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  • Geometric Architecture Is A Work of Modern Art

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     Geometric Architecture

    We love geometric art and of course modern architecture so when the two of them are combined you get stunning results.Technology has allowed architects to create work way beyond the standard box that many associate modern architecture with.The BiCentennial Civic Center (above) is constructed from faceted prisms made out of concrete.This creates a very unique play of light and shadow. 

    Colored Glass Windows

    We were just talking about light and shadow, right? Now add color! Not only does architecture look like modern art, but it creates art on these white walls.  

    A crystal geometric ceiling light will create amazing play on light and shadow in your interior. Its like an expolosion in the sky!

     Modern Ceiling Light

    Inertia Crystal 24" Wide Corbett Flushmount Ceiling Light

    Modern Archtiecture

    The bold black and white triangular facade wrapped around this dome structure creates a strong and dynamic backdrop to this urban Tokyo setting.

    Modern pendant lighting can create this same dynamic feeling in your setting. This black and white geometric pendant (below) would be perfect!

     Geometric Pendant Light

    Tetra Tiffany Style 7-Inch-W Pendant Chandelier

    Wood Geometric Architecture

    Traditional Japanese wood construction has morphed with modern day technology to create a stunning facade that looks more like a sculpture than a place to conduct business. 

    If you aren't lucky enough to live or work in one of these geometric architectural works of modern art then you can always bring geometric home decor into your modern interior.

    Images: ArchDaily, Pinterest, Giant Ginkgo, Coolhunter

  • Winter Solstice: Modern Lighting Trends

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    Lighting Trends

    With winter solstice right around the corner (it falls on December 21st this year), we have short and dark days ahead. Not only is lighting essential but also makes a big impact on a home's overall look and feel. For those of you that want to continue to have light-filled rooms but are wondering how you will add more lighting, don’t fear you can illuminate your space and amplify your style with these favorites I have to share.

    Most homes don’t have a lot of natural light. If that’s true for your home, then adding floor lamps is a great option for a simple and easy fix. Floor lamps also provide a cozy corner with the perfect light for reading.

    Modern Chandelier

    Ceiling fixtures contribute ambient lighting in a fashionable way that can highlight any design aesthetic. Whether you simply want to add a new look to your dining room, add functional lighting to your kitchen, or add a stunning fixture to your bedroom (similar to the above photo), a ceiling light may be the answer when long winter months drag on.

    Here are a few of my favorite lighting options that you could add to your home:

    Lighting Trend Ideas

    Top Left: Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Meurice Nickel Chandelier – Place this in your living room, nook or bedroom and your room will have no problem being fully lit from all of these lovely, tiny globe bulbs.

    Top Right: Lafitte Clear Glass 10-Inch-W Jamie Young Pendant Chandelier - Mouth-blown clear glass shade has unique texture and style.

    Middle: Jonathan Adler Havana Polished Nickel White Shade Floor Lamp – If you need a little extra light on a gloomy day add a floor lamp in the corner. This Jonathan Adler lamp features three cocktail shaker-like lights on adjustable arms and has multiple lighting settings.

    Bottom Left: Double Gourd Slate Grey Ceramic 27-Inch-H Table Lamp – Put a pair together and place them on either side of a couch in your living rom or on your bedside table. The acrylic base gives this gourd lamp a more modern feel.

    Bottom Right: Delta Lily Robert Abbey Modern Table Lamp  - Would be perfect on a desk or entry table for a clean and contemporary home.

    Images: Crystal Gentilello, SFGirlbyBay

  • 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.

  • Enter Our Pinterest Sweepstakes And Share Your Modern Holiday Style!

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    Modern Holiday Style

    Enter our "Modern Holiday Style" Sweepstakes and you could win one of three $1,000 shopping sprees!! 

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  • Modern Architecture In A Winter Wonderland

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    Modern Architecture

    Many of you are either planning your holiday getaways to a beautiful Winter wonderland or maybe you're living in it already. Wouldn't it be nice to be walking through a beautiful snow-covered landscape and stumble upon modern architecture to keep you warm and cozy?

    This modern cabin (above) would be exceptionally great because you could just lounge around and watch it snow for hours with those big window walls. Curl up in a modern chair, sip on some cocoa, and read your favorite book...that's what we would do!

    Modern Lounge Chair

    Zuo Draper White Lounge Chair

    Modern Sofa

    A modern sofa with soft fabric and layers of cushions seems like the perfect addition to any modern cabin. Adding textures in a soft neutral palette with gray, white, and tan will give your home a serene feeling, keeping it warm and cozy. 

    Rustic Modern Cabin

    A rustic modern cabin on a lake would also be a great vacation in a winter wonderland!  

    Modern White Living Room

    How beautiful would it be to walk into a rustic cabin and discover a bright modern interior filled with all-white furnishings? The gorgeous snow covered forest wallpaper makes you feel like you're still in the snowy outdoors, but you would be warm and curled up on a modern white sofa. The only thing that's missing is a stylish floor lamp so you can read and fill yourself with knowledge on your relaxing getaway.

    Modern Floor Lamp

    Sabine Polished Nickel Arteriors Home Floor Lamp

    If you didn't think a trip into the snow was right for you this holiday season, maybe we changed your mind... Happy Holidays to you all!

December, 2012