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We can't get enough of the unique and innovative modern restaurant design in Venice Beach, CA and we're really crushing on Superba Snack Bar. Venice Beach is always a refreshing local, providing a little fun in the sun with a meal at Superba Snack Bar. This laid back Rose Ave hangout is worth the visit.
The midcentury style, surf shack vibe design by Design, Bit***s is crisp and full of energy. We sure love to see a restaurant designing with a minimail, industrial elements.
Modern dining chairs that are simple and light-weight oftne times pair perfectly with heavy, over-sized tables. The patterned wool beach blankets thrown about, and also used as upholstery on the back of the banquette seating, add the much needed texture and warmth.
Scope Chrome With Black Modern Zuo Dining Chair
The mid-century moder lighting is subtle, but still creates a bold statement in this modern restaurant design. And that black and white wallpaper...need I say more?!
Donut Red Finish Contemporary Pendant Chandelier
As you pass by, you'll notice the interior glow and see the modern pendant lights through the windows of this black box design. The crowd flutters about this happening spot so you'll definitely want to drop in.
The branding package also designed by Design, Bit***s is sharp. Let's go get a closer look at that menu! I heard the Short Rib Ravioli and S'mores dessert are exceptional.
Images: Design, Bit***s.
Oh, ikat. It's the one trendy pattern that still, after all this time, I still can't get enough of. Among those of us who love modern design, there's no room this pattern doesn't make better.
Maybe it's because there are so many different color variations and patterns within the designation of ikat that no matter what your style, the room type, or mood, there's probably an ikat to fit the occasion.
I'm loving the simple pops of ikat in the bedroom (top image) which is perfectly brought in with throw pillows, as well as the dramatic upholstery job on the dining chairs (above). And stunning chandeliers never hurt the modern design of any space!
ESL has you covered if you're in the market for a little dash of ikat, from lamp shades to pillows. Here are a few of my favorite pillows.
1. Tribal Ikat Canvas Pillow 2. Leopard Print Ikat Pillow 3. Butterfly Ikat Canvas Pillow 4. Chevron Ikat Canvas Pillow 5. Kite Square Ikat Pillow 6. Bardot Tribal
Images: A. Malson Interior Design, Dawna Jones Design, LRI Designs, Cynthia Lynn Photography
Being both relaxed and comfortable are keys to wardrobe and interior styling! Finding pieces that make you feel like the best version of yourself are worth the time and effort, just ask Ms. Relaxed & Comfortable.
Warm woods can't help but be welcoming, just like the Daniel Dark Wood Console Table that sits in Ms. Relaxed & Comfortable's entryway. It's a great spot to corral mail, keys, and portable electronics as well as a place to set up a mini bar for entertaining guests. Versatility.
The same thing holds true for faux bois, in this case the Dark Weegee Table Lamp. The brushed metal legs of this table lamp paired with the dark shade give this lamp a feeling of delicate substantiality that is verycozy indeed.
This set of Laine Wood and Faux Leather Dining Chairs are just asking for a late night chat around the table, fireplace blazing in the near distance. Ms. Relaxed & Cozy like to serve up her signature Hot Toddys while she and her best gals chat away and solve life's puzzles while curled up in these cozy seats.
Looking for the next hot spot? Follow the artists. So goes the adage at least that artists are quick to inhabit soon-to-boom neighborhoods. If you look at the world's best art districts and artist colonies, you'll notice a simple trend: once the artists move in to under-utilized places, the cafes, galleries and luxury boutiques are sure to follow.
Manhattan’s Chelsea district (pictured with the iconic High Line park above) was once a mash-up of rowhouses and tenement housing until high rents in SoHo forced the New York art world to head north.
For decades, the Marais district of Paris had long been an aristocratic (but sleepy) stronghold of the city. Now home to the Picasso Museum and the Renzo Piano designed Pompidou Center (pictured below), le Marais is an art destination that currently houses many high-end contemporary galleries in its meandering back roads.
In Santa Monica, California Bergamot Station is an abandoned rail yard turned art gallery complex:
In the early 2000s, Bergamot Station gave way to Chung King Road in Los Angeles’ historic Chinatown (pictured below), as well as the industrial intersection of La Cienega and Washington in Culver City as the go-to West coast art neighborhoods.
Across the pond in the real China, 798 Art Zone in Beijing has grown into a vibrant art complex over the past 20 years. Housed in a Bauhaus-inspired factory from the 1950s (pictured below), the art complex grew out of a movement of avant garde artists looking for a place that would draw little scrutiny from the government.
Common to most of these revitalized areas is the industrial design aesthetic: raw, repurposed spaces and warehouse-style hanging pendant lights (as in the above picture).
Lastly, there are art communities that nearly avoid the map altogether. Black Mountain, North Carolina was home to the American (and European ex-pat) avant garde in the first half of the 20th century.
Santa Fe (part-time home to legendary New Mexico artist Georgia O’Keefe) houses a healthy scene of contemporary museums, art galleries and artists. And Marfa, Texas, is a high-desert mecca for practicing contemporary artists. It’s home to works by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, and Claes Oldenburg, as well as the pop-up Prada store (well, sort of) pictured at the top of this post.
Images: Maison Gray, Art Observed, Britannica, Dave's Travel Corner, LA Design Festival, Shanghai Focus
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!
+Now, this is cool architecture design, although only in concept stages still. It's an umbrella that is supposed to protect and regenerate the polar ice caps, helping to keep them cool!
+Design*Sponge blog has a great series for women trying to start up or maintain small businesses called Biz Ladies. The discussions range from finances to branding, and even social media.
+Whether you celebrate Easter or not, these metallic gold leaf eggs are super stylish and make for a fun weekend project with the kids.
+We love finding cool design all over the place... Check out this office design in Berlin. It's an old factory loft from the 1898, but you would never know looking at the modern interiors. Oh, but the architecture tells all.
+For all of you lovely ESL Blog subscribers, you might be disappointed with the disolving of Google Reader. May we suggest using Feedly, which is a great alternative and will even transport all your feeds for you.
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