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TOP 5 – Inspirational Office Reception, and Lobbies, Around the World.

First impressions are an important part of human interaction and this translates over into an office environment as well. Because of that, the reception or lobby areas can be an important element of the office – allowing you to give business visitors positive feelings and impressions as they enter your office for the first time. However, the design of your office should also reflect the nature of the business that you run. A warm and welcoming environment is important but there should also be a synergy between the office design ideas and the purpose and function of your business. A cool office design can make the difference when we are talking about the success of a company. The World’s leading businesses all understand this and spend a significant amount of time and money ensuring their offices are designed and fitted out in such a way as to totally support and enhance their company. Let’s take a peek at some of the very best and most creative examples in these areas of the office.

1) ENISA, offices in Athens, Greece by MP Architects
1) ENISA, offices in Athens, Greece by MP Architects
2)Skype Office in Palo Alto by Design blitz.
2)Skype Office in Palo Alto by Design blitz.

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3)Slattery’s Offices – Melbourne by Elenberg Fraser.

4) Adyax HQ by Malta Architecture.
4) Adyax HQ by Malta Architecture.

5) BHP Biliton office, Singapore by Geyer.

5) BHP Biliton office, Singapore by Geyer.

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Do’s & Dont’s- Fashion Do’s & Dont’s For Home Office Design

You know how there are those set-in-stone rules when it comes to dressing? Some that, no matter the trend or season, you just can’t break? I think that same idea can go for home décor. After all, designing anything is an art form, and all forms of art – painting, photography, interior design – have the same basic principles. Since clothing and interiors can be so closely related, they also share some of the same guidelines. However, there are a few rules that do not work in a space and should be left to your closet. Read on for a list of fashion dos and don’ts for the home décor world.

Do: All white

We love the powerful aura that comes from an all white ensemble. The same effect works in an all white room. Like their analogous outfits, however, there are a few things to keep in mind to really make the space work. But when it works, it really works!

Don’t: All black everything 

Unfortunately, the effortless and super sophisticated effect of head-to-toe black does not translate well into the office. Unless you want your space to look like a scary black hole, the strong shade should only be used as either an accent or anchor colour – not both. Plus, why limit yourself when there are so many fun colours to try?

Do: Tone down

You know that old Coco Chanel quote about taking off the last accessory you put on? The same goes for interior décor. Since most offices are on the smaller side, you don’t want to make it look any more cluttered than it has to. Stick to accessorizing in odd quantities (three and five are the magic numbers), and if something isn’t necessary to your design aesthetic, take it away. Remember, less is more! 

Don’t: Under accessorize

While there are a million cases where outfits don’t need anything else to look great (no jewelry, for example), the extreme minimalist philosophy when applied to an office can just make a space look depressingly bare. Of course, you don’t need to occupy every free space, but a complete lack of wall art, desk extras, or furniture accents will make a room look unfinished. Add a couple things that you’re truly in love with – it’ll really make your space feel like you!

Do: Mix high and low

You can combine and select pricier items with trendier, more affordable pieces to create a chic (and expensive appearing) look. The trick is to have a selective eye when it comes to purchasing your low-end items. You’ll have much more fun decorating your office when you have some budget breathing room, plus you won’t be sacrificing your style.

Don’t: Skimp on the essentials

There are a few things you are advised to splurge on: shoes, good jeans, and silk blouses. That idea stems from how often you’ll use the pieces. Unless you’re just starting out, use that same philosophy when buying your office furniture. Couches and desks are substantial pieces that you’ll likely (and hopefully) be using for years and years, which make them worthy of a higher price tag. Side tables and other fun accessories? Not so much.

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Hall in a modern style with light walls and big white round decorative lamps at the top. There is a beige sofa with pillows and plaid, dark table with three decorative vases, two black armchairs behind the sofa. Under them there is a brown-beige carpet.
Hall in a modern style with light walls and big white round decorative lamps at the top. There is a beige sofa with pillows and plaid, dark table with three decorative vases, two black armchairs behind the sofa. Under them there is a brown-beige carpet.

Interiors with black and white furniture. Collage of nine photos.
Interiors with black and white furniture. Collage of nine photos.

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How To- Design A Child’s Bedroom

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Designing a child’s bedroom can seem challenging considering the pace at which they grow. However, style doesn’t have to stop at a child’s bedroom door, designing a space for a child’s bedroom should be as exciting and challenging as decorating the rest of your home. In fact, it opens up a whole new world of exciting design possibilities. It’s the perfect excuse to be as bold, brave, creative and as imaginative as you can be. A child’s bedroom should be a place of expression, but at the same time it should feel part of the rest of the house. There are three key things to take into consideration when designing children’s bedrooms, they are: Taking a long-term approach, Storage considerations and selecting colour.

Take a long-term approach

When creating a child’s room, you need to take a long-term approach. It’s good to include a child’s interest in the room but it should not be overdone. Try and move away from themed bedrooms as children’s interest change so frequently. One minute its trains next minute its superheroes! The room needs to be practical and the furniture long lasting. Classic pieces with a hint of surprise work well for the long term. Humor, wording help to create strong memories.

