Here’s Everything from the Target “Modern by Dwell” Collection – Design News

When Target announced their collaboration with Dwell Magazine back in October, we fawned over the modern aesthetic and super affordable price tag. Now, with the collection launching on December 27, we’ve snuck a peek at the full collection, and are sharing it with you. Make a list of what you want to snag-these collabs tend to sell out pretty quickly.

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Multifunctional Home With A Central Zen Garden And A Living Tree

A lot of modern homes focus on flexibility and modularity. We’ve started to enjoy having multifunctional interior designs which allow us to make the most of small spaces and this is reflected in a variety of different design approaches and solutions. This house is just one of the many examples which can be used to illustrate this idea. This cozy home is located in Moscow, Russia and was designed by Ruetemple.

Ruetemple modular house zen box
The interior space has a limited floor plan with little space to spare
Ruetemple modular house box with tree
The designers chose to divide the various functions without using traditional methods
Ruetemple modular house tv on wall
Instead of organizing the spaces using walls and dividers, the designers opted for a central box-like volume

Ruetemple specializes in offering cutom solutions for unique challenges and always finding a way to deal with each client’s needs and preferences. Their projects are modern and with a preference towards minimalism. Here they designed the interior of a 48 square meter home. Given how small the floor plan wan, the designers had to be creative if they were to offer the client all the desired features.

Ruetemple modular house pull out bed
The white box stands at the core of the home where the ceiling is highest
Ruetemple modular house white box at center
Inside this box there’s a living tree surrounded by pebbles
Ruetemple modular house white cube
This turns the interior of the cube into a relaxing zen garden inside the house

The project was completed in 2016 and its most defining feature is a white cube which stands at the center of the house, where the ceiling is the highest. The cube divides the open floor plan into a series of zones, more exactly into five different sections. Each can serve a specific function but these roles aren’t definitive as the overall design is a very flexible and modular one.

Ruetemple modular house window bar
The white cube sits on a series of removable modules which can be used in a variety of ways
Ruetemple modular house zen area inside the sube
The tree gets natural light through a skylight in the ceiling above it
Ruetemple modular house pull out seat
The modules under the cube can be pulled out and used as chairs, ottomans or beds

A really interesting detail is the fact that the central cube has a series of modules under it. These modules can be pulled out and used as seats. They can combined and organized in lots of different configurations depending on the user’s immediate needs. As a result, several can be used to form a comfortable lounge area or a bed whenever needed. The modules can then be tucked away under the cube to save space and make room for something else.

Ruetemple modular house removed cubes
The modules can be combined and configured in a lot of different ways, depending on the needs of the users
Ruetemple modular house reorganizable modules
The modules feature comfortable cushions and upholstered tops
Ruetemple modular house pull out modules
The larger ones can be put together to make a sofa while the rest can be extra armchairs
Ruetemple modular house modular seats
Several can be put together to make a comfortable sectional or a bed, depending on the occasion

This type of flexibility is greately appreciated in this case considering how small the floor plan is. The central cube basically divides the space into a lounge area, a TV zone, a dressing space and a private relaxation area. There’s also the space inside the cube which contains a living tree illuminated through a skylight.

Ruetemple modular house cube lighting
When not needed, the modules fit perfectly underneath the white garden cube
Ruetemple modular house floor lamp
This type of modularity allows the home to remain very simple and clear of unnecessary features
Ruetemple modular house mediation box
The interior of the central cube can be considered a sort of private meditation and relaxation area
Ruetemple modular house small sofa
The cube is the element the visually separates the open floor plan into various different zones

There’s also a storage unit placed along one of the walls as well as a long counter which doubles as a window sill and a bar. There’s enough room under it to store all the bar stools.

Ruetemple modular house slanted wall
On the sides of the cube there are windows and skylights that make the space really bright and open
Ruetemple modular house seating area
One section of the floor plan can serve as an occasional entertainment area with pull-out seats
Ruetemple modular house lounge area
The fact that the furniture can be tucked away under the cube makes this a multifunctional space
Ruetemple modular house window sill
Simplicity is the key characteristic of this intriguing modern home

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How to Create Your Own Minimalist Bedroom

If you’re president of your local chapter of the “Less is More” club, no doubt you love all things minimalist. While minimalism is certainly a popular common room style right now (it pairs particularly well with modern design, although the two are not synonymous), it seems to be less prevalent among bedrooms. A minimalist bedroom can be tricky – there is a narrow range between cold and barren and aesthetically minimalist, and the successful latter can be challenging to accomplish. But let’s look at a few of the basics of creating your own minimalist bedroom.

