Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Interior Design & Architecture Inspiration Newsletter Interior Design & Architecture Inspiration Newsletter

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Nelson Sunflower Clock

Posted: 02 May 2012 11:43 AM PDT

It is amazing what you can do with a simple clock mechanism and a lot of imagination. With just these two ingredients you can obtain a lot of wonderful products, especially if your name is George Nelson and you still are one of the greatest names in modern design. He was at the peak of his career back in the 1950s and 60s, but his works are admired and treasured more than ever. This is the Nelson Sunflower Clock, a very simple, yet very beautiful and graceful objects you can admire in someone’s home. It is, indeed, pretty similar in shape and appearance to a sunflower and it was created in 1958 by George Nelson.

This clock is still manufactured by Vitra in Poland and I think it is very modern. You can take it and make it your best home accessory and you will see it fits any home, bringing a bit of great design in it. The clock is made of plywood, each “petal” being made of two bent narrow stripes of plywood. The sunflower clock has a black clock mechanism in the center and, even if there are no numbers on it, you can still tell the time thanks to the small and discreet little white dots that are placed at the joining spots. The item can be purchased now for $1,185.

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Accent Blue Table Lamp

Posted: 02 May 2012 10:06 AM PDT

I like spring because it is full of flowers. Whether you walk in the forest or in the park, you will be surrounded by smaller or larger flowers, all of them beautifully coloured. I like bluebells most of all because they seem so fragile, but also very nice, reminding you of little bells in your church and also bringing a bit of the clear sky on earth. This  Accent Blue Table Lamp is perfect for your home and it also brings a bit of nature inside.  This table lamp will immediately catch your eyes and will be the centerpiece of any room by simply being there.

First of all it is blue. That it has two lamp shades that are shaped just like the bluebells in the forest. You can almost smell their perfume, as they are very realistic in design. It has a bronze fixture finish and this adds a plus of elegance and style. The lamp is perfect to be used on your desk or on any table as a matter of fact. It works with two 40 watt light bulbs (that are not included in the price) . The lamp shades are made of coloured glass and the blue light they cast is at least interesting. The item can now be bought for $77.99.

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Versatile work center with huge work surface

Posted: 02 May 2012 08:23 AM PDT

Space always seems to be necessary when it comes to refer to our home office. It is our working space where we can do different things from working on computer, writing on a sheet of paper, drawing, crafting, painting or arranging some things. Usually the working surface needs to be large so that we can move comfortably and we some extra deposit space is also needed.

If you need all these things then Project Center is your answer to all these aspects. Venture Horizon designed this work centre which has a large work space, one 9-section adjustable-height bookcase, and one 3-bin cabinet organizes materials and supplies for hobbies and projects. Here you can work sitting comfortably or do everything you need in a relaxing way.The strength, stability and durability of Project Center are provided by stain-resistant, laminated wood composites, including MDF. It is made in USA and is available in various colors like: black, oak, dark walnut, and white. A set of three optional drawers to fit bins are sold separately.

Project Center is very practical and useful, available with two bookcases or with two-3bin cabinets too. Those who are already interested in this piece of furniture may take into consideration some dimensions like: 55″W x 40.75″D x 38.5″H. Spacious tabletop measures 55″W x 41″D x 2.5″H. Bookcase dimensions: 39″W x 11.5″D x 36″H. 3-bin cabinet storage bays are 11.25″ x 10.625″ x 39″ long. They will provide you the necessary information so that you see if it is the perfect furniture piece for your home.

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Unique and Comfortable California Loft

Posted: 02 May 2012 06:41 AM PDT

Usually, many people think that it's necessary to have a house far from civilization and crowded cities to relax and enjoy every moment with family and friends. Located in West Hollywood, California, Orange Grove house designed by BROOKS + SCARPA Architects proves us the contrary.

This five-unit loft project is the perfect example that a family can live in comfort in a neighborhood near the excitement of Hollywood. Although the building has a different material palette and scale from the other ones around, it is very important that it doesn't stand out too much, to disturb the balance.

However, the house has a unique design; it seems to be composed by two opposite but identical buildings connected by a black area in the middle of the structure. Inside, we can see a big and airy open space decorated in an eclectic style. The big walls and ceilings are painted in white to create the illusion of a bigger and brighter space, while the floors are made of stained concrete. Big sliding glass doors and windows allow the light in, but also give the opportunity to enjoy the views.