Consider Storage

With endless toys and games, storage is a major consideration. These days there are fun innovative storage solutions, however ensure you have the right kind. Boxes stacked on top of each other do not work, because you will never find anything instead use creative solution such as items heavy duty boxes carefully labeled or storage boxes on wheels that can double up as seating. Not everything has to be hidden away in drawers or boxes. Some items can be left on display. It is also a good way to remind them of the endless toys and games so they can get use from them.

Select your Colours

A great way to get the children involved is for them to pick the room colour but with some safety filters! Colour can give the perception that they are involved with the process. When choosing colours, you need to ensure the room is balanced with the rest of the house. A red or a pink can be toned down to a shade to work with the chosen scheme. Also try moving away from typical pinks and blues and try brighter more universal palettes. Bright colours can work well because the child will be able to grow with the space more easily. Pastels can sometimes be a bit babyish. A good way to create room palette by finding a lead item in the room that has several colours to pull from such as wallpaper, rugs, fabric, or artwork Similarly, wallpaper can be the backdrop to an entire childhood. Try and find one which captures their imagination from the beginning, such as a graphic black and white print, as babies see everything in monochrome to begin with. It’s a good blank canvas for the room design. Then add more colour as they get older When designing a child’s room the perfect balance of practicality and creativity needs to be achieved that appeals to parents and children alike.

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Top 5- Art Hotels Around The World

If art imitates life, then these creative hotels show that life is one colourful, adventurous and beautiful ride. With art as the primary focus, these hotels fully immerse guests in both the artistic process and also their amazing results. From the lobby to the gardens to the guest rooms, both curated and site-specific works surround guests as they sleep, eat and even check in and out of these art hotels. Artwork at these hotels makes guests feel as if they’re spending a night at the museum. It’s no longer enough for five-star hotels to offer impeccable white-glove service, dedicated butlers, and 24/7 concierge— many of the world’s top hotels now double as exhibition spaces, with Picassos in the lobby and Warhols in the dining room. Staying at one of these definitely counts as a cultural experience.

The Egerton House Hotel, London
The Egerton House Hotel, London

The Survey, New York City.
The Survey, New York City.

The Alexander, Indianapolis
The Alexander, Indianapolis

The Thief art hotel, Oslo
The Thief art hotel, Oslo

21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky
21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky

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How To Light Up Your Life

Lighting is key when creating a great ambience for your living areas and should not be an afterthought when designing your home. It is important to give good consideration to balance ambient, task and feature lights in the various rooms of the house. Lighting should how to.reflect the mood of the room at each given time of the day. Living areas such as sitting rooms and dining areas should have layers of light which can be adjusted depending on the mood one is trying to achieve. Dimmers are a good option as the light intensity can change to suit the mood of the room. Task lighting as the Task lighting as the name suggests is for functional use around the house. Bedside lighting for reading is a good example of task lighting.

how to..Task lights do not have to be boring, they can serve the purpose but can be visually stunning. Task lights are usually required around the house particularly in the kitchen for cooking and dining areas for eating amongst other areas. Lighting over the dinning table is a great way to illuminate the dining area.

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These lights can also serve as feature light as they also provide a focal point to the room. Feature lighting will usually light up an area of focus or draw one to a particular point in the room which can also create drama in the room. Feature lights can be used to light up artworks, ornaments and personal objects of interest. Let’s not forget about candles, nothing like a live fire to create that ultimate cosy mood. Perfect for bedroom romancing or that intimate dinner party. The key to lighting design in your home is to decide on the functions of each space and appropriately determine the lighting requirements for each given area.

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Knoll Collection – David Adjaye

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In 2010 David Adjaye was invited to collaborate with the renowned design and furniture company,Knoll International, to create a furniture collection. The furniture explores
a number of themes – such as monumentality, materiality and history
– which are also evident in the practice’s architectural projects.

The collaboration was an opportunity to investigate materials, silhouettes and forms and required an engagement in a fascinating production process with Knoll’s technical team.

The collection includes two cantileverd chairs – the Washington Skin and Washington Skeleton. The primary idea behind the design was to mimic the form of a seated person in elevation, so that the chair almost disappears when in use. The ribbing pattern is then a drawing of the forces required to brace this shape – like an exo-skeleton. The Skeleton and Skin chairs are a positive and negative version of this same shape. Both metal and plastic each developed differently as the stress analysis revealed distinct structural needs (for example with the rib number and sizes) and to address issues with the casting process.

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The Washington Corona coffee table, is an investigation into the relationship between inside and outside, public and private, exposing and concealing – ideas which feed into the work of the practice more generally. The exterior is exposed in its raw, sandcast state and the interior is mirror polished. The contrast in the finish also highlights the two sides of the single, structural surfaces. The legs serve to fix the surfaces together and to support the glass so the form makes the structure. It is a surface that can receive things – but on its own has a visual power.