Creating a minimalist bedroom

Minimalist bedroom with wood frame

First of all, what is a minimalist bedroom, really? Inherently, and arguably more than any other design style, minimalism demands organization and clutter-less-ness. To incorporate this style into a bedroom is hard because, really, a bedroom is comprised of so few parts that anything extra will significantly alter the presence of minimalist design. So how do you know what is extra and what isn’t?

Minimalist Bedroom: The Bed.

Minimaist bed furniture

Let’s start with the biggest piece of furniture in the bedroom, which is typically the bed. The right bed, obviously, is critical in carrying out your minimalist ideals, simply because of its size and immediate presence in your room. For the minimalist bedroom, you want your bed to be visually lightweight and clean-lined, including platform beds.

Platform beds add a minimalist look to your bedroom

Platform beds tend to be visually lightweight; some are virtually nonexistent, which is great for the minimalist bedroom. They are simple and straightforward, which means they don’t use detailed design elements to distract from the look you’re going for, which is minimalist. In addition, low-profile characteristics usually feel more minimalistic, simply because they take up less visual space in the vertical plane. You can even forgo the platform bed and go with a simple box spring or metal frame to stay within your budget.

Minimalist Bedroom: The Mattress.

Creating a minimalist bedroom starting with Mattress

After you’ve found your low-profile bed, it’s time to consider the mattress that you use on top of it. Generally, minimalist bedrooms contain mattresses that are 10” or thinner. The good news is, 10” is a relatively standard mattress thickness, providing plenty of support and comfort. But, let’s be honest, it’s certainly not plush. Minimalist bedrooms don’t tend to gravitate in that direction, generally speaking.

Minimalist Bedroom: The Bedding.

Minimalist Bedroom-The Bedding

Now that your bed and mattress have laid the foundation for your minimalist bedroom, it’s time to select the bedding that will be the proverbial cherry on top. Bedding for a minimalist bedroom should be, in general, simple, understated (not brash, loud, or distracting), and free of frills. Black, grey, and white is not necessary – minimalist bedding can be a color, but it tends to be more on the tonal (grey) side of whatever color you’ve chosen. Also, the number of pillows should be nominal to complete the minimalist bedding aesthetic.

Minimalist Bedroom: The Furniture.

Minimalist bedroom furniture

Bedrooms don’t tend to require much in the way of extraneous furniture, and minimalist bedrooms certainly eschew all furnishings that are unnecessary. The reason is that additional furnishings, no matter how small or large, can quickly alter the spare, minimalist feeling to one of generic bedroom-ness; you lose your special minimalist bedroom appeal with too much furniture. There’s certainly truth in the statement, “less is more.”

Minimalist nightstand furniture

Nightstands make the cut of furniture that works in a minimalist bedroom, though. They are useful in helping to maintain that critical clutter-free aesthetic, after all, but you’ll want to choose yours wisely. A basic nightstand should be selected for its ability to provide a bit of storage, a resting place for sleep-related electronics (e.g., alarm clock, phone), and perhaps a bedside lamp. To complement your bedroom’s style, make sure the nightstand you select is proportionate, or even on the smaller side, simply designed, and clean-lined.

Bedroom dresser storage furniture

Ah, the dresser. This is a personal choice that may or may not be required in a minimalist bedroom. Perhaps you prefer to hang your clothes in the closet and only require a small storage space for smaller clothing items; this would probably not warrant a dresser but rather a storage basket or two in the closet, and your minimalistic design will thank you. But if you do need a dresser, select the design that best fits your needs and space – and not more. There are vertical, horizontal, and/or artistic options when it comes to fitting a dresser into your space. Whatever you choose, opt for a single piece that will meet your needs. You don’t want anything bigger than that, but you don’t want anything smaller, either, as that will require you to (a) clutter your room with clothes that don’t fit in the dresser, or (b) buy another piece to store the extras. Either option is detrimental to the successful minimalist bedroom, with its sense of order and cleanliness.

