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  • Blog Post: Modern Architecture: Light Catcher House in Japan

    This house in Japan, designed by Kazuhiko Kishimoto literally catches light. The home is built around a beautiful courtyard that provides natural light for the entire house, inside and out. Simple dining table and chairs keep the decor minimal and modern. The bar style of the kitchen seating...
  • Blog Post: Gothic Architecture: Tim Burton Inspired Bridal Shoot

    Happy Halloween! We don't usually post about weddings, but when there's cool Gothic architecture involved we do. It might not be in line with our typicaly modern architecture obsession, but we appreciate all great design. This bridal shoot is the stunning work of photographer Shelly Mantovani...
  • Blog Post: Modern Cabin Escape: Villa Solaire

    So, if the Euro Style Lighting blogging team were to go on a retreat anywhere... This is where we'd go! But, since we're not, and we couldn't make it to France to stay in this modern cabin even if we did have a blogger retreat, we'll just dream. Let's start with dark modern seating...
  • 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: Chic Church Renovations

    Higher power gives way to high end design in these chic church renovations. So how do you turn a house of worship into a modern home? Take a look at the examples below for divine inspiration, and then get yourself a realtor who's in thick with the cloistered crowd. If cleanliness is next to godliness...
  • 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: Interior Architecture: Modern Warehouse Conversion

    The pure attention to the details of interior architecture is why the work of Fearon Hay Architects captivates me.This minimal design of this 1960's fabric warehouse conversion in Auckland, New Zealand is functional and straight-forward. My eyes gloss over at the sight of the detailing of those rosewood...
  • Blog Post: Room With a View: Modern San Francisco Home

    This modern San Francisco home has a newly added room with a view, making you wonder what the street possibly did without this modern addition.... And that's saying a lot, considering it's a really pretty San Francisco street. The modern structure fits in well with the neighboring homes, but...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Modern Porcelain Tiles: A Perfect Combination of Innovation and Tradition

    Many amazing things are happening in the world of architectural materials and more specifically modern porcelain tiles. The Pinocchi Collection from 14OraItaliana has the look and feel of plywood, but the durability and sustainability of a porcelain tile! Since plywood has become a more popular material...
  • Blog Post: Skyline Design: New York City's Future

    With real estate prices literally through the roof, building increasingly higher is the only foreseeable course for the future of the Manhattan's skyline. Since 9/11 building plans, in the world's most competitive urban canopy, became understandably more conservative, with most buildings topping...
  • Blog Post: Modern Renovations: Historical Spaces Reimagined

    Historical spaces have an unexplainable magic to them, and yet by their definition (read: old), most are in danger of coming down. Luckily, architects and designers around the world are engaging in creative, modern renovations of these spaces and breathing new life into them while retaining the charm...
  • Blog Post: The Modern Home: Dutch Style

    Dutch architects Bas ten Brinke and Carina Nilsson designed this modern home with edge, literally. We approve of this Nordic-style villa's clean lines and beautiful landscape, giving nod to Nordic customs and architecture traditions. The entire home takes full advantage of the beautiful views...
  • Blog Post: Modern Architecture an Architect Would Live In

    It's always interesting to see how different creatives design their own lives. For example, how fashion stylists dress or which art an artist hangs on their own wall. But, how amazing is it to see the homes that iconic architects designed for themselves?! The Eames Home "Case Study House...
  • Blog Post: From Victorian to Modern: Home Renovation

    Sidney based architecture firm Andrew Maynard Architects took this old Victorian home with tall surrounding walls and turned it into a super cool modern home. We approve. Simple forms, minimal furnishing and mixed materials all work together to create the home's modern look. When your minimal...
  • Blog Post: Schindler House: Recessed Lighting Magic in Modern Architecture

    Walking through the historic Schindler House in West Hollywood this past Sunday, I discovered something amazing about recessed lighting: namely that something so hidden could look so amazing. First a little history lesson: Austrian born R.M. Schindler worked under Frank Lloyd Wright and in 1920 was...
  • 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: Architecture as Art Performance: Burden's Small Skyscraper

    Despite the playfulness of his current Small Skyscraper architecture/art installation, make no mistake: it's a burden to be Chris Burden. He's been shot in the arm, nailed to a VW beetle, electrocuted and crucified. He's even taken out prime time ads in Los Angles and New York. He's...
  • 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: Rustic Interior Design: Ram's Gate Winery

    Hope you all had an amazing Labor Day Weekend! Many of us spend so much of our time working and not enough time playing so I hope you had a chance to relax, enjoy family and loved ones. The best long weekends are when you can be at peace with nature and your surroundings. Rewarding yourself is sure...
  • Blog Post: Architecture + Education: Maria Montessori

    Today's Google "doodle" depicts colourful elements key to the methods of Montessori education. The fun graphics is in commemoration of the 142nd birthday of Maria Montessori who is of course known for the philosophy of education that she pioneered. The Montessori approach is based around...
  • Blog Post: Portable Beach House Design: Permanant Summer

    Why not hold on to Summer as long as possible and just follow it?! This portable beach house design will let you do just that! Designed by Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects , this home was made to rest within the coastal erosion zone, where all buildings must be removable. So, the "hut"...
  • 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: Balancing Act: Modern Architecture Or Art?

    Often times, modern architecture is nice to look at in the same way that art is, but is it somewhere we want to live? Well, we don't have to resolve this design debate here and now. This super cool home, aka The Balancing Barn , is a hotel! The reflective tiles and unique form are what gives...
  • Blog Post: Las Vegas Architecture: Circa Now

    We're in Vegas today for the Las Vegas Market and we hope to bring back lots of inspiration for you. In honor of our trip, we thought we would profile some modern Las Vegas architecture. We've all seen Vegas architecture develop from the days when The Flamengo was the new hot spot (at least...

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