“More” Friendly Residential Tower

High-rise towers often lack common spaces that give people a reason to bump into each other or hang out informally… This building is different.

The 24-story building is grouped into mini-communities of similar apartment types

Common spaces include a communal dining room, a bike-repair facility, a roof terrace, and on the top floors of the building, a triple-height indoor garden.

Residents also share an inner courtyard

Housing designed to help people make friends makes high-rise living even more attractive.

A new design for a 24-story residential tower focuses on the social interaction of its residents.

The architects, C.F. Møller and Brut, wanted the design to encourage people to meet their neighbors.

All images: C.F. Møller & Brut

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Flower Power!

We love to see flowers in our homes but there is a trend going on of flowers being used in very absurd places…and we love it! #FlowerPower.

Here are a few innovative ways of using flowers.

Flowers in Beards:


Flowers as walls.. We saw this a several fashion shows in Paris and…hate to say it but, also at Kim K’s wedding:



Flowers in vintage suitcases:

Flowers in Shoes:
Flowers in Fountains:
Flowers taking over Buildings:
Signage made out of Flowers:
Flowers in Vintage Chairs:

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Could the Office of the future be a park?

We pretty much have seen it all in Office Design, but according to New York-based architecture firm Juhyunkim Architecture PC, the workplace of the future is a park. “To transform the workplace into more public and social space, we believe the park provides the perfect clues,” the designers write in a submission to “Space Forward,” an ideas competition sponsored by 1407 Broadway, a Manhattan workspace.

Could the Office of the future be a park?



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Monday Morning Photo(s) Hollywood Edition

For today’s Monday Morning Photo(S) we have a look inside Rihannas $7 million home designed by the award-winning architect David Gray, and comprises of three levels, made up of three disjointed structures brought together by the central art gallery. The middle floor has a high tech kitchen designed by Porsche Design Group. The master bedroom is located on the top floor that has been designed to replicate a yacht.

Here are the Monday Morning Photo(s) via hausangeles.com

A look inside Rihanna's new $7 million home

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Luna Textiles Tour, Summer Excursion

Save the Date, as a part of IIDA NC San Francisco City Center Summer Excursions Program, they would like to cordially invite you to experience the inner workings of Luna Textiles.

Join them for drinks, appetizers and a tour of Luna’s design offices and warehouse, followed by a talk given by Luna’s director of design.

Luna Textiles tour


RSVP to: sanfrancisco@iidanc.org

San Francisco City Center

Date: Jul 30, 2014

Time: 5:30am
Ends: 7:30PM

RSVP By Date:
July 28th

@ Luna Textiles SF, 2415 Third Street, Suite 280


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The Cloud

Check out Cloud, the latest design by multidisciplinary designer Richard Clarkson, an interactive light shaped like a cumulus cloud that simulates a thunderstorm both in light and sound based on external input from either a remote control or motion sensors. From Clarkson’s website:

The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.

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Check out the video below to see how it works:

Cloud from Richard Clarkson on Vimeo.

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Beachfront Pop-up libraries

We have talked about Pop-up furniture stores, cosmetics and clothing being a huge trend in retail design but today we have something that we keep seeing more and more around the world, beachfront Pop-up libraries, according to the Atlas Obscura the intellectual trend is spreading all over the world.

Here are some photos of some Pop-up libraries around the world, hopefully we see some of these in California soon!

Go ahead grab a book!

Tel Aviv, Israel
beach library

Étretat, France

étretat library

Vinaròs, Spain

Istres, France



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Monday Morning Photo(S) Bastille Day Edition

For today’s Monday Morning Photo(s) we have a look at one of our favorite hotels in Paris in honor of Bastille Day  (French National Day) The Hotel Costes, The hotel was commissioned by the Costes brothers to interior designer Jacques Garcia and has been famous not only for the beautiful interiors, but for the ambiance the designer created. With a combination of a candlelit restaurant, their own music by DJ Stephane Pompougnac, even their own scent drifting from the air conditioning throughout the hotel.

From the minute you walk through the entrance you are greeted by displays of beautiful Costes Roses and a mix of materials like dark rick woods and red accents that make your entrance experience unforgettable.

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Click here to visit the Hotel Costes YouTube page an listen to their amazing music!

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Garden meets Furniture

Veronica Martinez Design collaborates on the “Pop up Garden” by Monamour Natural Design at the Westin Palace Madrid. Her furniture pieces merge the world of design and sculpture, and are inspired by nature.

We can see the use of organic shapes and soft lines throughout her pieces. Very simple yet with a lot of character.


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Design in Motion



Announcing this year’s premier East Bay event!

The second annual Design in Motion Charity Gala will benefit a very special cause:  Laura Guido Clark’s Project Color Corps. Hosted by the IIDA East Bay City Center, this event will celebrate forward motion and the power of color and it’s ability to transform. Project Color Corps is a non-profit organization that uses color & pattern to impart positive messages of hope and optimism by painting inner city neighborhoods and schools.

Guest Speaker: Laura Guido Clark

Laura Guido-Clark is the principal of Laura Guido-Clark Design, LLC, a multiple disciplinary design studio that specializes in improving the human experience – through color, materials, finish and pattern. Her insights and honed process have defined her role as an experience consultant to help her clients connect with their consumers in a meaningful way. As a result of her expertise, Laura has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally on design and the creative process, and was an expert design blogger for Fast Company magazine.

In 2011, Laura fulfilled a lifelong dream and founded Project Color Corps™, a nonprofit organization dedicated to painting urban neighborhoods with color and pattern that impart positive messages of optimism and hope.

Last year’s Design in Motion Charity Gala benefitting the Wheelchair Foundation


A Charity Gala benefitting Project Color Corps.

East Bay City Center

Date: Jul 10, 2014

Time: 6:00pm
Ends: 9:00pmRSVP By Date:
July 9th, 2014

Ed Roberts Campus

3075 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

Member Price $80.00
Non-Member Price $100.00
Student Price $25.00
Student Non-Member Price $30.00
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