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In the history of romantic restaurants, perhaps no place stands out in the minds of Modern lovers more than Seattle's Canlis. In 1950, Peter Canlis hired architect Roland Terry to realize his vision of building "the world’s most beautiful restaurant." These historic photos tell the love story.
The result was an eclectic mix of modern motifs that, despite a fair share of redesigns over the years, was recently named a Top 100 Romantic Restaurant by the reservations website OpenTable.com. We love how you can use nail head trim chairs to instantly make dinner in a public space feel like a private admission to someone's personal library.
Much of the restaurant's charm was in the sweeping candelabra and one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures. The romantic touch, it seems, has a simple formula: find a modern chandelier and put a candelabra bulb on it.
You could call it quirky, funky, left-of-center, but Canalis in its earliest days was a reminder that modern design, at its best, isn't about imitation--it's about being true to one's self.
Having said that, here's how we imagine imitating Canalis at home:
Possini Corinthian Bronze Twist Multi Chandelier
Uttermost Kane Polished Nickel Wall Sconce
Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs
We'd like to thank the University of Washington Libraries, from whom these fabulous historic photos were borrowed.
Images: University of Washington Libraries
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!
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!
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.
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.
Charles & Ray Eames are modern design legends.
In 1956 NBC television network debuted Charles and Ray Eames’ chairs on the Arlene Francis "Home" show broadcast.
Today, you can sit back in your modern furniture, which was probably inspired by Charles and Ray Eames, and enjoy a bit of modern insight from the legends of design.
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.
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