These copper pipes, gears and steel railings are not from the interior of an ironclad battleship or WWI factory – they‘re part of the brilliant interior steampunk design of Truth Coffee‘s cafe in Cape Town.
The idea works in part because the coffee equipment used by Truth Coffee, with its various pipes and levers, already lends itself to a steampunk aesthetic. The cafe features authentic elements and accents like old bookcases, candlestick telephones, vintage typewriters, gas-masks and other gizmos and gadgets. Even the staff pictured wear popular steampunk elements like leather aprons, top-hats and goggles.
The interior design was dreamed up together with interior designer Haldane Martin, who was approached by Truth Coffee to design a cafe in keeping with their re-branding efforts. With cafes that look this much fun, I‘d say they‘re doing a good job!
Every week, we go all over the world to peek inside houses, apartments, restaurants, and more to see where other people live, work, and eat. The world of interiors never disappoints, which is a good thing as we all crave an endless supply of visual eye candy to keep us inspired. Plus, isn’t it fun to be nosy for a bit? Now that the year is ending, we’re revisiting the most popular interior design posts from 2019. Sit back and dive back in.
Luong Thuy, going by beisme08 on social media, is an artist who creates adorable illustrations depicting her beautiful relationship with her boyfriend. Even though the artist only started creating her illustrations six months ago, she has already gathered over 56k fans on Instagram and once you see her illustrations, you’ll quickly see why.
“My inspiration lies in everyday life with my boyfriend. The stories I illustrate are also stories about myself,” said Luong in an interview with Bored Panda. The artist says she tried drawing in a lot of different styles before but eventually found that she liked the simpler styles more. “I always try to draw with the simplest content so that anyone who looks at it can easily understand the story,” says the artist.
“Through the pictures that I draw, most importantly, I want to portray the good memories I have with my boyfriend. I also want people to feel happy and optimistic when they see my paintings,” says Luong. “Sometimes, a few of my followers text me about their love stories or share their problems with me.” Even though she is not always able to give people the right advice, she tries sharing her own experiences and says it makes her happy to know she helped people at least a little bit. “Life is so much better with love in it,” added Luong.
Check out the artist’s adorable relationship illustrations in the gallery below!
For those of you who are not quite sure what it means when someone uses the term “industrial architecture,” the term refers to a style of architecture that features, minimal surface decoration, industrial materials, clean lines, flat roofs, jutting edges, and polished surfaces. The style has increased in popularity over the last several decades. Today, the minimal style is embraced by those who choose to live life in busy industrial centers and away from suburban communities. For many, the style’s tendency to use greener materials and modern designs are its many attractors. Because of these reasons and many more, Industrial Architecture is “in” and in a big way.
Industrial Design Is Good For Communities
With the decline in manufacturing, cities and urban areas are ripe with opportunities for new development. Using existing industrial infrastructures, many imaginative architects have been able to transform and preserve the existing industrials spaces. Once an area’s industrial buildings and spaces of old have been transformed into new housing, businesses, and other rich spaces, the community is given a new life. What was once a blighted area with abandoned manufacturing spaces can now be turned into sites that benefit and regenerate the community. This urban revitalization is becoming more and more common in cities everywhere.
Industrials spaces can easily be converted into cost-effective residential housing. Leaving exposed I-beams, ventilation, pipes, bricks, and concrete is less costly than covering the features with drywall. The utilitarian and minimal look is attractive in its own way and is especially popular with a younger generation.
Features And Innovation In Industrial Design
Open Spaces – Industrial architecture and design are increasing in popularity in private residential homes. Industrial spaces are sought after for their open interiors, high ceilings, and access to natural light. Skylights and large windows provide the interiors with abundant light as the high ceilings and open rooms further push the style’s expansive nature. Often, industrial interiors have fewer walls. The large, open rooms allow inhabitants to more flexibly, creatively, and effectively use the space.
Dividers – Large industrial spaces are able to be easily portioned into smaller areas with the use of dividers. The simple, cost-effective solution reduces the expense of a costly remodel and allows a large space to accommodate multiple functions. The use of dividers or movable walls allows the home to organically accommodate the growing and changing needs of the residents who live within its walls.
Garage Doors – Large industrial doors and garage doors can be easily integrated features within an industrial design. Large automatic doors open up the interior of a home and allow it to extend into an outer space. Indoor/ outdoor living areas are popular features of homes with industrial, minimal, and modern designs.
