Saturday, November 20, 2010
Manufacturers of outdoor patio furniture are coming up with new styles and new furniture technology in order to meet the demand for outdoor furniture. When you go shopping for patio furniture, you're most likely going to be presented with three distinct options wood, metal, and plastic. Each piece is designed to be weather-resistant and easy to clean so that it will keep its fresh looks for a long time. In order to choose the type of patio furniture that's right for you, think about the sort of outdoor environment you'll be using it in. The kind of lifestyle you lead is also very important. Outdoor patio furniture should fit your living style. So if you are one of those fast, busy people who seem to be always surrounded by everyone, you may want a patio so you can have a place to relax and be solitary for a change.
The blind spot on the kitchen can be easily decorated and it can save you space. You will simply need to add some corner kitchen cabinet. They are good idea for filling the empty space between the kitchen furniture and which is more, they are proper for storage. You should decide what kind of kitchen cabinet will suit your kitchen and then research the market about the models.
The most common corner cabinets are the 1000 mm kitchen cabinets. These are units that have a good capacity for storage. There are plenty of models on the market, but the most convenient corner cabinets represent four chrome wire baskets, which can slide out with a special mechanism.
This allows great access to the loads and it opens some space, not to mention they offer better use of space. They are also easy to retro fit and very easy to clean. The unit is available for left and right hand doors.
Try to find out better constructed units, for this will allow you to place more heavy items. Another good idea is installing single corner cabinets. They offer better access to the storage and are easier to install. The single corner cabinets are also very good for internal storage units, for that are cheaper and easier to fit.
In Stockholm, Sweden (somewhere probably very inconspicuous) there is a cavernous lair that was once used as a Bomb Shelter and Bahnhof is a Swedish internet provider that managed to conceive great use of this highly improbable commercial space with the help of Albert France-Lanord (A)rchitects. With the original and organic granite paths of the Vita Berg Park, a tour through this space must feel like an exotic nature walk in the midst a futuristic time warp, all at once. Just imagine what it is like to work there
Friday, November 19, 2010
Here are some best house and apartment designs which was covered on DigsDigs during September 2010. If you've missed them than don't hesitate to check them out.
- Modern Swedish Dream Home with Amazing Lake Views
- Spanish Dream Loft Interior Design That Combines Modernism with History
- Thin and Modern Townhouse Design in Melbourne
- Contemporary Villa With a Cottage On Large Lakeside Site
- Stunning Swedish Summer Home with Cool Outdoor Wood-Fired Hot Tub
- Dark and Moody Apartment Interior Design on Budget
- Young and Modern Interior Design of an Urban Apartment My Life in 80m2 by Poliform
- Very Modern Swedish Loft Design with a Protected Terrace
- Ultra Minimalist White Apartment Interior Decor
- Fabulous Lakeside Villa With Great Views and Outdoor Patios
Art Deco furniture is a great area to collect in, because the attics of that era are still being cleaned out, and pieces are still finding their way into garage sales, charity shops, and auctions. Some consider the 1920's as the birthplace of art deco furniture, it had a resounding effect on pretty much everything in that time touching decorative arts, architecture, fashion and interior design.
Although it may be termed in a multitude of different ways, you can see the unmistakable influences especially in modern furniture design, and most notably in art deco coffee tables. There are unmistakable qualities that only art deco coffee tables have, some of which we will explore a little later in this article. The fantastic designs as ell as materials that are used to make art deco coffee tables. More info about art deco furniture.
Designed by Made, these armchairs are presented in classic design with a combination of modern style. Dubbed the Bouji chair, it looks quite romantic with touch of elegant upholstery that comes in cherry and black. The chair's edge is decorated with small golden buttons that could add romantic style to the chair design. This elegant chair is suitable for complementing bedroom, living room or family room. With the reminiscent of the baroque era, the Bouji chair can be your new center piece. You can order this pretty chair at Made for 169 .
We already showed you that a walk-in bathtub is a compact and space saving solution for a bathroom. Gen-X by Treesse is a corner tub with a transparent curved acrylic door on its corner, which opens inwards to avoid taking up much space. The tub's design was inspired by a marriage of classic and modern styles to please many and fit most bathrooms. The tub's interior is designed for maximum comfort even though it's relatively small. Treesse has proved that even space saving solutions could provide a lot of comfort by equipping this tub with hydromassage, blower, color therapy, heater, light, radio, and drain with tub refill.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Created by Benjamin Graindorge, these stylish indoor ponds can be used to grow plants and fishes at the same time. Dubbed the Bloomingbless Vase, this modern home accessory is manufactured by Cinna. The vase consists of three simple items, two hand blown blue glass vases and a bottomless ring surrounding the two vases. What makes this vase look special is its transparency that makes this modern vase like a bouquet. The Bloomingbless Vase could hold bouquets of different size and the blue color seems to be invisible. Visit Cinna for more details.
