outdoor structure to relax in this summer I challenge you think outside the box!

    Image Sources: ContemporistDecoration Channel, Manuel Villa Arquitecto, Yatzer

  • Poteet Architects: Collector's Loft

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    industrial loft

    Poteet Archtects, an award winning firm based in San Antonio, turned the top of this industrial building into a modern oasis. Jim Poteet opened the office with the hope that the firm could further the sustainable revitalization of downtown San Antonio. As you can see, they are best known for the sensitive adaptive reuse of existing buildings and rigorous approach to modern interior design.

    modern white living room

    The combination of smooth surfaces with the old, industrial materials left behind from the pre-existing structure give this interior depth and character. While the sleek contemporary furniture adds modern elegance. This floor lamp would be the perfect selection to get this look.

    Basque Steel and Brushed Nickel Arc Floor Lamp

    colorful modern furniture

    Among all the clean white surfaces, you will also find lots of fun color. Adding colorful furniture or home decor is a great way to add personality to a minimalist modern space.

    modern kitchen

    Check out this perfect pendant chandelier (below) for achieving the clean and elegant look of this modern kitchen. Between the artwork, lighting and playful accents, this kitchen design is perfectly balanced.

    Dolce Capiz Shell Pendant Chandelier

    modern dining furniture

    There's no arguing that this team of architects designed this space which sits atop an industrial building, into a stylish modern loft.

    Images: Poteet Archtects

May, 2012