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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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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The Exbury Egg

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Artist Stephen Turner is working and studying for a year, in an egg. An artful exercise in sustainability, immersing himself in the estuary of the River Beaulieu. His goal is to better understand the impact of human activity on the environment, and explore a more empathic relationship with nature. A beautiful vessel developed by a team of boat makers, architects and researchers, it is a simple structure, hand crafted, intimate and purposeful.

“The Exbury Egg will be  a temporary, energy efficient self-sustaining work space for artist Stephen Turner in the estuary of the River Beaulieu. It is a place to stay and a laboratory for studying the life of a tidal creek, a collecting and collating centre with integral storage & display areas. It will take on the patina of 730 daily tides below the water line, and 365 days of weathering by wind, rain and bleaching by the sun above.  The Egg will be ‘tethered’ like a boat and will rise and fall with the tide. The light touch and basic nature of the ‘Exbury Egg’ aims to re-appraise the way we live; to properly consider sustainably and future use of natural resources. ”

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Wire Fabric Drapery

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Looking for something a little different when it comes to window covering? A bit more modern and dramatic perhaps? Woven metal fabrics have long been used commercially, but are also great for the home. They offer versatility, unique texture, and durability and come in a range of colors. Textures vary depending on the size of the weave and material choice. Think of the possibilities. From glare control for a large window, to a room divider, offering flexibility to create intimate or generous gathering space. Or how about a shower curtain?  Wonderfully unexpected and maintenance free.

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Handmade Pouf


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The Maki stool by Magda Pinczynska is plain, practical and portable. Rolled cardboard felt-wrapped drums offer seating anywhere you would like. While the handmade pouffes feature a handle for schlepping and a row of rivets pinning the cover in place, there’s a soft-edged simplicity to each one. 100% recycling cardboard.

 

 

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