Category: Interior Design

Art

Gameboy, Blackberry, iPhone, and more retro gaming patents sold as wall art

For most people, a classical painting or artistic portrait is the ideal hanging on the wall. Others settle for motivational posters for its simplicity and neutrality. But for gaming enthusiasts, there are not many choices to choose from. Luckily, a newly-opened online store has just opened that would definitely amaze the gaming community. Retro Patent, a project-cum-startup, features patent prints of historical gaming icons as wall décor. The collection ranges from the iconic Gameboy, to advanced technological inventions such as the Blackberry and the iPhone. The online shop founders Aidan Sliney and Craig Watson came up with the idea when they were traveling to Copenhagen with their wives. It was in a small boutique shop that they discovered a patent print of the classic Harley-Davidson. It was a personal project at first but eventually became a business once people started asking them for copies. The Retro Patent wall hangings come in 12 x 8 inches and 24 x 36 inches...
Architecture

Marcel Breuer’s legacy in architecture and design is remembered in photos at the Met Breuer

The Met Breuer, the iconic museum in Manhattan, New York, formerly known as the Whitney Museum of American Art, has commissioned photographers Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen to take photos of some of the renowned works of the museum's namesake and architect, Marcel Breuer (1902-1981). Now exhibited at "Breuer Revisited: New Photographs," the museum's first architecture exhibition under its new name, Lambri and Princen's works capture the modernist spirit of Breuer's approach to architecture and as well as pay tribute  to the visionary quality of his oeuvre. Lambri and Princen took compelling snapshots of four of Breuer's landmark buildings, namely the Saint John’s Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the IBM Research center in La Gaude, France, and, fittingly, the Met Breuer, which is renowned particularly for its form as an inverted ziggurat. The photos are characterized by their masterful employment of chiaroscuro,...
Architecture

David Burdeny captures Italy’s breathtakingly decadent interiors

Italy is widely known for its rich and opulent architecture. But none has ever captured this grand architectural era in its full glory and color – until David Burdeny. An interior design and architecture graduate of the University of Manitoba, David Burdeny has now turned his attention into appreciating the structure, colors, and materials through photography. Just like his former photographic venture focusing on Moscow’s subway station, this project was pursued to give an ode to Italy’s long forgotten but still decadent interior design. It is like walking into a history class on Italy’s early architecture. The collection shows the ceiling murals and paintings, the intricate craftsmanship of sculpture and molding, the huge foyers and hallways adorned with sophisticated and opulent furniture. Italy’s wealthy days has truly been captured in Burdeny’s photo series. Burdeny would like to think that “there is a mystery at the heart of all my photographs,...
Architecture

Critiquing ideas of national identity and globalization using caged taxidermied birds and an upside-down tree

"Question the Wall Itself," a new exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, is all about the capacity to interrogate symbols and their (varied) meanings. As its title might suggest, the show features installations that poses, and arouses, questions on customary notions of space, both within and beyond a structure -- not only in a physical sense but, more importantly, in a psychological and political one. In the interactions between the works and the viewers, these notions are expected to be challenged or even reconstructed, making beholders reflect on, or perhaps cast a doubtful look at,  their own perceptions of belonging and identity. What belongs to whom? Does anything really rightfully constitute exclusivity of ownership? One of the works exhibited is Rosemarie Trockel’s "As far as possible." The work is composed of taxidermied birds in a cage and a palm tree hanging from the ceiling, along with other exoticized objects. Fionn Meade, artistic...
Art

The coolest PR firm in the entire world, Freuds, is beaming chock full of art

Have you ever wanted to work in a "cool" office? I bet that you have. Well, if you are any one of the employees in the London-based PR firm Freuds, then you're probably pretty contented with your workplace. As it turns out, this seemingly regular office from the outside is filled with eccentric and vintage artwork inside. The firm was founded by Matthew Freud (yes, he is related to Sigmund Freud). Once you get inside, you'll find everything from dinosaur remains to motorbikes to paintings to vintage furniture. There's an Obama painting, as well as art pieces by Banksy and Damien Hirst. When you view the office from the Fitzrovia side street where it is situated, you would never for a second mistake it to be uber exciting indoors. Whether you're in need of public relations services or not, you will surely want to take a peep inside their unusual offices. ...
Architecture

From the young boy in the backyard to “rattan’s first virtuoso”

A multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu, Philippines, Kenneth Cobonpue made a name both in the local and international for his unique designs and roster of clientele that include names such as Queen Sophia of Spain and Brad Pitt.  Cobonpue’s trademark is the integration of locally sourced materials with innovative handmade production processes. His craft is recognized by different award-giving bodies around the globe like the American Society of Interior Design and French Coup de Couer to name a few. His designs have also appeared in films, music videos, and US TV series. In 2007, Kenneth was named by TIME magazine as “rattan’s first virtuoso”. Kenneth was born in a Chinese family and was initially encouraged by his father to take up a business course. But his love for designing was developed at an early age when he used to play with various materials and create furniture pieces at his mother’s backyard factory. Although he followed...
Interior Design

