An inspired collaboration between famous singer Lenny Kravitz and Italian tile manufacturer LEA Ceramiche led to the creation of a fantastic collection of tiles. Meaning “drop” in Italian, the Goccia Three Dimensional Tile Collection imitates the features of moving water, mirroring the light and capturing shadows in a merger of quality material and imagination. Lenny Kravitz extended his creativity to a new media, helping create a stylized version of water in black and white. You might know that back in 2003, the famous singer set up a design studio that transform’s Lenny’s “eclectic global lifestyle into innovative and dynamic design solutions.” – Kravitz Design Inc. Working with the LEA Ceramiche team resulted in a fabulous set of matte and glossy textures that can be used to beautify either residential or commercial spaces. For sure, Lenny Kravitz’s creativity has found another inspiring outlet expressed in this challenging project…
Area rugs serve several wonderful purposes. They provide warmth under our bare feet, create another layer of design, tie a room together and absorb sound in spacious rooms. Often thought of as art for the floor it can set the design scheme of the room allowing for wall color and accessories to play off it. Starting with the area rug to design a space can lead to a great adventure to find the right rug. How can you find the right rug? There are a few things to know that will help with your search.As with any large purchase for the home, it is best to have a budget. The cost of an area rug can run anywhere from a few dollars at a home discount store to several hundred at an antique dealer. The key to knowing how much to spend largely depends on the purpose the rug serves. Consider which room will house the rug. A high traffic room will call for a high quality, often-pricier rug, than will a seldom-used space. A rule of thumb used by designers suggests that the budget be equivalent to the budget for the sofa, but a sensible approach is to spend what you can and get the best quality you can afford for high traffic spaces.The production method used to construct a rug can have a hefty influence on the price tag. The most labor intensive and therefore most expensive is a hand woven rug, which is constructed by hand tying the yarn. A less expensive option is the tufted rug, which can be machine made or hand made, but in either case manufactured quickly and inexpensively. Yarn loops through the backing either by hand or by a machine, and then cut to create the pile. Wool, cotton, silk, coir, synthetic fibers, and grasses are common materials used. For a rug that will last, look for good quality wool or silk rugs. Wool wears well and looks better with age.Area rugs come in many size, the most common are 2×3, 4×6, 5×8, and 8×10. Before you shop have the measurements of the room you want to place the carpet in. Start by measuring the size of the room, then measure the area where the rug will go. If you want most of the floor covered, leave 12” to 15” around the room. For a rug in a dining room, you will want to have a rug big enough as to have the back legs of a chair resting on the rug with enough space to back the chair up without leaving the rug. In the living room, the rug should be wide enough to have the coffee table centered on it. In the hallway keep furniture off the rug.The most common shapes are runners, rectangle, and round, octagonal, oval and square. Choosing the right shape comes down to scale and balance of the space. Less is more in entryways and other transitional spaces, while you will want a balanced look in larger spaces. A large room would call for a large rug, perhaps in a rectangle or a wide oval, but do not skimp on the size in large room, nor buy a rug too big for a small space. It is good to note that most handmade rugs are rectangular.There are many style options available suitable to all design schemes. One can pick from stripes, geometric patterns, florals, or tone-one tone patterns and even oriental designs. To pick the right one start by having a general idea of the look and feel you favor for the space and build from there. A modern or contemporary look would do well with a tone on tone neutral, or pair a traditional look with an oriental pattern. Florals and stripes are perfect for a casual look, while geometrics work well in an eclectic space. Along with the many available styles are many colors from which to choose too.Now that you have invested in an area rug, you will want to care for it properly and extend the life of your investment. Avoid direct sunlight if possible, but should your rug be in direct sunlight, rotate it so it will fade evenly. Vacuum weekly to pick up the usual dust and dirt a home attracts and spot clean immediately if it encounters spills of coffee, soda or wine. It is advisable to have your rugs cleaned at least once a year and inspected for loose fibers that need trimmed or repaired. Some cotton rugs can be machine-washed, saving you the cost of a dry cleaner.All in all, the most important consideration is that you love it every time you walk into the room.Have you purchased an area rug recently? If so, what factors went into your decision?
