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  • Iconic Designer: Deborah Sussman

    Deborah Sussman Designer

    Image from The New York Times

    Design icon Deborah Sussman passed last week in her home in Los Angeles. A graphic designer who got her start with Charles and Ray Eames in the sixties, Sussman went on to establish her own studio and became one of the foremost practitioners of what she called "graphic architecture," or the integration of graphics, color and type into both interiors and exteriors.

    Colorful Work By Sussman

    Image from Woodbury University

    Her work was vibrant, bold and always on the cutting edge.

    Take her most notable work for example, a graphic masterplan for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles (pictured above), and you'll see a visionary way ahead of her time. 

    84 Olympics Design

    Image from the New York Times

    Her chalky palette and post-modern reduction of Romanesque motifs into simple geometric forms was inspiring. But her ability to execute it as a pop-up scheme for the 2-week games - creating 3-D installations out of disposable paper and cardboard and textiles - was pure design genius.

    Sussman Design Projects

    Image from Kickstarter

    While much of her work was centered in Southern California, a recent exhibition at the WuHo Gallery (funded by a Kickstarter campaign) showed that Sussman left a bright, playful graphic legacy on buildings and in corporate and civic identities across the country.

    What's trending in modern lighting always changes. But as today's looks veer ever-closer to pastels and chalks, Sussman's work from 30+ years ago couldn't be more right now. And that is the mark of a true design icon. 

    Images: New York Times, Woodbury University, Kickstarter

  • Beautiful White Architecture In Mexico

    White Architecture

    Image from Elle Decor

    This beautifully modern architecture was designed by self-taught Miguel Angle Aragones, who claims he learned so much about light and space from studying late Mexican modernists. 

    He chooses not to work with colors except white because, "White reflects the sun and the atmosphere, which change through the course of a day."

    Modern Dining Room

    Image from Elle Decor

    The interior spaces are accented with views from the gorgeous landscaping. The all-white interiors really allow the greenery to stand out and become part of the design. Although minimal, the modern lighting found throughout the home, helps light the interior when nature no longer can.

    Outdoor Landscape Style

    Image from Elle Decor

    Many places throughout this home are indoor/outdoor, allowing for nature to play a large role in the experiences people have there.

    Images: Elle Decor

  • Emmy Inspired Lighting Selections

    The 2014 Emmys

    Do you guys love the Emmys for the awards or the red carpet? Be honest!

    We love the red carpet so much, we just had to use what we saw for design inspiration. It inspired us to think about some unique lighting ideas. 

    First, dress style... What did you guys think? Overall, we were impressed and thought the ladies looked gorgeous!

    Emmys Dress Style

    And now, our inspired lighting style...

    The dresses inspired a wide range of lighting from drum shades to dramatic chandeliers.

    Modern Lighting

    1. We love the bottom flair of Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting's dress and the Lily Radiance™ Pendant.

    2. Simple, pretty and white describes both Kristen Wiig's dress and the Possini Euro Adi Pendant Light

    3. Lena Headey inspired this dramatic Possini Euro Black Chandelier.

    4. Amy Poehler's silver dress inspired this Sonneman Connetix Satin Chandelier

    5. We love the color of Kerry Washington's dress, which inspired this retro Jonathan Adler Capri Orange Pendant Light.

    6. Zooey Deschanel inspired this pretty pink Cyan Florence Glass Pendant Light.

    7. Teyonah Parris inspired this Bold Lime Green Stripe Giclee Brushed Steel Pendant, obvs.

    8. Julia Roberts inspired this short, navy Miyu Satin Nickel Pendant Light

    9. We love the shades of purple in Halle Berry's dress, which inspired this Grape Stripe Swag Pendant.

    Top images: Dallas Film Commission, NY Daily News

  • Contemporary Fun For Kids

    Fun For Kids

    Image from Toertjes & Pateekes

    Hello modern parents! How many of you wish your kids toys were more attractive, since they all have to exist in your modern home?

    You're not alone, which is why smart designers are creating contemporary products for kids, like these awesome cardboard houses below.

    Modern Cardboard Houses

    Images from Dezeen

    We understand that it's not always the toys that disrupt your design style. We wrote a post for Kids Bedroom Design Ideas that should give you some fun ideas for design elements other than toys. There's lots of products out there to help raise your modern kids with style, like table lamps with night lights!

    Don't forget, something as simple as piling a bunch of colorful accent pillows creates a whimsical aesthetic in any room and is fun for kids to enjoy.

    Images: Toertjes & Pateekes, Dezeen

  • Cool Style With Concrete Flooring

    Cool Home Style

    Image from Remodelista

    As a lover of hardwood floors, I have to admit I'm starting to fall for concrete flooring. It's the ultimate clean and modern. And if you're like me and you love all-white spaces, concrete floors are a fun way to maintain that aesthetic without actually having white floors. 

    Since concrete is such a hard surface, it's important to include lots of soft materials with home textiles, such as drapery, throws and accent pillows. You can even add textiles through lighting, by using such things as burlap lamp shades.

    Loft Style

    Image from Blood & Champagne

    This loft style home does a great job at not only including textiles, but mixing lots of warm and fun patterns. This is one of the benefits to large open spaces.

    Also, the wood beams and cabinets are a beautiful contrast to the concrete floors.

    Modern Kitchen

    Image from Remodelista

    The narrow dimensions of this modern kitchen design benefits from the concrete floors. Tile or wood might make this kitchen look a little smaller. Also, those high ceilings are ideal for modern pendant lighting!

    Bathroom Design

    Image from Decorators Notebook

    This modern bathroom is perfectly simple, with just enough texture to add interest. The basket pairs wonderfully with the throw, both of them warming up the cool concrete floors.

    Here's a resource for how to DIY stained concrete floors.

    Images: Remodelista, Blood & Champagne, Remodelista, Decorators Notebook

August, 2014