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204, 2018

ITCH OF THE WEEK
Bali’s Bamboo Architecture is Amazing and Sustainable

Categories: Architecture, EDITOR'S ITCH, Green Living|

I have always been fascinated by Bali’s bamboo architecture, its beauty, and sustainability are undeniable. It folds into the landscape completely uninterrupting the natural beauty of the landscape. Even the breeze moves freely through it offering a healthy lifestyle to all that inhabit it.

Bali Bamboo Architecture is sustainalbe and beautiful.

Tsubomi Villas by Kengo Kuma Associates

The Green School is a school without walls, located in Bali, Indonesia. Another beautiful example of Bali’s bamboo architecture that is perfect for a learning environment. It is healthy for the children and inspires a love of nature by placing them in it. Unlike other schools that box children inside. I can not think of a more enhancing educational experience.

Bali Bamboo Architecture created this sustainable school, the Green School in Bali, Indonesia.

The Green School in Bali, Indonesia

The Tower House at Green Village is a four-story home supported by bamboo poles that travel from the foundation up to the top story. The poles are fastened together to form a basket-like central column. Bali’s bamboo architecture has an intricate beauty that is seen from the inside as well as the outside.

Bali bamboo architecture - Tower House at Green Village.

Tower House at Green Village by IBUKU

A beautiful bamboo bedroom with views to match. Bali’s bamboo architecture is completely sustainable, including the furniture. Because it’s all from Mother Nature the color palettes flow beautifully as it does in the jungle it resides in.

Bali Bambo Architecture by IBUKU.

Ananda House by IBUKU

Perhaps green design will become more prevalent in other parts of the world because of the beautiful example that Bali has demonstrated by using sustainable materials from the region to build homes and buildings.

IBUKU is a design-build team whose work is shown in this post, that connects Balinese artisans with innovative designers and architects creating a global center for sustainable design in Bali.

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Kitchen Design; The layered Lighting Design

1003, 2018

Kitchen Design; The Layered Lighting Design

Categories: Design, Kitchen|

One of the most overlooked elements in kitchen design is the lighting. Lighting plays such an important part of today’s kitchen design and so many times it isn’t thought about at all. Being that I am a licensed interior designer and a certified kitchen and bath designer I wear a lot of hats on a project. Initially, I review a set of architectural plans and I would say 99% of the time there is not a true lighting plan for the kitchen and what I mean by that is there are no specifics given. There is always a floorplan of the kitchen showing a grid of recessed cans or maybe pendant lights located over an island and if you are lucky there is a legend that states a wattage of a lamp which means nothing when it comes to a measured lighting design. Unless there is a specific lamp specified then it will be left up to the person in the field to select it, the electrician.

Why is a Layered Lighting Design Important?

A layered lighting design is a must in a kitchen design.

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The kitchen is a multi-functional room in the home meaning there are a lot of actions that take place there. All actions deserve the proper amount of light and the only way to get them is to plan for them during the design phase.

General Lighting

Don’t generically light your kitchen with a grid of recessed cans and call it a day. You want to strategically create lighting for all zones and the first one to consider is the general lighting. This lighting exists to light your pathways for easy navigation. You most certainly should not over light it by blasting it with high candlepower. How much light do you need to navigate is not much and should be soft. Using PAR recessed fixture with flood lamps is important here to not cast shadows vertically on your cabinets. The flood lamp will filter light vertically which is so important to show your cabinetry finishes beautifully.

 

Task lighting in a layered lighting design is so important.

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Task Lighting

You perform tasks on your countertops and this is where the light levels need to be elevated appropriately. Understanding beam spreads will help you and if you do not I recommend working with a professional in order to get it right. If you are using recessed lighting then you want to use an MR16 recessed fixture as the beam spread is narrow and powerful. Over an island, you might want a combination of decorative lighting and recessed.

A layered lighting design in a kitchen should always include ambient lighting.

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Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is your accent lighting. Above, below and interior cabinet lighting offers an opportunity to add the glow of ambient lighting. I believe all of these areas need accent lighting to complete your kitchen design.

Once you have developed a layered lighting design you have given yourself complete control over the light levels in your kitchen. All zones of lighting should be dimmable so that the levels can be set for the comfort of the user.

1302, 2018

Spring Recipes That Will Change Your Life

Categories: Food|

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1302, 2018

Linda Sieto Collection

Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Design|

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602, 2018

Bower Studio in Paris

Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Design|

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602, 2018

McLaren Shows the Future of Supercar

Categories: Business, Technology|

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