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  • Perfectly Branded Modern Restaurant Design: Sis Deli + Cafe

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    modern restaurant design

    Interior design and branding are a beautiful combination that tell visual stories and create a mood. This Finnish, modern restaurant design, Sis Deli + Cafe does so with bold black and white interior design and packaging. Although this isn't a new restaurant, this sibling design team Muotohiomo, did such an amazing job that it stills seems as fresh today as it did when it opened in 2009.  

    white subway tile

    These black gingham bags make a statement all on their own, but when mixed with the white subway tiles and the black and white menu board you've got a perfected balance!  

    modern black barstools

    The simplicity of the black counter grounds element into the space. Modern black barstools stand proudly in any interior. The design concept is a very simple look with special attention paid to every detail. Possibly, a modern black pendant light over the counter would have been a great accent and possibly the only thing missing. But then again, we love lighting!

    What do you think? Light or No LIght?

     black pendant light

    Pinnacle Large Black Tech Lighting Mini Pendant Light

    modern coffee cups

    Even these black and white gingham cups are perfect. So perfect you wouldn't want to throw them away... 

    modern retail display

    From the tile, to the packaging, to the tray, to the silverware you've got yourself a beautifully designed and branded restaurant that is sure to create a lasting impression. It's thoughtful, simple, and lasting.  

    And I think this says it just right, "The visual image is a kind of tripwire for the emotions." - Diane Ackerman

    Images: Sis Deli + Cafe Muotohiomo

  • Modern Art Installation: Umbrellas In The Sky

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    modern art installation

    So, we featured an image of this awesome art installation as one of our Facebook posts last week and we just couldn't let it go so we decided to blog about it too! A colorful and whimsical umbrella art installation floats above this promenade in Águeda, Portugal. It casts a shadow of geometric shapes on the ground below and fills the streets with a fairy tale like energy. This colorful public art installation is not only functional, but also brings uplifting energy into a quiet community during the lazy days of summer!  

    colorful umbrellas

    The sun shines through the umbrellas and they just light up in the sky! Bringing this type of vibrant energy into your own home is as simple as adding colorful modern ceiling lighting.  

     red pendant light

    All Red Giclee Glow 20" Wide Pendant Light

     Orange Pendant Light

    Peach Flower Small 15-3/4" Wide Pendant Light

    floating umbrella decor

    The juxtaposition of the bright colors and the natural elements of the historic buildings form such an interesting composition. The reflection of the colors in the glass windows creates a stained glass like effect.

    Colorful glass pendant lighting looks beautiful when installed with this type of juxtaposition. The combination of the colorful sleek glass, mixed with historic brick walls, creates depth in design and adds visual interest to a space.

    LBL Mason Steel Bue and Satin Nickel Pnedant Light

    Pop Collection Green Glass 15" Wide Pendant

    Photographers Patrícia Almeida and Diana Tavares were able to capture the amazing umbrella installation with photos that evoke so much emotion that you might just feel like you're about to float away on one of those colorful umbrellas. Hope your week has been as magical as this installation!

    Images: My Modern NetArchitizer

  • LED Lighting: The Future Looks Bright

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    office and desk LED lighting

    Believe the hype: LED lighting can help you save money. When looked at holistically, factoring in the cost of electricity over the lifetime of the bulb, a house full of LED lights could actually save you hundreds of dollars. 

    Let's do the math.

    LED Is for the Long Term

    According to GreenBiz.com: "A conventional 60-watt bulb lasts about 1,000 hours, uses 60 watts of electricity and costs $180 to run for 25,000 hours. The LED equivalent lasts 25,000 hours (nearly three years if you left it on 24/7), uses 12.5 watts and costs $37.50 to run for 25,000 hours."  I've outlined the math below.

    energy savings incandescent vs LED

    The calculations above are based on the Philips Ambient 12 Watt LED Medium Base Light Bulb, a light bulb that fits into any medium base fixture, intended to replace incandescent bulb usage. However, there are also tons of designs available with the LEDs built right into the design.

    Save money by using LED lights in every room of the house:  

    The Entryway>

    The Dining Room>

    The Bathroom>

    The Office or Work Space>

    Discover a Warmer, Gentler LED

    You most likely have heard an incandescent bulb described as a "warm" light. This look or feel of the light is its color temperature. Lower color temperatures (in the range of 2700K to 3000K) appear yellow/white and, despite their lower color temperatures, are referred to as "warm" in color; higher color temperatures (5000K and higher) appear blue/white and, despite their higher color temperatures, are referred to as "cool."

