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Did you hear... the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars! Of course you have, but still what an incredible performance by Nasa's JPL and everyone in the world that has been involved in the creation of the Curiosity Rover and this incredible feat. Is there life on Mars? When will we be able to travel to Mars? How will this event inspire the future? We just might be able to answer some of these questions soon. We gain inspiration from nature and everything that surrounds us so there is no doubt in my mind that design, architecture, music, fashion, and film will be extremely inspired by this journey as well.
I'm already imagining the first houses inspired by this trip to Mars. Mars is a very peaceful place right now with only Curiosity wandering around, as far as we know! The bold white geometric concrete structure contrasting against the rough red rocky landscape is what comes to mind. It's peaceful and elegant while the surroundings appear to be rough and a bit harsh.
I image the modern kitchen on Mars would be natural in its elements, but ultra modern in its technology and aesthetic. The concrete kitchen, Twenty Cemento from ModulNova is a great example of this. The concrete cabinet fronts are subtle, but the soft texture is something you just want to reach out and touch.
Pairing sleek modern barstools with more organic materials like concrete and wood creates layers of materials that are perfectly balanced. Too much of anything is never a good thing, but a pop of chrome and white leather is like the icing on the cake.
Zuo Flick Chrome and White Bar Stool Set of 2
Modern bathrooms don't always have to be so sleek and clean. This solid wood vanity stands strong against the naturally textured concrete wall, while the modern pendant light hangs gracefully from above. It's like the combination of the surface of Mars mixed with the sleek elements of the Curiosity Rover.
The mix of modern mini pendant lights with rough natural materials blend together in such a way that still allows each element to hold their ground, make a statement, and maintain the balance.
Silver 24" High Satin Nickel Mini Pendant Light
There are so many things this world needs, and although a Mar-traveling rover and a house on Mars may not be on the top of everyone's list (yet), it should be able to bring inspiration to each and every one of you. Just think of the possibilities! How has this event inspired you?
Images: Mashable, Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, ModulNova
Are you guilty of neglecting your patio and then when Summer comes around you wish you had a beautiful modern outdoor space? No need to put it off, just a couple simple additions can help you get your Summer on!
Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs
Simple, white spaces are typical to any modern home, but pops of color are fun too. If you don't want to do something more permanent like a door or wall, try some fun seating (below).
Zuo Allsorts Outdoor Dining Chairs
This home (below) gives you a good example of how important your outdoor decor can be, especially when you have lots of windows. Many modern homes feature open floor plans, which means you see more of the house, making each space important.
Zuo Valtos Outdoor Arm Chair
Avalon Round Outdoor Table
All you have to do is get a little furniture out on your patio so you can enjoy these beautiful summer days! Make use of all your space, indoors and out.
Images: Houzz, Zimbio
The bright spots on the map say it all. There's not a whole lot of dark sky, but an abundance of dark sky lights. Light "pollution" is everywhere.
Urban planners and environmentalists alike claim that light pollution interferes with our natural bio rhythms and disconnects us from the beauty of a starlit sky. While the brilliant auras of Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing or New York's Times Square aren't likely dim anytime soon, the people at the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) have established a set of guidelines for reducing light pollution in urban and suburban areas across the globe. In the broadest sense, dark sky rules ask that homeowners keep the glare to themselves. For many modern homes, this leads to some stunning outdoor lighting looks.
In more specific terms, the IDA requires that residential Dark Sky Compliant lighting be:
1. Fully shielded
2. Maximum 100 watts (for incandescent bulbs) and 26 watts (for compact fluorescent lights)
3. Shielded such that the lamp itself is not directly visible outside the property perimeter.
Here are a few examples of "shielded" lights that Euro Style Lighting carries:
Forio Silver ENERGY STAR 9 1/2" High Outdoor Wall Light
Fairbanks Dark Sky Bronze Finish 9" High Outdoor Wall Light
Best practices also dictate that outdoor lighting should avoid being projected beyond the object a given light intends to illuminate. For example, you'll notice the up lights on this home stay contained by shining only on the structure, and not up into the night sky. Fortunately, this look also suits the modern home aesthetic perfectly.
The move toward a darker nighttime sky is gaining traction in even the most un-likely urbanized places. In the July 2011 issue of Monocle magazine, Christine Loh, CEO of Hong Kong based think tank Civic Exchange, explains, "Street lighting can obviously make people feel safer but it doesn't have to be bright, bright, bright." If even a bustling city like Hong Kong - a city known for the nightly shows its skyline puts on - can move towards dark sky compliance, chances are we can all look forward to more starry skies in the years ahead.
Images: AAAS, Slim69, Fresh Home Decor
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