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Modern Metal Lighting

modern Base Wall light sconce with brass shades by Tom Dixon

In a quest not to repeat what already exists, British designer Tom Dixon is a man with a mission.

An avant-garde designer, Dixon has spent the last decade reviving the British furniture industry and shows no signs of slowing down.  New fixtures for 2011 include the Void Light Mini [top] and the Base Wall Light [below].  The Mini is a smaller, similar version of the Void pendant from last year.  The pendants are made from solid brass, copper or stainless steel sheets that are pressed, spun and brazed to form a double wall shade.  The shape simultaneously reflects and softens emitted light. … Continue Reading


Cement Tile Kitchen

dark green kitchen cabinets and French pattern cement tile flooring by Commune Design

Rich green paint and a unique patterned floor create an inviting place for family and guests.

Inspired by green doors while traveling in Argentina, 33 paint samples were tested before the cabinet color was chosen.  The winner was a deep green from Fine Paints of Europe.  Normally, the custom cabinetry with Peruvian walnut counters would be enough to take my breath away, but the off-white and off-black custom-stamped tile pattern and its aged patina are to die for.  Continuing the indoor/outdoor tile into the outdoor dining area is genius, as it visually expands the space – especially when the doors are kept open. … Continue Reading


Spanish Island Kitchens

rustic Spanish country kitchen

Earthen structures on the Balearic Island of Formentera use natural materials for similar, yet unique, kitchens.

Sandy white beaches and clear turquoise seas call most people to the island, but the architectural beauty of the homes are what speak to the rest of us.  Typical kitchens feature concrete cabinet shells with rustic wood plank doors and drawer fronts.  The hardware is simple, like everything else in the room.  An expanse of wooden counters provide plenty of prep and serve space.  The lack of upper cabinets draw eyes toward the casement windows, and beyond.  Concrete floors are lightly stained a golden color. … Continue Reading


Upscale Blown Glass Lighting

blown glass Bubble chandelier by Studio Bel Vetro

Old world techniques are used to create modern light fixtures of timeless design.

With all the mass produced light fixtures on the market today, it’s nice to see a line that is not only functional but oh, so beautiful.  While blown glass is the speciality of Studio Bel Vetro owners Lisa Spinella and Paulo DeLima, other techniques such as casting, fusing and cold fabrication are also used when creating larger pieces.

Spinella had a career as a professional ballet dancer before studying photography, then glass blowing.  DeLima has been blowing glass for a decade and has trained in Venice, Italy.  Working from their Brockton, MA studio, Spinella and DeLima handcraft chandeliers, pendants and sconces in their distinctive style.… Continue Reading


Driftwood Kitchen

all-gray traditional kitchen with black-glazed cabinets

This subdued gray feels masculine — like the kitchen equivalent of a flannel suit

Gray-washed cabinets with a black glaze, a neutral mosaic tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances create a monochromatic tone throughout this otherwise traditional kitchen.   While someone might think ‘why gray with this style?’ it makes sense on a bright day when bright natural light floods the space via a large skylight in the vaulted ceiling.

With the cooktop in the island, pendant lights are expected. As a result of the ceiling height, these are deftly suspended from a set of handsome but unobtrusive rails. The wealth of appliances including two dishwashers, a warming drawer and a TV built in over the ovens bespeak a big budget.… Continue Reading


White Wrapper Kitchen

neutral and white minimal kitchen with Wolf SubZero appliances by Elaine Cecconi

Prize winning for its sleek lines and deft use of appliances

Designer Elaine Cecconi’s “white wrapper” kitchen is purely minimalistic and classically neutral. Defined by white horizontal and vertical surfaces that wrap both island and perimeter base cabinets it is a prize-winning galley kitchen (in the annual contest sponsored by Wolf/ SubZero appliances). A subtle beige glass wall creates the backdrop for a range with a hood pared down to a vertical shaft. With the refrigeration neatly built into white panels and no upper cabinets to draw attention, the zero-radius (no curve) contemporary aesthetic rules.

(Photo: Wolf/SubZero)

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