The living area is very simple decorated with some minimalist chairs and a small coffee table on a black carpet. On a higher level, separated from the living room, there is the kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances and white modern furniture, and also the dining area. To reach the upper floors, the house has a simple but useful staircase made of steel and wood, the only warm material from the entire house.

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Brazilian editor and stylesetter Fabrizio Rollo apartment

Posted: 02 May 2012 05:40 AM PDT

This is the home of Brazilian editor and style-setter Fabrizio Rollo. It's a lovely apartment located in Sao Paulo. As expected, the interior design is quite unique. It features an eclectic approach, with influences from different periods, with different patterns and color palettes. The effect is bold and eye-catching and, even though there are a lot of styles in there, they all work beautifully together.

The apartment is surprisingly colorful and bold, if we compare it with Fabrizio Rollo's neutral appearance. The apartment covers a total area of 3,200 square feet. It's located in a 10-story building that dates from the 1960s. It's a modernist building that, despite its age, keeps up with the times. The apartment is located in a fashionable district of Sao Paulo. The location is very beautiful, but the interior is indeed very surprising.

The interior design of the apartment combines influences from three important periods. There's the 19th century that for Rollo is almost synonym with Napoleon III and an amazing and imposing style, the 30s that the owner also loves, especially Maison Jansen, and there's also the 70s, the period in which he was born and thus has a lot of importance for him. Rollo loves all three periods and everything related to them and has no problem mixing them. Of course, it takes talent to be able to do and to also create a beautiful and stylish composition, but he doesn't lack that either.{found on elle}.

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Spacious House Covered with Pohutukawa Trees in New Zealand

Posted: 02 May 2012 04:59 AM PDT

Every country is unique and beautiful in its own way, but Australia and New Zealand seem to be really special because they managed somehow to keep many endemic species of plants and animals alive there and that is already part of their inheritance that they want to preserve and pass on to their followers. One of these endemic trees is the Pohutukawa that grows near the coast, has big and beautiful red flowers and is part of the Maori culture for centuries. Well, New Zealand people obviously understood they have to be in permanent communion with nature and respect it, so they tried to built their houses,too, by respecting this rule.

So these guys from Herbst Architects proved to be real professionals when designing this Spacious House Covered with Pohutukawa Trees in Piha North, New Zealand and succeeded to make the house mingle nature. They did that by using  Pohutukawa trees wood as much as possible and also by allowing the large space of the house rooms to be open to nature and to face the living trees around the house.

Since the location of the future home was almost entirely covered with Pohutukawa trees , this was not very hard. The house is divided in two separate “towers” that are built close to each other and meant  to be linked by a nice passage. Each tower looks like a freshly cut tree stump and covers several rooms, each tower serving the private and the “public” space respectively.

The architects tried to maintain the natural look as much as possible, so they used mainly wood for everything in the house. The furniture is all made of wood which keeps its natural colour, the flooring, too and also the window panes. Every now and then you can see some metal frames supporting the big wide windows that offer a stunning view directly to the top of the trees. Actually you have the sensation light is filtered just like through the tree leaves inside the house, too.

The rooms and all the space is open to nature and looks perfectly natural and simple, still functional. The house is covered with wood even on the outside and everything in its design suggest a close connection with nature, keeping it all simple and natural.All the furniture, the floor and the ceiling seem to have been carved directly from the trees surrounding the house. The contractor John Arnold did a great job and succeeded materializing all the designing and idea of those from Herbst Architects.{found on Archdaily and pics by Patrick Reynolds}.

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DIY vintage headboard

Posted: 02 May 2012 04:35 AM PDT

For the bedroom, there aren't many pieces of furniture that you need. The most important one is the bed. Usually, it's completed by a headboard. The headboard is not something you particularly want in small bedrooms but usually it's very functional. It allows you to sit comfortable while watching a movie or reading a book and it also helps create an inviting and cozy décor. You can create the headboard by yourself and it's not even that difficult.

First of all, let's make a list of materials that you'll be needing for this DIY project. You should have rolled, medium-weight batting, grain sacks, coffee bags or fabric, an industrial-strength staple gun, 5/16 inch staples, a pencil, fabric shears, a utility knife and an iron. First you'll need to create your own cardboard pattern. You can decide on the shape and design, then use a pencil to trace its outlines onto insulating sheathing. Next, cut it with the knife.

