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  • Portable Beach House Design: Permanant Summer

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    Why not hold on to Summer as long as possible and just follow it?! This portable beach house design will let you do just that!

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    Designed by Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects, this home was made to rest within the coastal erosion zone, where all buildings must be removable. So, the "hut" is designed on two thick wooden sleds for movement.

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    The interiors, like the architecture, were kept simple. But no space should go without modern seating and simple home decor.

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    What a view! And to think, you could actually turn this home for a different view if you really wanted...

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    And away they go...

    Images: Arch Daily

  • Modern Kids Room: Stylish Room Decor for the Mini Modernist

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    If you haven't seen our Las Vegas Market event recap, make sure to check it out. We just want to chat about one more trend we saw there... Stylish room decor for the modern kids room. Why limit your modern decor to every room except the kid's room?

    Modern kids rooms are featuring either lots of color or the more authenticly modern route of clean and all-white. Either way you decide to go, use fun lighting, interesting furniture, and pops of color. Organization is also key for a kid's room too, so bookshelves are a great idea.

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    Multiple types of fun kids chairs are always great for kids, especially when they have friends over.

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    For the older kids, just providing fun lighting, like these giraffe sconces can help keep their modern space young. Clean lines and modern furniture looks good in any room.

     

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    1. Swag Style Alphasoup Primary Shade Plug-In Chandelier 2. http://www.eurostylelighting.com/eu02475.htm 3. Possini Euro Design Infinity Pendant Chandelier 4. Jonathan Adler Giraffe Wall Sconce 5. Yellow Zigzag Outdoor Accent Pillows 6. Zuo Baby Spire Transparent Blue Kids Chair 7. Zuo Baby S White Kids Chairs 8. Zuo Pick Pocket Ball White Accent Cube 9. Zuo Drop Stool Collection Red Contemporary Chair

    So, remember to spread your love for modern throughout the house, including your kids rooms! How else will we all raise mini modernists?!

    Images: The Boo & The Boy, Design SpongeHouzz, Home & House Design

  • Sustainable Building: Passive House Design

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    It's not always bad to be passive, especially when it comes to sustainable building. Passive Houses are starting to stack up worldwide and this means good things for widespread, dramatic impact on energy conservation.

    You might be wondering what is a Passive House? Well, this level of sustainable building is a concept that represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%!

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    "Passive" describes the system's underlying receptivity and retention capacity. A Passive House is a very well-insulated, a virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc.

    bamboo panelling

    When architect couple Milena Karanesheva and Mischa Witzmann decided it was time for more space, they decided to give up city life and build a Passive House outside of the French capital. They settled on the small town of Bessancourt, about 17 miles northwest of Paris.

    The bamboo that they decided to cover the house in, creates an avoidance of heat gain through shading and window orientation also helps to limit any cooling load, which is similarly minimized.

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    They incorporated double-flow ducts into the home’s interior, exposing them at various points. They distribute fresh air, keeping temperatures around 66 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 71 degrees in the summer, never going higher than 78. Perfect, right?

    modern great room

    They kept the interiors simple and modern through contemporary seating and stylish, modern lighting.

    It can't hurt to incorporate even some of the sustainable elements of a Passive House. Ironically, it would be a very determined and progressive step forward for any of us to take on....

    Images: Dwell, Green Source

  • Architecture + Education: Maria Montessori

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    Today's Google "doodle" depicts colourful elements key to the methods of Montessori education. The fun graphics is in commemoration of the 142nd birthday of Maria Montessori who is of course known for the philosophy of education that she pioneered.

    The Montessori approach is based around learning in an environment in which a number of physical objects are situated to stimulate natural instincts and self-directed learning.

    The Children's School in Stamford, Connecticut (both images) is located in Stamford, Connecticut. The design of this Montessori School for children aged 2-8 is based around the concept of a "one room schoolhouse", with each space connected to the next as well as to interior connected to the outdoors. The natural environment was also high on the agenda in the school’s construction with the building obtaining a LEED certification.

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    Never underestimate the impact of a child's surroundings when it comes to their education...

    Let's celebrate education today... And modern architecture of course!

    Images: Imagine School Design

  • 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

August, 2012