New Lighting trends

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As the night’s are drawing in, it seems a perfect time to focus on the work of some innovative lighting designers.

I was able to take a personal look at some of their work, and trends to look out for, at the ICFF contemporary design showcase event earlier this year.

This combination of walnut sits well with the unique excavation technique employed by New York based In.Sek. Designer Ashira Isreal adds quartz crystal to specially blended concrete, creating a torn window effect for the shade, which in turn casts a sprialing light and soft glow across any space.

In Sek Design, New York, Excavation Dune Pendant
In.Sek Design, New York, Excavation Dune Pendant

Created from painted stainless steel mesh, the apparent simplicity of these Arturo Alvarez designed lamps belies their delicate crafting. Fine pleats form two overlapped layers creating two different lamps full of dynamism – two lively shapes born from one, creating the same movement yet at a different tempo.

Tempo Vivace pendant lamps designed by Arturo Alvarez

I particularly like how Iranian-born designer Ali Siavoshi works with everyday objects, transforming them into light fixtures, whilst injecting a sense of humour into these stylish and innovative displays.

Ali Siavoshi lamps on display at ICFF 2016 New York
Ali Siavoshi lamps on display at ICFF 2016 New York

Another designer who creates extraordinary pieces of art and lighting from ordinary “up-cycled” everyday glass bottles, is Altanta based Kathleen Plate. Her innovative techniques and sophisticated designs sit well within contemporary and stylish restaurant and hotel groups.

Smart Glass Art (SGA) custom chandelier designed by Kathleen Plate
Smart Glass Art (SGA) custom chandelier designed by Kathleen Plate

Zac Ridgely is a trained artist who uses his talent in the medium of light, son of a famed Canadian architect he quickly learned how to navigate his way through architectural drawings. The CRISS-CROSS series was created from a genuine desire to blend art with lighting, and this sculptural piece of cut steel rod is carefully arranged and welded in a seemingly random pattern.

Zac Ridgely's Criss Cross wallsconce

Zac Ridgely’s Criss Cross wallsconce

I hope these inspirational creations will give you some ideas for transforming your living or working spaces.

Moody Monday offers a bespoke design service to complement any projects you might be considering, and I’d be happy to discuss these further, Eliza.

Sources: www.insekdesign.com

www.arturo-alvarez.com

www.alialiali.com

www.sdgconstructiontechnology.com

www.kathleenplate.com

www.ridgelystudioworks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Destination Inspiration: Creative Office Designs

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Long gone are the days when office spaces were clinical and lacked personality. Thankfully we’ve moved on from multitudes of white cubicles and stark boring set ups. These days, companies are paying more attention to the design and quality of their workspaces. The usual suspects like Google, Pixar, Skype get top marks in this department. But they’re not the only ones making a change. We share two other examples that show creativity and character in office design.

1) Nuon Amsterdam office

Architects: Heyligers Design + Projects

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Image source: Contemporist

2) Axiom New York office

Architects: BHDM Design, Photography by Adam Macchia.

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Share your own remarkable office designs with us.

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Design of the week: Colourful studio by Masquespacio

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It’s always a great feeling when we find inspiring colourful interiors. This office studio by Masquespacio has quickly become the highlight of our day. We won’t list all our favourite things about this design but we’ll share those that resonate with us most with you.

Colour is good and lots of it

For those of you who love colour, this design will appeal to you. Vivid colours in cheerful hues give the space a playful feel. Using these types of colours in working environments must be a good thing for creativity. Even pineapples manage to play a part. How clever is that?

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Trendy furniture makes a powerful statement

This was the first time we’ve come across the Toadstool collection. They are very impressive, don’t you think? Designed by Masquespacio, their debut furniture collection which launched in January 2016 is characterised by colourful fabrics and rounded shapes. Luxurious with extra glam factor, swooning over them is surely an understatement.

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You can never have too many plants

Perfectly perched at prime positions, the lush plants add that extra layer of texture and freshness. They’re literally in every corner around the studio. It makes us want to rush to the garden centre to fill our Moody Monday studio up.

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There is design inspiration everywhere. What has inspired you this week? Let us know.

Full story via Dezeen. Photography by Bruno Almela.

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New Season Alert: Find your Spring Style

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It’s March 1. With a spring in our steps, we bring you style inspiration for the new season.

Without doubt, spring has to be one of our favourite seasons. Days are getting brighter and we have stepped nicely into the month of March. New colours, textures and patterns in the stores show it’s out with the old and in with the new. You might still hold on to your blankets and cosy fluffy robes for a little longer. Give it a few more weeks and the decor swap can begin. From simple pastels to refined neutrals, find inspiration for your spring style in our round up.

Stay trendy with soft pastels

Pastels are probably the most common colours used in springtime. They are the go-to favourites for updating many a décor. We can’t talk of them without mentioning the Pantone colours of the year. Why not incorporate rose quartz and serenity into your home? A good idea is to dress up dining chairs with fabric in these gorgeous hues. Last week, we shared ways to decorate with rose quartz

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Image sources: Binti home blog | Decoholic | Telegraph

Make a statement with bold hues

Don’t be shy to go for an eye-popping colourful look. Go for bright colours like orange, red and magenta for your throws, vases and cushions. A popular combination this season is indigo blue and yellow. Be sure to choose colourful designs like the Aztec Rug in this living room.

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Image source: Barker and Stonehouse

Classic style with refined neutrals

Not everyone likes lots of colour so neutrals have a special attraction. Be careful though. Neutrals all over can look boring, so create character with patterned textures. The stylish combination of whites and browns has a sophisticated feel for this season with interesting textures and striking patterns.

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Whatever you do, welcome the fresh feeling of the great outdoors with flowers to amp up your spring style. Enjoy the abundance of pretty colours we get at this time of year.

Which of these three is your preferred style? We would love to know how you decorate this spring.

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Snowy mountainside inspires colourful retail store design

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Grey skies all around, craving some colourful inspiration is expected at this time of year. The colourful design of this frozen yoghurt store is quite refreshing even for the most neutral design advocate.

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The design is clean with its simple white backdrop allowing the colours to shine through. The attention to detail is commendable. Notice the cone-shaped pendant lamps, white swings and seating. Everything about this store design screams playful and delightful.

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It’s like taking a mental trip to a “Skittles” version of the mountainside if it existed. The use of beautiful secondary colours creates a high contrast scheme. The abstract trees smartly placed around the store also break up the space into distinct areas. A perfect combination of aesthetic and functional roles.

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Designed by TRIAD China, this is one of the new China based stores of the US retail brand, Stone Fresh.

We’ve had our colour dose for the day. Now what colourful addition will you make to your space this week?

For more colourful inspiration, also check out these luxury hotels with some serious colour.

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