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  • Cool + Collected 1.11

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    Modern Architecture

    +You've never seen a modern cabin like this before. Head over to Sous Style to see more of this home.

    +In the spirit of eco-optimism, Huffington Post curated innovative designs in green building. Imagination is a beautiful thing.

    +Swiss Miss gives an overview of a great new website. If you're a maker looking for resources, this is just what you need.

    +What did the world search for in 2012? Find out what most of the 1.2 trillion searches were at Google's Zeitgeist 2012

    +If you want to send a unique Holiday card this year, check out the pixel popup cards at Minieco.

    Imagee: Sous Style

  • Cerno: Modern Lighting Innovation

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    Cerno

    We're excited to introduce Cerno as a new product line in the Euro Style Lighting family. Founded by Nick Sheridan, Bret Englander and Dan Wacholder Cerno is an industrial design and manufacturing company innovating modern LED lighting fixtures and furniture in Southern California.

    We spoke with Bret and first asked how these childhood friends decided to start this adventure together.

    BRET: There actually was a precise moment that we decided we were going to start Cerno. It was an early morning in December 2008 and we were driving down the coast trying to find some surf, however, the ocean was not cooperating and was completely flat. We ended up just taking a swim and talking on the beach. The 3 of us were ready for new adventure and were ready to jump off the entrepreneurial cliff together. It was a frightening, yet liberating and empowering leap to take with your 2 best friends, and that was the moment we decided to start what would become Cerno.

    Modern Floor Lamps

    Cerno Silva Oiled Walnut 84-Inch-H Unique Floor Lamp

    ESL: Which was your first light fixture? Are you still producing it?

    BRET: We debuted the Silva, Sero, Onus, Alo and Cubo at Dwell on Design in 2010 and we are still producing all of them today. The Cubo is our most popular product, closely followed by several newer products. There were a couple prototypes that were never put into production that came before, but not too many.

    Modern Wall Light

    Cerno Cubo Left-Hand Hardwire 9" Wide Wall Sconce

    ESL: Are you led by aesthetics or function?

    BRET: This is a loaded question. Our products are definitely a marriage of form and function where neither the form nor the function is compromised. Nick and Daniel sit side by side, which facilitates nothing being lost through translation during the development process. Nick designs knowing what the intended function is, so in theory you could say function dictates form, but the real goal is to combine both seamlessly and I think that we achieve this very well.

    ESL: How do you select materials?

    BRET: We select our materials based one aesthetics, function, maintenance and manufacturability. We primarily use walnut and aluminum and we really like the juxtaposition of the two together.

    Modern Table Lamps

    Left: Cerno Onus Modern Grey Black Concrete 17-Inch-H Desk Lamp Right: Macto Aluminum Walnut 24-Inch-H Cerno Desk Lamp

    ESL: Why local?

    BRET: There are so many advantages to producing locally. All Cerno products are produced in the U.S.A. at our facility in Laguna Beach. Producing the product at Cerno headquarters allows us to continually be innovating and perfecting our product. It is much better for the environment. It also allows us to offer great customer service and make sure everything is produced to our standards of excellence. We also love that we are contributing to the local economy and creating U.S. based manufacturing jobs.

    ESL: Why LED?

    BRET: When we started Cerno, high quality LEDs fit for residential and commercial use were just coming online and we knew it was a great opportunity for us to embrace this great new technology. LEDs are energy efficient, emit a great quality of light, have the ability to be be intelligent. Another big advantage of designing with LEDs is their small size, which allows designers to create forms that were never possible, when one was designing around the 100 year old light bulb.

    Cerno Floor Lamps

    Cerno Forma Burlap Shade Walnut Tripod Base Floor Lamp

    ESL: Where do you turn for inspiration?