Schulte Design offers four new cool coffee tables with movable table tops and / or adjustable height that's ideal for compact homes and a modern lifestyle. When space is at a premium (which appears to be the case in today's ever-smaller homes) multi-functional furniture is essential. These tables make a great addition to your existing collections, bringing versatility and contemporary style to your home. Set on a single leg in place of the traditional four, the tabletops move to meet your needs. The Scala, Oregon and Audium tables can be ordered with movable table tops that shift from side to side, while the Scala Quadrat features a shifting table top that is also height-adjustable! These wooden coffee tables feature a natural grain that gives them a down-to-earth aesthetic without compromising their modern style. Check them out at Schulte Design.
We ran across Magdalena Keck's portfolio a while ago, when we featured some of her work on Freshome. We decided to forward our 15 question interview to her as a challenge and she kindly replied. We received some strong and determined answers which unriddle an impressive experience as an interior designer. And if they were not enough, we've also added a few photos of Magdalena's projects to convince you of her passion for hard work.
- Freshome: What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
- Magdalena Keck: I have always had passion for art. Have been always drawing as a child, attended art classes as a teenager and eventually studied fine arts and then interior design. Interior design is like any other media, you work with color, light texture, time and dimension. The difference is that you also work with people, who are completely integral to the process.
- Freshome: Can you remember your first design project? Describe it a bit, whether it is a gizmo you worked at as a little kid or something that was sold at a large scale
- Magdalena Keck: It was probably rearranging my room. I got rid of the bed and put the mattress on the floor. My parents ordered low bookcases for me, so everything was really low. I had my own huge abstract painting on the wall. It was painted on a sheet of galvanized metal.
- Freshome: What field of design are you most interested in? Do your works have anything to do with it ? (We are asking this because not many designers do what they actually want)
- Magdalena Keck: I most enjoy working on residential projects, but also on retail projects. Each presents different opportunities for expression. In residential projects I enjoy paying attention to details, individual needs and desires. In retail concept development is a key it is one of my favorite aspects. Many of my residential projects have outdoor spaces and I do increasingly become more and more interested in landscape design. It is something that I am definitely going to peruse further.
- Freshome: Chronologically describe what you are going through (feeling and thoughts) on your way to work.
- Magdalena Keck: Excitement, discovery, lots of work and research , frustration somewhere along the way, problem solving, fulfillment, pride.
- Freshome: What is your favourite book/magazine on design? How about your favourite site?
- Magdalena Keck: Right now I like French Elle Decore, and I always go back to FRAME and Object.
Upper East Side Residence
- Freshome: What inspires you?
- Magdalena Keck: Anything can really. Ita??s quiet easy. I am never short on ideas. Usually the minute I start the project I can see it. Often it is the space itself, or the person I am working with, piece of art they own or desire to own. Anything, really.
- Freshome: What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
- Magdalena Keck: Most frustrating aspect is when people make stupid mistakes that could be easily avoided. Most rewarding: have a Client who enjoys their space and is comfortable in it.
- Freshome: From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
- Magdalena Keck: I have to say 50% art and 50% science.
- Freshome: Tell us something unusual that happened in your carrier.
- Magdalena Keck: I interviewed with Naomi Leff years ago for a consultant position. I didna??t get the job. It turned out to be for the best. I opened my own studio. Few years later when I was looking for an office space I came across a beautiful space with a fantastic view on 18th floor of a building on 27th Street that looked very familiar. I found out that Naomi Leff Associates had closed and moved out. Thata??s where my office is now.
- Freshome: Let's say you entered a contest. You have to come up with a design for the first house on the Moon built for extra-terrestrial living. How would your project look like?
- Magdalena Keck: I would have to go the site and meet the Client to tell you. Naturally the thing to do would be to use locally available materials. The challenge would probably be to free yourself of human preconceptions what a HOUSE is.
- Freshome: If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
- Magdalena Keck: Roof top shade garden on every building.
- Freshome: Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas.A
- Magdalena Keck: Take what you need (make it beautiful and functional) and leave the rest out.A Nothing new yet so hard to implement for so many people.
- Freshome: What do you think of our site?
- Magdalena Keck: Ita??s great and apparently very popular. I had magazines from Poland, Portugal and Italy publish several projects after you have mentioned my work. I enjoy seeing variety of projects and topics.
- Freshome: What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
- Magdalena Keck: Keep your eyes and ears open, absorb and learn, be open minded and considered, but dona??t compromise. Opportunities and inspirations are everywhere.