Category: Interior Design

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. ...
Design

The fluid curves of a sculptor’s lighting designs

Lighting designer John Procario has created a series of works that use sculptural forms to build unique and elegant lighting solutions. The continuous loop structure is made from timber that has been steam-bent into a free-form shape. Resembling a Möbius strip, the sweeping curves appear different from every viewpoint. Nested within the bent wood is a strip if LED lights that illuminate. The artist’s most recent pieces are made using white oak and ash wood. The designer said that his interest in wooden sculptural forms began as a metaphor for the body. Noting that “wood will bend comfortably to a point, then break; just like bone or muscle,” Procario says that the concept is based on “trying to allow beauty to be the product of strain.” ...
Interior Design

Sculptural staircase uses spiraling forms to make a grand entrance

Inside the Atrium office tower in Tel Aviv, Israel, a sculptural staircase bends and swoops, creating a fluidity within the open-air office building. Created by Tomer Gelfand, the poplar wood forms nest around the staircase and around the second floor viewing balcony. The wood was cut using a CNC machine to create the modular curved forms which were then assembled onsite. Before installation, Gelfand used simulation software to create a digital model showing how the form would appear within the entrance hall that was designed by Israeli architect, Oded Halafusing. The Atrium project was the largest that Gelfand has created to date. ...
Graphic Design

Minimalist maps become graphic wall art

Celebrating a sense of place, GrafoMap is a new online platform that lets users plug in a location and customize a map that can then be printed to become part of your decor. For many people, a map represents a sense of nostalgia — perhaps a vacation, a hometown, a site of an important moment. Just as a sports fan might showcase some of their team’s memorabilia, displaying a map is a way to pay homage to some of your favorite streets. The wall posters come in four design styles, each showcasing how streets can become a line drawing. The retailer pulls their location information from the open-source files of Open Street Map. ...
Architecture

Architecture comes indoors with this unbelievable piece of lighting design

It’s a hyper-realistic reproduction of the Vatican’s Saint Peter Basilica. Created by Alessandra Mantovani and Eleonora Barbareschi of Studio AMeBE, the innovative chandelier titled “Cupola, and light it was!” debuted at the 2016 Milan Design Week. The hand-painted limited edition lighting piece was formed using polyurethane resin and had a dimmer switch which can be controlled from an iPhone or iPad. With only an edition of 15 produced, this magnificent piece of lighting design is a unique way of bringing architecture to your interior. “We trust in a new Renaissance,” says Studi AMeBE. “This project is the demonstration of the existence of a healthy Italian system of know-how, a universal language that speaks to the entire world.” ...
Furniture

Interior installations for intensive pattern immersion

Various Projects has collaborated with Print All Over Me and Wallpaper Projects for a series of interior living space installations that they describe as “furniture for easy living”. The series called Block Party includes foam sectional furniture pieces that are covered with patterned fabric that relate to the pattern-covered walls and floor. This immersive experience is not limited to the Block Party series. A grid-based installation at Design Miami placed wire-frame furniture within a room covered with graph-paper pattern. Various Projects has called these mind-altering installations a “performative approach to our everyday interactions with the living world around us.” ...
Interior Design

19 Italian courthouses in photos

Italian photographer Luca Sironi has visited 19 courtrooms in his home county, documenting them when they are empty of people. With a tendency towards capturing a symmetrical shot in the series titled Fragments of Justice, the photographer captures what he calls ”fragments of feelings” or what happens when a busy courtroom filled with judges, lawyers, defendants, policeman, and clerks all vacate the building at the end of the day. “The deserted courtrooms do not seem to forget the speeches and debates,” he says. “Real emotional earthquakes occur in these spaces, transformed every day into a stage on which a routine of tragedies and controversies is held.” Sironi’s work as a photographer is focused on the connection between places and memory. ...
Design

Finnish designer wins Northern Lighting Design Award

The fourth annual Northern Lighting Design Award has announced the top designs, selected from designs submitted across Europe. First place went to Hannakaisa Pekkala for her minimalist lamp series titled “Symmetry”. Second place went to Roee Magdassi’s series of felt-wrapped overhead lights. Yuue Studio took third place for a portable lamp series that turns on when it’s opened and off when it’s closed. Hannakaisa Pekkala, is a student at the Institute of Design and Fine Arts in Finland. She finds inspiration in “the differences between the urban lifestyle and bare nature of Northern Finland” and uses sparseness and functionality to inform her designs. ...
Interior Design

Reimagining neon lights as a home accessory

Neon lights are often only seen as part of convenience store signs, but Australian illustrator Natalie Jarvis has another idea. Her business, Electric Confetti, is creating playful neon accessories that can be added to a home or office as a glowing accessory. In the photos below, we see a neon banana on a bathroom wall and a neon ice cream cone in a home office. Rather than making her creations out of traditional neon, Jarvis uses LED neon flex which she says “has all the brightness of the traditional stuff, but no mercury, low wattage, and is also safe for kids spaces as it can’t shatter.” ...
Art

Dazzling floor installations

The artist calls the patterned floor installations “ZOBOP”. Using vinyl tape to transform spaces, the bold patterns interact with the architecture by creating colored ripples around a building column or jagged pixelation near wall pillars. Glasgow-based artist, Jim Lambie, has been creating works in this series since 1999. Over the years, he has created the floor installations in several museums. He explains in an interview that he began with the question: “How do I fill a space and empty a space at the same time?” Check out the video below to watch the artist create a floor installation in the lobby of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. ...
Creativity

A new twist on the plaster for interior design

New Maroc Decoration Plâtre is a french engineer/builder who can transform the whole atmosphere of a room with plaster, paint and some lights. He’ll make it look like a completely different room. You can have, any color, and any theme you like, to make place where you would enjoy spending your time. To see more of his work, follow him on Facebook. ...
Industrial design

Acoustic tiles can soundproof a room with a colorfol mosaic

Producers of the hexagonal soundproofing tiles call the material “woodwool cement board”. The Swedish design firm, Form Us With Love, debuted the product at the Stockholm Design Week, hailing its environmental friendliness and functionality. Formed into a modular beehive pattern in a selection of eight colors, the tiles are a mix of wood fibers and cement. The material’s sound absorbing properties can improve a room’s acoustics, a new use for a material that is mainly used for packaging.The tiles are now being manufactured by a family-run business that is the only manufacturer of wood-wool in Sweden. The product idea was initially a response to the designers’ needs for their own studio space — they needed to stop the echoing. ...
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