The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
Fab Rugs World Tangier Pouf Ottoman at wayfair.com is a colorful piece that can be used as a cocktail table (add a tray), extra seating or a footstool. Jonathan Adler First Lady Needlepoint Throw Pillow by the king of kitsch adds a little vintage fun to a room. DENY Designs Miss Penelope Throw Blanket at allmodern.com has all the vibrant colors in fashion now, blended in one pattern. My Art Outlet Tile Tic-Tac-Toe Painting at allmodern.com has nine hand-painted canvases that can be hung in any configuration. Jonathan Adler Happy Needlepoint Throw Pillow has happy words like cash, puppies and sunshine for some retro chic.
Companies such as West Elm and CB2 have developed a whole range of apartment-size sofas and seating for small-space dwellers, and for good reason: The sofa is usually the most space-consuming furniture piece in a home. Opt for sofas that have a shallower depth, 37 inches or less. Skip oversized, rolled arms — which can waste a foot or more of floor space — and pick a modern, streamlined style with thinner arms. Less arm space also means more seating; in fact, an armless sofa or a one-armed chaise is the ultimate space-saving seating solution.
Envisioned by Hyla Architects in Singapore, this three-level modern residence showcases a sleek façade and an impressive covered swimming pool. The project is entitled “Jln Angin Laut” and has a total living surface of 582 square meters. It is described as a paradigm of living comfortably in the tropics: “Its entrance elevated above the ground, one has to ascend a glass staircase to enter the house. Opening the solid timber front door, you are greeted with a swimming pool and patio surrounded by lush greenery, amply shaded overhead but admitting light and air from the sides”. Access towards the living room is provided by a bridge suspended above the pool.
According to the architects, this bridge “extends the threshold of the house, prolonging the act of entering and highlighting the importance of this space to the overall design of the house. The rest of the house takes its cues from this scene, the main living spaces being punctuated with light, greenery and timber accents. ” A simple color palette dominated by white increases the feeling of space and overall freshness in a country where it is needed at every step. Have a look at the gallery below and tell us what you think! [Photographs: Derek Swalwell]
Collingridge and Smith Architects completed the design and development of Chrysalis Childcare Centre, a modern project in Auckland, New Zealand. The 800 square-meter site which hosts the project is located in a commercial area. Yet common building was restricted due to the presence of two mature protected trees: “For most developers the trees have been a big problem, but for early childhood they provide a beautiful and symbolic solution. One is an English Oak tree, the other a native Pohutakawa, both of equal size and stature, standing side by side, their branches touching at the heart of the site”, explained the architects.
The design of the curving building was inspired by New Zealand’s Maori culture: “In the traditional view, the trees represent Tane who separated Rangi and Papa to create the world (of light). The design draws on this by creating a void or space around the trees, which separates out the various elements of the new centre and provides a protective enclosure around the root zone. The building represents Papa (earth mother) who was locked in a tight embrace with Rangi (sky father), and so the graceful curve of the building appears like two arms reaching out to the sky.” Enjoy the virtual tour and let us know what you think! [Photography courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects]
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.
Contemporary bedrooms are all about a neutral color scheme that is accentuated by pops of color in an elegant fashion. These colorful additions can be often swapped out with ease to alter the appeal of the room and its color palette with changing trends and seasons. While blue is touted as the most popular hue in the bedroom irrespective of style and season, green is the ‘chosen one’ for those who want to bring a hint of natural goodness indoors. Relaxing, elegant, bright and refreshing, it is a pleasant hue that comes in diverse shades ranging from the brilliant jewel-toned emerald to more subtle and modest minty greens.
A vanity bench can always help if you spend a lot of time in the bathroom putting on makeup or doing your hair. Have a look at this incredibly elegant tufted bench from Alice Lane Home that could do the trick. A more compact option is a simple stool, like this gorgeously elegant selection (again from Home Bunch) that matches the style of this bathroom. This vanity from APD Architects actually has its own seated area, with a matching cushioned stool. Even a regular ottoman can work in a bathroom. This one featured on HGTV has a space against a wall right across from the vanity. This next very interesting bench featured on BHG stems out from the vanity beside it, where there’s a window. If the size and architecture of your bathroom make it work, then why not?
Casa del Agua is an imposing residence, an all-white rectangular building to be more specific,, with a neat exterior and a stylish interior. An inspiring waterspace accompanies the entry and makes you instantly think of zen living. Placed in the picturesque region of Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, this particularly beautiful project, designed by Almazán Arquitectos, is rich in well-defined volumes. The spaciousness and the breeziness are two of the house’s main assets. The entrance of the house is marked through a wooden path. The very smooth transition between the interior and the exterior is made through cut outs and open plan living areas.
It is interesting how nature became an inspiration for the indoor environment: the rocks and the pebbles became elements of décor, plants are sprinkled all over the house, adding a touch of green and rejuvenating the space and last, but not least, wood is more than just a material used for furnishing. Casa del Agua is a bright inspiring place. It favours natural ventilation and emphasises the concept of sustainable comfort. Overall, the house surprises you with the elegance of simplicity and the outstanding furniture which blends perfectly with different type of finishings. Photo credit: Jorge Moreno
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.
Emerald is a color that has consistently topped trend charts in recent times and its jewel-toned glamor is perfect for bedrooms with Hollywood Regency style. Malachite pattern and color is also a smart choice if you love that luxurious look in the bedroom while eclectic bedrooms drenched in green goodness steal the show with sheer audacity and flair.
Another great use of tiles to give the kitchen its dose of yellow and gray, this is an idea for those who are not too keen on too much yellow disturbing the existing color scheme of their home. The dozen or so lemon yellow tiles combined with gray and white pieces still make plenty of visual impact and yet also seem to gently melt away into the backdrop. Notice here how the LED strip lighting literally puts the smart backsplash under the spotlight.