We ran across a simple, yet “heavy” interior design idea that could be applied to any room in search of personality.Thomas Quinn painted letters above his parents’ garage, delivering the message: “Face reality as it is”. From the perfect, steady message, it is enough to move a step back to see how the perspective changes, delivering a different space composition. In this case, irony prevails: you can never truly know what how reality is defined. What seems perfectly clear at one point, can be shattered the next. We love this creative anamorphic typography project found on Illusion.scene360 and we believe similar messages can created, with just as much depth. In case you find this project as interesting as we do, be sure to check out the rest of the related posts we featured on our site: the amazing Floating Indoor DeLorean Car, these creative installations by Joseph Egan and Hunter Thomson or the Anamorphic Illusions by Swiss artist Felice Varini…
A beautiful concept has been chosen by the Polish design studio, AP DIZAJN in developing a peculiar object that embellishes every living space, spreading a sophisticated smooth light. The Hypnotic Lamp is a luminous panel that pleasantly redecorates a room by playing not only with the laws of physics, but also with the human perception. Inspired by a natural source of symmetry, the Dahila’s petals, the AP DIZAIN’s concept has been defined into an art exhibition object, a Hypnotic Lamp, targeting people who want to beautify their homes with some edgy exhibits. The symphony of hexagonal shapes, perfectly aligned arouse the curiosity and determine the viewer to fall into a deep relaxed state of mind.The Hypnotic Lamp resembles a painting that sends inspiring warm light. The playful curvy shapes shrink to the center of the square. It embodies a spiritual energy by letting the eyesight immerse into a playful ring-shaped game, right in the middle of the square. The Hypnotic Lamp is composed of two concentric squares, each of them pointing some sort of undefined swirly shape. A truly stunning, yet peculiar object that injects a scent of mystic contemporary design. Could this be something you would choose for you home?
We ran across this crazy floor decal that can add a little extra to a room. The Secret Passage decal from James Bit Originals displays a simple, retro graphic, delivering a fun and witty idea. The vinyl decals are said to be inspired by old video games and their look is definitely playful. Discovered on Technabob, the designs are slip resistant and each measures 18 x 18 inches (or 45.72 x 45.72 cm)- enough to add a bit of mystery to an interior. Place them anywhere in the house, as long as the floor area is clean. If you choose to remove it, the developers explain that they will come off without leaving adhesive residue or damaging the floor. The unusual passageways are available in Desert Sand and Dungeon Blue- don’t you believe they would be a great addition in the children’s room?
Virgin Atlantic teamed up with VW + BS studio to shape a new experience for passengers riding the airline 30 000 feet in the air. The first time the new upper class bar and cabin enchanted its guests was this spring, on a route from London to New York. This new aircraft hospitality space concept was created to encourage social interaction between passengers in an innovative atmosphere built for a plane with the strictest safety regulations. Virgin Atlantic’s New Upper Class Bar And Cabin is the sophisticated result of creative thinking based on giving the design studio free hand to redesign one of Virgin’s planes.When Virgin Atlantic sums up this projects, they describe it as a mixture of insight into the client’s needs and wishes, creativity and expert engineering. Collaborating with VW+BS Studio meant creating a luxurious experience – the bar was placed at the entrance, welcoming guests to the new flying concept. A futuristic design like this one, influenced by the angled positioning of interior spaces, creates a unique set of social spaces, while the espresso colored leather seats offer a comfortable place to rest. Take a virtual tour of the plane and study design lines and colors, then imagine how the RGB lighting effects create different moods. Have you seen better interior aircraft design?Virgin Atlantic’s New Upper Class Bar And Cabin Virtual Design Tour
Collect this ideaThere are designs that make you smile and designs that …don’t. We found this unusual tea bag holder designed by Gordon Adler and paying tribute to the Titanic and to all the people who embarked on the iconic ship. Made of stainless steel, this small gizmo was especially created to fit every coffee and tea mug. Its mechanism is simple: just press the margins and this will instantly make your tea more colorful and tasty, by simultaneously squishing the tea bag inside. You have to admit this design is original and interesting looking. But the question which inevitably pops up is -would you like to wake up every morning to a cup of tea reminding you of a past tragedy? Now wouldn’t a nice, neutral-shaped boat or vessel be a better solution for a tea-bag holder?Collect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this idea
