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  • Blog Post: Modern Restaurant Design: Superba Snack Bar

    We can't get enough of the unique and innovative modern restaurant design in Venice Beach, CA and we're really crushing on Superba Snack Bar. Venice Beach is always a refreshing local, providing a little fun in the sun with a meal at Superba Snack Bar . This laid back Rose Ave hangout is worth...
  • Blog Post: Palm Springs Modernism Week: Postcard from Hotel Lautner

    Palm Springs Modernism Week takes the SoCal desert by storm every February. To take a break from this snow-bird's roster of design events, tours and exhibitions (as well as endless unsanctioned parties and pop-ups), consider losing yourself just outside of town in the desert sun at the Hotel Lautner...
  • 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: Becoming a Small Space Tourist

    When people use the phrase "small space," they're usually talking about the spaces where we live. But what about the rest of our lives? The places where we shop, relax and even spiritualize? For that, we imagined spending the day as a small space tourist. We begin at the Das Park Hotel...
  • Blog Post: Modern Office Design by Make Creative

    Make Creative does modern office design and they do it well! When Make Creative was called to create a generous and innovative workspace for a collaborative team, they hit the nail on the head through the transformation of this industrial warehouse. The design of Unit B4 office spaces in Sydney, Australia...
  • 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: The Devil's in the Hotel Design Details

    When staying at a hotel, sometimes it's the little things that count. Let's take a look at some worldly examples of great hotel design that doesn't overlook the details. Ever since it's opening, I've been drawn to the windows in the public spaces of the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona...
  • 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 Pumpkin Designs: Modernize Your Halloween

    Halloween pumpkin carving is usually about the orange and black, but this year let's make Halloween a little more stylish... and modern of course. Let's make it all about black, white and some bits of gold! If you don't want to deal with the ooo-ey goo-ey mess of pumpkin guts, painting...
  • 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: Wythe Hotel: Brooklyn Urban Hotel Design

    The Wythe Hotel located in the heart of Brooklyn, has been receiving many praises since opening in May of this year. This 8 story, 72-room urban hotel blends into the historic core of Brooklyn and it's prime waterfront location. The building itself, a former textile factory, has many impressive features...
  • 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: Atlanta Retail Design: Make a Wish

    Shopping for shoes in Atlanta is an experience in and of itself, but the designers at Established Architecture have proven that retail design will make a huge impact on your experience. The redesign of Wish , a very hip Atlanta shoe boutique, has allowed the store to keep it's urban streetwear credibility...
  • 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: 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: The Modern Lifestyle: California Hipster Neighborhoods

    Hipster neighborhoods are those trendy communities boasting the most lauded food trucks and farmers markets, a multicultural blend of residents with eclectic professions, and a booming arts scene. Hey, California residents, don't you want to know if you live in one? Or, maybe you're planning...
  • Blog Post: Modern Decor and Italian Architecture Meet at Byblos Art Hotel

    The Byblos Art Hotel in Verona, Italy is both a contemporary art museum as well as a 5-star hotel. Traditional Italian villa on the outside and over-the-top modern madness on the inside. Stepping inside is sure to be a wake-up for your senses. The hotel is filled with modern works from the likes of Frank...
  • 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: Perfectly Branded Modern Restaurant Design: Sis Deli + Cafe

    Interior design and branding are a beautiful combination that tell visual stories and create a mood. This Finnish, modern restaurant design, Sis Deli + Cafe does so with bold black and white interior design and packaging. Although this isn't a new restaurant, this sibling design team Muotohiomo ...
  • Blog Post: Spanish Castles: Modern Hotel Design

    Spain may be teetering on the edge of the debt disaster that plagues many of its Mediterranean neighbors, but that doesn't mean the country isn't unveiling a handful of the hottest modern hotel design around. Big name international designers are creating some of the most eye-catching, ultra modern...
  • 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: A Modern Coffeehouse and Gallery: Graffiti Cafe

    Have you been searching for the perfect modern coffeehouse to meet your clients at, have a quick business meeting, or just get some work done? Well if you're in Los Angeles, look no further, Graffiti Cafe is the perfect place! The interior is a clean black and white palette with painted white floors...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Chad Oppenheim Takes Sustainable Architecture to Wadi Rum

    I had the incredible opportunity to listen the magnificent architect Chad Oppenheim speak at Sustainability Stage at Dwell on Design this past weekend. I was completely blown away by him and could not get the images of his upcoming project in Wadi Rum out of my head so I had to share it with you! Is...
  • Blog Post: Plan Check: Industrial Restaurant Design

    Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is a quaint little restaurant located in West LA's Little Osaka. Many of you might be familiar with this area for the sushi, but maybe you've frequented the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety on a regular basis to have your plans reviewed for permitting. The...

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