Green Housing – One industrial architectures most apparent benefits is its reduction in waste and easy conversion to green housing. Many of the industrial spaces used for the basis of these homes are located in urban centers and offer great walk-ability, public transportation, or bike access. Additionally, many of the building materials used in the development are recycled or up-cycled from the previous space, making this one of the greenest architectural styles.
Not Just For the City Any More
Industrial architecture is one of the most popular residential styles in the cities throughout the world. However, the style has become so popular that it is infiltrating other interior design as well as residential suburban architecture.
If you’re interested in living in space with a distinctive industrial style, but do not like city life, then you still may be able to find your perfect industrial style loft in a less urban space. Many buildings and homes in smaller towns and suburbs boast industrial style spaces. These spaces are often old factories and manufacturing plants. However, the historic charm can add to the beauty of the home’s interior. However, industrial style spaces in smaller cities, towns, and suburbs do need to take care that their space remains anchored in the character of the region where it is located.
In an era where major cities are becoming increasingly packed with residential and commercial development in an effort to accommodate a rapidly increasingly population, innovation and creativity is more necessary than ever to introduce greenery in limited space. An ever popular application for introducing greenery into urban environments is the vertical garden.
The benefits of vertical garden greenery include cleaner air, greater happiness and more beautiful urban landscapes. Research suggests that due to our longing for nature, the ability to enjoy natural beauty in an urban environment can increase productivity, lower mental distress and aid residents in achieving higher success in exercise activity.
Top 5 Impressive Vertical Gardens
There are some great examples of innovative vertical gardens developed to introduce natural beauty in limited space. We have listed 5 of our favourite examples of impressive and innovative vertical gardens around the world.
Tree House (Singapore)
A 24-storey skyscraper in Singapore’s district 23 is home to 2,289 square metres of vertical garden. This development also features heat reducing windows and has been classified as the largest vertical garden in the world. This vertical garden was designed to reduce the district’s carbon footprint and is expected to reduce energy spend by 15-30%. (Source: Inhabitat)
Central Park (Sydney)
Comprised of 120,000 native Australian plants and spread over 1,200 square metres, the Central Park building vertical garden in Sydney, Australia was designed to be a beautiful addition to the city and park below. (Source: The Urban Developer)
Rubens Hotel (London)
In the middle of the bustling London streetscape is 350 square metre vertical garden that sits proudly on the Rubens Hotel building. The purpose of this design was both a self-watering aesthetic addition to the city and an air-cleaning and flood mitigation initiative. (Source: Rubens Hotel)
The Currents (Quebec)
The vertical garden on the interior of The Currents building in Quebec covers 200 square metres over 15 storeys and is entirely hydroponic, filtering the air for the entire skyscraper. The garden took 5 months to build and is classified as the largest indoor vertical garden in the world. The panelling system the garden is mounted on is also comprised of recycled materials. (Source: Inhabitat)
CaixaForum is an 1899 power station refurbished and turned into an art gallery with a 600 square metre vertical garden art installation designed by Patrick Blanc. This piece is comprised of 15,000 hearty, heat and cold resistant plants and is open for the public to touch and feel in the heart of Madrid’s cultural district. (Source: Greenroofs)
It’s pretty hard to surprise someone with a lampshade these days, but London-based architect and designer Umut Yamac managed to pull it off with this intricate origami bird light.
The installation you’ll see below is called the Perch Light Family. It’s a continuation of designer’s project from 2014 when he made 20 of these birds. Now he has put them in this chandelier-like installation for Moori that launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Besides spelling C-L-A-S-S-Y in capital letters, these birds also do a neat trick – they swing in the wind. And thanks to some clever engineering it’s achieved with no disruptions to the light.
One of the most fascinating office interior design trends of recent times has been the inclusion of designated sleeping areas in the workplace. In the past, sleeping on the job might be considered an offence worthy of dismissal, but research has demonstrated the significant benefits associated with allowing employees to take short naps.
Indeed, some of the most successful companies around, including Ben & Jerry’s and Uber, have installed ‘nap rooms’ in their offices, while the likes of Procter & Gamble and Google have gone a step further, introducing sleeping pods to the workplace. So is this something you should consider for your interior design project?
