How to nail the rustic modern aesthetic with barn lights

March 6, 2017 by  
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We love the promises of modern design here at Inhabitat. The elegance and efficiency of modernism provides ease and comfort, clearing clutter and solving life’s little problems. However, overly minimalist interiors are often criticized for a lack of personality, warmth and comfort. Happily, we’ve found that you can have your modern cake and eat it too, by combining the best elements of modernism with tried-and-true vintage design classics that bring a necessary dose of familiarity, practicality and comfort into the home. A shining paragon of what we’d call Rustic Modern design is the humble and charming LED barn light . It’s the perfect marriage of the latest energy-efficient LED technology with the vintage aesthetic of the old-fashioned industrial lamp. It evokes a simpler time of family farms and Victory Gardens , and can bring warmth to an overly sterile space. From outdoor walkways to kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, here are ten inspiring examples of how homeowners have used LED barn lights to add a dose of warmth and humanity to modern residential spaces, while lowering their energy bill. There’s a reason that the iconic ‘ barn light ‘ was the shape of almost every inexpensive utilitarian lamp for such a long time – the simple metal design makes for an extremely practical and durable task lamp. The funnel shape of the metal baffle blocks ambient light from escaping in all directions, reduces glare, and focuses the light downward toward a task. The gooseneck that is familiar element of wall-mounted barn lamps allows the light to be positioned where needed. And in outdoor settings the barn lighting prevents light pollution, making it easier to see a path at night. A company called Cocoweb has taken the increasingly sought after barn light aesthetic and merged it with the latest LED technology, providing a futuristic, energy-saving lamp in a charming vintage package. Cocoweb’s Barn Lights are eco-friendly, fully dimmable, low-energy and last for over 20 years without ever needing a bulb change. Energy-saving lighting has thankfully become less expensive and widely available everywhere over the years, but many LED lamps on the market tend to be futuristic. When designers are looking for an old-fashioned aesthetic, through vintage lamps or Edison Bulbs, that charming vibe often comes paired with a doozy of an energy hog. Edison lightbulbs, a.k.a incandescent bulbs and halogen lamps, are extremely inefficient and consume tons of energy, wasting most of their energy input in the form of heat instead of visible light. LED light bulbs are extremely energy efficient, but for the early part of their public career they’ve been mostly associated with futuristic, bluish, 2001-A-Space-Odyssey style lighting. But LEDs can certainly provide a warm glow and work with a more classic aesthetic as well, as exemplified in the above photo. (Yes, those cute vintage lamps are LED lamps). Barn lights in brass or cherry red put a bolder, more vibrant spin on rustic modern design, proving that ‘rustic’ need not be limited to a neutral color palette. These jade pendants add retro flare and stand out as a statement piece in this apartment’s dining room. As shown in the photo above, vintage-looking LED lamps can achieve a distinctly intimate and cozy feeling. These jade LED barn lights shine 1600 lumens for over 50,000 hours (or 20 years), and offer a delightful pop of color and a timeless feel when paired with wide plank flooring, wooden cabinetry and natural stone. This warm meeting room epitomizes modern rustic style. With clean lines, midcentury modern furniture and white walls, this space would feel ultra modern if not for the softening touches of these classic matte black oldage pendants and the vibrantly patterned throw rug underneath the coffee table. These outdoor vintage green gooseneck barn lights were combined with a white washed exterior and farmhouse furnishings, turning a modern patio into a more pastoral setting. The entryway in the above photo maintains a decidedly contemporary vibe, but the subtle matte black LED sconces add a more welcoming feeling. The durable weather-proof coating and MET-listed safety rating make these LED lights equipped for both indoor and outdoor use. These matte black barn light sconces work just as well in the indoors as they do in the outdoors. The barn lights from Cocoweb have over 5,000 combinations of arms, colors and shades to choose from, making it easy to customize for any style space. Especially when combined with a bit of wood, these subtle Blackspot pendants can upgrade even the most modern spaces to exude rustic charm. This bright country interior is quite minimalist and white, but is warmed with the curves and light of the barn light sconce, along with the light wood and plaid patterned furnishings. ABOUT COCOWEB Cocoweb has been operating out of Irvine, California for over 50 years. If you’re itching to start a renovation, the company’s fast and free shipping will deliver to your doorstep as quickly as one business day. And each fixture has a 30 day satisfaction guaranteed return policy and a 2-year warranty. Their Design Corner will connect you with a variety of recommended interior designers and contractors in your area, should you choose not go the DIY route. If want more inspiration and eye candy, check out the Cocoweb blog . + Cocoweb

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A giant zeppelin-shaped gathering space lands on the roof of the Dox Center for Contemporary Art in Prague

November 24, 2016 by  
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The design team found inspiration for the project in early twentieth-century airships and their symbolic qualities as structures that represent unprecedented technological advancements. It complements the existing complex that transformed an old factory into an important cultural hub in Prague. The airship will be christened after one of the most famous characters in utopian literature, Gulliver. Related: Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort “The idea to invade the DOX Centre’s starkly modern austere concrete -and-glass architecture with a “parasitic“ structure has been on my mind for several years”, said Leoš Válka. ” I first dreamed of an absurdly fascinating organic shape that would contrast with the DOX Centre’s existing architecture,” he added. + Hu? architektury Martin Rajniš + DOX Photos by Jan Slavík

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Check out the otherworldly transformation of a salt-covered dress left at the bottom of the Dead Sea

