Windows with less. With a dominant wall feature like this one, a window treatment would be superfluous. Leaving the windows bare allows the fabulous decorated wall to do the talking. Elimination exercise. When designing a room, what we put in tends to take precedence over what we leave out. Placing a coffee table between or in front of sofas is a firmly entrenched habit. But ask yourself whether it is actually essential to your living room. Would a pair of side tables work better instead? Here, the negative space created by the absence of a central table not only gives clear air to the sculptural lines of this hanging fireplace, but it also opens a traffic path to the floor-to-ceiling windows.
When design meets both form and function, it feels like money well spent. I mentioned in the previous post that we had a major heating issue in the house last winter. Upstairs was extremely hot at night. (It absorbed all the sun from the day and the rise of the heat from below). But the downstairs was an ice chest throughout the day. We have one system for the house, so when we'd heat the downstairs, it'd make upstairs perfect for hot yoga. We now use the fireplace as a heater to the first floor, and it's working beautifully. We've barely had to run our heater this fall. So here's our cozy modern living room. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm glad we waited a year plus to add the fireplace. It took us that long to get to know the room and the house.
Modern Fusion, What many people don't appreciated about modern design is how easily it can be combined with other styles. This room for instance has some traditional architectural bones (courtesy of Murphy & Co Architects) yet the furniture and art skew modern. Together they form an almost transitional style which can be appealing to a wide variety of people. The Fusion style is considered as a real “bully” interior design. It combines things that are opposite at first sight. Fusion appeared in the 80s of the last century and after three decades has become incredibly popular. The other name of this style is Movement 8, because of the fact that well-known interior designer Antonio “Budji” Layug decided to unite with his colleagues and work on a new furniture design trend in Fusion style, which combine components from a lot of other styles. For example, they took a metal frame of the table, put wooden tabletop on it and decorate all with nacre. After some time Fusion completely spread over interior design. Eventually, the idea of combination things that are incompatible at first blush is very universal.
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