April 17, 2015

From the Ground, UP

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04 16 2015  5Are you looking to spruce up an area quickly and stylishly? Does your room need a focal point or anchor? Rugs are the perfect source of art for the floor, and are one of the easiest and most versatile items to decorate with.. There is no disputing that a room without a rug feels empty. . .

There are different rugs that speak to different people, and that’s the beauty of them. They can add drama, texture, color, pattern and vibrancy. They connect with different people for different reasons. We have revamped out rug selection at Hold It Contemporary Home, and have snapped up fresh finds from leading rug vendors, including Chandra, Linie Designs, Surya, Jaunty Rugs, and Alliyah. Come and see which one will inspire you!

Submitted by: Caity

Posted by Mike McAllister 10:00am in Design Trends, Indoor Living, Modern Design Comments Off

April 16, 2015


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If you had never imagined a helicopter being all that luxurious, think again. The Bell 525 Relentless is now in development and will feature a variety of gorgeous interiors that are commonly found aboard private jets. It’ll have a customizable 88-square-foot cabin that boasts over-sized swivel seating, conference layouts, and a mini galley. At first glance, you not might even realize that it’s the inside of a helicopter!
While passengers will be comfortable, the flight crew will also have state-of-the-art equipment. The 525 Relentless is the first commercial helicopter with a fly-by-wire cockpit, and it features sidekick controls with an integrated touchscreen Garmin flight deck. Cruising speeds can reach 178 miles per hour and fly up to 575 miles without having to refuel. This allows it to meet the demands of emergency response crews as well as corporate shuttle missions.

Submitted by: Dwayne

Source: My Modern Met

Posted by Mike McAllister 11:10am in Design Trends, Modern Technology, Staff Picks, Transportation Comments Off

April 11, 2015

Weather Friendly Architecture

Weather Friendly Architecture

Located on a northwest slope overlooking British Columbia’s Whistler Valley, this country house in Canada has been designed to shed snow from its roof into storage areas within the site. Completed by Patkau Architects, the external form of ‘Hadaway House’ is also a direct response to the allowable building footprint and height limitations.
Internally, the main level is essentially one large space with living, dining and kitchen areas with an outdoor deck that opens up to the valley view below. A vertical crevice of space runs under the highest roof ridge, bisecting the warped volume and bringing light to the deepest part of the section and plan. Stairs rise within this rift and a bridge connects the master bedroom suite and the adjacent study. At the lowermost level more intimate spaces house guest bedrooms and a second living area, as well as a large service area where skiers can store necessary equipment.
The slabs and walls which enclose the lower floor are concrete construction, while the uppermost stories are a composite steel and heavy timber structure with wood frame infill. The entire structure is sheathed with a monolithic screen of open-spaced 2 x 6 cedar boards over conventional roof and wall assemblies. The thermal mass of the lower concrete structure dampens temperature swings during summer and winter. In warmer months the interior is naturally cooled and ventilated by drawing air from the lower level on the north side of the house to vent at the top of the central rift.

Submitted by: Crystal

Source: designboom.com

Posted by Mike McAllister 9:30am in Architecture, Designer Homes Comments Off

April 10, 2015

Vondom Modern Furniture Lights up Australia’s Matisse Beach Club

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04102015 1Western Australia’s Matisse Beach Club, resplendent in striking modern outdoor furniture by Vondom, is racking up 2015 design awards. Located in the Perth suburb of Scarborough, the club’s design was overseen by Oldfield Knott Architects, whose sharply angled architectural elements and Miami-esque color scheme were conveniently aided by a dazzling selection of futuristic, faceted contemporary furnishings from the Vondom Faz and Vertex collections. Featuring a suite of indoor and outdoor meeting and dining spaces, and slope-roofed cabanas that can accommodate up to 14, the club’s impossibly glamorous design has already taken home a slew of awards, and is a finalist for the 2015 Australian Interior Design Awards—and you won’t catch us betting against it.

Submitted by: Sylvia

Source: 2modern.com

Posted by Mike McAllister 9:00am in Architecture, Outdoor Living Comments Off

April 09, 2015

SDM Apartment by Architectura en MovimientoSD

04092015 404092015 5Located in central Mumbai, Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop’s six story building, featuring two stories per apartment, contrasts standard housing in India by attending to similar spaces with diverse ideas. The SDM Apartment, in particular, houses uniquely designed rooms, which blend seamlessly with the space overall.
The centerpiece of the apartment is the staircase, a striking work of art in and of itself.

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Visible from nearly every public area of the apartment, the staircase draws its viewers in as it blooms with natural light. A bulk of the staircase is made up of flat, horizontal boards that curve up from the first floor to the second, creating steps on both levels from minimal beams and vertical portions against which one could nestle with a book in hand. The unique segmented design of the staircase is replicated in many works throughout the apartment.

