When one thinks of construction materials, paper is probably the last idea that comes to mind. Artist Christina Lihan of Lihan Studio creates intricate buildings with fascinating details by using hand-cut paper. Her works (discovered on My Modern Met) are amazing three-dimensional replicas of famous bridges, various landmarks and buildings across the world, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal.
Here is a statement from the artist revealing further details of her sculptural paper buildings: “These artworks are made using unpainted, plain watercolor paper. I use very heavy 300 lb. cold press paper: Lanaquarelle, Arches and Fabriano. Although the pieces look like sculpture, they hang on the wall and range from 2? to 6? deep. They are framed in shadow box frames, which I usually make, out of wood, either stained or left natural, depending on the piece“. We invite you to patiently check out the impressive details of each design and let us know if you find Christina’s projects as delightfully entangled as we do.
Vega Architecture’s design for the Busch Home in Lakewood, CO is a wonderful example of how a sunken living room can still maintain a sleek, modern look. By keeping the depth of the pit fairly shallow and using furniture with clean, wooden lines, the space still feels light and airy. A pop of warm, lighter colored carpeting also creates a nice texture change when paired with the harder but more durable tile used on the higher level. When Amber Flooring installed their engineered prefinished square edge Stilnovo-Afrormosia planks throughout the Los Gatos home, they didn’t forget the living area’s conversation pit. Now the space is lined with the warm material, making it the perfect spot to curl up around the fireplace.
And one of my all-time favorite shelf styling tricks is to display plants on the top layer of shelving, which will draw the eye upward, as well as create height and drama. Below we see shelf-top plants in a tour of my retro-modern home office. Last but not least, we shine the spotlight on the challenging task of styling kids’ room shelving, drawing inspiration from the product photography of The Land of Nod. The Zero Gravity Wall Shelf below illustrates a perfect balance of practicality and design flair, mixing carefully placed toys with books in eye-catching colors.