Big Bold Unabashed Color

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Big Bold Color. It demands space to empower a room. These stunning examples of large splashes of pigment speak to simple gestures, not letting the space get too busy but rather placing sculptural, singular elements of focus in the room. So dramatic, and full of energy. Notice how the floors are used in this color scheme?  All planes (walls, ceiling and floor) play off each other to become part of the composition. These spaces work so well because the saturation of hues are balanced.

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“Designed by Gisbert Pöppler, The Hansaviertel Project is a full renovation of a private apartment owned by a prominent writer for the popular German television show “Verliebt in Berlin”. The property is tucked in the corner of a large modern apartment building, designed by Walter Gropius for the 1957 Interntational Building Exhibition, “Interbau”. As if intentionally planned to coincide with this important milestone, the renovation was completed just in time to celebrate the 90th year anniversary of this now classic modernist BAUHAUS experiment in urban living.” architectonic

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Warm Modern

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Modern design is often thought of as cold or harsh. That need not be the case. If you are a fan of modern light filled rooms with simple clean lines, you can also enjoy a space that is warm and comfortable. Introducing a neutral palette of warm tonal whites, paired with mid value woods can create a welcoming and relaxing environment.

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“In the Italian Alps, in the heart of South Tyrol, architects Vudafieri Saverino Partners designed a modern house which thanks to a thoughtful choice of materials and colour combinations blends seamlessly into its surroundings and proves warmly welcoming, reinterpreting the spare, almost monastic spirit of the typical buildings of the region. ”

 

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Hospitality of Pegboard

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What a lady. Just look at that modern solution to kitchen storage. Julia Child’s kitchen makes great use of everyday pegboard to create visual interest, art if you will, and in turn a well organized kitchen. Or was it the other way around?  Pegboard is one of those ubiquitous everyday objects that often gets overlooked, simple perforated hardboard provides the flexibility to design a display. Traditionally used for tools, Julia’s inspiration suggests the possibilities are endless. And installing pegboard is an easy DIY-ers dream.

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Bubble Chandelier

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An illuminating statement on the environment.  Designed by Souda, The Bubble Chandelier is being made through a partnership with Sure We Can, a Brooklyn based non-profit organization that runs the only homeless-friendly can redemption center in New York City. The entirety of the plastic bottles used to create the Bubble Chandelier are post-consumer bottles, collected on New York City streets by homeless individuals and people who collect cans. A portion of the proceeds from each light sold will be donated directly to Sure We Can to help improve the conditions of their facility. A venture that makes your home and your heart light up.

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The Sliding House

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A sliding house. An engineering feat, and a dramatic unveiling of transparency hidden under a sheath of wood. A spectacle of both mechanics and modern architecture. This home has been published in such varied publications as Popular Mechanics and Architecture Journals, due to the innovative approach to design. Talk about thinking outside the box!

This traditional farmhouse was created by London-based dRRM Architects with one major mechanical surprise. The 20-ton outer shell of this home can be retracted in six minutes, revealing a second, mostly glass, inner shell. Power comes from four 12-volt batteries which run a motor that pulls small wheels, built into the timber shell, along an old set of railroad tracks. This feature gives the owners control over how the house interacts with the surrounding environment, allowing them to make adjustments as seasonal temperatures and light cycles change.

More information found at www.therussellhouse.org
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