Written by Guest Blogger Kayla Harvey
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Written By Guest Blogger: Kayla Harvey
Prime the Flux Capacitor, and secure your time-travel helmets for this installment of Design 101. We will be reaching back, way back, to discover the origins of modern design through the birth of geometry and the Arabic numerical system. If all that does not sound like enough fun for you, there are even algebraic formulas you can try out for yourself! So, hold on tight, here we go!
Our first stop on this trip is ancient Alexandria around 300 BCE. There the “Father of Geometry”, Euclid, is writing what will become one of the most influential works of mathematics the world has ever seen. Amongst the many significant geometric observations Euclid records the Golden Ratio. Simply put this means, a+b is to a as a is to b.
Da Vinci Vitruvian Man
Fast forward several hundred years to the middle ages and a man who became known as Fibonacci is exploring the Arabic Numeral system and its advantages compared to the then standard Roman Numeral system. Fibonacci is credited with a series of numbers, and a subsequent formula, for determining a golden ratio. Numbers in the Fibonacci Sequence work on a recurrence relation. This means that it can be infinitely scaled larger or smaller.
Fheeew! That was getting heavy! What do all these formulas and complicated mathematical lingo have to do with modern design? If it feels abstract and irrelevant, know for sure it isn’t. These are simply attempts to explain why we find certain things to be beautiful. Why across cultures and centuries humans have gravitated toward specific proportions in design. It might be because these ratios are an expression of our own, as seen in Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, or possibly because the Golden Ratio is everywhere in nature.
Golden Ratio In Nature
Regardless of its origins, the Golden Ratio is one element of design that is here to stay. Interior Designers constantly find this principal at work. The Golden Ratio is the reason why rectangular rooms feel the most comfortable, and typically have the best furniture placement options. It is not just a number or a mathematical concept, it is just as much an intuitive feeling that you get when entering a space. If things feel pinched, or out of balance, the Golden Ratio might be the answer. So next time you see an ultra modern house, or a blooming flower, remember the Golden Ratio and see if you cant find this design concept at work.
Golden Ratio In Modern Design
Contributing author: Amy Tran
Glamorous pearls, florals and feminine lines meet funky patterns and bold accents. Inspired by fashion design and ranging from large floral prints to bold stripes and bright eccentric patterns mixed with pastel hues, this new wave of design aesthetic suggests its roots are from Sixties Mod. In 2013, this is a fresh take on the sixties using lavenders, baby blues, mints, and peaches that are anchored by black or white. This design style easily incorporates mid-century pieces with a feminine and youthful twist.
For more inspiration visit our Pinterest Board: A Nod To Mod
Written by our guest blogger Kayla
Lit Dale Chihuly Sculpture
Alright, so maybe a lit Chihuly is a bit much as a chandelier for your home. But that’s no reason not to incorporate sculpture with a glow. Lets explore the world of sculpture as lighting, and see where your space can be illuminated with art.
In the vein of organic modern art, Hive has produced a series of light fixtures aimed at takes on basic shapes found in plants and animals. As the name indicates, many of Hive’s pieces are reminiscent of the hexagonal shape of a honeycomb. This fixture reminds us of plant roots, but is actually comprised of tiny human stick figures.
If you had any doubts about the certifiably artistic nature of this chandelier, then finding out that this item was designed specifically for the 2009 Milan Design week might just be enough to knock your socks off. The beauty of the Hope Chandelier is that it is capable of standing in the place of a traditional chandelier, and can still transcend that role through sheer force of design drama.
If streamlined is more your thing then this Agnes 20-Bulb Chandelier might just do the trick. With angles galore this brilliant fixture will bring a sense of enlightened geometry.
An iconic homage to the urban landscape these quirky sneakers fit the profile for something different, and can add a touch of whimsy to a casual space.
The effortless flow of metal woven softly as silk combined with an internal glow gives this feminine sconce a glamor all its own. In a guest bathroom or other small space this could be just the jewelry to finish off the space.
If Art Deco fell in love with Space Age Design and had a baby, this is what their light fixture offspring might look like. Not a pendant or chandelier, this fixture mounts flush against the ceiling with a spray of bulbed arms to light up the room. It gives a softer look at what can typically be a more hard edged design concept.
Complementing each other for years, blue & gold are a favorite combo for all of us at SDG.
Compatible in any design style, this pair shines in every light! Shop these favorites online.
via Lucy & Company
Blue & Gold Collage / via Automatism: Sibella Court
via Material Girls Blog
Cobalt and Jewels / Original painting by Jennifer Latimer / via Etsy
This month, we’re adding some new projects to our design portfolio. Thanks to Michael Hunter Photography & Marie St. Hilaire at St. Hilaire Design for capturing & editing these exceptional spaces! We’re thrilled to share these new projects with you. Stay tuned for the addition of these new projects to our online portfolio.
Mid Century modernism has always had a strong following, especially among artistic types such as architects, graphic designers and interior designers – to name a few. In 2013, trendy items making the strongest comeback in this design era are lighting and décor accent pieces.
In the late 1950s, Sputnik sparked the Space Age of Design, a period of Mid century modern style. Technology development and innovations in science drove the design aesthetic not only in architecture, but also in industrial, commercial and interior design. These influences continue to impact design some 60 plus years later. We find interpretations reflected throughout our culture in the way modern architecture frames exterior vistas through the use of storefront windows or glass walls with flat roofs, and in crisp, clean modern tile designs.
Consider the work of Austrian American architect Richard Neutra, who was one of the most influential modernist architects of the period. He was described as creating an “innovative stylistic balance between domicile and environment.”
Here’s a wonderful interpretation of Mid century modern design today with dark floors and the use of a tiled accent wall above the fireplace. Take note of the window wall systems that open the rooms and bring the outside in.
Today, we define the return in popularity to this design style, which originated in the ‘50s, as Retro-Futurism. We love the combination of linear and curved outlines in the furniture, the orb-like extensions of the lighting fixtures, and the mixing of traditional paired with Space Age-inspired furniture that lends to a delicate balance. Very low profile furniture and the juxtaposition of wide chaise frames with slender legs beside slender accent tables are characteristics of Retro-Futurism.
Italian lighting manufacturer, Stilnovo, produced one of the most iconic symbols of modern Space-Age design. The original “Sputnik” chandelier was produced in the 1950s. Consumers can find originals available at sources such as 1stdibs.com. Newer versions can be found at varying price points, all boasting space-themed names like the “Orbit” or “Satellite” chandelier.
Isn’t this chandelier a stunning feature in this dining room? What a statement in modern style. The Space-Age style light fixture fills the room with its delicate orbs and sparkling imagery.
Metallic decor is making quite a comeback in today’s design. We’re seeing metallic in all design avenues, including interior design. Metallic in the small details, especially vintage brass, is a terrific way to add a touch of glamour to any space.