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Steel Droplet Cylinder Shade Lamp
"Perfect lamp for a bedside table…nice clean design."
- Martha, San Jose, CA
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Design Spotlight is our regular monthly post covering modern design + 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 attended Dwell on Design last week, here's our recap of the awesome event.
+ You've got to see this Photoshop prank at a bus stop. It's not mean, but rather extremely creative. Everyone comes away smiling.
+ Cool designs and even cooler parenting via this shop on Etsy.
+ Here's some very cool photography that bends reality... (Fun fact: same designers behind the cool bus stop prank!)
+ For all you avid travelers who love cool design, here's a map where you can scratch off where you've been. It's like a design challenge!
If there's ever a time to go hog wild with pattern it's summertime! When the weather is warm it just feels like you can get away with more, doesn't it? I think so, and so does Ms. Patterned & Pretty. She likes to use repeats to freshen up her home and knows it doesn't have to be in your a you-Grandma's-floral-curtains kind of way!
The bold, graphic base of the Sydney Tango Contemporary Red Table Lamp gives a fun punch of color and pattern to this piece. Our Ms. loves the raised texture and thinks it looks great on an end table in her living room.
Who says the lighting fixture in your bedroom has to be conventional?! The Corbett Bangle Gold Tone Pendant is flat out radiant with its golden base and silver accents, and that circular pattern is both pretty and modern.
The Holtkoetter Antique Brass Swing Arm Light is perfect for offering some illumination for bedtime reading, one of our lady's beloved pastimes. She has one affixed near each side of the bed, so pretty with its matching shade!
And no bed setting is complete without a prettily patterned pillow that does double duty as decorative and snuggly. Ruffled Orange Lumbar Pillow is a whopping 24-inches wide and goes with Ms. Patterned & Pretty's mess of other colorful throws.
The finish on the Hammered Silver Leaf with Cylinder Shade Table Lamp is a lovely textured pattern all its own. Partnered with its oversized shade this beauty of a piece is right at home and making a statement on a desk or console.
A floor lamp like the Portico Modern Laser Cut Shade Floor Lamp not only offers a sweet and sleek pattern, it also offers extra light shining through all those perforations. Ms. Patterned & Pretty tucks hers away in a dark corner for some extra interest and illumination.
The clean, art deco lines and simply pretty design of the Brushed Nickel with Etched White Glass Wall Light Brushed Nickel with Etched White Glass Wall Light is gorgeous. It gives our lady's bathroom vanity a super soft light all while showing off her fun-loving side.
Images: Net-a-Porter, SF Girl by Bay
With the arrival of Summer everyone is enjoying more days and nights outdoors. As the weather grows warmer, we’ll be spending the majority of our nights outdoors for casual dinners at home, cocktails parties on the deck or summertime soirees surrounded by friends and family.
When designing outdoor spaces don’t forget the detail of outdoor lighting. This can extend your time into the evening hours. You wouldn’t want the party to end because you can’t see the person across the table from you.
I’ve put together a round up of my favorites outdoor lanterns that can work in almost any home.
1. Franklin Iron Works Iron 17-Inch-H Outdoor Hanging Light 2. Milo Brass 15 1/2-Inch-H Robert Abbey Outdoor Pendant 3. Casa Mirada 19 3/4-Inch-H Franklin Iron Works Outdoor Light 4. Milo Patina Nickel 20-Inch-H Robert Abbey Outdoor Wall Light 5. Hickory Point 17 3/4" High Hanging Outdoor LED Light 6. Oasis Bronze 20 1/2-inch-H Quoizel Hanging Outdoor Light
Images: Domino Magazine, Brabourne Farm, Style Me Pretty, Stephanie Hogue
After a weekend full of exhibition booths, parties and presentations from the 2013 Dwell on Design event at the Los Angeles Convention Center, it's clear that we're entering a golden era for design. Recent advances in consumer technology, couple with materials and production innovation of the last century, have transformed design from a consumptive to an active process. In fact, anyone who has ever opened a computer and manipulated a font has engaged in an act of design. And in that respect, as people look increasingly to solve more problems than they make through innovative and creative thinking, there's one thing that's clear: design matters.
With that in mind, here are a few takeaways from the 2013 Dwell on Design event:
1. Design is Democratic
During his Friday presentation of product design, Donald Strum, principal of product design for Michael Graves Design Group, said it best: "Design is democratic." He went on to illustrate that principles of good design--functionality, sustainability, durability, beauty--are being applied at the retail level across the country. Exhibitors and presenters throughout the event seemed to embody these fundamental principles.
2. Design is Interactive
Artist Tanya Aguiniga, in conjunction with the United Way, PATH and Dwell, offered show-goers the chance to help assemble homeless shelter move-in kits (containing tables, chairs, textiles and art) on the spot (pictured above). Meanwhile, the fair's first-ever Pinterest showcase featured ten winning mood board creations. We're at an unprecedented moment in history in which more people than ever have both the tools and the time to create.
3. Design is Colorful
Bold color is the name of the game. A live mural painting project and handfuls of colored chairs seemingly everywhere were among the many dramatic pops of color throughout the event.
4. Design is Reclaimed
From the reclaimed wood siding on the Living Home showhouse to the recycled plastic modern chairs from Emeco, design has clearly moved from "sustainable" as an abstraction to sustainable as action. At Dwell on Design, there was a stronger focus than ever on how design could have a net zero impact on resources, from waste to energy consumption.
What's most exciting about the 2013 Dwell on Design event is that this overarching concept of design morality--using design to increase social well being while reducing environmental impact--is clearly being embraced across the board by the design community.
Lastly, on our way out, we caught up with Koncept Lighting to get a sneak peek of their next innovation in LED lighting, a yet-to-be-named wood and metal task light that's beautifully elegant in and should be available in late 2013. We snapped a few photos, but we're keeping those to ourselves until they hit the store shelves.
Images: Euro Style Lighting, Los Angeles Times
We've been busy with the Dwell on Design events over this past week. As Brent mentioned in his Friday post, we attended the Westside Home Tours and this past weekend we attended the Eastside Home Tours.
This home (above) was located in La Canada and you wouldn't even know you were in Los Angeles. Beautiful neighborhood with a family feel, and no shortage of good design!
One of the more interesting homes on the tour were the townhome lofts in Atwater. If you thought a family couldn't live in a loft, you'd be wrong. With a child proof gate at each of the three stairways, the different levels were designed with style and function in mind.
Most importantly, two design-savvy parents should never give up their loft living dream!
The Hollywood sign isn't the only great view in Los Angeles, they're all over. This home (above) was located up a windy road in Glendale. The "H" shaped architecture looked over the city and we can only imagine the view improving at nighttime.
If you missed the home tours this year, they have them every year along with the main Dwell on Design even that extends the entire weekend at the Convention Center in Downtown Los Angeles so don't miss it next year!
Tomorrow we'll recap the main event so stay tuned!
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