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  • Blog Post: Net-Zero and Living Green

    Image from LPL Financial on EcoBuildingPulse.com With the recent unveiling of the nation's largest net-zero energy office building in San Diego, we figured now is a good time to answer the question: what is net-zero engery? And better yet, how can we take its principles into our own homes and...
  • Blog Post: Modern prefab home design for the architecturally minded

    Image Juan Baraja Here are two stunning examples of architecturally designed modular homes that pack a great punch in just 290 square feet. Ever wonder what a prefab home would look like that could be assembled in a day? First up is a house by Spanish architecture studio Abaton, the portable ÁPH80...
  • Blog Post: Postcard from Palm Springs Modernism Week

    Image from Christopher Kennedy Every February, design fans descend upon the mid-century Mecca of Palm Springs for Modernism Week. Euro Style Lighting has put together a snapshot of the state of Modernism...its past, present and future...as seen through the lens of this week-long series of parties...
  • Blog Post: Modern Homes from the Silver Screen

    Image from Federico Babina's Archicine Series Barcelona-based architect and designer Federico Babina has been steadily making headlines over the last year by creating playful architecture and design themed illustrations. The latest is a series of posters illustrating iconic works of architecture...
  • Blog Post: The Modern Barn House

    Photo by Filip Dujardin on Maxwan.com Earlier this week, while writing a post detailing the best great rooms around, I fell in love with one type in particular: modern barn house. This raw, rural, decaying type of structure is the perfect subject for dramatic modernization projects. The beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Building for Better Health in 2014

    Image from Kristy B. on Pinterest Most of us resolve to be healthier in the new year...but few of us ever consider our homes and workplaces as part of the process of building better health. A recently developed certification system, however, called the WELL Building Standard system addresses 19 areas...
  • Blog Post: Modern Gingerbread Houses: Iconic Modern Museums

    Images from Architect Magazine In time for the holiday, settle in and enjoy some sweet pics of some of the world's iconic museums. Fashioned out of candy and gingerbread, these houses of art were created by Caitlin Levin and photographed by Henry Hargreaves. Pictured above is Frank Lloyd Wright's...
  • Blog Post: International Design Pavilions: Coke in London

    Big events like the Olympics and World's Fairs are a great place to discover the best in international design, and pavilions such as Coca Cola's at last year's London games eloquently showcase the vision of contemporary artists, architects and designers. Designed by Asif Khan and Pernilla...
  • Blog Post: Spooky Architecture

    Copy from Iain Claridge Happy Halloween everyone!!! In honor of today's spooky day, we'd like to share some spooky architecture...which are also cool of course! Image from Amazing Buzz Image from Dezeen Image from Unusual Architecture Image from Funny Art Pictures...
  • Blog Post: Loft Life: Artist's Live Work Studio

    Artists' live work studios just look...well...more creative. Maybe it's the attention to aesthetics or the unconventional approach to space, but these homes usually compel a sense of awe and a-ha for those who enter. Artist Vik Muniz's home in Brooklyn is a textbook example. The loft ...
  • Blog Post: Architecture on Ice: Living with Seasonal Affective Disorder Lights

    Admittedly, it's been really warm around here for the better part of the week...which has us daydreaming of places oh so cold and far away. Architect Magazine recently wrote a piece titled Architecture on Ice (which included these awesome images), chronicling the buildings of Antarctica and...
  • Blog Post: PreFab: Montana Ranch Style

    Pre-fab is often thought of as modern and in modern locations such as Malibu, but not often associated with great Western landscapes, ranch-style. Well, this family did it with the help of some great designers and architects. Jeanne and Paul Moseley’s pre-fab house opens wide to the great Western...
  • Blog Post: Case Study Architecture: Opdahl House

    Sometimes, what's even better than beautiful architecture is beautiful architecture brought back to life by people who truly care. Case Study architect Edward Killingsworth’s masterpiece, the 1957 Opdahl House, fell into ruin, but thanks to a musician with a passion for modernism, it is celebrating...
  • Blog Post: Modern Architecture Among The Trees

    This modern architecture looks cool and disjointed for a really good reason... Located in the forest of Japan, the architecture coexisting with the forest became a key principle for the design team from K2 Design. Following this concept, the designers arranged several parts, which look like a group...
  • Blog Post: Dwell on Design: Eastside Home Tours

    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...
  • Blog Post: Dwell on Design: Westside Home Tours

    Dwell on Design, America's largest design event, is back in Southern California at the Los Angeles Convention Center beginning today. However, a series of events and tours has been taking place over the past week; we were fortunate to attend the Westside home tours last weekend to see five exceptional...
  • Blog Post: Modern Design in Outdoor Spaces

    Good design doesn't need to be relegated to indoors and it can most certainly be just for fun! We've rounded up some awesome modern design in outdoor spaces. Whether you're a parent or just a kid at heart, you'll love these. This 20,500 square meter park is located in Sydney, Australia...
  • Blog Post: Modern Style on a Houseboat

    No one said modern design had to be limited to homes on land. You can find modern style on a houseboat too! It seems like the perfect place to be during the warmer months is on the water. So, why not live there?! Whether vacationing or long-term living, houseboats are pretty cool. That being said...
  • Blog Post: Lessons from the World's Greatest Lobbies

    Let's face it...the mere act of walking through a grand space makes us feel, well, grand. A night at the opera, a wait in the airport or train station, an overnight stay in a hotel--in each of the world's greatest lobbies, we experience a connection to something bigger than ourselves. There's...
  • Blog Post: Design and Architecture: Pacific Standard Time

    Pacific Standard Time, the art phenomenon that took Southern California by storm in 2011-2102 (with shows and events at more than 60 museums, galleries and other institutions) is back from now until July with something for fans of design and architecture: " Pacific Standard Time presents Modern...
  • Blog Post: Frank Gehry: Bringing the Art To Architecture

    Frank Gehry is onto something again as he tries to bring a major museum into the City of Santa Monica. His proposed project is a mixed use structure with a 125-room hotel, condos, a museum, shopping, restaurants and of course parking. Santa Monica could use a little bit of excitement and who better to...
  • Blog Post: Mid-Century Modern Homes

    Design makes everything better. At least that's the thinking that informs why so much of the modern world appears to be "designed." In architecture and home decorating, mid-century modern homes offered an egalitarian opportunity to apply design thinking to the masses. In the 1940s-50s...
  • Blog Post: Loft Living: Downtown Los Angeles

    There’s a building in downtown Los Angeles that takes loft living to the next level. The interior design redefines what it means to live well in the city, starting with the lounge upon entering. This upscale, industrial lounge feels like the hippest club in town with reclaimed wood and concrete...
  • Blog Post: Cool + Collected 1.21

    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! +One thing we love is beautiful photography and nobody knows...
  • Blog Post: Romantic Restaurant Design: A Brief History of Canalis

    I n 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...

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