September 1, 2016 by  
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The Salt Bride dress is reminiscent of the ” traditional Hasidic garment ” worn by a character in the Yiddish play The Dybbuk . The play, penned by S. Ansky between 1913 and 1916, chronicles a bride possessed by evil who is exorcised. Landau’s art explores themes of death and change by focusing in on how the Dead Sea altered the dress’s appearance. Salt Bride is comprised of eight images shot during the dress’s transformation. Related: Petey Ulatan’s cubic landscapes reimagine the world full of sharp angles According to a statement from the Marlborough Contemporary, “Over time, the sea’s alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be.” It’s not the first time Landau has worked with the Dead Sea as an essential part of her artwork. She has immersed other items in the sea and even created a floating art installation with watermelons in the sea. Landau said in a statement, “Over the years, I learnt more and more about this low and strange place. Still the magic is there waiting for us: new experiments, ideas, and understandings. It is like meeting with a different time system, a different logic, another planet. It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined.” Salt Bride will be on display at the Marlborough Contemporary through September 3. + Sigalit Landau + Marlborough Contemporary Images courtesy of Sigalit Landau/Marlborough Contemporary, Matanya Tausig/Marlborough Contemporary, and Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary

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This ultra-compact micro kitchen unfolds like a Swiss Army knife when it’s time to cook (VIDEO)

May 22, 2016 by  
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Ana Arana International Contemporary Furniture Fair during NYCxDesign week, Small apartment? No worries with #anaarana's Gali kitchenette all-in-one with everything you need to store, prep and cook food in a super-compact form. #icff #nycxdesign #interiordesign #nyc #design A video posted by Yuka (@yukatory) on May 14, 2016 at 11:21am PDT stove, microwave, trash can, storage, a countertop, a sink I live alone in a very small apaartmnet but my kitchen is huge, and I’m always thinking…

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Rombaut makes cruelty-free leather shoes from discarded pineapple leaves

May 22, 2016 by  
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A creative Parisian company is making shoes out of a surprising material: pineapples. Rombaut, an experimental label that eschews animal hide, has created a line of unisex sneakers made from Piñatex, a vegan textile that feels like leather and is woven from discarded pineapple leaves. The cruelty-free shoe also includes other plant-based alternatives like fig tree bark from Uganda, tapa from the South Pacific, wild Amazonian rubber, coconut fiber, and potato starch. READ MORE>

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RE.BIN is the stylish alternative to the traditional recycling bin

February 16, 2016 by  
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RE.BIN is the contemporary alternative to the traditional, boring recycling bin. Made of 100% recycled plastic, its design mimics the shape of a standard paper grocery bag. Consumers can use their paper grocery bags as a recyclable liner for their RE.BIN. Once it’s full, simply grab the paper bag liner on the way out the door! RE.BIN’s shape is perfect for people who are tight on space and short on time. Simply place your RE.BIN in your kitchen, living area or office for a visually pleasing, convenient recycling bin. RE.BIN is also the perfect size to fit inside a standard­ size kitchen cabinet. With RE.BIN, you won’t have to worry about bulky bins, and paper grocery bags will help keep your RE.BIN clean. + RE.BIN

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5 finalists announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

February 26, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of 5 finalists announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe award Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alberto Veiga and Fabrizio Barozzi , Antinori Winery , Archea Associati , Bjarke Ingels Group , Danish Maritime Museum , European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture , Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei , mies van der rohe , O’Donnell + Tuomey , Philarmonic Hall Szczecin , Ravensburg Art Museum , Saw Swee Hock Student Centre London School of Economics

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Taxidermy and Contemporary Art Collide in Nevada Museum of Art’s Late Harvest Exhibition

October 31, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Taxidermy and Contemporary Art Collide in Nevada Museum of Art’s Late Harvest Exhibition Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: A+E Conference , Art , Damien Hirst , David Brooks , Elmgreen & Dragset , environmental art , Kate Clark , Late Harvest , Mark Dion , nevada , Nevada museum of Art , Petah Coyne , reno

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How to Make Your Own Organic Caramel Apple Treats for Halloween

October 31, 2014 by  
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We’re still enjoying the best of apple season, and there’s no better way to enjoy their crisp deliciousness than by taking a big bite out of a caramel apple . They make autumn feel just a little more festive, but you don’t have to go to a carnival or a state fair to find yourself a good one; making them at home is fun and easy, and perfect options for healthier Halloween treats! Read on to learn how you can make these crunchy delights at home, just in time for your Halloween party . Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of How to Make Your Own Organic Caramel Apple Treats for Halloween Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , apple treat , apples , autumn , caramel , caramel apple recipe , caramel apples , desserts , DIY , DIY caramel , DIY caramel apples , halloween , Halloween food , homemade caramel , nuts , organic apples , organic food , organic nuts , recipes , toppings

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Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

April 1, 2014 by  
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New York-based artist Andy Yoder spent two years painstakingly assembling a massive globe that is illustrated with thousands of matchsticks. In an act of extraordinary patience and devotion, the sculptor individually painted each of the match heads to correspond with their place on the map. The oversized globe will be on display in the upcoming PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair as part of the Winkleman Gallery booth. Read the rest of Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andy Yoder , eco design , green design , matchstick sculpture , PULSE New York Contemporary ARt Fair , recycled sculpture , sustainable design , Winkleman Gallery        

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