    LED lighting has typically been associated with these harsher looking higher color temperatures. But that is changing. Increasingly, LEDs are reaching down into the warm 3000K range, resulting in color akin to incandescent bulbs and much more natural light than most fluorescent lights.

    LED on color temperature scale

    The environmental impact of LED lighting is difficult to compare directly against other options, but the circumstantial data is encouraging.

    • Requiring 1/5 to 1/10 the energy of an incandescent bulb, LEDs clearly reduce strain on power plants.
    • With a life span of decades, not months, LEDs reduce strain on landfills.  
    • Unlike the compact fluorescent light (CFL), the LED doesn't contain toxic mercury.  

    Natural looking. Cost effective. Environmentally friendly. LEDs are a slam dunk, right? Assuming you find a style you like, the answer is probably yes. In an interview blogger Cori Magee conducted last year with Edmund Ng and Kenneth Ng of Koncept Lighting, they discussed the role of aesthetics in designing for LEDs. "Both form and function are equally important," explained the Ng brothers. "New materials enable new designs. If we find a good material, we are able to create an exciting design around it."

    It's this type of commitment to design, technology and, ultimately, cost that leads us to believe the future looks bright for LEDs.   

    Images: Koncept, Kozai Modern, Toni Spilsbury

  • Modern Design + Form + Function: Koncept Lighting

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    modern floor lamp

    We had a chat with the innovative designers at Koncept and we want to share it with you! We discussed modern design, the importance of form + function, as well as future ideas for Koncept. It all started a couple months ago when we attended the Dwell on Design event. At the event, we ran into Kenneth Ng (President) and Edmund Ng (Vice President) from Koncept and we promised each other we would schedule a longer chat at a later date. Well, we did....

    ESL: Are you led by aesthetics or function when you design?

    Koncept: Both are equally important. Ultimately it depends on project. For the Zbar / Equo both were equally important. Sometimes, it can even change throughout the process of designing any given project. The Equo was a little more aesthetic when it first came out and was not as functional as it has become over time.

    Tono floor lamp

    Tono Floor Lamp

    ESL: Where do you go for inspiration?

    K: We maintain a very free creative process, finding inspiration everywhere including magazines, architecture, open houses. New materials inspire as well. LEDs inspired us to jump in and design Zbar. If we find a good material, we are able to create an exciting design around it.

    ESL: Since you mentioned architecture, do you have any favorite architects?

    K: Frank Gehry, especially his residential building in Hong Kong. He inspires us to do something special that no one else is doing.

    Equo task lamp

    Equo Task Lamp 

    ESL: How do you select materials?

    K: Mostly market availability, need, and pure inspiration become the factors in our material selection process. For example, organic LED is a new material we are starting to work with. It's made with organic materials and consists of a thin sheet of material that glows strongly. They aren't cost effective yet so that's where need comes in. So far, it only last 10k hours vs. 50k of regular LEDs. It's jut not efficient enough yet.

    Z Bar task lamp

    Z Bar Task Lamp

    ESL: Why LED? What is all the hype? And what are the negatives, if any?

    K: LEDs lasts a long time and they are better for our environment. If we switch to LEDs for general lighting, we’ll have less impact on the environment in the long run. Even though the technology is more expensive, consumers need to see that they last 1000s of hrs longer. Consumers will come out on top by lowering their electricity bill and helping the environment at the same time.

    The good news is, the cost is coming down. There have been so many advancements lately. We predict  the demand for old bulbs will fade out and the cost will continue coming down.

    Mosso task lamp

    Mosso Task Lamp

    ESL:  What's in the future for Koncept?

    K: Well, most of our current products are for small areas, like desk tops. We want to expand into other categories and do more residential lighting fixtures, possibly large scale modern chandeliers and pendants. We also want to do ambient lighting as well, impacting an entire space with light rather than just a desk top.

    Of course we also want to continue monitoring the development of organic LEDs.

    Thanks Koncept!

    I think we can all agree that there is excitement for what Koncept does next and there's no doubt we will bring it to you as it happens!

    Images: Koncept

August, 2012