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  • Cool + Collected 1.19

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    contemporary-interior-australia

    Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design.

    +We're crushing hard on Australia this week. Could be our yearning for southern latitude sun. Or it could be that the Aussies are just doing design right these days. Whatever it is, we'd  love to summer at the 33M towers in Melbourne.

    +Est magazine is an Australian webzine that's serving up some stunning homes this month under the pretext of "the art of living simply." 

    +If you're in L.A. on Sunday, February 10th, meet us at a Frank Israel designed home for an artist-curated listening party to benefit the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound.    

    +For the modern family, we can't get enough of the Qubis Haus, a coffee table turned doll house that all the young Neutra's in your life will go nuts for.  

    +And lastly, we're having a great time this week on our own redesigned Euro Style Lighting website. Shameless plug, yes, but with updated navigation and more robust search features, it's all the more fun to ogle all things modern. 

    Images: We Heart

  • Modern Chandeliers: From Fashion Decor to Home Decor

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    I always love seeing how current trends and tastes permeate all levels of living -- from the clothes we wear, to the linens we accessorize with. And yes, even lighting!

    As I was perusing ESL's fantastic stock of stylish chandeliers, I couldn't help but be reminded of current jewelry trends I've spotted. I'm especially partial to the drama of the first pairing. What about you?

    Modern Chandeliers

    1. Black Chain Drama: Chandelier | Earrings 2. Bold Silver Statements: Chandelier | Earrings 3. Beachy, Airy Capiz: Chandelier | Earrings 4. Indusrial Glam: Chandelier | Earrings
  • Palm Springs Modernism Week: Postcard from Hotel Lautner

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    Hotel Lautner at Palm Springs Modernism Week

    Palm Springs Modernism Week takes the SoCal desert by storm every February. To take a break from this snow-bird's roster of design events, tours and exhibitions (as well as endless unsanctioned parties and pop-ups), consider losing yourself just outside of town in the desert sun at the Hotel Lautner.

    Swimming Pools Palm Springs

    Formerly the iconic Desert Hot Springs Motel, this famed John Lautner property was recently purchased and renovated by Los Angeles based interior designer Tracy Beckmann of Tracy Beckman Design and furniture designer Ryan Trowbridge of Brown + Trowbridge. Although  Beckmann has been making a name for herself for her slick, glammed-up commercial and hospitality spaces, Hotel Lautner is more of an exercise in Modernist provenance, showcasing the designer's love for Mid-Century design.

    Desert Hot Springs Hotel

    This is Madmen gone wild West. Interiors are true to the period with the "Bachelor Pad" room (pictured below) sporty a smoky, low-slung vibe.

    Mid-century Bachelor Pad

     Each room comes with a kitchenette, perfect for mixing a twilight martini. Period ceramics and art dot each of the rooms. We like how ceramic and painted table lamps throughout give each space an authentic vintage feel too. 

    mid century arts

    Taken all together, this beautiful retreat is hard to leave. Comfortable rooms, a wading pool, BBQ pits, and the experience (if for a day) of living in a Lautner? You can count us in again next February. In the meantime, we'll be re-creating the place at home.

    Modern Ceiling Light

    Doughnut Cross Brass Robert Abbey Ceiling Light

    Modern Chairs

    Wire Chrome Modern Zuo Bar Chairs

    Modern Console

    Arteriors Home Trenton Lacquered Wood Console

    Modern Table

    Zuo Whitby Glass and Chrome Dining Table

    Modern Floor Lamp

    Trac Tree Brushed Steel Adjustable Task Floor Lamp

    Palm Springs Modernism Week continues until February 24, 2013. We hope to see you there!

    Images: Hotel Lautner

  • From Outfit to Interior: Preppy & Patterned

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    Preppy Fashion and Decor

    Winter days short on sunlight are always made better with bright color and playful patterns! Ms. Preppy & Patterned knows that patterns don't have to necessarily be a print, they can also be a texture.

    This Hammered Silverleaf Table Lamp with cylinder shade is a perfect example with its bumpy base, while the tall and narrow shade offers a dose of prep. Know where that lamp would look fantastic? Perched atop the Howard Elliott Unique Mirrored Cabinet. It's size is just right to use as a bar cabinet or entryway cabinet, and the etched mirrored surface offers lots of light and shadow play!

    Modern Lighting

    Ms. P&P's bedroom is an area of the three Rs – rest, relaxation, and reading! The bronze  Besa Wall Lamp with Kona sunset glass offers up a punchy pop of color for those late night books that just can't be put down and those chilly morning wakeup calls that need a little help.


    This black leather storage ottoman slides nicely into a living room corner when not being used and can be used for extra storage and seating in a pinch. The geometric nailhead pattern detailing makes sure this functional piece gets noticed on even the darkest winter days!

    Modern Decor

    It would be a shame to neglect the smallest room in the house, Ms. Preppy & Patterned would never. A  Modern Lilypad Light Fixture from Possini makes quite the bold statement and could easily be mistaken for a clear winter night's sky if you squint just a little.

    Modern Sconce

    Image: Net-a-Porter

  • Cool + Collected 1.20

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    Modern Art

    Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!

    +For those of you celebrating Valentines Day all weekend long, Refinery 29 has a fun + romantic playlist. Enjoy! And can we add, what cool artwork too, right?! (above)

    +We spotted this really cool house on Dezeen that appears to be one with the hillside in Spain. Wow!

    +If you like reading and you agree the cover of the book does in fact matter, then you'll love this project. Several well-known books were re-designed with simple, graphic styles. Sort of makes you want to read some of them over again...

    +Do you follow digital design mag Rue like we do? Then you'll love a new daily feature they've added to their brand. Now, we won't have to wait between issues for great content from the Rue team.

    +We're always keep our eye out for cool street art. Check out Michael Owen's Baltimore Love Project featuring designs of four hands spelling out the word love. They're large scale, bold and eye catching.

    Image: Dezeen

February, 2013