The Benefits of Sleep
The importance of sleep has long been established, yet research over the last few years has paid particular attention to the benefits of having short naps. According to ASAP Science, short naps can increase cognitive function, ultimately boosting creativity and productivity in the workplace. Meanwhile, other studies have found they:
• Reduce levels of stress and anxiety among employees
• Improve information retention and memory by up to five times
• Significantly enhance concentration and attention to detail
• Boost tolerance levels and reduce frustration in the workplace
• Help to regulate impulsive or emotional responses
Furthermore, a 2011 study published in the Journal of Sleep goes some way towards explaining the impact a lack of sleep has on the business world. In fact, according to the study, insufficient sleep costs U.S companies alone as much as $63 billion in lost productivity – and that’s before getting into the other associated problems.
The Case for Sleep at Work
Clearly, the best possible solution would be for every employee to get an appropriate amount of sleep every night and scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles have found that six to eight hours is optimum. However, in the modern world, this is simply impossible to achieve.
Whether employees have to travel frequently on business trips, whether they have young children who keep them awake at night, or whether they suffer from sleep disorders, every workplace will inevitably have its fair share of under-rested employees, costing them in terms of lost productivity, absenteeism and errors.
“Most employers do not allow sleeping – there is still that prejudice,” says William Anthony, a Boston University professor in rehabilitation sciences. “It is thought of as lazy and unproductive, when often it is exactly the opposite.”
The Sleep Pod Revolution
The sheer amount of research on the subject has forced office designers to take action, with some choosing low-tech options. For instance, businesses like Uber and Ben & Jerry’s have installed dedicated ‘nap rooms’ in their offices and have simply given staff permission to take short naps during their breaks, without fear of repercussions.
Yet, others have opted for more advanced solutions. Google, Procter & Gamble and PwC have all installed so-called ‘sleeping pods’ – futuristic pods where employees can sit and take a nap in complete silence, away from workplace background noise.
“A lot of businesses, especially in the US, have shown interest in [sleeping pods] as a relaxation area around the concept of well-being,” says Lee McCormack, designer of the Oculas OV2 sleep pod. “It’s not just sleep, it can be light therapy, relaxation, or time for reflection or meditation.”
It may seem counter-intuitive to pay employees to sleep on the job, but the time under-rested employees spend at work is largely wasted anyway. For the sake of 15 minutes out of the day, evidence suggests workplace napping should be embraced, regardless of whether you opt for a low-tech or high-tech solution.
Think of a living room without a sofa set, how does that look? Empty, right? This is enough to make you realise that the sofa sets are not just ordinary furniture units, these units are proven to create a different aura when placed in your area.
Since earlier days the elegant sofa sets are the inevitable part of the interiors. The country folks have been preferring the wooden sofa set from a very long time. The reason behind is the spell created by the modern sofa sets designs is quite alluring. The beauty is automatically amplified as soon as you deploy a wooden sofa set.
With passing years there are many developments in the field of furniture as well. The pure wood along with some accessories are taken into use these days so that an even more impeccable sofa set is manufactured. Moreover, few of myths that were being prevalent in the society are eradicated as well.
You got over with those myths related to sofa sets, didn’t you? If not read further to find out about the most prevalent myths regarding the sofa sets:
The small sofa sets are ideal for the small area
This is the most common misconception. There are a lot of patterns and designs available that are helpful in making the area look spacious. Some experts even suggest that instead of deploying too many furniture units in the small area, you can place only a few units(space efficient) which will make the abode look less congested.
L-shaped sofa sets are for corners
The L-shaped sofa sets are known by the alias of the corner sets, it’s not necessary to put them in corner. They can be placed at the centre as well, or in the area that you feel optimal for your set.
Leather sofa sets are not ideal for kids or pets
This is the most silliest of all, the leather ones are optimal for the kids as they can be easily cleaned; even the upkeep is not a headache. Yes, the facts have suggested that some of the kids feel uneasiness on the leather couch during summers, but this is not the case with everyone.
You must follow all the rules while refurbishing
This is not at all necessary; you can add a touch of creativity as well. The decor should be a reflection of yours, not of anyone else. Thus, following all the rules, or not is in your hands.
Fabrics of sofa lead to respiratory diseases
This is just a misunderstanding that got widespread. The fabric of sofa sometimes attracts the dust particles which create problems to the dust allergic and asthma patients. No such fabric sofa sets exists that is capable of causing any respiratory disease.
Hope this write-up made you well aware of the most common misconceptions related to the sofa sets.
Just five years back, no one from the international art scene could have told you who is Ichwan Noor. But since then the Indonesian sculptor has made quite a name for himself with his breakthrough sculpture series where he transformed vintage full-size Volkswagen Beetles into perfect spheres and cubes.
