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  • Art Fair + Winter Shopping

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    art fair in miami

    Every year, Americans head south in the winter for a growing conglomeration of art and design fairs. In early December, the art world descended upon Miami for a weekend-long collection of more than 20 art fairs. In the next few months Southern California will see a handful of fairs, beginning with Los Angeles in January (the L.A. Art Show, Art Contemporary L.A., and Photo L.A.) and Palm Springs in February (Palm Springs Fine Art Fair and the Modernism Show). 

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    Folks line the halls of convention centers and pop-up tents for these weekend-long parties, taking in thousands of works on sale, along with a never-ending series of art installations, performances and symposia by day. At night, luxury lifestyle brands foot the bill at any number of exclusive parties (see Pae White's city block-sized oceanfront installation from 2009 below)...Don't worry about getting a formal invite. Someone always knows someone in the art world.

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    To get your hands on a piece of art work, you can expect to pay as much as $1 million, but the window shopping is free and as good of a reason as any to attend an art fair. And for that, we recommend taking in Design Miami. There was no shortage of eye candy at this year's event (December 5-9, 2012), from the inflated tube foyer by NYC-based Snarkitecture pictured below... 

    design miami foyer

    ...to the design installations inside: 

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    design miami sculpture installation

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    A stark yet composed contrast was the name of the game at Design Miami, which got me thinking about how to get this same effect at home. Use throw pillows with bold patterns. Contemporary wall sconces with raw bronze finishes and rustic wood furniture. Graphic, text-based wall art. Effective pop of color such as red or orange modern table lamps.  

    Modern Design

    Zuo Haxby Walnut and Glass Modern Coffee Table, Set of 2 Black and White Zig Zag Toss Pillows, Possini Lighting on the Square Bronze Modern Bath Wall Light, Splash Modern Coral Ceramic Rectangular 26-Inch-H Table Lamp, Family Rules White on Black 20" High Motivational Wall Art

    Of course, if you've got some extra wall space and are in the market, art fairs are an excellent opportunity to find original art too. Remember, dealers are there to sell artwork and to that end, many are willing to offer payment plans and even discounts on your first piece of artwork. It's also possible to find work from emerging artists at a very reasonable price. So while it's too late this year for Miami, head to Southern California in January and February. The sun will be out and the art will too.

    Images: The Saunders Blog, No Artificial, Backstage At, Ur Design, Paperblog, The Decorating Diva 

  • Modern Wall Clocks for the New Year Countdown

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    Modern Wall Clock

     

    Everyone needs a modern wall clock for the new year countdown. What's your countdown style? We love the classic, modern look with a dash of retro.

    We hope you're having an awesome last day of 2012. Make it count!!

  • 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

  • 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 1.10

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    Pantone

    +Pantone announced their color of the year this week. Emerald Green will be the color focus of the year throughout the design industry so keep your eye out!

    +Legendary architect, Oscar Niemeyer passed away at the age of 104 on Wednesday. He's known for designing beautiful architecture around the world and his brilliance will be missed.

    +Speaking of great architecture, Kate Arends from Wit + Delight has a great post on Louis Kahn and is famous Norman Fisher House.

    +They are the coolest city lights you'll ever see... L.A. Times Photography posted satelite images of earth at night on-line and they are spectacular. Frame-worthy for sure!

    +If you're a new designer starting out or you just have some questions about working in the design industry, graphic designer Shauna Haider has a great advice column on her blog Nubby Twiglet.

    Image: Pantone

December, 2012