QisDesign – 6 Cool Lamps

This week at archtopia we want to show you a few cool lamps, designed by QisDesign. Well, If you love LED technology, than you will definitely like these neat concepts. These lamps share a common name: Coral and the models that run by this name are: Coral, Coral Reef, Piano, Crystal, and Seagull. The designers, who know how to play nice with the light, have created magical lighting objects, by abstracting to max the traditional lamp. 1./2. Coral table and floor is a lamp inspired by, you guessed it, natural coral, reflecting rays of light through the living sea. Using a lovely diffusion technique, this lamp shines light through … Continue Reading


Herzog + de Meuron’s Hamburg Philharmonic Concert Hall Breaks Ground

About the project: The new design for the Elbphilharmonie, the new home for the Hamburg Philharmonic to be inaugurated in 2012. The concert hall is currently being constructed in the industrial quarter of HafenCity, an area undergoing major revitalization with the conversion of hundreds of dated warehouses. As one of the more understated German cities, Hamburg is hoping the striking design by architects Herzog + de Meuron will bring the sort of landmark cultural transformation that was seen more than a decade ago in Bilbao, Spain with the opening of Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum. But such a transformation won’t come cheap, with a price tag … Continue Reading

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Kitchen Color Trends Abound in Flux by Scavolini

Flux by Scavolini touches on kitchen color trends with its bold offerings in metallic gloss red and metallic gloss purple. While red has become much more popular in kitchen design purple challenges our imagination and tendencies in interior decorating. Another striking feature is the curvy shapes of in the kitchen cabinetry. Flux offers "curved" cabinets that extend out from the floor or ceiling to create a whole different perspective on accepted kitchen shapes. You can see more kitchens at the Scavolini website here. by FurnitureFashion … Continue Reading


15+ of The Best Living Rooms

Light and bright living room Large windows ensure there is plenty of light in the living room. A thick rug adds plenty of texture, whilst a retro chair gives the room instant character. Contemporary living room Team teal with black and white for a bold look in your living room. Make wall units a feature above the sofa and display pretty objects. Then use modern wall stickers to add further interest to the wall, and floral cushions to bring a plain sofa to life. Smart botanical living room Begin with an oversized print in fresh apple green. The light-weight fabric at the windows allows light to filter through. Balance … Continue Reading

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10+ Great Bathroom Designs and Fixtures

There are many avenues open to you when looking to find the best bathroom suite for your bathroom. You can browse through the magazines that come through your door, you can watch the infomercials on television, go to the showrooms or look on the internet. There is a series of that just seem outstanding. Here they go: 1. 2 Beautiful bathroom glass tiles, you might find unique 2. Oliver Heath on designing your eco bathroom How to create eco–bathroom walls Due to the destructive qualities of water and condensation, walls in the bathroom must be scrupulously protected. A cheap quick–fix is to coat all surfaces with thick gloss paint, … Continue Reading


Add Warmth and Charm with Western Touches

If you'd like to add a bit more charm and warmth to your home, it's hard to beat the beauty of Western decor. The Western style of decorating just seems to naturally conjure up thoughts of comfort and down-home appeal. Whether you choose to decorate your home in a predominantly Western theme or just want to add a few homey touches, you and your family are sure to enjoy the end result. Here are a few decorating tips you can use to bring a bit of Western country charm to your home. Western "Cowboy" Style Many people immediately think of cowboy-style decor when they hear the words "Western style." There just seems to be something bold and a … Continue Reading

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Forrest Fulton Architecture | Lace Hill

This week in Concept and Proposals, you'll see a project made by Forrest Fulton. A building with mixed use, and a organic shape. Probably you heard about the Forrest Fulton Architecture’s contest. Well, the Alabama-based firm designed a 900,000 sqf biomorphic spatial surface that connects the adjacent city and the landscape.  The architecture focuses on creating an urbanistic landscape that morphs the common urban element of Yerevan, the superblock, to the site, a truncated hill along the natural amphitheater of the Yerevan.  This new model of development supports a “holistic, ultra-green lifestyle” with overlapping natural and … Continue Reading