Step Outside

Look Around. What you see is who you are. Where you live defines you. Your street, your neighborhood, your market, your museum, your art, your café, your crime: They all seep into your identity. Your city and its surroundings are the history around your life – they should speak to you about you, and you

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Bright Ideas

An illuminating lesson in lamps, fixtures and bulbs to create a flattering home When most people embark on a design project, a lot of thought goes into furniture style, color palette, texture and materials. But to highlight all of these choices you need the main component – lighting. This essential part of your design scheme

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From Floor To Wall

Encaustic tile is nothing new. They’ve been around since medieval times, but they’re currently enjoying a bit of a moment. Whether in intricate curlicues or modern geometric patterns, they always have a certain ‘been here forever’ rustic charm. Quynh and her family certainly understand the tile’s ‘forever’ charm – they come from a long tradition

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Welcome to the Third Dimension

Combining fantasy and reality to create dramatic illusions A bucket seems to be filled with fast- moving goldfish, two turtles compete for space in a small white bowl and an octopus rests in shallow water. However, it is only on closer inspection that it becomes clear that these are clever optical illusions. Ever since Japanese

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Lightweight

Binh An first began to design lamps a little over a year ago. “Business in my old coffee shop was quite slow so I started to design in my spare time. I’ve always been passionate about lighting and how it affects your mood. I wanted to create something that expressed my style, and that could

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Light the Fuse

Western and eastern civilizations have begun to merge several cultural design techniques, and the result is called fusion The word “fusion” is the word du jour in design at the moment. It’s become quite the hot topic and is more often than not overused, but it is a true reflection of the international flavor and

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Eclectic Avenue

This playful, personal home design style shakes up conventions and bridges the gap between different looks There’s a method to the madness of eclecticism – a design style that combines many types of styles to a room leaving it inviting and appealing – forget the all encompassing same look. Styling a room with different furniture,

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Mood Space

Combining forms and shapes to create the right atmosphere We’ve explored the concept of line in a previous column, and the elements of form and shape are closely related: shape is a closed line, two-dimensional, while form is its 3-D equivalent. As you might expect, the emotional responses evoked b shape and form are related as

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Sweet Notes

Maintaining harmony in the home If you’ve ever sung in a choir, you know that it only takes one off-key voice to throw the whole thing off. You may not be able to identify a source of the sour note, but your ears will certainly feel the resulting discomfort. On the other hand, the result

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Green with envy

Accentuate the positive Popular wisdom and grandmothers the world over will tell you that you can do your eyes or your lips, but not both; better yet, that you should choose your best feature and accentuate that. For the uninitiated, we’re talking makeup here. Finishing school adages aside, this is advice that you can take

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