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  • Spanish Castles: Modern Hotel Design

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    Spain may be teetering on the edge of the debt disaster that plagues many of its Mediterranean neighbors, but that doesn't mean the country isn't unveiling a handful of the hottest modern hotel design around. Big name international designers are creating some of the most eye-catching, ultra modern hotels the world has ever seen, proving that the best talent in the world is heading to Spain these days for more than soccer. 

    The gregarious lobby of the Barcelo Raval in Barcelona (below) is so packed with wow moments that it's a morass of exclamation points - oversized lamp shades, button tufted built-ins, a melange of contemporary plastic seating, and a ceiling full of white decorative pylons. Modern plastic seating is always a great way to add whimsy to any space.

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    But step inside and a different story unfolds. Guestrooms are tastefully sparse and elegantly austere, in contrast to the public areas. All told, designers like Jaime Hayon, Marcel Wanders for Mooi, and Vitra have put their touch on the hotel.  

    guestroom at Barcelo Raval Barcelona

    Moving on to Puerta America Hotel in Madrid, an architectural abomination on the outside (so much so that I refuse to include a photograph). The vivid hotel is a who's who smorgasbord of international design talent. Twelve designers contributed to the hotel, one for each floor. It's luminous, voluminous, and strikingly beautiful. Worth mentioning first are David Chipperfield's corridors (pictured at the top of this post), low-light stunners that look like they came straight from the latest Dark Knight movie.

    zaha hadid designs Puerta America guestrooms

    Also of note are the floors by Zaha Hadid (above) and Norman Foster (below). Riffing off their signature contemporary styles, both designers/architects use recessed fluorescent fixtures to soften the angles throughout and give the spaces a round, synthetic glow.

    Norman Foster designed hotel floor

    The Caro Hotel in Valencia (below) brings the outdoors in. Literally. Large stone wall remnants grace the dining halls, while gothic arches and Baroque molding detailing reveal the historical elements of the building. The Caro Hotel is an organic mix of old and new, in which filtered daylight softens public spaces and staged lighting warms intimate spaces. I'm particularly struck by how the extremely simplified forms of the seating integrates seemlessly with the organic and ornate surroundings. 

    Caro Hotel dining room

    leather dining chairsSet of 2 Zuo Vertigo Black Leatherette Modern Dining Chairs

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    modern white leather chairZuo Vital White Leatherette Leisure Chair

    Don't fret that summer is ending and you'll miss the boat on these hotels... Spain is open year round for visitors. And if a European tour isn't in your immediate plans, you can always consider redecorating your living room or bedroom and add a little edge to your daily life. Just make sure to include a bottle of Tempranillo and a nice wedge of Manchego and you've got yourself your very own Spanish retreat.

    Images: Freshome, Elle UK, Home Dsgn, iintrepid

  • Summer White: Home Decor Items For After Labor Day

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    Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day? Well, we think you can. But we also think white home decor items, simple pendant lighting, and modern furniture are stylish year-round!

    white home decor items

    1. Artcraft On the Spot Pendant Light 2. Profuse 19" Round Wall Clock 3. Zuo Wilco White Dining Table 4. Small Glacier Glass White Vase 5. Zuo Carnival White Modular Sofa

    Simply put, rock your style no matter what the season!

    Image: Fashion Gone Rogue

  • Modern Office Design: Concept Office “Attic” by Vasiliy Butenko

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    Many of us are greatly influenced by our environment and especially our work environment, but there are few modern office designs out there that really inspire you. Office design can do wonders for your productivity, creativity, and overall sense of well-being throughout the work week, but I think that many business owners fail to understand the full impact it has on their employees.

    Creating peace of mind in a stressful environment is something that can be hard to do, but the design of your space can really help you achieve this! Vasiliy Butenko did a marvelous job on the design of Concept Office "Attic" by creating a thoughtful plan and a more enjoyable workplace. 

    modern library

    A central volume within the space houses the workstations and is surrounded by a more comfortable lounge area with exposed vaulted ceilings. The rose colored volume becomes the main feature of this interior and is framed nicely by the natural wood walls and ceiling. Low, modern lounge sofas create a relaxed area perfect for flipping through the stacks of books that line the walls.  

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    Zuo Circus Gray Sectional Sofa

    open modern office design

    The sleek black furniture, warm wood accents, and modern pendant lighting balance nicely with the strong choice of color in the space. An exposed bulb glass pendant light works beautifully in clusters, or it can stand alone. It doesn't clutter the space, but still adds visual interest.  

    clear pendant

    LBL Isla Clear with Satin Nickel 9 3/4" Wide Pendant

    model wood paneling

    These textured wood walls create a beautiful softness while the pendant lights hang with grace from above. It's a modern environment with a cozy atmosphere that makes employees and clients alike feel like they're at home. Table and floor lamps are sculptural in form, and in this setting they're almost as beautiful as a piece of art.

    modern floor lamp

    Jonathan Adler Black and Brass Antwerp Floor Lamp

    concrete bathroom

    The concrete bathroom provides full amenities to the employees, making the office feel like an extension of their home. It's a beautiful bathroom in and of itself. In the work environment it's exquisite.  

    modern outdoor seating

    The outdoor seating provides a great area to relax and take in the ocean views. What an incredible place to let your creative energy flow.  

    white and chrome modern chairs

    Set of 2 Zuo Modern Whitworth White Chrome Accent Chairs

    I know that we can't all be this lucky, but I hope your office provides you with a productive and creative environement! Happy Monday and have a great week!

    Images: Vasiliy Butenko

  • Fashion + Design + Architecture: We Like Gold!

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    fashion model in gold

    If you haven't noticed, metallics are hot, especially gold with all the Olympic hype. Whether it's fashion, design, or architecture we love gold ambition.

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    This stunning architecture is simple, but so classy with its gold finishing touches.

    modern office

    Ever wonder how to translate all the beautiful gold elements you see everywhere and implement them into your own home? Modern furniture, metallic lighting and accessories is one way to start. And this wall covering (above) is brilliant, subtle yet bold.

    Here's some help...

     gold furnishings

    1.Basie Table Lamp 2. Shell Chandelier 3. Sunburst Mirror 4. Gold Bangle Pendant 5. Rubianne Table Lamp 6. Gold Bamboo Accent Table 7. Gold Side Chair 8. Gold Ribbon Mirror

    Images: Style Sight, Lintellectural Property, Luster

  • Organic Elements in Modern Home Decor

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    Mixing organic elements in your modern home decor is the perfect way to create a cozy space. Elements like natural wood tables or sculptural chairs work great with clean solid lines and add layers of interest. This contrasting of materials provides both depth and character to a room, making it feel like a more artful and curated space.  

    wood accent table

    Arteriors Home Lakehurst Gessoed Wood Accent Table

    eclectic living room

    The rustic hardwood floor and exposed ceiling beams create an environment that already has character in its soul.  When modern furniture, industrial modern lamps, and accessories are layered over achitectural character, you create a very thoughtful space. The modern, but natural chaise lounge stands in the center of the space like an organic sculpture. Staple elements like these can make any space feel complete, especially with modern black sofas to ground the space.

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    Arteriors Home Kamaro Vintage Silver Tripod Table Lamp

    modern organic treehouse

    Natural textures bring life to this neutral interior (above). The textured rugs and rattan pouf fill the space with a softness that the concrete and metal do not provide.

     If your modern home decor is feeling a little too cold, warm it up with the use of natrual elements. It's this mixture of natural elements in modern interiors that creates a cozier, lived in feel. 

    Images: Douglas Friedman Photography, Yellowtrace,  Archello

August, 2012