May 15, 2010
To most people the word ‘concrete’ provokes thoughts of cold, hard, and uninviting yet one of the most common places you’ll see concrete these days is under your feet. Concrete has become the material of choice for so many designers around the world for a number of reasons ranging from its aesthetic capabilities to its health benefits. It no longer has to be grey and boring, in fact concrete can be so uniquely designed or colored to seamlessly blend with the rest of the space that oftentimes you don’t even realize it’s a concrete floor you’re standing on!
I started paying attention to concrete as a flooring option a few years back and been a huge fan ever since. I love how it gives the room that industrial lofty look yet could still be toned down to bring out the more warm and classic elements of the overall design. And with my continuous hunt for more sustainable and eco-friendly design ideas I really love that concrete is probably one of the most green, durable, and energy saving materials out there.
[Images via: Concrete-floors.org]
Gorgeous motifs by Transparent House
May 15, 2010
Every time I try to picture my dream home in my head all I see is an ocean-front house with floor to ceiling walls of nothing but glass. Now let’s leave the ocean for another post and focus on the glass… There’s absolutely nothing more minimal yet so lavish to make the natural surroundings of the house blend in with its interiors.
Let’s tour some of the greatest glass architecture marvels starting with the historical piece of art by the renown architect Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT:
The second stop is a luxurious tree house in Sidney designed by Utz-Sanby Architects…
[Images via: Freshome.com]
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Now adding some concrete to the glass here is the stunning work of Freelon Group in Raleigh, NC. It’s a three-story combination of rustic and contemporary designed for the company architect Michael A. Rantilla.
[Images via: Designcrave.com]
Finally, and quite literally, the C-O-O-L-E-S-T of them all is this planned and soon-to-be-built completely transparent art piece by the Italian design house Santambrogio Milano.. The last time I checked the project has not been created yet and Santambrogio Milano announced they are currently in search of the ideal location.
[Images via: thedesignermagazine.com]