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  • Art and Science Inspired Pendant Lamps


    What does it look like when art, design and theoretical science collide? Something like these 3D printed pendant lamps by Nervous System that we recently found on Velhetica. The detail is mesmerizing:


    Built using a computer program that models nature's complex process of patterning such everyday things as animal's fur or a fish's scales, these designs show an extraordinary amount of depth. A video shows the process in animated form:

    The natural, cellular look of these designs reminds me of some of my favorite organic-inspired pendant lighting from Possini Euro Design:


    Clockwise from upper left: White Billowing Cloud Possini Euro Pendant ChandelierChanging Colors LED Pendant LightLilypad Opal Etched Glass Possini Euro Design Chandelier

    With new fabrication techniques and advanced optics such as multi color LED lights, we can expect more sophisticated pendant lamp styles in the years to come. 

    Images and Video: Velhetica

  • From Outfit to Interiors: Ethereal + Embellished

    Outfit To Interior

    Ethereal and Embellished Modern Living Room

    Sometimes a girl just needs to embrace her feminine side with flowy fabrics, metallics and sparkle. Ms. Ethereal & Embellished is aiming to do just that with soft pieces to feather and fluff her abode!

    Modern Chandelier

    The black/chrome/glass combo that the Tuxedo Robert Sonneman Pendant Chandelier shows off just the right amount of sophistication for above our lady's dining room table without being too stuffy.

    The Odelia Clear Glass Robery Abbey Table Lamp features a contemporary clear glass base that almost appears to float on whatever surface you place it for a perfectly airy presence in living room or bedroom. Sigh!

    Modern Table Lamp

    The Polished Nickel beaded Elise Table Lamp is equal parts detailed and glamorous, not to mention artistic and chic. Perfect for Ms. Ethereal & Embellished's desk, it makes paying the bills a little sweeter.

    Who says you can't be stylish and eco-conscious at the same time? The Varaluz Recycled Aluminum Art Deco Pendant Chandelier manages both with its mini-pinwheels and recycled metal, a show-stopping look for any entryway!

    Modern Accent Table

    The Diamond Dark Cherry Mirrored Chest kills two birds with one stone serving as a pretty storage solution as well as a spot to check your makeup as you dash out the door!

    Lastly, Ms. Ethereal & Embellished loves the detail in the pattern of this Charlotte Mirrored Accent Table. It bounces off whatever light touches its surface, making the room it's in seem to glow.

    Images: Valentino, Euro Style Lighting

  • Design Spotlight: August 2013

    Design Spotlight

    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 really can't think of a better way to spend a long weekend than to stay home and avoid freeways. Even better than just staying home is having an awesome BBQ with friends and family. Design Love Fest has the perfect weekend project, a cool picnic blanket. Super easy!

    +Check this out! The rugged and electronicless Vaavud Wind Meter turns your smartphone into a high-tech meteorological tool.

    +Want some cool architecture?... The Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame is a new museum that is configured to interpret athletics as a component of cultural history.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    Image: Design Love Fest

  • High/Low: Mirrored Storage

    Mirrored Storage

    We're neck deep in decorating our new apartment in New York City, but there's one room that's nearly completed: our bedroom! One of the pieces that we purchased last but has made the biggest impact are a set of mirrored storage dressers, which we placed next to each other to create one large storage unit.

    At first, I was very against getting mirrored dressers, because I felt like they'd show every single finger print, and I wasn't sure if they'd feel too glam in our otherwise fairly neutral bedroom.

    Modern Bedroom

    All that being said, I couldn't be happier! Mirrored dressers and cabinets are such a classic accent piece and can add a bit of sparkle and shine into rooms that might otherwise fall flat.

    Mirrored dressers can be pricey, but I've found that the ones we ordered from Euro Style Lighting have offered great quality at a really affordable price. In fact, when recently shopping around for other mirrored storage options for a different room, check out this price difference I came across:

    Modern Mirror Chest

    Jenelle 3-Drawer Mirrored Chest

    Images: Michael J. Lee PhotographyDKOR Interiors

  • Modern Kitchen Design: Subway Tile

    Modern Kitchen Design

    Trends come and go in terms of kitchen design - from French country to a sleek modern design. There are thousands of options you can go with and sometimes it's hard to decide which is your favorite.

    One that I will never get tired of is white subway tile. Whether it goes to the bottom of the cabinet or all the way up to the ceiling - this look will never go out of style. It's simple, clean and you can add any furniture or lighting to give it your own sense of style.

    Kitchen Design

    Luckily with a clean designed kitchen you can add in elements that represent your style – industrial lighting over the table, modern chairs at your dining room table or glam it up with a beautiful chandelier. Skies the limit!

    Great Room Design

    Azzo Matte with White Plastic 32-Inch-H Side Chairs, Possini Euro Enzo Modern Black Pendant Light, Marius Antique Black Metal Set of 2 Zuo Counter Chairs

    Another way to spice it up, change the color of the grout that surrounds your subway tile, which makes a graphic statement.
    Now, I’d love to hear your thoughts of what you think of white subway tile in your kitchen. Yay or Nay?

    Images: Design Sponge, Sophie Burke Designs, Apartment Therapy

August, 2013