Top 10 Modern Menorahs

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Hannukah, the Jewish celebration of lights is just around the corner and we’ve got the top 10 most modern, most unusual Menorahs to help celebrate the holiday as well as add a touch of modernism to this ancient tradition.  All menorah are so spectacular that after their intended utility is fulfilled, putting them away after the conclusion of the holiday is absolutely unnecessary.  Each and every one of these is a magnificent piece of modern art with a whiff of traditional authenticity and an extended function as an avant-garde accessory.

Menorahmorph by Karim Rashid

Menorahmorph by Karim Rashid

Masada by Moshe Zabari

Masada by Moshe Zabari

Bold Menorah by Moooi

Bold Menorah by Moooi

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Fashion Installation of Glacial Proportions by Snarkitecture

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Design and fashion industry are known to take risks and be as creative as possible.  The levels were tremendously elevated, once the avant-garde architectural outlet Snarkitecture was asked to design a temporary store for the trendy up-and-coming fashion designer Richard Chai.

Fashion designer Richard Chai's temporary store designed by Snarkitechture

Fashion designer Richard Chai's temporary store designed by Snarkitechture

Using white architectural foam, Snarkitecture accurately reproduced the unmistakable sensory effect of a glacial by hand cutting the material covering the walls and ceiling and seamlessly integrating into it display niches for Chai’s creations.  The resulting space left nothing to the imagination, generating unforgettable experience and a memorable display of art, design, fashion and architecture.

Richard Chai showroom design by Snarkitechture

Richard Chai modern showroom design by Snarkitechture

Missoni Fashion House Leaps into Fashionable Hospitality

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

For a brand that has emanated luxury and splendor for decades, the next best thing after launching their Missoni Home line was to venture into the hotel industry.  The 1st Missoni Hotel, located in Edinburgh, the medieval capital of Scotland, opened its doors in 2009.  Aside from its name, that alone draws avid visitors and trendsetters to its chambers; the hotel offers spectacular décor that parallels the brand’s signature style; a style that has become synonymous with pioneering, fashion-forward and at times iconic concepts.

Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland

The project, headed by one of the founders, Rosita Missoni, is a demonstrative canvas of modern design and Missoni’s interpretation of timelessness.  Impeccably decorated with bright patterns that the fashion house is known for and unexpected blends of bold colors with sleek black and white palettes, Missoni Hotel features interior centerpieces like purple glass walls, striped carpets and mosaic embellished giant vases.

Missoni Hotel designed by Rosita Missoni

Hotel Missoni is the perfect example of impactful and effective mélange between fashion, style and comfort.  It is a monument which proves that fashion and style are not limited to being worn but are a part of an equally gratifying environment.  Since its opening, Missoni Hotel has become the first 5-star hotel in Scotland with another grand opening of a Missoni Hotel in schedule for early 2011.

Hotel Missoni

Innovative Interior Design

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Inspired by the nearby New York City Public Library in Bryant Park, design of the D’Espresso Café, located in NYC’s midtown neighborhood, is significantly unconventional.  Although small in size, it is highly unlikely that anyone would ever forget their visit to this posh café because of its most unusual and creative interior.  Departing from the typical, vertically positioned books and horizontally aligned bookshelves occupying wall space, D’Espresso’s interior realized by Nema Workshop, defies gravity through the use of sepia -toned full size photograph of books printed on custom tiles.  The tiles are positioned along the floor, wall and ceiling in a way so that the books are horizontal and the shelves are vertical, needless to say that only a small portion is actually on the wall which is completely irregular and thus unexpected.  The book tiles combined with oddly shaped soft lighting and a dark brown herringbone feature wall (which would typically be a floor) creates a bold impression and becomes an attention grabbing focal point to the passing-by tourists and trendy New-Yorkers.

D’Espresso Café in New York City

D’Espresso Café Interior Design by Nema Workshop

Top 5 Modern Baroque & Neo Rococo Beds

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The latest trend that blends baroque details with modern minimalism is gaining popular stand in the bedroom category with numerous leading Italian furniture manufacturers putting forth modern bedroom designs that will be appealing even to the most minimalist souls.  Scouting through many ubiquitous options, five modern baroque beds stand out mainly because they most accurately epitomize the trend and most effectively blend the dramatic and opulent nature of the rococo style with functional and minimal disposition of modernism.

Accademia by Noir Collection is a fully upholstered bed with high, curvaceous headboard that distinctively compliments its minimalist, linear frame.

Accademia by Noir Collection

Accademia by Noir Collection

Hope Blu by Mantellassi 1926 is a leather upholstered bed with jewel encrusted carved rococo legs.  The headboard is designed in a typical baroque fashion with curvaceous contour.  The modern elements come in the form of the bed’s low profile and linear platform that are a starkly contrasted against it elaborate headboard and the details on the legs.

Hope Blu by Mantellassi

Hope Blu by Mantellassi

Alexander by Cattelan Italia features a prominent tufted, capitonne headboard with curved ends and a tufted, yet minimally linear low profile platform.

Alexander by Cattelan Italia

Alexander by Cattelan Italia

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