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  • 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: Lego Architecture: Building Blocks for Grownups

    LEGO building blocks have inspired generations of young builders. In recent years, they've also become an object of affection for grown adults looking to indulge their childhood dreams of becoming an architect. In 2008, LEGO introduced the LEGO Architecture Series, a series of building block sets...
  • Blog Post: PreFab: Montana Ranch Style

    Pre-fab is often thought of as modern and in modern locations such as Malibu, but not often associated with great Western landscapes, ranch-style. Well, this family did it with the help of some great designers and architects. Jeanne and Paul Moseley’s pre-fab house opens wide to the great Western...
  • 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: Andrew Geller, American Architect, Photo Gallery

    Andrew Geller , the innovative architect behind many a modernist Hampton beach house, including iconic A-Frame designs, recently passed away . Ever hear of the Bra, the Box Kite, the Cat, the Milk Carton, or the Reclining Picasso? These were all nicknames given to his visually striking and remarkable...
  • Blog Post: World Architecture: Gardens by the Bay

    All images from Dezeen Gardens by the Bay is an example of beautiful architecture in Singapore. Named World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in 2012, this tropical garden in Singapore is something no one has ever seen. Architects, engineers and landscape architects came...
  • Blog Post: Modern Swedish Suburb

    Image from Dwell We guarantee the Swedish prefab specialists Smedshammar + Holmberg will have you looking at suburbs in a whole new way! Their mission is to free people from the boring suburbs and redeem the reputation of architects in Sweden. Holmberg explains the difference between the way suburbs...
  • Blog Post: Wall and Deco: Graphic Outdoor Wallpaper

    Wall & Deco introduces an incredible new collection of of outdoor wallpaper called OUT-Outdoor Unconventional Texture. The visual solutions for exterior decoration will blow your mind. Graffiti and street art have greatly influenced the design culture in the last few years and now Wall & Deco...
  • Blog Post: Loft Life: Artist's Live Work Studio

    Artists' live work studios just look...well...more creative. Maybe it's the attention to aesthetics or the unconventional approach to space, but these homes usually compel a sense of awe and a-ha for those who enter. Artist Vik Muniz's home in Brooklyn is a textbook example. The loft ...
  • Blog Post: Modern Architecture With A View

    Modern architecture with a view. Have you ever seen an architecture go out on a limb like this with their design?! Would you be able to live here? I won't ask if you like the view, that's obvious. This modern home is located in the Southwest coast of Victoria, Australia. Needless to say...
  • 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: Abbot Kinney: Where Art & Culture Meet Beach Town

    Known as the "Coney Island of the Pacific" in the early 1900's, the area we now know as Venice used to be called Ocean Park until Abbot Kinney took charge of city politics and changed the name in 1911. After traveling the world, Kinney settled along the coast of Southern California in 1880...
  • Blog Post: Modern Style on a Houseboat

    No one said modern design had to be limited to homes on land. You can find modern style on a houseboat too! It seems like the perfect place to be during the warmer months is on the water. So, why not live there?! Whether vacationing or long-term living, houseboats are pretty cool. That being said...
  • Blog Post: Memorial and Landscape Design: Remembering Dan Kiley

    Image from the Cultural Landscape Foundation Despite its unofficial status as the kick-off to summer, Memorial Day claims a much more somber reason as its origin: it is the day in which we honor those who have given their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. To mark the day, we...
  • 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: Modern Architecture Among The Trees

    This modern architecture looks cool and disjointed for a really good reason... Located in the forest of Japan, the architecture coexisting with the forest became a key principle for the design team from K2 Design. Following this concept, the designers arranged several parts, which look like a group...
  • Blog Post: Contemporary Coastal Architecture With Nautical Nostalgia

    Designer Steve Lazar entered the world of residential design as he believes anyone should - as a ditch digger - learning and perfecting the many facets of home building, including the marriage between designing and building. He now runs the successful Lazar design/build firm which focuses on innovation...
  • Blog Post: Dwell Home Tour: Sander Architect's Green Houses

    One of the many beautiful projects in this year's Dwell on Design Home Tours line up was Sander Architect's Green House pair. This set of townhouses on one single lot face each other over a drivable courtyard. They are very similar in appearance, yet not identical. Both buildings are wrapped...
  • Blog Post: Julius Shulman: Modern Photographer

    You've seen the style a thousand times...and chances are modern photographer Julius Shulman (1910-2009) had something to do with that. Following up on Cori's post Design in Style: Mid-Century Modern Roundup from yesterday, Mid-century Modernism is one of the most popular and recognizable design...
  • Blog Post: Spooky Architecture

    Copy from Iain Claridge Happy Halloween everyone!!! In honor of today's spooky day, we'd like to share some spooky architecture...which are also cool of course! Image from Amazing Buzz Image from Dezeen Image from Unusual Architecture Image from Funny Art Pictures...
  • Blog Post: Starchitect Modernist Service Stations

    When one thinks of the quintessential examples of Modernist design, one doesn't usually think of the roadside service station. And yet, look at the gas stations in almost any flyover town and you'll see the undeniable signature of modernist design philosophy: an emphasis on function, a simplification...
  • 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: Schindler House: Recessed Lighting Magic in Modern Architecture

    Walking through the historic Schindler House in West Hollywood this past Sunday, I discovered something amazing about recessed lighting: namely that something so hidden could look so amazing. First a little history lesson: Austrian born R.M. Schindler worked under Frank Lloyd Wright and in 1920 was...
  • Blog Post: Concrete Living In An Urban World

    Using concrete in your home will not only add aesthetic interest, but will also slash heating and cooling costs plus help preserve the environment. Concrete homes are durable, cost effective and super stylish. This concrete living room above balances both colors and materials well. The concrete provides...

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