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  • Blog Post: Modern Home Design at 840 Square Feet

    This eco-chic "4 Corners House", designed by Finnish architects Avanto Architects, uses its black exterior to blend in with the thick forest that surrounds it. At only 840 square feet, each corner of this tiny home features a view through glass walls. The exterior is dramatic, contrasting with...
  • Blog Post: Sustainable Building: Passive House Design

    It's not always bad to be passive, especially when it comes to sustainable building. Passive Houses are starting to stack up worldwide and this means good things for widespread, dramatic impact on energy conservation. You might be wondering what is a Passive House ? Well, this level of sustainable...
  • 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: Modern Barn Renovation: Rustic Design Style

    The challenge: Renovating an old Spanish barn into a modern home with rustic design style. The outcome: Success! Large barn doors provide extra large windows for every room. The modern interior is a stark contrast to the exterior, making it the perfect pair. Modern dining tables are always...
  • 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: Design Icon: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

    This week we celebrate the birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe , "father of modern architecture." In observance of his brilliance, let's take a look at his most notable accomplishments. Crown Hall (above), located in Chicago, was completed in 1956 during Mies's tenure as director...
  • Blog Post: New Year Resolutions for 2013

    Every year, people around the globe start the year with a series of resolutions, and it's no different around here. The following are five things topping our 2013 to-do list: 1. See Someplace New It seems like there’s a cultural or architectural treasure springing up in every city...
  • Blog Post: Modern Stairway Design

    Yes, stairs can get you from one level to the next, but that's not all the modern stairway design can do! They can be more like sculptural works of art when architects think outside the box, which can make going from one level to the next so much more fun! Whether you choose wood (above), steel,...
  • Blog Post: Nano Homes For Small Spaces Lovers

    There's an extreme side of everything, and small spaces are no exception. Enter the nano house. Technically speaking, a nano house is 500 square feet and under, but there are more than a few out there that measure less than 200 square feet. And they teach a surprising lesson. The trick to living...
  • 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: 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: Portland, You're so 1890's.

    As I'm walking around Portland this past weekend I'm asking myself..."Are you really so 1890's?" Whether the 1890's are a fad or lifestyle, I think there are some amazing things that going back to your roots can bring to this modern world. And that's about when I saw the...
  • Blog Post: Wood Burning Fireplaces in Modern Interiors

    The smell of wood burning fireplaces is filling the air in neighborhoods across the country. It's such a comforting smell that instantly makes any space feel cozy. Even these minimal modern interiors feel cozy when there's a wood burning fireplace involved. Modern design elements mix with...
  • 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: 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: 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: Skylines to Visit

    Top 3 Skylines Abroad: Lots of lighting here . 1. Hong Kong - the fundamentals: water, steel and stone 2. Dubai - heads in the clouds 3. Tokyo - LA sprawl, NY verticality 4. Singapore 5. London 6. Akron, Ohio
  • 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: Cool + Collected 1.3

    + Design Milk features a great piece on the making of print art, covering a tour of the textile printing factory of Marimekko. +Space shuttle Endeavor made its final journey to the California Science Center, marking the end of NASA's shuttle program. Los Angeles Times has some great videos of...
  • Blog Post: Green Home: Face the Foliage

    Over here in California, we're in a drought. So, to ease our pain, we decided to read about homes that have an abundance of foliage. This green home was designed by architects Samyn and Partners for a family to use as both their home and workplace. It's located near Brussels and was completed...
  • Blog Post: Exposed Brick Walls Have the Best Personality!

    Exposed brick walls are something everyone loves to have in their lives. Just think about how warm and cozy they make you feel, the stories they tell, and how naturally beautiful they are in their raw form. They really do have the best personality and I've got proof. I would love to cook up...
  • 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 Sustainable Living in Echo Park by Sunia Homes

    This gorgeous work of art stiuated in Echo Park is a modern model house built by Sunia Homes , a new company focused on building sustainable and affordable residencies in California. The architectural design, building materials and the furnishings create a sophisticated yet relaxed environment. What...
  • Blog Post: Modern Spa Designs

    From the water temperature to the fruit in the bowl to the soothing modern light fixtures overhead, modern spa designs leave no stone unturned. Creating the perfect relaxing space requires an intuitive balance of color, texture and form. Color theory dictates that blue is relaxing, while green is...
  • Blog Post: Modern Penthouses: NYC's Top Properties

    In the big apple, the hottest residential properties are the ones that literally sit on top of it all. Whether you're writing a down-payment check or just salivating over the thought of it like me, there's no denying the allure of New York's building-topping, showstopping spaces (such as...

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