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  • Blog Post: Modern Art Installation for a French Cathedral

    French cathedral with string art installation. Happy Friday everyone! Here's a visually stimulating art installation to get you through the day... This Gothic-style cloister at St. Stephen's Cathedral in France was created by string! String art creates semi-transparent walkways for...
  • Blog Post: Modern Restaurant Design in Mexico City

    Modern restaurant design in Mexico City The best part about good design is that you can find it all over the world... Take the Melamen restaurant, located in Mexico, for example. The modern, eclectic decor entices passerbys in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City. On both the first and second...
  • 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: Bread, Espresso &...Design

    When the idea struck to cover my favorite cafe designs across the globe, Tokyo's uber-chic bread and coffee hot spot Bread, Espresso & was a shoe-in to lead the story. This design savvy cafe typifies today's resurgence in artisanal bread and coffee and the increasing focus on design that...
  • Blog Post: BaseCamp: rustic modern boutique hotel

    BaseCamp Hotel is a boutique hotel located in Lake Tahoe. It reflects exactly what you might think from its name, the ideals and adventures of a base camp. A comfortable place where travelers can share stories and tips in communal spaces, rest up, and prepare for a day of exploration. Walk out the door...
  • Blog Post: Our Favorite Communal Work Spaces

    If you're like us, you're always dreaming about the ideal work environment. We often peruse Pinterest looking for our favorite communal work spaces and I think we found them! The common elements in all of them are wide open space, unique lighting and lots of natural light. All-white...
  • Blog Post: Romantic Getaway for Modern Design Lovers

    All images from Imanta Resort February is just around the corner... Are you looking for a romantic getaway this Valentine's Day? Nestled along Mexico's Riviera Nayarit, Imanta Resort is a modern design lover's paradise. This lush region boasts an average temperature of 71 degrees...
  • Blog Post: Portland, You're so 1890's.

    As I'm walking around Portland this past weekend I'm asking myself..."Are you really so 1890's?" Whether the 1890's are a fad or lifestyle, I think there are some amazing things that going back to your roots can bring to this modern world. And that's about when I saw the...
  • Blog Post: Modern Bathroom Interior Design: Get the Look

    Image from Amangiri One of the best ‘views from a tub’ we’ve come across is this modern bathroom at Amangiri looking out over the vast Colorado Plateau. The double shower and spacious bath combined with the stunning view make this one of the most gorgeous bathrooms we’ve...
  • 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: Modern Design in Outdoor Spaces

    Good design doesn't need to be relegated to indoors and it can most certainly be just for fun! We've rounded up some awesome modern design in outdoor spaces. Whether you're a parent or just a kid at heart, you'll love these. This 20,500 square meter park is located in Sydney, Australia...
  • Blog Post: Modern Spa Designs

    From the water temperature to the fruit in the bowl to the soothing modern light fixtures overhead, modern spa designs leave no stone unturned. Creating the perfect relaxing space requires an intuitive balance of color, texture and form. Color theory dictates that blue is relaxing, while green is...
  • 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: 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: Hospitality Design Spotlight: The Saguaro Palm Springs

    Take one franchise hotel with an outdated design, add some colorful paint, a little branding and voila... a super cool weekend getaway destination! The Saguaro hotel, located in South Palm Springs on East Palm Canyon, just recently opened in February 2012. Saguaro means large cactus in Spanish and there...
  • 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: Modern Luxury Hotel Design: Square Nine

    What is the purpose of vacation? To disconnect. Relax. Recharge. Be inspired. Assuming so, it would then follow that those goals should serve as guiding principles in any modern luxury hotel design. Set amid the streets of historic Belgrade, Square 9 hits the mark. Public spaces such as the...
  • Blog Post: Get the Look: Retro-Modern Chic at The Parker

    There are few places on earth that feel as retro-tastic chic as The Parker Palm Springs designed by Jonathan Adler. It's my favorite hotel in the desert. It has a combination of mid-century modern pieces with Moroccan accents, pops of color and a general playfulness that makes it so dang...
  • Blog Post: Debating Modern Architecture: Central Los Angeles High School

    Central Los Angeles High school features dramatic modern architecture designed by Wolf D. Prix and the Austrian firm Coop Himmelblau. There's no doubt this high school holds a place in debates over urbanism, planning, and architectural patronage in Los Angeles. Fifteen years ago, LAUSD launched...
  • Blog Post: Winter Weekend: Palm Springs Architecture and Design Center

    Photo by Daniel Chavkin; All Photos from Architect Magazine A modernist classic makes the perfect home for a design museum addition. Home to the world's largest assemblage of mid-century modern architecture, Palm Springs has long been a modern design lover's paradise. With winter averages...
  • Blog Post: Best Restaurant Design 2014

    Image from SHED The James Beard Foundation recently announced its winners for best restaurant design in 2014, and the winner for large restaurants is Shed in Healdsburg, designed by San Francisco-based Jensen Architects . Key to the design's success is how it speaks to Shed's "Eat...
  • Blog Post: Hotel Design: Andaz Amsterdam's Fairy Tale Design

    The Andaz Amsterdam was designed by hotel design extraordinaire Marcel Wanders. The Dutch designer infused an old library situated on the "Prince Canals" of Amsterdam with whimsy and cultural character of the surrounding upscale community. Bold graphics and sculptural furniture are...
  • 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: Best of Sci-Fi Movie Decor

    When it comes to set design, science fiction films flaunt some serious decorating chops. Laced with classic modern designs influenced by the likes of Van Der Rohe, Saarinen, and Frank Lloyd Wright, sci-fi movie decor is eye-candy for any contemporary architecture and design fan. Needless to say, there's...
  • 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...

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