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  • Perfectly Branded Modern Restaurant Design: Sis Deli + Cafe

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    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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    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

  • 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!

    window wall

    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.

    modern living room

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

    ocean view

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

    portable beach house design

    And away they go...

    Images: Arch Daily

  • 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