When anyone thinks of brilliant visionaries in the world of design one of the most recognizable names in modern american furniture is Eames. What makes Eames furniture more unique than its brilliant innovation is that the name Eames…is plural. Eames furniture, or more famously known as “Eames Chairs” had two creative genius minds behind it, Ray and Charles Eames. When architect Charles Eames and designer Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser married in 1941, the world of modern furniture was forever changed. Their unity of brilliance surpassed what was being done at the current time in terms of furniture design, graphic design, architecture, film, and art.
The duo is most famously known for their moulded plywood work with chairs and furniture where they remarkably sculpted plywood into curved, ergonomic seating that was so interestingly and beautifully made, it was hard to fathom that it was actually constructed from wood.
Ray and Charles virtually pioneered technologies such as mesh wire, resin, and fiberglass, which as we all know is used today to manufacture furniture all over the world. With such remarkable innovation with new technologies, the team went on to be the leading designers for the largest modern office furniture manufacturer in the world, Herman Miller.
So with the birthday of Charles Eames last week, we felt what better time to honor him and his wife for all their genius.
It’s so easy to select a wall color when redesigning or decorating an area in your home or office. Playing with color on walls is always fun. It adds a certain warmth and interest that can drastically alter the entire ambiance of a room. Textured wallpaper is a great way to add a luxurious touch to a space because not only is it visually appealing but it offers an interesting component to a wall that basic color cannot. There are so many different kinds of wallpapers and wall coverings ranging from grasscloth, bamboo reed, glass bead, and our personal favorite…lace!
Textured wallpaper is a beautiful option with so many different ways of application. Because many textured wallpapers are so dramatic, even applying it to just one wall in a space to serve as a focal point in the room is an excellent option. It balances the heaviness of the room so as to not be too overpowering, depending on the selection of wallpaper.
Another excellent option is to apply the textured wallpaper above a built-in wainscot or detail. This option also offers great balance when the selection of wallpaper is dramatic. This kind of application can offer a contemporary feel when trying to liven up a space that may be too traditional.
Finding that perfect balance to not over power a space with textured wallpaper, especially a space that may be small is key…but when that balance is found the outcome is beautiful and luxuriously stunning.
Here are a few products we are falling madly in love with by the day….
Lightstreams fused glass tile is eye-catchingly beautiful. Its stunning iridescent finish enables it to catch light at any angle in an undoubtedly interesting way. This glass tile can be applied virtually anywhere…as pavers and mosaics on the floor, tabletops, on walls, as accents and decorative wall pieces. They can even be applied in any desired pattern to form a custom picture or piece.
Lasari Flock Wallpaper by RomoFabrics
Z Gallerie Step Mirrors
Z Gallerie Couture Art Pieces A statement making art piece can quickly add a modern touch to any room. Stand it up on a mantle, or simply let it rest against a wall. Large pieces of art don’t always need to be hung up…especially these Couture pieces by Z Gallerie. Pieces such as these can easily be stood at floor level and transform a drab space to something surprisingly trendy and modern.
When designing a space, lighting is key. The right light can accentuate any area by simply being placed in the perfect location or being directed to highlight an ideal area of a room. Lighting fixtures have the ability to tie an entire space together, being that one element to completely “make” a room.
Experimenting with various light sources in one room from overhead lighting, wall lighting, backlit lighting, or simple accents can offer a sense of warmth and comfort while being visually appealing to eye.
When a room offers beautiful tones of illumination from different areas it allows for visual interest in the space. This visual interest and feeling of comfort is what ultimately keeps people wanting to return, which is ideal whether you love to entertain guests, or are a business owner with a cafe or restaurant.
There are many types of beautiful lighting fixtures to enhance any area, these are a few that have caught our eye:
The fashion world is one demanding industry. But despite its reputation for being so pretentiously high strung, it is where some of the most brilliant designers reside. As season’s change these designers develop new and fresh fashions for women, men, teens, and kids, ranging from sportswear to evening wear, chic to trendy…whatever the case each fashion must be clean, beautiful, modern and stylish, but most importantly appealing to the everyday consumer.
The world of interior design is no different, and the transition from fashion for your back to fashion for your home has proved to be a fairly simple one for some of our favorite fashion idols. Designers such as Versaci, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Armani, Mark Jacobs, and Ralph Lauren to name a few, have successfully mastered the trade of home accessory, home decor, bedding, or fabric design.
As we all know, light color palettes have a reputation for expanding a space and giving the illusion of a larger area. Typically homeowners opt for soft yellows, pales olives, or neutral tans for a living or bedroom area. Although these color choices have proved to have beautiful outcomes, one color (and yes it’s a color) that most people seem to easily dismiss is white.
Now white isn’t the easiest color to chose from when decorating a space, it in fact can be pretty complex…but when designed properly, the end result can be outstandingly gorgeous.
One important thing to remember is that white has two different undertones. One reflecting warm yellow and red undertones, and one reflecting cool greyish blue tones. According to ElleDecor.com the trick to achieving a perfectly balanced all white design is to incorporate a good mix of both types of undertones.
Don’t be afraid to bare it all. White shouldn’t just be restricted to wall color. Combing different kinds of whites, with various textures, weaves or patterns in fabric or surfaces is visually appealing. The variation also allows for different relections of natural and artificial light, making for great eye movement and enhancement of the modern and warm appeal of the room.
Additionally, all-white design also allows for great statment making pieces such as artwork, furniture, or accessories to serve as major focal points in a space. Whether you hang your favorite Warhol screenprint, or bring in your great grandmothers antique vase, its sure to make a huge impression. Really, the accent possibilities are endless….who doesn’t love that?
Lately there have been ALOT of things that have caught our eye, with the change in season so many amazing new fabrics and products have emerged that we absolutely can’t help but be inspired by. From alluring draperies, brilliant artwork, pristine furniture and remarkably gorgeous illumination. We thought we’d share some of our recent TOP PICKS:
Design A Maze geometric fabric pattern by ROBERT ALLEN
The unbelievable Loop-X-Prism Chandelier by MOURA STARR
Innovative and modern Arlen Console Table by EDENLA
The Imperial Trellis pattern from the modern collection by SCHUMACHER WALLCOVERINGS