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Design Destinations the Whole Family Will Love

It may seem an impossible task to find a vacation spot that is both inspiring enough for modern design-loving adults and entertaining enough for their kids. However, most larger cities in the U.S. offer a great array of options for modern design lovers to think and play, while simultaneously providing activities and attractions for restless offspring. 

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Modern Lighting Design: Material Matters

Lighting designers and architects pay close attention to what materials are incorporated into a lighting fixture, as well as how each material is used to help curate a specific look and feel. Different materials perform better than others when used for different design purposes, thanks to the way factors such as chemistry and workability affect light play, texture, suspension, weight distribution, and more.

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The Coolest Exhibits At Salone del Mobile

Every year, the best furniture, lighting and home accessories designers in the world gather for Salone del Mobile and Euroluce. Taking over the city of Milan for a week, exhibitors introduce their latest designs to the world in a variety of ways.

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Design Trends: Transparent Lighting

Transparency is hardly a new idea when it comes to design, particularly modern design. Shimmering and bright, this see-through aesthetic has been emblematic of ultra-modern, almost futuristic, style. For nearly two decades now, the trend has been to look backward rather than forward, with styles reminiscent of the 1950s-70s.

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Editor’s Picks: 10 Outdoor Floor and Table Lamps

There’s nothing better than lounging around your backyard on a warm summer day. Enjoying the sun on your face as you recline on your favorite outdoor lounge chair or hammock is simply sublime. Once it starts getting dark, though, many people feel compelled to move indoors. However, you don’t have to go inside just because the sun goes down.

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Ask an Expert: What Provides More Light, Uplights or Downlights?

Q: When shopping for lighting fixtures, there are many references to uplighting and downlighting. Which provides more general light in a room?

A: In general, uplighting or downlighting indicates that the fixture provides focused, directional light, as opposed to something more ambient. To tackle this question, I turned to YDesign Group lighting specialist Rory Edwards.

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