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  • Blog Post: ABC's of Iconic Architects

    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: Open Architecture Manifesto: Written by a Robot

    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 the Istanbul Design Biennial. Italian studio...
  • 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: The Art of Contemporary Lighting

    Walk into any major contemporary art museum and you'll find that cross-pollination has long existed between art and furniture design, but the question arises: has contemporary lighting design seen that same infusion of creative energy? Creatives like Isamu Noguchi or Frank Gehry are recognizable...
  • Blog Post: Commercial Design - Earmarking Public Art

    Over the last three decades, a growing number of public "percent for art" programs have transformed commercial design projects into city cultural stewardship projects. How? The concept is simple: for major commercial design projects (capital improvement projects and new developments), an...
  • Blog Post: Organic Light Fixtures: Designer David Trubridge

    DAVID TRUBRIDGE, Tipu II (Grass) (2012) Woven is an exhibition of organic light fixtures using textures and light. The exhibition features three new abstract forms by the internationally acclaimed furniture designer David Trubridge . Each piece in this collection is a sculptural scale abstract form...
  • Blog Post: Trash or Art in New York?

    There's a fine line between trash and art, at least in New York. Consistent with a popular philosophy behind the purpose of art, this installation teaches us something.... It exposes just how much trash is produced in New York City. This cloud-style structure, called "Head in the Clouds"...
  • 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: Modern Design at NYC's Wanted Design

    Designers, architects, interior designers, craftsmen, editors, manufacturers and more converged in New York last weekend (May 18-21) for Wanted Design at the historic Terminal Store in Chelsea. Focused on the exchange of ideas rather than products, the event found people engaged in lively practice and...
  • 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: The Photographer Behind The Art

    As your resource for modern design, including modern lighting , furniture and home decor we can't help but appreciate great photography as artwork. You should no doubt be able to recognize all of these photographs because they represent historic moments in time, some happy and some solemn. They have...
  • 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: 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: Modern Wall Art: Shantell Martin Draws On Everything

    The London based artist Shantell Martin , who is known for her stream-of-consciousness drawings, decided to create some modern wall art in her own Brooklyn bedroom and ended up make a big statement. Although she didn't set out to cover the entire room, she ended up covering the walls, ceilings, and...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Home Decor to Match Our Summer Playlist

    Crossover between creative fields is inevitable. Music influences film, which influences fashion, which influences home design and decor. It's not always obvious and it's not always literal, but as we move forward culturally, we carry creative influences into every corner of our little worlds...
  • 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: 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: 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: Modern Art Installation: Umbrellas In The Sky

    So, we featured an image of this awesome art installation as one of our Facebook posts last week and we just couldn't let it go so we decided to blog about it too! A colorful and whimsical umbrella art installation floats above this promenade in Águeda, Portugal. It casts a shadow of geometric...

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