    BRET: We find inspiration in everything that we experience in our daily lives. We all read a lot and look around a lot. We do not chase trends, or try to recreate something that is hot. We design what we want to see built and that we believe belongs in the marketplace. Nick studied architecture and his personal experience and education definitely is the driving force behind our forms. Daniel studying mechanical engineering and his knowledge is what makes our product so functional and well resolved.

    Cerno Lighting

    ESL: What’s next for Cerno?

    BRET: Art lighting, we just launched Revelite by Cerno, it is the most amazing picture light ever produced and we are really excited to start helping people better illuminate their beautiful works of art. It provides even illumination top to bottom and side to side while emitting a light with extremely high color rendering properties. It the best picture light in the world and that is not hyperbole.

    We enjoyed chatting with Bret from Cerno and we hope you're as excited about their future as we are!

    Images: Cerno

  • Geometric Patterns in Modern Stairway Design

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    Modern Stairway Design

    Please join us in welcoming Victoria McGinley from vmac+cheese as one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Victoria…

    I have a new obsession. Finding ridiculously beautiful, architecturally interesting staircase railings, then staring at them for hours on end and wishing I had a second floor in my home so that I'd have an excuse to create such a unique look. If you're a lover of modern lines that aren't boring (hand raised very high!), I can't think of a room detail that adds as much visual punch as a custom staircase.

    Modern Stairway Ideas

    The fantastic thing about this particular room 'accessory' is that whether you live in a big space or small, as long as you have a second story, it's doable. You certainly can't be shy about making a statement when it comes to home design though -- unlike a simple piece of home decor, these staircases are big, visual art installations that you probably wouldn't be swapping out any time soon. Choose wisely!

    Which of these is your favorite? And if you were installing a custom staircase railing tomorrow, what kind of pattern, color, or material do you think you'd pick?

    Images: 1. Remodelista 2. Spillmann Echsle Architekten 3. Cardea Building Co. 4. Urban Craft 5. Apartment Therapy

  • Modern Christmas Tree Design

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    Modern Christmas Tree

    In the spirit of Christmas tomorrow, we found some trees that fit perectly with a modern Christmas... Just in case you're running behind on your decorating. Or, they're also great ideas for next year! 

    Do you love the warmth and coziness of a real tree, but hate the mess? Well look no further; we have some of the best creative solutions for your modern Christmas! The Infinite Indoor Tree by Johannes Molin (above) is definitely a favorite. There are infinite ways to display it, hence the name, so I have no doubt you'll find one that works perfectly for you. And of course if you get tired of it after a few days, you can always change it up!  

    Plywood Christmas Tree

    This plywood Christmas Tree (above) is so much fun. It's like a gorgeous modern sculpture that you just might not want to take down after the holidays! It's a perfect accent to your modern home decor and would glisten with some modern lighting shining brightly on it.

     Minimalist Christmas Tree

    I know there are quite a few minimalist out there and this tree (above) is the perfect one for you. The solid walnut base and core is very streamlined and allows the modern decorations to stand alone. This would be perfect in a room filled with mid century modern furniture.

    Modern Dining Chair

    Pascall White Plastic Side Chairs

    Rustic Modern Christmas Tree

    If you love rustic modern interiors then this is the perfect idea for you (above)! These tree branches are cut to perfect proportion to create an oh so balanced tree.  The decorative lighting drapes across each branch and make the ornaments glisten, giving such a happy and peaceful feeling  

    This tree pairs perfectly with the industrial side chair (below).

    Industrial Modern Chair

    Elio Gunmetal Dining Chair

    Artful Christmas Tree

    And here's one final idea! Just do away with the actual tree and create a tree on the wall with the actual ornaments.You could sit and stare at this tree for hours!  It's such a work of modern art!

    No matter how you're decorating for the holidays, be sure to have fun with it! Happy Holidays to you all!

    Images: Moco Loco Design Milk If Its Hip Its Here We Heart It Dottie Angel 

  • Merry Christmas!

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    From our Euro Style Lighting family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

December, 2012