Aurora Due Frau - whie bedroom furniture

Let’s look a little at the décor and art of your minimalist bedroom. It’s recommended that one or two small but poignant pieces dramatically change the outlook of a room, so if you feel the need for artwork or extra décor, stick to that guideline. Another way to incorporate a feeling of accessorizing without actually doing it is to choose a lighting fixture that is artistic in and of itself.

Add plants in your bedroom for a cool and fresh air

Very few places or spaces, minimalist or no, are damaged stylistically by a well-chosen plant. Of course, if your thumb is as black as they come, you may opt for a smaller, faux potted plant or silk tree. But the incorporating of a simply potted piece of greenery (one or two will do the trick; more than that, and you encroach into non-minimalism) into the minimalist bedroom can instantly breathe life into a minimalist space, especially since there are so few other décor elements. Rubber plants, bonsai trees, or ferns are great places to start.

Minimalist Bedroom: Lighting.

Platform wall bed

Although we mentioned one strategy for choosing a light fixture for your minimalist bedroom in the art & décor section, that’s certainly not the only way. Light itself plays a major role in the feeling of an interior space, as we all know, and a lighting fixture has a large impact as well. Make sure you choose a lamp (the bedside lamp is probably the primary lighting fixture you’ll be dealing with, other than the main overhead light) that works with your goals, including having well-designed, clean lines.

Bedroom lighting for a minimalist look

Lighting that doesn’t meet the actual lighting needs of a space isn’t even worth having in the space, so be sure you choose a piece that is functional. If you’re selecting bedside lamps, be sure they are able to illuminate whatever you might need them to light up – a book, a computer, or whatever. And the lamp really can, and should, go one of two directions aesthetically: it should either stand out as its own major design element, or it should harmonize seamlessly with the rest of the minimalist bedroom pieces. Either/or, but not between.

Cozy bedroom design with a minimalist design

That’s the main strategy for creating your own minimalist bedroom. Here are a few other points to keep in mind: Some designers feel that a minimalist bedroom should be monochromatic, specifically with white, cream, or pale grey. This is negotiable, as your bedroom should reflect YOU, but it’s an idea. Furthermore, plenty of natural light is always a good thing in a minimalist space – let Mother Nature decorate for you, in a way. Designing your minimalist bedroom is “about harmonizing a space and creating a perfect balance of leaving certain spaces in a room void of furnishings and accessories. The colors, patterns, furniture, and accessories will definitely depend on one’s taste”. Most of all: Enjoy the process!

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Concrete Lamps And Their Unexpected Warming Effect On Our Homes

We’ve established that wood pendant lamps make spaces feel warm, cozy and inviting so, using that logic, should concrete lamps make a space feel cold and austere? Not at all. Even though concrete is a rough and cool material, it doesn’t really have the expect effect on the interior décor of a room. In fact, it can make a space feel quite homey and enjoyable.

The Monk Lamp

Lighting fixtures such as the Monk Lamp definitely have a strong presence. Created by SKELD Design, this lamp is short and stubby and this gives it a really cute look. At the same time, it has a concrete shade which hides the light, giving the lamp a mysterious allure.

Concrete Ball Hanging Lamp

Before totally dismissing concrete lamps as interior design accessories, take into consideration the concrete’s stoney texture and beautiful gray color as well as its heavy and at the same time delicate presence. These are actually the characteristics of the Concrete Ball pendant designed by German Gonzales Garrido.

Twig Concrete Base Lamp

When combined with other materials, concrete lends its beautiful attributes while also taking on some new characteristics. There’s this exchange of elements that always has a unique result. Concrete and wood make a nice duo, complementing each other in the most wonderful way. Atelier Mazine took advantage of this when designing the Twig I, II and III lamps.

Renate Vos Hanging Lamps

The Concrete Conic and Concrete Big lamps by Renate Vos combine this material with silicone rubber. The result is a lampshade with a translucent skirt. The effect is really beautiful especially considering the way in which the light warms up the cool concrete shade.

Dragos Motica's Slash Lamp

Dragos Motica designed by Slash Lamp and gave it this cool industrial look by combining concrete and reinforcing wire. The two materials were fused together to create a cylindrical shade which exposed portions that let the metal grid show through. The light pours out and creates unique effects.

Concrete lighting fixtures

There’s also a lot to love about a lamp or pendant made entirely of concrete without any other materials to provide contrast. A beautiful case is the series of pendant lamps designed by Stefan Gant. They range in shape and size and they all look elegant and glamorous thanks to their gold accent details.