The artist works with Beetles that date back to 1953, so to avoid the damage to the cars, Noor carves a spherical polyurethane replica of the vehicle’s body which he then casts in aluminum. A separate spherical interior is then produced to fit the cast exterior. The final result is enhanced with the original car parts provided by the manufacturer.
The interesting bit is that although the cars are completely transformed, the viewers can still immediately tell what they’re looking at: “I see the VW Beetle as one of the most successful designs, one that people will always be familiar with,” Noor explained to NGV.
If you ever visited your grandparents’ or your great grandparents’ homes, you probably noticed how differently their rooms are decorated when compared to your own place. But have you though how the same rooms might have looked four, five or even six hundred years ago?
The designers at HomeAdvisor, a digital marketplace for home services, have created a unique project that shows how much the interior design trends changed over the past 600 years. From the wooden panels in Renaissance apartments to the funky and abstract furniture in postmodern style homes, check out the interior design trends throughout the years in the gallery below!
“Art and culture were reborn as the French Renaissance spread across Europe. Architects found a renewed enthusiasm for ornate decoration and fine detail, inspired by a new sense of humanism and freedom. Arabesque and Asian influences revitalized the decorative arts, and careful attention to symmetry and geometry brought a new sense of harmony to European interiors.
We designed the cabinet in our Renaissance living room image in the shape of a small palazzo (palace) which was common at the time. Its columns and balconies echo the shape of the building, evoking harmony. The Turkish rug is inspired by one seen in a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger, a German painter who lived in Renaissance-era London. Rugs like this were first woven in western Turkey in the 14th century and became very popular in Renaissance Europe.”
“Turkish rugs fell out of fashion during the Baroque period, as more opulent and elaborate architecture required fixtures and fittings to match. The Catholic Church was the first to develop this new sense of affluence as an attempt to impress the uneducated masses with their wealth and power. Hence the frames of the Louis XIV-style suite seem to be dripping with gold.
Beneath the gilded finish, the frame of the furniture was often made from tropical wood. Other exotic materials such as ivory were popular, and surfaces such as floors and table-tops were usually marble. Our color scheme here is dramatic and sensual. The play of light around a baroque living room would have been exaggerated to create a sense of movement and enormity.”
“Towards the end of the Baroque period, a subset of the style briefly stole the limelight. Rococo style (from the French word rocaille, meaning shell ornamentation) was famous for just three decades during the reign of Louis XV. It is lighter, more whimsical, and freer than Baroque. For some, it better suited the intimacy of the family home than the grand church style that came before it.
The shell and floral motifs in our Rococo living room are typical of the style’s more playful influence on home décor. The cabriole legs and scroll feet of the furniture delicately balance high-spirits and elegance. Social gatherings in the home were becoming more common in the early 18th century. The Rococo style allowed homeowners to demonstrate their wealth and taste without appearing showy or stuffy.”
“The late Georgian era ushered in a new age of architecture that responded to the Baroque and Rococo periods. The rediscovery of Pompeii contributed to new understandings of Roman and Greek architecture. This inspired a movement towards more ‘tasteful,’ refined, and timeless design principles, free from the pomp and novelty of the Baroque trend.
Notice the straight lines and logical, almost mathematical layout of our Neoclassical living room. These design principles were spread throughout Europe by artists studying at the French Academy in Rome. Note the column-like shape of the fireplace, lamps, and paneling. Colors were mild and undramatic. A plain palate emphasized the stoic, superior sense of form that the Neoclassical embodied.”
“The Arts and Crafts movement began in England as a reaction against the mechanization of creativity and the economic injustices of the industrial age. It was not so much a style as an approach, putting the responsibility for design and craft back in the hands of skilled workers. However, Arts and Crafts interiors shared an aesthetic of simplicity, quality of material, and a connection to nature.
The ideas and look of the Arts and Crafts movement spread to American living rooms via the influence of touring architect-designers, journals, and society lectures. Gustav Stickley was America’s foremost Arts and Crafts designer. You can see his influence in the chunky, function-led woodwork of the furniture in the image, which makes a feature of exposed joinery. This emphasis on wood, brass, and the artisan’s touch gives Arts and Crafts interiors a dark, earthy, and textured palette.”
“Art Nouveau was a ‘new art’ for a new century. Interior designers paired handcraft with new industrial techniques, which often made for an expensive process. Furniture and fittings were extravagant and modern, exhibiting the influence of Japanese art, which European artists were seeing for the first time near the end of the 19th century.
