May 08, 2015

Vivienne Westwood Has Designed the Largest Hotel Suite in LA

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Westwood 1As part of a £17 million renovation project, The London West Hollywood hotel has announced that it is opening a luxury suite designed by iconic British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. The 11,000 square-foot penthouse (with 5,000 square-foot of outdoor terrace) will be spread across two levels and will be the largest in Los Angeles when it opens next month, costing approximately £17,000 per night to stay in (that’s just under £120,000 for a week).
The interior will feature Vivienne Westwood-designed items throughout, including cushions, scarves, tiles, prints, and tapestries, many of which were made in collaboration with Richmond Design.
“We are proud to unveil the city’s largest, most lavish and fashion-forward hotel suite, inspired by renowned designer Vivienne Westwood, and we look forward to impressing our discerning guests with all it has to offer,” said Jeff Kuley, the hotel’s general manager.
“We were initially approached by The London West Hollywood to add inspiration to the penthouse with our prints and graphics,” said Andreas Kronthaler, Vivienne Westwood’s husband and co-designer. “We have specially curated rugs, wall-hangings and soft furnishings to bring a subtle element of our brand to the luxury apartment. It’s really exciting to see our designs translated into an interior space.”

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Source: Huh Magazine

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May 07, 2015


HIVE 1Expo Milano 2015 will open May 1 and run through October 31, 2015. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. Expo Milan is a platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation for a sustainable future.


The United Kingdom’s Milan Expo 2015 pavilion, “The Hive”, pays tribute to the hard-working dwindling honeybee population and their essential role of pollination in helping produce the food we eat. The pavilion will serve as a space where UK business, science and cultural events take place during the Expo’s six-month run. “The Hive” was designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress in collaboration with engineer Tristan Simmonds and architectural practice BDP. The pavilion boasts 169,300 individual aluminum components which are then assembled into 32 horizontal layers. The pavilion’s main body is made up of concentric zig-zag-shaped nodes, which are connected to rods up to one meter in length. The semi-circular nodes located at the intersections of the overlapping chords provide the connection points for the rods. At the heart of The Hive is a central spherical void speckled with LED light fittings. The lights then glow and pulsate to represent bee activity captured by an accelerometer located within a real beehive back in the UK.

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May 06, 2015

Pastel Accents

Pastel Accents

We continue to see pastels picking up some speed in the year. Pastel colors have slowly been making a comeback after falling out of favor in recent decades. Instead of going over the top with them, designers are incorporating subtle accents throughout the spaces they’re designing, adding pastel color without it being too sticky sweet, or child like. Using black or dark grey accents and deep color tones with pastels make them more modern and masculine. Peach has been a color that we keep seeing paired with jewel tones, navy blue, dark grey, and even the Pantone color of the year, Marsala. You can incorporate pastels in throw pillows, art work, rugs, accessories, a side chair or even painting a wall with a pastel graphic element.

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Source: designmilk

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May 05, 2015

More is More: Studio Job’s Archives Wallpaper Collection

Wallpaper 2Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, the team behind the Antwerp-based design practice, Studio Job, are used to grabbing headlines with their sardonic ‘neo-Gothic’ solo projects and collaborations—and the just-concluded Salone del Mobile in Milan was no exception. With a suite of dizzying, theatrical installations, Studio Job introduced a range of über-ornamental wallpaper designs, created for Dutch wallpaper company NLXL, that duly set tongues wagging.
The Archives collection, so named for its reprisal of existing iconography from the studio’s previous projects, comprises a line of distinct wallpaper patterns that reflect Studio Job’s preoccupation with intricately detailed, highly embellished illustrations—investigations which pointedly reject the Modernist credo of ‘less is more’ in favor of ‘more is best.’
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Visually resplendent, whether applied as single pattern or arranged as a montage, the Archivescollection—designs which are reported to run 9 meters (29 ft) in length without repetition—reflects Studio Job’s penchant for cross-pollinating disciplines and averting labels. The Archives collection straddles the line between design and art, between decorative element and singular visual expression—inviting the question of whether the patterns deserve to be adhered to a wall or, rather, framed and hung on it.

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Source: blog2modern

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May 04, 2015

At Park & Rec, It’s All Fun and Games, and Really Good Cocktails

pARK AND rECThe party comes to University Heights next month.
A new kind of food and drink revelry is gearing up for launch in University Heights, where neighborhood fixture Bourbon Street (4612 Park Boulevard), which shuttered in January, is being replaced by Park & Rec, an indoor/outdoor bar-focused hangout that’s due before Memorial Day.
Waypoint Public owner John Pani of ELE Collective has tasked drink dynamos Trevor Easter (Noble Experiment) and Anthony Schmidt (Fairweather, Rare Form) with crafting 15 signature cocktails that Pani says will be simple, straightforward and made with a compact list of ingredients; they’ll be featured at Park & Rec’s largest bar, housed in its main building along with seating and shuffleboard, fronted by a sidewalk patio.
At the center of the 3,500-square-foot space is an oak tree-shaded courtyard that will be filled with park benches, a ping-pong table and old school games. A second outdoor space will hold communal tables and another greenhouse-like bar that will serve daytime refreshers. Park & Rec’s food service will be provided by Royale with Cheese, which will cook up a menu of burger, grilled cheese sandwiches, tater tots and salads; on weekends, a variety of breakfast sandwiches will be available.
The multi-use venue host live bands and DJs, and there’s even a dance floor inside a Craftsman-style cottage, which has more seating and another bar and will be opened for special events.
Pani also holds the lease to the adjacent 3,500-square-foot Lei Lounge, which will be a separate, more restaurant-centric venture. It will likely reopen in late summer.

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Source: San Diego Eater

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April 23, 2015

TAKE ME TO CHURCH Chapel in the Ozarks

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Remotely located in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, the Thorncrown Chapel’s design has truly stood the test of time. This June marks the chapel’s 35th anniversary and for that occasion they brought in a photographer to document it throughout the seasons of 2014-15.
E. Fay Jones, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the wooden structure within a woodland sanctuary where it blends perfectly with its environment. The simple design features 425 windows that span over 6,000 square feet of glass, letting visitors feel like they are outside amongst the trees. Sitting atop over 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone, Thorncrown rises up 48 feet above the ground. Wanting to preserve the land, Jones only allowed building materials that two men could carry through the woods. Larger elements, like the trusses, were assembled on site.

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April 23, 2015

ArtWalk 2015 to Color Streets of Little Italy

Artwalk 1Little Italy will be covered in color and art this weekend as the 31st Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk hits the streets. The popular, free outdoor arts festival is happening both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with more than 120,000 people expected to enjoy the art vendors, live music and interactive, art-focused activities.

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ArtWalk spokesperson Angie Lasagna said the street fest will span 17 blocks between Ash and Grape streets with more than 350 booths for attendees to peruse. Many of those artist booths will line India Street. A special KidsWalk area will keep the little ones entertained with 13 interactive booths. Organizers say the ArtWalk activities will help support the mission of ArtReach San Diego, the non-profit organization that takes art workshops into San Diego County schools, offering free programming to schools with no resources for art education.

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Source: NBC San Diego

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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!

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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.

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Source: My Modern Met

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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.

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