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  • Desk Lamp Trend: Get the Look

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    Desk Lamp Trend

    Please join us in welcoming Caitlin Flemming from Sacramento Street as one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Caitlin...

    At the moment, I’m obsessed with desk lighting – it’s probably because I’m one of those designers that would rather have good table lighting on than an overhead light during the day. Let’s say goodbye fluorescent lighting, shall we? There are tons of desk lamp styles to choose from – industrial, modern, contemporary, traditional, the list could go on and on. I’ve chosen two of my current favorite desk lamps to highlight in this “get the look” feature.

    There are a lot of things to love about this workspace (above) – my favorite is a pharmacy-style desk lamp. I’ve got to say that if you want to get this look, the Bruno desk lamp (below) is an honorable take on a 1933 design manufactured by the Kaiser Company in Germany.

    Pharmacy Desk Lamp

    Robert Abbey Bruno Bronze Pharmacy Desk Lamp

    The rich bronze finish makes it a stand out piece. Having this light on your desk is bound to get your creativity going.

    Mid Century Desk Lamp

    Want a more modern and iconic desk lamp? The Draper is perfect for you. This mid-century retro and classic style (above) is one lamp that I find a lot of clients and friends looking for – it’s luckily sold right here.

    Mid-Century Desk Lamp

    Draper Black Mid-Century Desk Lamp

    What I love even more about this version (above) is that it has two lights, which can illuminate your desk with either one or both lights one. It’s a must have if this is your style.

    What kind of desk lamp are you coveting for your workspace?

    Images: From The Right Bank, Emmas Design Blog

  • Living With Modern Art + Home Decor

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    Modern Art

    When most people think about modern interiors or modern lofts they might think about something cold, raw, and industrial. But they're only fooling themselves.

    The use of soft pastel colors in modern art and home decor contrasts the stark white surfaces and concrete elements, creating an incredibly soft and luxurious design. This hand painted wall mural (above) is done in the most beautiful soft colors, creating such a dynamic statement that nearly takes my breath away. The Turkish area rug grounds this space and contrasts nicely with the modern dining table.  Lastly, whether concrete is being used as flooring, furniture or accessories it always adds perfect texture to any modern space.

    Concrete Desk Lamp

    Cerno Onus Modern Grey Black Concrete Desk Lamp

    Modern Art Gallery

    Most modern sofas can hold their own, but hanging a collection of modern art above brings so much more character to the room. It's these details that allow an individual's true character to show through in the design. The soft colored art mixed with the black and white create a soothing and sculptural effect. A simple modern coffee table is also a great addition to any living space.

    Modern Coffee Table

    Zuo Haxby Walnut and Glass Modern Coffee Table

     Concrete Table

    And of course don't forget that lighting is art too. A colorful or sculptural pendant light can be the key element to bringing your room to life.  

    Images: Weekday Carnival

  • Downtown Art Walk: Robert Vargas at Work in Los Angeles

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    Downtown LA Art Walk

    If you've been to the Downtown Art Walk in Los Angeles then you most likely have seen Robert Vargas on these streets painting live portraits. And you've most likely been mesmerized by not only how amazing these portraits are, but the how captivating his live performances are. As the crowd gathers around Vargas selects his models from the audience and creates gorgeous portraits in about 5 minutes. The spectators stand around, jaws dropped, hoping they are the next to be selected to have their portraits drawn by the oh so talented Robert Vargas.

    Live Art

    There are amazing things happening down there and this Boyle Heights native and his Pratt Institute education are really bringing out the true characters. 

    Downtwon Art Walk Live Art

     The emotion that is captured in not only the performance, but in each piece is something that is truly represents the vibe of downtown LA.

    Live Art Performance

    The crowds gather around while Vargas goes to town! Who wouldn't want to be one of the lucky ones selected to have their portrait painted?! Hanging his work in your modern interior would bring so much character to your space. His work would be a great compliment to any of the industrial downtown lofts filled with modern furniture.

    Mural

    Retro Mural

    Vargas was commissioned to do a live mural of The Far East Movement last year at the art walk. Once the mural was painted, Far East Movement started their performance while the mural dried in the background.The finished painting symbolizes "staying present and capturing the moment," states Vargas. He continues, "Fans of FM and myself will get to experience both Music and Art like never before at the Art Walk."

    East LA Wall Mural

    You can not only find Vargas's work down at the LA Art Walk but you can also find his murals on buildings across East LA. 

    Artwork is the perfect way to bring character into your own home, and is even better when your modern home decor is created by an emerging artist who is able to capture all your emotion and spirit in one single piece. A trip to LA Artwalk to see Vargas is in order for us all.

    Sources: Robert Vargas

  • 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

  • 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

December, 2012