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  • Blog Post: Modern Architecture + Design: Less is More

    Please join us in welcoming Kirsten Grove from Simply Grove as one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Kirsten... When I first laid my eyes on this home located in Danderyd Sweden, I gasped with sheer delight. The colors and the mix of materials make for an amazing...
  • Blog Post: Modern Countryside Dwelling

    All images from Dwell Sheep enjoy grazing outside this modern dwelling. Who says you can't have a modern lifestyle in the country? Certainly not us. This home rests in rural Spain, and was designed by an architecture couple who lives there with their kids. The sheep you see above, sometimes...
  • Blog Post: Beverly West Residences: Contemporary Urban Living At Its Best

    Perched above the Los Angeles Country Club at a prime location along the Wilshire corridor, Beverly West Residences is contemporary urban living at its best! A new twenty-one-story contemporary condo tower finished with elegant materials, detailing and modern forms, Beverly West Residences is ideal for...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Modern Architecture: The Long and Winding Broad

    Wherever art collector, philanthropist and billionaire Eli Broad goes, star architects follow. As the lead donor for UCLA's Broad Art Center (2000), LACMA's Broad Contemporary Art Museum (2003), and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (2007), he has brought big names...
  • Blog Post: Modern Infinity Pools Take You Over the Edge

    Summer is finally here and I hope you are all having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! If you're not lucky enough to spend your time lounging in a fabulous modern infinity pool, let us help you imagine that you are. Whether you are spending your time in the desert (above)... In the city......
  • 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: The Science Behind Interior Design and Architecture

    Image from Architectural Digest The Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA is an icon of 20th century architecture. Why do we feel the way we do in the spaces we're in? How does interior design and architecture affect our mood? A recent conference in La Jolla, California, brought together leading...
  • 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: Rustic Cottage Meets Modern Glass Home

    Normally, when a home is purchased furniture is simply moved in, the house is renovated or the house is demolished and re-built. In this case, the scenario was none of the above. When the current owners, a banker and an antique book collector bought this land in Vilnius, Lithuania , all that existed...
  • Blog Post: Brent's Event Recap: Thinking Big at Dwell on Design 2012

    My experience at the 2012 Dwell on Design show at the Los Angeles Convention Center last weekend can be best summed up by a well-worn cliche: what a difference a year makes. Whereas last year's Dwell on Design Show seemed retrenched under the specter of the euro zone crisis (and completely out of...
  • Blog Post: Stand-Out Architecture

    In case you didn't know this about us, in addition to modern architecture, we love bold colors! This awesomely minimal architecture features both so naturally we're on board. This seems like the ultimate weekend getaway, in the middle of nowhere, yet still design conscious. This hideaway...
  • Blog Post: Urban Gardens: Designed for the City

    Spring has sprung and for some of you so has your green thumb! For many urban planners, rooftop gardens are a high priority. Not only for their decorative impact, but for their environmental impact as well. Roof gardens can reduce the overall heat absorption of the builiding drastically which in turn...
  • Blog Post: Modern Cabins - Small Space Summer Homes

    Vacation homes were once only for the rich, but modern cabins are packing big design into small footprints...and small price tags. As originally reported in the Los Angeles Times , students at the Woodbury University School of Architecture have proven that - with a simple storage shed, a $1,500 build...
  • 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: Dwell on Design: Ideas For Better Living

    Design (and designers for that matter) is often categorized in terms of project size, as either small--a single LED light bulb for instance--or large, such as infrastructure planning for an entire metropolitan region. What's lost in this simplified categorization is the shared goal of all good design...
  • 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: Landscaped Structure: Melbourne Hill House

    When we study eco-friendly architecture and landscape, it's not often that we come across a landscaped structure. Architect Andrew Maynard designed "Hill House" in Melbourne, Australia to be the exception. This once single structure residence has been turned into, not only a much larger...
  • Blog Post: Wood Ceiling Ideas

    Image from This Is Paper Wood ceilings add character and warmth to modern home design. While we love wood floors, like most of you I'm sure, we can't help but stop and stare at some of the beautiful wood ceilings found in modern home designs. Add warmth to your home with wood ceilings....
  • Blog Post: Modern Manhattan Beach Residence Opens Up and Let's Nature In

    When building a modern home in Manhattan Beach, Michael Lee Architects are the ones to make your vision a reality. They did just that for the Kim Family as they maximized the square footage on this small corner lot and captured views from every angle imaginable! This 4-story home opens up on every level...
  • Blog Post: A Modern Cabin in Northern California

    With winter coming on in full force, we thought you would enjoy a little greenery. This modern cabin seamlessly blends in with its Northern California forest setting. Upright wood siding echoes the surrounding redwood and pine tree trunks. Planted roofs evoke the forest canopy and help to protect...
  • 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: Lighting for a More Livable City

    Exactly what makes a city "livable" and what can you do to help your own? Annual surveys, such as those conducted by The Economist , Mercer and Monocle , look at a range of criteria from infrastructure to environment, culture to climate, to determine the most liveable cities in the world...
  • Blog Post: Dream Location for Contemporary Architecture and Design

    One of the most sought after locations to live is along the picturesque Pacific Coast of Southern California. Residences on either side of the Los Angeles Pacific Coast Highway easily qualify as "dream" homes and feature award winning architecture. The interiors deserve just as much praise...
  • Blog Post: Happy [Modern] 4th of July!

    Wishing you all a Happy 4th of July! Whatever it is you choose to do just remember to have fun, relax, and be safe! Spending time with family and friends in the backyard is always one of my favorite ways to spend Independence Day and this outdoor cabana seems perfect for it! Za Bor Architects...

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