Paper sculptures refresh the eyes with kaleidoscopic color palette

Jen Stark is an artist who creates intricate sculptures made of paper. Her pieces often remind the audience of kaleidoscope visions because of the bright colors. Born in Miami, Florida in 1983, Jen currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She got her Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. She majored in fibers and minored in animation. Her artworks are three-dimensional pieces which take the paper to a whole new level of sculpture. Since the process of making her pieces are very tedious, she hired a few assistants to help her. It usually takes her a few days to a couple of months to complete a piece depending on the size and complexity. The largest project she has done so far is a mural and a sculpture she made for a mall in Chicago. For more of her work, visit her website or follow her social media accounts, Facebook and Instagram. ...
Art

Los Angeles-based artist creates inspiring and chic art from nothing but rope and metal fragments

For most of us, art requires a lot of fancy materials and resources. If we were given nothing more than rope, pieces of tiny metal fragments, and some watercolor, we'll probably stare at it and do nothing much. But for L.A.-based artist Cindy Zell, this is not the case. Given these items, she is able to create not just art, but magic in its rarest form. Zell is gaining a nice following because of her sophisticated taste and hands-down raw talent. Her sculptures are "material-driven" and have been decorating Los Angeles recently. She tends to lean towards pastel-washed and light-hued pieces, which reminds us that delicate isn't always weak. It can give us the balance that we all need, especially is such a fast-paced and competitive world. Minimalists and art lovers, in general, will love her work. Find out more about her by following her on Instagram. Her current exhibition is entitled "ROPETITION" and is on display in San Francisco, CA right now until March 7th.  ...
Art

Check out this spring-inspired chic art featuring 2017’s color of the year: Greenery

The art-deco blog SFGirlByBay, headed by editor-in-chief Victoria Smith, is a great resource for anybody who is looking for some design inspiration. Whether it's for interior design or simple home decorating that stands out from the old and stale, then you can count on this site to get fresh and zesty ideas from each post. One particular idea shared by Smith is the use of "greenery" as an update to your decor's color palette. More specifically, using art that has spring-like themes and colors. This eliminates the challenge of adding art and color, because it hits two birds in one stone. Check out the photos below to get a clearer picture. These are from Smith's curated art collection in collaboration with Art.com. Whether you're from San Francisco or not, these can definitely give you tons of decorating ideas that you can try out at home. ...
Animation

Realistic 3D models of office TV show fan favorites Mad Men, Suits, Parks and Rec, and more

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be walking inside Mad Men’s mid-century modernist-inspired interiors? Or slacking around and playing technological geek inside the messy nest of the genius bunch in The It Crowd? We all have, at one point in our lives, wanted to replace our normal, mediocre corporate life with one of our favorite TV show cast’s complicated yet much more interesting life of cocktails and lawsuits. And this cool new 3D project might just fulfill those sitcom dreams. The team of real estate professionals at Drawbotics made exquisitely detailed 3D models of top rating office TV shows from scratch, relying only on research and meticulousness. These models are made to take the audience into a realistic, one-of-a-kind walkthrough of the offices from fan favorites Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation, Silicon Valley, and even Suits – just to name a few. These workplaces were perfectly recreated from the floor plans down to the smallest...
Architecture

Frames and mirrors are more than just boring implements for French artist Mathias Kiss — they’re the artworks

Frames are objects of utility, there to fulfill practical functions rather than serve any more noble purpose, such as inspiring one to reflect on a given subject, as art is designed to do. But that's not the case for designer Mathias Kiss. For him, a frame, presented in a certain way, can be more than a material used to define the realm of an artwork; it can also be a thing of artistic value in itself in that he can use it to provoke thought. For the French artist, frames -- as well mirrors, which are equally mundane in their existence as implements --  can be artworks, ones that can decidedly go against classicism, as one might expect. "My inspiration comes from a reaction to my historical past, which I confront with fashion, music and with contemporary culture," he told The Globe and Mail. Kiss, born in Hungary, uses his training in painting and classicism as a counterpoint for what he intends to achieve with his art. "It’s the materials and codes of French classicism that I use...
Architecture

Collection of photos caputring plant-filled homes around the world

The following pictures have been collected on Pinterest. All of the houses contain plants in their interiors. It takes more than an ordinary flower lover to create anything that rivals what these real plant enthusiasts have created - they have made little wild gardens inside their houses! Who wouldn’t like to have a house or office like that? It is a healthy and absolutely peaceful surrounding to be in. Take a look. ...
Architecture

