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Ayka Design

Interior designer K. Michelle Evans is used to weaving global cultures and attitudes into her designs and works. She recently launched Ayka Design, a design company focused on creating hand woven rugs with bright and interesting patterns. All rugs in the debut collection are hand knotted in Nepal and India.

The collection of rugs features several sublines including the City Landscape series, the Chamois series, the Chambray line, and more. Each line has a different look and feel. See some of the fabulous rugs below.

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Photos and info from here.

Crafting Design from Destruction

Furniture designer Robin Wade likes to craft beautiful furniture out of materials he finds in areas of destruction – think Tornado ridden trees. These two tables shown below are now on display in a museum in his town of residence in Florence, Alabama. Check them out below.

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Photos and info from here.

Occidental College

Occidental College, the alma mater of Barack Obama in Los Angeles, was recently renovated by famed designer Hagy Belzberg. The century-old Johnson Hall, with its facade as mash-up of neoclassical and Spanish colonial, had the inside completely gutted and redone to make it more conducive to learning.

Belzberg found that “the old passive learning paradigm—classrooms, lecture halls—was obsolete or at least heading that way” so he wanted to mix up the interior designs.

“The technological nexus of the entire building is in the lobby—an intervention that he describes as a “digital Post-it wall.” More properly called the Global Forum, it’s a gently folded plane in slumped glass, subtly textured and sandwiching a layer of vinyl printed with one of two graphic patterns. “Each glass panel fits in a particular place in the composition. It’s a jigsaw puzzle,”” he explains.

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Arborite Ink

 

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Check out these pretty neat new laminate decor options called Arborite Ink. Arborite designers used laminates as a canvas for innovative and colorful patterns.

These beautiful pieces come in 4 foot by 6 foot sizes and are sure to brighten up and make any space unique.

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Photos from here.

 

An Unlikely Spot

Interior designer Dhara Kabaria has taken upcycling to another level – she recently redid an entire shipping container and turned it into a beautiful and airy apartment. The 320 square feet abode is powered by solar energy and took 7 weeks to build. And the small area is decorated with recycled materials.

Her biggest challenge was keeping the metal home from heating up during the summer months. The bathroom was also a problem because the pipes couldn’t be concealed as they normally would be in a home. Kabaria ended up placing a matching corrugated metal over the pipes to make it more aesthetically pleasing.

Eventually Kabaria would like to expand out these kinds of designs to reach more people in her impoverished home country of India. Check it out:

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See more here.

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Dwell with Dignity

Aesthetically pleasing interior design is not only for the wealthy – Dallas-based company Dwell With Dignity makes sure of it. This Texas non-profit, run by Kim Turner and Lisa Robinson, works to create beautiful and functional interior spaces for families struggling with homeless and poverty. They provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry.

The founders say: “If we can change a person’s surroundings, we can change their outlook on life. Exposing children (especially) to a nurturing home environment, that includes good design and art, can inspire a standard of living that will carry-over to future generations. Exposing parents to this same environment will allow them to see the positive impact it has on their family; inspiring them to maintain a standard of living they can be proud of and thrive in.”

It’s really interesting to see an organization using interior design for good. Usually interior design specialists are more reserved for wealthier segments of the population, so it’s awesome to see the love being shared with all types of people.

Please visit their website for how to donate or volunteer.

http://www.dwellwithdignity.org/

Pantone View Home + Interiors 2015

Last month, Pantone released it’s annual Home + Interiors 2015 book that highlights the various color combinations and trends that will influence the interiors and homes marketplace and design world in 2015.

The report features nine key trend palettes, including Style-Setting, Abstractions, Botanicum, Zensations, Urban Jungle, Tinted Medley, Past Traces, Serendipity, and Spontaneity.

The executive director of the Pantone Color Institute stated “Consumer preferences, behaviors and lifestyles are constantly evolving spawning a desire for fresh color palettes in both home and interior design. While rigid color rules have been replaced by more creative guidelines, style and color coordination in the home remains a consistent goal. The PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2015 forecast can validate some pre-conceived color choices, while also giving new color inspiration and direction.”

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See other color combinations here.

The report features nine key trend palettes, including Style-Setting, Abstractions, Botanicum, Zensations, Urban Jungle, Tinted Medley, Past Traces, Serendipity and Spontaneity, plus individual color and material direction.Read more: http://www.dexigner.com/news/27378

A Couch Called Manhattan

Apparently, designers have created a couch that represents everything about Manhattan. According to the Italian designers who created this seating aparatus, Valeria Moiseeva, Joe Graceffa and Luca Nichetto, the sofa represents “a mix of relaxation and hard work, states of being which New Yorkers often struggle to balance.”

I never knew a piece of furniture, let alone a sofa, could say so much.

The couch, aptly named “Sofa4Manhattan” was designed for the Design-Apart showroom in New York.

Designer Nichetto stated “I think that sofa4Manhattan will give big personality to a home, at the same time being versatile and relaxing,” while Moiseeva added “It can be integrated with most common household elements and can create an environment with personality, play with different elements and make something extremely elegant.”

And if you happen to be in New York, the sofa4Manhattan is on view at the Design-Apart showroom, located at 110 West 25th St.

Original sketch of the couch:

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Assembling the couch:

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Quotes and photos from here.

From Narrow Lot to Beautiful Home

Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture, this narrow but fabulous waterfront home replaced an older bungalow that used to be on the same lot. My favorite part about this house is the juxtaposition of modern architecture with the spectacular ocean views. While I do appreciate a good beach-style dwelling, there’s something about having a modern abode next to the ocean that is really exciting and different.

Another thing I love about this house is the abundance of beautiful views. If you’re going to live by the ocean, you better have floor to ceiling windows and decks to enjoy it with. Otherwise, what’s the point.

Check out some photos below:

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More information here.