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  • 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: 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: Modern Homes from the Silver Screen

    Image from Federico Babina's Archicine Series Barcelona-based architect and designer Federico Babina has been steadily making headlines over the last year by creating playful architecture and design themed illustrations. The latest is a series of posters illustrating iconic works of architecture...
  • Blog Post: Linda Taalman's Dwell Magazine Cover: Purdy Devis House

    I hope you all enjoyed my Dwell On Design recap yesterday... Stay tuned for more Dwell fun from Annie and Brent! But first, I just had to show you a little more from the home featured on the Dwell July/August cover, designed by Linda Taalman . I feel like a bit of a design geek showing off my autographed...
  • Blog Post: Modernist Dream Home For Sale

    Image from Curbly Mid-century modern dream home for sale in Los Angeles. What do you do when you love modern design and the perfect home goes on the market for $1.4M? Well, you dream design it of course... The A-frame architecture and ceiling-high windows create the perfect opportunity to not...
  • Blog Post: Spectacular Architecture and Design via Venice Beach, California

    Regardless of which coast or state, beach towns are most notable for their laid-back character and the rejuvenating time we spend there. It's somewhere we like to escape for an hour, a day or a weekend while we calmly listen to the ocean, maybe do some boutique shopping or have a casual picnic. Venice...
  • 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: Dutch Architecture + Efficient Design

    Image from Dwell In Holland, being green is not a choice, it's a governmentally enforced obligation. The government requires a certain level of energy efficiency in all new construction. These condos, designed by architects Han van Zweiten and Gregory Kissare, are a beautiful example. These...
  • Blog Post: 387 Square Foot Prefab Home in Portugal

    Responding to the modern dream for clean sophisticated design and bright open spaces. The Mima House is a 387 square foot prefabricated house in Portugal. Designed by Mima Architects , it has a modular structure and can be divided into rooms with a grid of removable partitions. Each side of internal...
  • Blog Post: Modern Gingerbread Houses: Iconic Modern Museums

    Images from Architect Magazine In time for the holiday, settle in and enjoy some sweet pics of some of the world's iconic museums. Fashioned out of candy and gingerbread, these houses of art were created by Caitlin Levin and photographed by Henry Hargreaves. Pictured above is Frank Lloyd Wright's...
  • Blog Post: Modern Island Retreat Integrates Seamlessly with Landscape

    What isn't there to love about this beautiful island retreat located on the New Zealand Island of Waiheke? This home designed by Fearon Hay Architects with interiors by Penny Hay takes my breath and my words away. New Zealand is one of the most picturesque places in the world, so being able to capture...
  • Blog Post: Modern Home Design at 840 Square Feet

    This eco-chic "4 Corners House", designed by Finnish architects Avanto Architects, uses its black exterior to blend in with the thick forest that surrounds it. At only 840 square feet, each corner of this tiny home features a view through glass walls. The exterior is dramatic, contrasting with...

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