We received some photos and information about the 3D wall panels from WallArt, designs with the power to liven up a place, adding that extra aesthetic dimension: “WallArt brings your walls to life with her modern and Eco-friendly 3d wall panels made out of the fibrous residue of sugarcane. This fibers of crushed sugarcane stalks, remaining after raw sugar is extracted from the juice of the sugarcane by shredding it, is now the raw material, called bagasse, that forms the base of this easily installed Eco-friendly product. The raw material used for our 3d wall panel is 100% recycled, compostable and is therefore 100% biodegradable A selection of different styles that take you all the way from the adventurous African shores to a touch of nostalgic France with a modern signature”. Have a look at another series of 3D wall panels by WallArt, featured on our site a while back here…
There is no denying that the tough economic climate is having an effect on our purchasing decisions. As consumers or specifiers, we are now more likely to opt for better quality products that will last longer. But we are also more interested than ever in buying products that have a reduced impact on the environment.This beautiful wooden flooring from Danish manufacturer Dinesen meets all these criteria. Quality is absolutely paramount to this family-run company and every single floor is custom-made to fit each particular room. The wood is sourced from Europe’s best forests, and comes from trees that are between 80 and 200 years old. The trees have been meticulously cared for throughout their existence and are managed by the principles of “Dauerwald,” which means promising sustainably productive, profitable, environmentally stable, biologically diverse, and socially responsive forests, patterned after nature.The great thing about the planks of wood from Dinesen is the fact that they are astonishingly long and wide, making them a hit with architects who appreciate the ability to lay flooring often with no partitions or joints. Dinesen offers solid oak planks in widths of up to 50 centimetres and lengths up to 6 metres and the Douglas fir planks are available in widths up to 45cm and lengths of up to 15 metres, making them perfect for large open spaces.I love the way that these extra long planks sweep through these interiors creating such a lovely flow throughout the space. The sheer width and length of them seems to create a feeling of space even when the rooms aren’t actually that big. Also the idea of walking on wood that had been growing for 200 years seems very romantic to me. What do you think?
Playing with food is not only acceptable, but also fun and creative when it comes to modern ceramics design. These awesome Plates by Polish designer Boguslaw Sliwinski introduce us into a somehow forbidden mealtime tradition – playing with food. Displaying a transportation theme, the ceramic Transportation Plates are a fun way of enjoying a healthy meal. Childish lines shaping different means of transport – by truck, crane, boat, train, helicopter or forklift – adorn six white round plates composing a complete dinnerware set. Simple ceramics in black and white come alive once food is added – exotic fruits or common peas find their place on the transportation surfaces drawn on each plate. Spotted on Beautiful Life, these fresh plates are available in two versions: the 20,5 cm in diameter and the larger, 26 cm one…
For today we would like to present an original furniture collection that is aesthetically appealing, but in the same time visually deceiving. Created by Front for Porro, the Inlay collection consists of a dining room cupboard and a chest of drawers. Here is more from the official project description: “Squares, rectangles and trapezes carefully cut with sharp edges lead to a geometric pattern, an intricate sequence of volumes which apparently protrude from the surface of such two home units. Inlay is the result of an accurate processing, alternating four different natural oak colours separated by a dark profile: a sort of frame separating the different texture faces thus offering a unique unit, immediately reflecting the love for wood processing“. Did you notice that when closed, the cupboard units can easily be mistaken for decorative panels? All in all, the collection we found on Design Milk is daring and elegant, making it fit great in various modern interiors…
Welcome to an apartment where minimalist furniture arrangements are charmingly “contrasted” by welcoming materials and decorations. This small studio located on the 24th floor of a newly built residential building in Moscow was especially developed by Peter Zaytsev (of Za Bor Architects) for his family. The idea was to create a simple and elegant crib, reflecting the inhabitants’ lifestyle.
According to the architects, what’s interesting is that “while the budget was not too high, architect still had to create some custom furniture. For instance, in the project there had to be a contrast black bar counter in the kitchen, but after a market research, it was obvious that it is more convenient to order a custom-built one“. Two animal silhouettes above the bed, made with black cord in the shape of a hare and a giraffe symbolize the house owners. Most of the storage spaces are cleverly hidden, the overall atmosphere exuding minimalism and class…
This modern glass and wood house extension in Salzburg, Austria, was intended to increase the square footage of a single family house and bring natural light inside. An old house in Salzburg became the perfect playing ground for a game of light and warmth. Aichberger Architektur Studio visualized the two-story structure as elongating towards the garden, opening towards sunlight.
An opportunity to create a different lifestyle arises from this addition. The owner enjoys views of the backside garden through a transparent glass wall wrapped around the corner. Dressed in a wooden skin, this addition acquires views of the rectangular swimming pool through frameless windows.