The vases and lamps in our Art Nouveau living room are inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the celebrated artist and first Design Director at Tiffany’s. His glass-blown forms were a tribute to the natural world, and their lush, iridescent and swirling colors are typical of Art Nouveau.”
“If Bauhaus and Modernism were the utilization of 20th-century advances, Art Deco was a glamorous celebration. Interior designers were inspired by the geometry and motion of the machine age, materials, and symbols of ancient cultures, and rebirth in nature. And they weren’t afraid to use them all together.
Designers created a feeling of opulence by using a wide range of materials, including lacquered wood, stained glass, stainless steel, aluminum, jewels, and leather. Bold colors and striking contrasts conjured power and confidence.
Strong, straight lines echo through the fireplace and mirror trim to the skyscrapers in the woodcuts on the wall. Note also how these lines boldly counterpoint the shell-shaped sofa, flowing chairs, and spiky ornaments and houseplant.”
“Like the Arts and Crafts movement, Modernism is less of a style than a philosophy. “A house is a machine for living in,” said Swiss architect and designer Le Corbusier, the pioneer of Modernism. The Modernist living room utilized the latest materials and technologies. It was designed to be comfortable, functional, and affordable. Beauty was a bonus, although elegant design solutions were highly valued.
These ‘limits’ proved inspiring to the first generation of professional ‘interior designers.’ The table you see above is inspired by a famous design by Japanese-American designer Isamu Noguchi. It consists only of a plate of glass, two identical wooden supports, and a pivot rod to hold them together. The original Anglepoise lamp was invented by an engineer who was inspired by his work on vehicle suspension – demonstrating the close connection between Modernist interiors and the 20th-century industry.”
“The Bauhaus (rhymes with ‘cow-house’) was a hugely influential German school of art and architecture. It existed for just 14 years until the Nazi government closed it down in 1933. Bauhaus design was a radical subset of Modernism, with greater emphasis on the human spirit and the craftsperson. As with Modernism, form followed function. Bauhaus interiors were true to their materials, meaning that they didn’t hide the underlying structure of a furniture piece to make it pretty.
Our Bauhaus rug is inspired by the work of Anni Albers, a graduate and teacher of the Bauhaus school. Albers experimented with shape and color to produce textiles that were equally art and craft. The lamp is modeled after the MT8 or ‘Bauhaus Lamp.’ Its circular, cylindrical, and spherical parts create geometric unity and can be built with minimal time and materials. This type of opaque lampshade had only previously been seen in industrial settings.”
“The Mid-Century Modern movement emerged as a softer, suburban take on Modernism, integrating natural elements. Interior designers introduced rustic elements and freer use of color inspired by Scandinavian and Brazilian furniture trends. Materials such as rattan, bamboo, and wicker felt both natural and modern when brought into the living room in the form of chairs, mirrors, and trim.
Statement lighting remains a simple way to add pizzazz to a well-used family living room. The lampshade and standing lamp in our picture both borrow formal elements from Modernism and Bauhaus but have the playful look of repurposed outdoor tools. The bright mustard of the armchair and vases exemplify the common Mid-Century Modern technique of pairing muted neutrals with a saturated signature color.”
“Postmodern design can trace its artistic influences from epoch-defining surrealist, Marcel Duchamp, to Pop Art’s crown jester, Andy Warhol, to the ambiguous Bad Taste of Jeff Koons. It all came together in the 1980s when designers threw off the shackles of Modernism and approached interiors with a sense of humor and the brash confidence we associate with the decade.
In a Postmodern living room, every piece is a talking piece – because each one has a double-meaning or visual joke to unpack. The arches in our image question classical ideals of form, both flattening and unflattening a traditionally austere shape with an optical illusion conjured by their irreverent color palette. The rug’s meaning is simpler. It adds a rock n’ roll feel with its vinyl record shape – a Warhol-like ironic celebration of late 20th-century materialism.”
“A cluttered age calls for a pared-back living room. Today’s contemporary style borrows the clean lines of Modernism and the airy, outdoors feel of the Mid-Century Modern home. Interior designers in the late 2010s love to give a nod to Bauhaus by peeling away surfaces to show the materials at work. However, today’s cutting-edge building materials and textiles can sit happily alongside repurposed industrial features from past eras.
The smooth, bare floor and uncluttered walls of our contemporary living room create a typical sense of space and light. Abstract art on the walls prevents the area from feeling empty and draws out the subtle style of the otherwise minimalist surroundings. Observe, too, the use of line to draw your eye around, such as the horizontal central light, which is both extraordinary and very simple – and seems to widen and heighten the room.”
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