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  • Modern Hotel Design: Hotel Miura

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    Modern Hotel Design

    Let's just admit it: not all hotels are created equal. Located in rural Czech Republic, the Hotel Miura (designed by Czech firm Labor 13) blends contemporary cosmopolitan sophistication with country surroundings, for a modern hotel design that's stunning in an equally stunning locale. 

    A palette of charcoal and magenta recurs throughout public and private areas, creating a calm sense of cohesion.

    Modern Living Room

    Art from top international and Czech artists punctuates the property, among them: Andy Warhol, David Černý, Herny Moore, Tony Cragge, John Armleder, Luca Pancrazzi, Petr Pastrňák and Damien Hirst (painting pictured below).

    Modern Restaurant Design

    Sight lines in the lobby and dining areas expose the odd angles of the structure and afford clear views of the landscape outside.

    Modern Lobby

    Modern Design

    In particular, I love how contemporary ceiling lights can set a sculptural tone for the entire space. Even a simple stairwell can be appealing with dramatic iron charcoal guardrails and modern sconces.

    Modern Wall Lights

    Mixing the hotel's colors and angular design motifs, it's not hard to invoke the style at home:

    Modern Home Decor

    Possini Euro Aluminum Crystal Ceiling Light Fixture, Swag Style All Black Giclee Plug-In Chandelier, Tad Geometric White Lacquer Side Table, Scooper Chrome with Metallic Pink Swivel Counter Stool

    We cover quite a few modern designs like the Hotel Miura with stark geometries and minimalist interiors. And we've all heard the knocks: "it's looks great but I'd hate to live in it." So we'd love to know what you think? 

    Images: Arch Daily

  • Art Scene: A + D Never Built Los Angeles

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    Art Scene

    Never Built Los Angeles explores the "what if" of Los Angeles architecture. Above is a shot of what LAX was maybe going to look like. Now, as we all know the middle section exists as a restaurant and the terminals are across the street.... and not under a super cool glass dome.

    You don't want to miss this exhibit that runs through October 13th at the Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibit asks why L.A. is a center for great architects, yet lacking in urban innovation? The show features illustrations, renderings, blueprints and models to show the power of architectural ideas.

     

    6032 Wilshire Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    info@aplusd.org

    July 28, 2013 - October 13, 2013

    General Adult: $10
    Seniors and Students: $5
    A+D Members and Children under 12: Free

    Image: A + D

August, 2013