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  • From Outfit to Interior: Flirty Design Trends

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    Flirty Design Trends


    The Rumor Clear Acrylic Office Chair has modern styling and clean lines, allowing it to fit into a multitude of interiors. Our girl loves it because of the acrylic! It's youthful without being immature.

    The Mirror Frame Oval Wall Mirror is a perfect match to hang over this lady's vanity table (because of course she has one!). Equal parts glam and Old Hollywood, its reflective surface is the perfect place to apply her party night face!

    Modern Home Decor

    Rumor Clear Acrylic Adjustable Height Office Chair, Mirrored Frame 33 1/2" High Oval Wall Mirror

    A blooming flower-like table lamp? Sign Miss Fun + Flirty up. She loves the playful, yet architectural form of the Possini Euro Table Lamp. Now the big decision is whether it belongs on her desk or on her bedside table.

    Our woman also has brains, and knows that acrylic or glass furniture gives the appearance of more room in smaller spaces. Which is why the Zuo Sojourn Coffee Table made of semi-tempered glass is going to make her living room seem gads bigger than it actually is. Score!

    Modern Decor

    Modern White Flower Acrylic Possini Euro Table Lamp, Zuo Sojourn Coffee Table

    Sometimes the best way to make a statement is to add a big punch of color – BAM! This bright red Zuo Wilco Dining Table fits the bill 100% and is sure to make this easy-going gal smile each and every time she sees it in her kitchen.

    It's not nice to neglect the breakfast bar – it might be the place she stacks her junk mail or tosses her purse, but it deserves a little modern love. A sexy pair of Zuo Equino Barstools are slim enough to go under the radar until an impromptu dinner party strikes and they can be properly appreciated.

    Modern Furniture

    Zuo Wilco Red Dining Table, Zuo Equino White Adjustable Height Barstool

    Image: Piperlime

  • Modern Architecture: The Long and Winding Broad

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    Modern Architecture

    Wherever art collector, philanthropist and billionaire Eli Broad goes, star architects follow. As the lead donor for UCLA's Broad Art Center (2000), LACMA's Broad Contemporary Art Museum (2003), and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (2007), he has brought big names like Richard Meier, Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid respectively to modern architecture, specifically museum design. And with his current project, the Broad Museum (situated next to the Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles), Broad introduces relative newcomers Diller Scofidio + Renfro to the list.

    With more than 2,000 contemporary works of art to his and his foundation's name, Broad's art collection is too expansive to list, so I'll stick to the monuments erected to house it. First up is the Broad Museum, currently under construction (pictured above and below).

    Broad Museum Interior

    Nobody walks in L.A., and to that end cars feature prominently in this design, visible through wide glass windows on the lobby level as they enter the underground parking lot.

    The just-opened design at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, is all Zaha Hadid--skewed lines and angles taken straight from a science fiction movie (below). 

    Zaha Hadid Museum Project

    The windswept lines continue on to the interiors, where even the recessed fixtures continue with an asymmetrical theme. 

    Zaha Hadid Interiors

    The least adventurous of Broad's museums is the Piano designed BCAM at LACMA (pitcured below). Given that the institution is partially taxpayer-funded, the austere design is a bit more understandable.

    Renzo Piano LACMA Wing

    In truth, the most prominent feature of the new wing is artist Chris Burden's light sculpture located next door (check out our earlier story about Chris Burden's artwork). If you're so inclined, feel free to shop our modern post lights and build an art installation of your own at home.

    Street Light Art at LACMA

    Lighting isn't only used as artwork, as the above picture would have you think. At museums and in the home, it's a critical part of viewing artwork. In recent years, the art world has increasingly eschewed traditional incandescent picture lights in favor of modern recessed lighting and fluorescent and halogen fixtures. Here are a few of my favorite designs for lighting contemporary art: 

    Stainless Steel Recessed Light

    Juno 4" Low Voltage Chrome Adjustable Recessed Light Trim

    Modern Picture LightLouvre 18" Wide Satin Nickel Finish Plug-In Picture Light

    Starting your own personal art collection is a lot of fun. And who knows, someday you may find yourself gifting your art collection to museums across the country too. This is the season of giving after all.

    Images: Arch Daily, Architect Magazine, Fabrik, Experiencing L.A.

  • Cool + Collected 1.13

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    Design Milk

    +As we count down to 2013, Design Milk put together a great wrap-up of the best tech from 2012.

    +Wikipedia had a busy year in 2012. Check out their most visited pages on Daily Dot

    +Head over to Dezeen for an eclectic recap of 2012. It's all their best from each month!

    +Daily Candy provides a list of 2012's best local services, great for small businesses or freelance creatives.

    +A yearly recap Instagram-style. These are the most popular locations on Instagram during 2012.

    Image: Design Milk

  • Cool + Collected 1.12

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    Central Park

    +You should head over to My Modern Met and check out the beautiful photos of Central Park. We decided to show the one that most resembled the Holidays of course. 

    +Speaking of NYC, the beautiful NY Library might get even cooler. Dezeen shared that Foster + Partners announced plans to add a contemporary lending library where the unused reading rooms are.

    +And speaking of the Holidays, Matchbook Magazine has some great entertaining tips for you.

    +For all the over-achievers out there, why not try making some 3-D printed Christmas cookies this Holiday season?

    +We send you off for the Holiday weekend with a fun video of Wallace + Gromit.

    Image: My Modern Met

  • Stylish Pendant Lights for the Kitchen

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    Bronze Pendant

    I am a huge advocate for beautifully designed kitchens with stylish pendant lights. The kitchen is in fact the heart of the home so it should be treated with care and love. Cheesy, I know. But when you have a well designed kitchen, it can benefit you tremendously.

    Now, most of us don’t have thousands of dollars to throw at our kitchen. Even if our budgets are small, there are things that we can do on that will make a huge difference in the design of our kitchen. One of those details is a fabulous pendant light above the kitchen island or breakfast nook. Here are some fantastic examples.

    White Pendant

    You see in the image above that the owner took a vintage pendant and placed it above the work area in the kitchen. It’s clean, it’s classic and so cool. It also looks great paired with the mint colored cabinet.

    Cluster Pendant

    I’m in love with this light fixture. It’s a grouping of cord lights and it makes a huge statement for this kitchen. I also want to point out that even though this kitchen is simple in its layout and appliances the owners have warmed it up. That fantastic rug, baskets for storage and other wood and stainless steel accessories are perfect additions to this kithcen. It’s a chic space!

    Stainless Steel Pendant

    This simple stainless steel light adds character and goes well with all the other stainless steel accents throughout the space. It’s scale is large for a more dramatic look. I’m sure it brings ooo’s and awe’s from visitors.

    Get the look:

    Modern Pendant Lighting

    Top: Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier, Old Bronze Mini Pendant Light 

    Bottom: St Croix Mercury Glass Chandelier, Dandelion Shade Possini Euro Pendant.

    Images: Desire to Inspire, My Lovely Things, Remodelista, Skonahem

December, 2012