Submitted by: Elizabeth

Source: knstrct.com

Posted by Mike McAllister 8:55am in Architecture, Craftsmanship, Modern Design Comments Off

April 08, 2015

Hand Dug Caves

Hand Dug Caves

Wielding a wheelbarrow-backpack, American artist Ra Paulette hikes a mile into the sandstone mesas of northern New Mexico. For over ten years, Ra has traveled alone to his luminous caves, chipping scraping and digging away into the mountainsides carving out wondrous light-filled caverns. each pile of dirt was intentionally dug and personally discarded by Ra, as the concepts of the luminous caves delves even deeper than the sheer wonder of one person creating a masterpiece of this scale, alone, every day for over ten years.
Paulette was always struck by the relationship between humans, nature, and the inner soul. A solitary walk through a forest is more than a casual stroll, it becomes an introspective pilgrimage. When complete, the caves are meant to provide surreal transformative environments for this exact purpose- they are designed to foster ‘spiritual renewal and personal well-being‘. Illuminated only by light tunnels in the ceilings, each chamber possesses its own unique qualities. Although the designs cannot really be likened to any one specific style, each space exhibits a mastery of textures brought to life by light, each creating their own feeling. When complete, the caves will become a venue for artistic events and personal discovery. by combining a sense of wonder, beauty, and the sacred, Paulette attempts to change our actions as a society to help bring about change.

Submitted by: Crystal

Source: designboom.com

Posted by Mike McAllister 10:01am in Architecture, Creative Arts, Designer Homes Comments Off

April 07, 2015

A Cure for the Cold-Weather Blues

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Living in San Diego, we get some of the best weather in the world. For those of you who are not so fortunate, The Day and Night Light by Eleonore Delisse may be the cure for your Cold Weather blues. It is not only a beautiful, richly hued lamp; it also has a psychological benefit. The way the colors oscillate within the lamp is coordinated with the body’s circadian rhythm, and can help rebalance our internal cycles.

Set to cycle every 24 hours, the light changes due to a slowly rotating dichroic glass. In the morning, it casts a cool blue light to stimulate wakefulness. In the evening, it shines warm amber light, resulting in increased melatonin production to aid with sleep. By mimicking natural daylight, it helps stop the negative effects of winter. For those who may suffer from seasonal affective disorder, the Day and Night Light might be the perfect alternative remedy.

Submitted by: Caity

Source: Design Milk

Posted by Mike McAllister 7:40am in Uncategorized Comments Off

April 03, 2015

Calligaris Dining Sale

Don’t miss the Semi-Annual Calligaris Dining sale between Friday April 3, 2015 and Sunday April 19, 2015. Take 30% off MSRP on all dining tables, dining chairs and sideboards. Includes all US Quick Ship and Exclusive dining items. Now is the time to enjoy Italian Smart Design.

Posted by Mike McAllister 9:00am in Sale, Uncategorized Comments Off

April 02, 2015

La Purificadora Hotel

La Pueblo 1La Pueblo 2In the late 1960s, Ricardo Legorreta’s Camino Real Mexico in Mexico City stunningly demonstrated that a hotel could be high modern and ultra-glamorous. During a time when hotel-chain file boxes and souped-up Miami slabs dominated hospitality architecture, Legorreta’s hotel, with its polychromatic, taut, planar, stucco forms, interspersed with lushly landscaped outdoor rooms, set a new standard.
The 76-year-old architect, now working with his son Victor, has brought his distinctive imprimatur to the heart of its historic section, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. La Purificadora, the hotel Legorreta + Legorreta designed (along with the firm of Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos), occupies the remains of a 1844 stone-walled factory where water was bottled and purified for ice.
It helps to have the right client—Grupo Habita, an adventurous boutique hotel operation in Mexico City.

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With its latest (and sixth) hotel, Grupo Habita was asked by a Spanish/Mexican real estate and construction company to conceive and operate the 26-room luxury hotel in Puebla, a city founded by Spaniards in 1531. The hotel was to be knitted into the dense urban fabric adjacent to the Spanish Colonial San Francisco church, a convention center, sculpture park, a new shopping mall––all part of an urban development plan known as Paseo San Francisco. Because the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) had designated the building as part of the city’s historic patrimony, the hotel design was given a fair amount of scrutiny by archeologists.

Submitted by: Elizabeth

Source: Architravel

Posted by Mike McAllister 9:45am in Architecture, Hotel/Motel, Modern Design Comments Off

April 01, 2015


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This young family in Creve Coeur, Missouri bought an Atomic Ranch home that was originally built in the 1970s, and hired architect Thomas Wall to give it a fresh contemporary update. The project description:
The homeowners of this Mid Century Modern home in Creve Coeur are a young architectural designer and his wife and their young son. Being avid collectors of Mid Century Modern furniture and furnishings, they purchased their Atomic Ranch home, built in the 1970s, and saw in it a perfect future vessel for their lifestyle. Nothing had been done to the home in 40 years but they saw it as a fresh palette. The walls separating the kitchen from the dining, living, and entry areas were removed. Support beams and columns were created to hold the loads. The kitchen and laundry facilities were gutted and the living areas refurbished. They saw open space with great light, just waiting to be used.

04012015  02As they waited for the perfect time, they continued collecting. The Architect purchased their Claritone, of which less than 50 are in circulation: two are in the Playboy Mansion, and Frank Sinatra had four. They found their Bertoia wire chairs, and Eames and Baby Eames rockers. The chandelier over the dining room was found in a Los Angeles prop studio. The dining table and benches were made from the reclaimed wood of a beam that was removed, custom designed and made by Mwanzi and Co. The flooring is white oak with a white stain. Chairs are by Kartell. The lighting pendants over the island are by Tom Dixon and were found at Centro in St. Louis. Appliances were collected as they found them on sale and were stored in the garage along with the collections, until the time was right… Even the dog was curated…from a South Central Los Angeles Animal Shelter.

Submitted by: Daniel

Source: Contemporist

Posted by Mike McAllister 11:13am in Architecture, Mid Century, Modern Design Comments Off