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  • Blog Post: Art + Design Events: Miami 2013

    In early December every year, people converge for a handful art and design events in Miami, anchored by the fairs Art Basel Miami and Design Miami . The parties, installations, performances and more have all but wrapped up for 2013, and with that in mind, here's what caught our eye: Louis Vuitton's...
  • Blog Post: Work Hard, Rest Easy

    This Labor Day we salute the hard worker in all of us. So relax, have fun, and remember... no wearing white after today. Image: Ephemera Assemblyman
  • Blog Post: Art and Science Inspired Pendant Lamps

    What does it look like when art, design and theoretical science collide? Something like these 3D printed pendant lamps by Nervous System that we recently found on Velhetica. The detail is mesmerizing: Built using a computer program that models nature's complex process of patterning such everyday...
  • Blog Post: Art Scene: A + D Never Built Los Angeles

    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...
  • Blog Post: Public Art: Translating Emoji into a Giant Light Show

    Like all of us, I'm sure you remember the amazing architecture from the Olympics in Beijing, China. Ever wonder about it still? Well, we've learned that designers have transformed the Water Cube into public art. We couldn't help but share this... The exterior of the building shifts between...
  • Blog Post: James Turrell: Light and Space Art

    As one of the defining members of the Light and Space movement that originated in Los Angeles in the 1960s, James Turrell is an American artist whose work plays with the relationship—the idioms, clichés, oppositions—of light within space. By using light projection, apertures in...
  • Blog Post: Landscape + Art = Modern Design Inspiration

    When we think of landscape design, we usually consider the interplay of foliage, hardscape features and outdoor lighting . A water feature may play into the mix too, but rarely do we consider art work or finding any type of usable modern design inspiration. LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a non...
  • Blog Post: Top Artist Colonies

    Looking for the next hot spot? Follow the artists. So goes the adage at least that artists are quick to inhabit soon-to-boom neighborhoods. If you look at the world's best art districts and artist colonies, you'll notice a simple trend: once the artists move in to under-utilized places, the cafes...
  • Blog Post: Design With Color!

    I am a sucker for color. I love to incorporate it into my home as much as possible but adding too much color or pairing it in the wrong way can make the room seem adolescent. I found these beautifully designed living rooms that have the perfect balance of vibrant color paired with a few neutral pieces...
  • Blog Post: ABC's of Iconic Architects

    (Please visit the site to view this video) Are you visual like we are? We like pictures for learning, especially when they are well designed. This cool video features lots of great graphics while teaching you who the iconic architects are, along with the building they are most famous for. Enjoy...
  • Blog Post: Cool + Collected 1.14

    +You've got to see this museum shaped like a tub . It's actually attached to the older building next to it and the contrast is amazing (the interior is even cooler)! +For those of you starting the new year off with healthy intentions, Refinery 29 provides a great list of the best L.A. juice...
  • Blog Post: Art Fair + Winter Shopping

    Every year, Americans head south in the winter for a growing conglomeration of art and design fairs. In early December, the art world descended upon Miami for a weekend-long collection of more than 20 art fairs. In the next few months Southern California will see a handful of fairs, beginning with Los...
  • Blog Post: Living With Modern Art + Home Decor

    When most people think about modern interiors or modern lofts they might think about something cold, raw, and industrial. But they're only fooling themselves. The use of soft pastel colors in modern art and home decor contrasts the stark white surfaces and concrete elements, creating an incredibly...
  • Blog Post: Downtown Art Walk: Robert Vargas at Work in Los Angeles

    If you've been to the Downtown Art Walk in Los Angeles then you most likely have seen Robert Vargas on these streets painting live portraits. And you've most likely been mesmerized by not only how amazing these portraits are, but the how captivating his live performances are. As the crowd gathers...
  • Blog Post: Paper Art: From Sheet to Sculpture

    Paper art. It can be so much more than ink or graphite drawings on flat white sheets. Folded, constructed or crumpled (or even lacquered as in David Jang's paper towel floor installation pictured above), paper becomes a sculptural goldmine. Eva Black's "Folded" installation is a...
  • Blog Post: Modern Art + Lighting Create Light and Shadows

    Modern art and of course modern lighting has really been inspiring us lately. With the long holiday weekend coming up you might actually have some time to create some artwork of your own! Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all these great shopping days are upon us, but for those of you who would rather create...
  • Blog Post: Design Books: Arabesque

    The Arab world has seen a spate of political revolutions over the past few years, but a recent series of two design books called Arabesque looks at a quieter revolution taking place in the Arab world: graphic design. This stunning collection of inspiration images features modern calligraphy, logos and...
  • Blog Post: Open Architecture Manifesto: Written by a Robot

    (Please visit the site to view this video) We're going extra modern today, guys. We're talking robots. This movie demonstrates how a printer updates a copy of the Open Source Architecture Manifesto Wikipedia entry . It's written on a wall in the entrance to the Adhocracy exhibition at...
  • 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: Living With Art in Tribeca

    Sometimes we take life way too seriously, but living with art definitely helps take that edge off! Designer Ghislaine Vinas worked with the owners of this 15,000 square foot Tribeca warehouse to turn it into a masterpiece that truly makes you not only want to be inside their space, but inside their imagination...
  • Blog Post: Chalk Wall Art - Ace Hotel NYC

    Dana Tanamachi is deservably well known for her chalk wall art in several locations around the country, but we think her work at The Ace Hotel in NYC is beyond cool! For her mural in Room 1021 (below) s he was inspired by vintage playbills from the Victorian era. Cool, right? Her work is so detailed...
  • Blog Post: Design Loves Art: Gallery Openings

    The name says it all: Design Loves Art. Gallery openings and art walks may be the hot thing to do these days, but at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood,California they have an extra special appeal. Started in 2009 under the directorship of NYC-based curator Helen Varola, the PDC's Design...
  • Blog Post: Wood Art Panels - Decorating The Modern Way

    Infused veneer is an amazing new collection of art wood panels from companies like B+ N Industries. There are hundreds of innovative and unique graphics that are infused on a variety of wood species, such as maple, cherry, and walnut. Each panel is 48" x 96" and is great for creating dramatic...
  • Blog Post: Modern Artwork: Francesco Lo Castro's Stunning Geometrics

    The end of summer doesn't mean the end of bold vibrant colors, especially when used in modern artwork! The stunning geometric artworks by Francesco Lo Castro can hold their own in any space. For over a decade, Francesco Lo Castro has been South Florida’s gateway to the national New Contemporary...
  • Blog Post: Burning Man Festival 2012: Captured in Photos

    How many of you have had the incredible opportunity to experience Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock desert? Each year the photos prove that it's something everyone should experience just once. Burning Man Festival is a pop-up city so incredible that tens of thousands of people return to the...

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