Concrete table lamp

Named Light O, this cute thing is the perfect accent piece for a desk or nightstand. It has a bell-shaped concrete shade that sits on a plywood base. The shade can be positioned in three different ways and each variant looks playful and fun. The red power cord adds a touch of color, highlighting the cheerful nature of the lamp.

Minimal Brick Lamp from Concrete

Minimal Brick Lamp from Concrete for Desk Also

How cool is this lamp? It doesn’t have a switch or a shade and it doesn’t even have a power cord. It’s called the Brick Lamp and it was designed by HCWDstudio. To turn the lamp on simply lift it. Lay it flat on a surface to turn it off. You can find it in three versions: wood, concrete and aluminum.

Totem Lamp

The Totem Lamp is pretty unusual too. Designed by Alexandre Dubreuil, the lamp is composed of two elements. One is a concrete column and the other is a disc which is placed on the upper section, acting as a shade. This allows the lamp to double as a modern sculpture. It’s possible to combine the two elements in various different ways or even to use them separately.

Geometric Studio-ory

Studio-ory decided to explore the properties of concrete and to see what makes this material unique in terms of gravity, mass and balance. These tributes were used in the designs of these quirky little lamps. They can be displayed and used in a variety of ways and they’re always stable and cute. They’re available in natural gray, black, yellow and red.

Geometric designed by Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung

They look like they’re made of paper but they’re actually cast in concrete. These lamps and pendants are designed by Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung and they have paper-like creases and folds which give them a really authentic look. They’re really fun and they make great gifts and home accessories.

Split in Two Concrete Lamps

Available in two versions, as a table lamp and as a pendant light, the Release and Split light fixtures are the creation of Dror Kaspi for Ardoma Design and they look particularly intriguing. As the name suggests, they look like they’re split in two and the split reveals the glowing light. This creates a contrast between the concrete and the light.

Idéeal Lamps Light the Way

Concrete Home Design created an innovating line of lamps. The Ideeal ceiling and table lamps explore the unique particularities of concrete and use them to look chic and stylish. The designs are modern-industrial with simple and clean lines and smooth angles. They attract quite a bit of attention with their fancy forms and glass sections.

Light Made From Concrete

Concrete can be lightweight, even though this seems unusual. Further more, it can look very light if shaped in a certain manner. Designer Christian Mohaded knows this very well after creating the Andes Lamps. They have a fluid and delicate design and this allows them to create a sense of weightlessness which is not usually a characteristic of this material.

Nomad-concrete lamp

Small and really versatile, the Nomad table lamp combines the ruggedness of concrete with the delicate beauty of the vintage Edison light bulb. The result is a warm and very pleasant accessory which can look charming on desks and nightstands. This charm is partially given by the combination between concrete and glass but also by the warm glow of the bulb.

Desk Concrete Lamp

A similar combination is features by this desk lamp that we found on Etsy. It has a sturdy and compact concrete base shaped like a cube and it illuminates using a vintage Edison bulb. It’s a handcrafted product which means that each piece is different and unique, with its own imperfections.

Ship concrete lamp

Edison light bulbs are pretty popular right now. They’re appreciated for their warm glow and their beautiful designs and a lot of table lamps take advantage of this to look as simple and as charming as possible. One example is this concrete lamp from ConcWood Street.

Half concrete lamp

The fun thing about the Screscent lamp is that it’s actually only half of a lamp. It’s as if a full lamp was cut in half and split in two. It’s made of concrete and it can displayed in all sorts of interesting and funky ways. The design was 3D modeled in order to ensure a steady and balanced form.

Geometric desk concrete lamp

Geometric designs are pretty hot right now too. If you like the trend, perhaps you’d like to also add one of these little lamps to your home décor as well. This is the Cubistic lamp. It has a solid concrete base and an exposed bulb which together allow it to look minimalistic and quite fancy.

tripod floor concrete lamp top

If you like the idea of having a concrete lamp but can’t really find one that suits your needs, maybe you’d like to craft one yourself. A DIY concrete lamp can be a really nice home project. If you’d like to make a floor lamp similar to this one, make sure you have two containers for the mold, some timber, insulating material, electric cable, a switch, a craft knife and lean concrete. Find all the details on Instructables.

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