Contrasting the old structure, this new glass and wood addition brings in light, air and framed views of green surroundings. Harmoniously coming together, the family home addition was carefully integrated in the existing architecture. The inviting swimming pool elongates the idea of warmth by displaying a wooden continuation of the addition’s skin. Stylishly furnished with functional pieces enhancing the use of renewed social spaces, the compact glass and wood box feels like a logical transition to the warm, alluring garden.
For more inspiration, check out this glass and timber addition to a 1950?s Hampshire house or this striking modern addition bringing light and LA views inside. Which one do you find most inspiring?
Your bench doesn’t necessarily have to be built right into your shower. If you have enough room, you can purchase a standalone bench that you can bring right in, and remove whenever you want! Here’s a wooden bench in a large walk-in from HGTV. What type of bathroom bench or stool is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
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There are designs that make you smile and designs that …don’t. We found this unusual tea bag holder designed by Gordon Adler and paying tribute to the Titanic and to all the people who embarked on the iconic ship. Made of stainless steel, this small gizmo was especially created to fit every coffee and tea mug. Its mechanism is simple: just press the margins and this will instantly make your tea more colorful and tasty, by simultaneously squishing the tea bag inside. You have to admit this design is original and interesting looking. But the question which inevitably pops up is -would you like to wake up every morning to a cup of tea reminding you of a past tragedy? Now wouldn’t a nice, neutral-shaped boat or vessel be a better solution for a tea-bag holder?
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Apaiser is a great source for luxury round stone tubs, such as the Eclipse Stone Bathtub shown below. In fact, Apaiser tubs are perfect for spaces that showcase building materials such as stone and tile. Soft edges are a highlight of this piece, and it’s also available in a range of hues and materials. Keep in mind that when it comes to the modern powder room, a round tub has the power to soften the bold lines of the space. Yet you don’t have to play it safe with the bathtub, as shown below by a bold selection in black, a Caroma product purchased from Reece.
Painting the walls might be the easiest way to add green to the bedroom along with bedding and accessories in matching hue, but think beyond the obvious if you want a truly captivating room. Painting the ceiling in green can be a fun alternative and by leaving the walls white, you will still have a neutral and versatile backdrop that will beautifully showcase wall art and sculptural décor additions. And for those who really want a personalized solution, mixing different shades to come with your own custom green hue is indeed an exciting and enjoyable alternative. This will assure that you are proud owner of a one-of-a-kind bedroom with a shade of green that you came up with.
We end today’s post by highlighting powder rooms with traditional style. Charming wall tile, an arched window and a clawfoot Astonian Luxor tub grace the light-filled bathroom below. While subway tile adds a modern look to this next featured space, striped curtains and (once again) a clawfoot tub put their traditional stamp on the room. In case you’re curious, that fabulous shower rail can be purchased at Lefroy Brooks. Be sure to check out the brand’s lovely bathtubs as well. The silver feet on this clawfoot tub make it a true standout. Surround it with black tile, and you have a powerful contrast that can’t be ignored.
Hobbyists often have lots of stuff that require lots of storage room that’s easy to access and keep tidy. Whether it’s sewing, crafting, gardening, or something else — organization is key, and an armoire can really be the perfect solution for it. You might be surprised to find how versatile armoires can be to use in place of other pieces of furniture. Check out this desk from Apartment Therapy! Put it out of sight by closing the doors when you’re all done working. If you’re expecting, an armoire can be a clever use of a changing table. And when baby is all grown up, you’ll have the opportunity to find another use for your armoire. An old armoire works just as well as a regular bookcase — if not better for the unique look you get. Check out how these home owners replaced the glass doors with netting to show off their book collection.
Have you ever seen a more elegant and “cultural” approach to a door design? This bookcase is our idea of a clever secret entrance and we just had to share it further with you guys. The project is part of a dream home by DeForest Architects entitled North Lake Wenatchee Residence, a sophisticated mountain retreat in the Cascade Mountains. Among the stylish features of the house are some interesting built-in alcoves, high glass windows and a secret room.
The bookcase door is located right next to a lovely reading nook, which makes for a perfect integration within the design scheme. The wooden finishes provide a welcoming atmosphere, that of a perfect cozy refuge. This idea can be applied creatively in order to hide away a storage room or a home office. The only issue is closing the door carefully, so the books won’t fall off. [Photography: Benjamin Benschneider]