A novel way of displaying art: hanging frames on bookcases and (virtually) any flat surface

Say goodbye to minimalism. The new year comes in with a bang when it comes to interior design and architecture. It seems that simply hanging paintings on your wall is too passé these days. The shift began towards the end of 2016 and is carried on to the dawn of 2017. The trend that would make you think it came only from hipsters and wannabe designers is actually making a statement in the design world. Thanks to underground indie photographers and illustrators, we are now acknowledging the fact that any and all flat surfaces are acceptable venues for displaying art. So if you've got bookshelves or even an entire library in your home, hanging framed paintings, landscapes, or even your own portraits on the shelves' partitions might actually mean that you're on your way to modern creativity. What once was considered as "too much" is now possibly along the tenets of reasonable style. Either way, this way of displaying art can definitely attract they eyes of any visitor that...
Creativity

Company designs a stylish way to have more privacy when sleeping

You don’t have to go camping to sleep in a tent anymore. American company Privacy Pop has invented a privacy bed tent which you can install in your bedroom or anywhere you would love to sleep isolated and safe from the scary insects. That’s right. For this purpose, Privacy Pop has created a Bug Tent too. Privacy bed tent could be also a dream bed for those who want to isolate themselves in a shared room. Hiding from your roommates was never easier. Check this out. ...
Cute

Regal and exotic cardboard landmarks for your cat to enjoy

To all of us who have a cat or a kitten, we know that, however wonderful and well-designed a cat bed or toy is, they always prefer the box it came in. If it fits, the cat sits, if it doesn't, they sit anyway. The fluffy fur balls already act like they own the world - so it's fitting that this designer has created world landmarks for them to climb on.  To see more of the eco-friendly, sustainable cat approved options available, visit the website, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or Twitter.  ...
Art

Vintage lightbulbs use flowers with phosphorous coating as filament

These vintage light bulbs are just as awesome creatively as the smart bulbs of today. Aerolux Light Corporation produced these fantastic novelty bulbs from the 1930s to the 1970s where they used flowers in place of traditional filaments. Contained inside a traditional glass light bulb were mixtures of neon or argon, some components have phosphors coatings to achieve the different colors. An interesting fact on Wikipedia states, "These phosphors fluoresced when excited by glow discharge. Because glow discharge occurs readily at 110-120 volts AC, one could use these bulbs in standard household lamps in the United States." Sold for a mere 20 cents back then, these bulbs are now on the market for hundreds. Check on Ebay or Etsy and watch the video below to learn more! ...
Design

Philips’ Hue Go makes colored smart-lighting portable and affordable

Philips has been in the smart lighting game for a while now and the Hue Go is a just another brilliant way they're working to solidify their place in the market. The Hue Go is a portable lamp that carries the power of Philips's 16-million-color connected, vibrant-as-heck, LED light bulbs within its bowl-shaped form. There's a groove at the bottom that lets you set the lamp up at 45-degrees. And since the on/off switch is located underneath, keeping it tilted is the better option. That same button is used to cycle through colors and scenes, so it can be problematic at times. To compensate for that, you have the option of pairing the Go with a Hue Bridge. This lets you play around with Philips' awesome scenes with your phone. You can go wireless, but for some reason the Go only lasts three hours on a charge, leaving that Netflix binge session in the dark, unless of course, you're not big on portability. Now, I will say that for $79.99, this...
Architecture

Retro glamour in Leo’s Oyster bar

Leo’s Oyster bar is a relatively new hot spot in San Francisco. It “smells” retro with the botanical wallpaper, black and white tiles and floral decoration all around the place. The designer of the restaurant is San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk. “Quintessentially masculine space that introduces tension with feminine qualities,” says Fulk for the midcentury dining room. Owners of this place Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas have created definitely a unique experience for their customers. For more information about the restaurant, its history, and the menu, check out their website here. ...
Creativity

Meet the brilliance of Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence

"Tell me, does love make one a fool or only fool falls in love?" Orhan Pamuk is the best known Turkish, Nobel prize-winning writer. His style of narrating and the imagination are far from ordinary. In 2015, Orhan Pamuk went even further in his artistic exploration and created a museum based on his book “The museum of innocence”. The book came first and then Pamuk decided to embody the imagination in a brilliant way. In the museum visitors can see and feel everything that imaginary characters Fusun and Kemal touched for nine years. The collection includes jewellery, underwear, earrings, dresses, and hundreds of cigarette ends. The museum was announced as the winner of the 2014 European Museum of the Year Award. In 2015, a director Grant Gee made a film “Innocence of memories” based on Orhan Pamuk’s book. For more details check the museum’s official website. ...
Creativity