The next step is to use the staple gun to staple the batting overlay onto the insulation board. You can then cut away the excess material. Now it's time to take a fabric and use it to cover the sheathing and batting. Start either with the left or right portion and staple the fabric to the back of the insulation sheathing.

When you're done with the back, staple the fabric to the top portion of the insulation sheathing as well. Repeat the procedure for the bottom portion and cut away the excess fabric. When you're done, lay the headboard flat and iron or stem out the wrinkles. Now you have your own headboard. You can further personalize it with decoupages or accessories.{found on myhomeideas}.

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Contemporary stone residence in Spain

Posted: 02 May 2012 03:24 AM PDT

This house is located in Cabo de Ajo, in Santander, Cantabria, Spain. It was a project by MDBA and its construction was completed in 2008. The location is convenient and it offers very beautiful views. However, the site itself posed some problems for the architects. The sloping terrain and the rocky composition of the soil made the process difficult and challenging. Nevertheless, the final design managed to use everything in its advantage.

The residence offers beautiful views of the cliffs and the surrounding landscape. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls further increase their beauty while also allowing natural light to get inside and to create a bright and airy atmosphere. The exterior design of the house is very simple. Its geometrical shape allows it to have a contemporary look while the stone and other materials used for the construction add a nice texture to the façade. The house is oriented towards the sea.

Besides the glass walls and large windows, the residence also has a beautiful wooden terrace. It's like an extension of the house that offers even more amazing views. Moreover, the property also includes a herb garden surrounded by rocks. The residence has only one volume. It's structures in three levels. The top two levels have been designed in a way that would allow them to take maximum advantage of the views and the beautiful landscape.{found on archdaily and pics by Margaret Stepien}.

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Modular House in Chile Made From Insulated Panels

Posted: 02 May 2012 02:48 AM PDT

When you want to build a house you need to have a plan and follow it. So when you do that you must adjust all the things that are pre-fabricated like panels that have a standard size or maybe bricks, so it is only normal to have a lot of waste when doing that because these standard sizes are not exactly the same with the size in your home design. This can be annoying sometimes because you pay for the whole thing and use only half and also because you need to dispose of that garbage afterwards. So how about finding a way of avoiding this? I found this modular home in Chile built with no waste and I loved the idea.

This modular home is built by using panels that come perfectly joined together ad leave no waste behind. It is the ideal material and you find it very easy to build a house in just a couple of weeks. This house was designed by Alejandro Soffia and Gabriel Rudolphy, and is located in Santo Domingo, Valparaiso, Chile.

The house covers 139 sq meters and the panels used had two sizes: 122x244x11 and 122x488x21. They were all assembled in just ten days and the result is spectacular. This is the easiest way to build a house and also to leave no waste behind. It’s clean and time effective and it seems to me building it is just like building Lego homes. Well, it sounds to nice to be true and I am not very convinced if it stands the test of time. But I do believe that it is perfect for warm areas, where there is little rain and wind.{found on plataformaarquitectura}.

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Comfortable Wooden Shaped Moon Crib

Posted: 02 May 2012 12:56 AM PDT

If you prepare yourself to become a parent, you will definitely have a list of all necessary things for your little baby. A baby needs many things from clothes, to bed, pram, special food and other stuff that should provide him or her necessary comfort, protection and normal living. It seems that now I can share with you all these things from my own experience, as I am a fresh mum with a kind of experience as my daughter is 1year and 5 months old.

In case you have not decided yet for the bed you need for your little baby, here it is a very nice idea. It refers to a sweet Moon Crib that will definitely make your baby fall asleep very quickly and feel great.Moon Crib is a nice swing bed, made of pallets of wood and takes the shape of the moon. As it is handmade you can notice the unique design and its rustic touch brought by the pallets of wood. The baby will be provided with privacy, comfort and some sweet swinging moments that will make him or her fall asleep in a minute.

Those who are interested in this unique and useful piece of furniture must know that its price is € 990.00 and its dimensions are 117cm × 117cm, with a weight of 27 kilos.

If I had such a Moon Crib perhaps my baby would fall asleep faster and with less effort. You will see the moment you become a parent how hard it is to make your kid to fall asleep and how exhausting and beautiful it is the life of parent! So you should prepare yourself physically and mentally too for these moments!{found on cremeanglaiseuk}.

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