Playful takes on classic interior by Florida design studio

Shelley Klausman Interiors is a design firm based out of Winter Park, Florida and it's helping to solidify the importance of classic interior design in today's age. Blending classical design with fairytale-inspired color palettes, these interiors feature elegant touches like chandeliers, tray ceilings with clouds, and compass rose decals on hardwood floors. Contrasting tones are also not hard to find in the playful interiors by Shelley Klausman, with Greek and roman frescoes. Check out some of the whimsical interiors below and  head on over to Klausman's website here to learn more.  ...
Design

New series of furniture by Martyn Thompson inspired by the Ionian Sea

This year's London Design Week yielded loads of fabulous exhibits. However, the exhibit by the Martyn Thompson Studio probably stood out the most! The studio unveiled a new collection of abstract textiles via a pop-up shop during the event. The patterns are reminiscent of previous works by Thompson. The oceanic patterns used in the fabrics were inspired by Thompson’s photographs of the Ionian Sea. The patterns are woven in 100% cotton on a jacquard loom. Thompson says he incorporates fantastic imagery into his everyday work. Check out some of the furniture below and learn more on their website. ...
Architecture

There’s now a robotic system to maximize your apartment space

Are you suffering from the woes of a cramped apartment? A breakthrough robotic technology will solve those problems in the blink of an eye. Ori Systems' robotic organizational units fold and unfold effortlessly before your eyes, turning small spaces in completely different rooms in just seconds. The transformation seems magical, as you move walls and furniture with the touch of a button and bedrooms become living rooms or  walk-in closets. See more of this ingenious system on their website, twitter, or vimeo. ...
Art

Unique rugs mimick lush environments and satellite imagery

Have you ever seen gorgeous satellite imagery on Google Maps and wondered how you could incorporate those images into your home decor? Argentinean artist Alexandra Kehayoglou has done just that and now she produces unique, handcrafted rugs from beautiful satellite images. The lush environments mimic real-world aerial views reminiscent of something you'd likely find on Google Maps. Some of the pieces can take months depending on their size. Recently, Kehayoglou created a carpeted runway for designer Dries Van Noten; a collaboration with Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. Check out some of her rugs below and find more on Instagram, Artsy, and on her website. ...
Architecture

Etsy’s newly designed office space

Architecture firm Gensler has designed office space for both Facebook and AirBnB. In a recent project, the company was commissioned by Etsy to create offices from industrial building that was once used by Jehovah’s Witnesses to print materials. Located in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, the new space was photographed by Garrett Rowland. In furnishing the space, the company turned to its network of artisans, resulting in about half of the 200,000-square-foot space being filled with handmade goods that were made locally. The lead designer, Amanda Carroll, said, “The emphasis on furniture was three times that of a regular project.” She added, “We had furniture meetings every single week, which is not normal.” ...
Interior Design

Interior murals with Japanese motifs adorn restaurant’s walls

Sydney-based architecture and interior design firm Luchetti Krelle focuses on designs for the hospitality sector. A collaboration between Rachel Luchetti and Stuart Krelle, the company has won many awards including the Sydney Design Awards and the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. In an interior space they created in collaboration with Steelman Partners for the Japanese restaurant Kiyomi at Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino, we see an innovative use of of the Japanese motifs representing family and the seasons. Painted atop the visual texture of wooden blocks stacked at various heights, each mural gives a bold focal point to the dining booths. ...
Industrial design

Design innovation: Solar panels are embedded into stained glass

A new design technology by Marjan van Aubel integrates solar cells into stained glass windows. Producing the products under the brand Caventou, the technology is similar to photosynthesis in the solar cells use the property of color to create an electrical current. These dye-sensitized solar cells have been integrated into both windows and glass tables, both of which are self-sufficient, needing no cables or wires to connect to the wall. Instead they have USB ports to charge your devices. “Different colours have different wavelengths and thus produce different energy levels,” explained van Aubel in an interview. “I had to work closely together with the dye-solar cell manufacturer to work out a pattern that was both beautiful and that generated a sufficient amount of energy.” van Aubel founded the product line with Peter Krige who focuses on technology development and Samira Ann Qassim whose focus is business development. ...
Interior Design

Coiled ceramics that slump and curl

Beginning potters often start out by coiling clay into vessels. Australian-based ceramicist Rose Wei has revisited this beginner technique and created forms that slump and curl elegantly. Working under the pseudonym Zhu Ohmu, the ceramic series was created as a response to 3D printing. She says, “I wanted to see how forms would turn out if I copied the way the 3D printer mound coils on top of each other with my hands.” The works will be exhibited in the exhibition, Wonky, a celebration of the wabi-sabi principles that will be held at Tinning Street Gallery. ...
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