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Do a search using Modernist Architecture and you’ll immediately fall down a rabbit hole from which there may be no return. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you, if you love the style like I do. I love it, and I feel like I don’t know exactly how to define the hallmarks of it, which is part of what makes that kind of search so interesting to me. Here’s some of what I recently found after said search:

A Modernist home in Morocco. The fact that an entire house is set within that open block structure--which has its own interesting multi-story section--is amazing to me. | japanesetrash.com

This Modernist home in Morocco was designed by a protege of Philippe Starck. The fact that an entire house is set within that open block structure–which has its own interesting multi-story section–is amazing to me.


Then, there’s this much more modest Modernist prefab–most likely around the size of the house that’s inside the box in the above Moroccan home. You know I love a good prefab and the setting here is transcendent:

A modest Modernist prefab home in a transcendent setting. | japanesetrash.com


Followed by a classic Palm Springs Modernist abode, the Leff Residence. This is really what I tend to think of when I think of Modernist Architecture:

The Leff Residence in Palm Springs is really what I tend to think of when I think of Modernist Architecture. | japanesetrash.com


And now a rocky, beachy, rustic moment. Modernist homes do happen a lot in forbidding terrain, don’t they?

Seems like Modernist homes love a desolate, sandy or rocky terrain, don't they? | japanesetrash.com


Wrapping up with a Modernist beauty in the wooded wilds of Argentina.

A glowing modernist home in the wooded wilds of Argentina. | japanesetrash.com

Next time I fall down the rabbit hole in a search, let’s hope I end up somewhere as terrific as all of these places!

The black kitchen is a thing now, right? I mean, I’ve got a ton of kitchen pins and one of the things that stands out on that board is all the black kitchens. And why not, when going black in the kitchen can give you something like this:

Pretty GLAMasculine, right? These materials--and all that black--make for a remarkable glimpse of kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

Pretty remarkable, right? And that’s just the beginning of all the beautiful black kitchen goodness I have in store for you in this post.

Sticking with the glam factor for a moment, we have this contemporary Australian kitchen with a massive island that seems to be chiseled out of a solid block of black stone:

Is this island carved from a massive block of black stone? I know it's not but, dang that's impressive. | japanesetrash.com

There’s no doubt in my mind that all that black makes quite a statement–in these cases, that statement is: luxury. Here’s one more along those lines:

Such a statement of luxury here. I could easily get used to this. | japanesetrash.com

Black also looks great in the kitchen when played off of raw materials, like the brick wall in this one:

Terrific combination of rough brick and sleek finishes. Amazing lighting too. | japanesetrash.com

Or combined with other dramatic features like this marble and live-edge wood cooking/eating island:

Unf. This kitchen, with the marble and live-edge wood island and all that black, is so hot. | japanesetrash.com

What do you think? Is a black kitchen the thing for you too?

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I’m heading out today to drive a few hours for a new client meeting near Houston, and while I’m away I’m leaving you with something a bit different: water. More specifically, water incorporated into outdoor / landscape design. This first image is the one that got me interested in seeing what I might be able to find in this area of design that would grab my interest–because this one certainly did:

These shapes and materials really grabbed my interest and got me focused on outdoor water features. | japanesetrash.com


Next, I found this example–showing me that just about any interior style might be interpreted outdoors:

I like the way this feels similar to a modern take on rustic that you might find indoors. | japanesetrash.com


Which made me want to start looking to see what other kinds of my favorite styles might be found outdoors. This is so GLAMasculine:

GLAMasculine stone and steel water feature. | japanesetrash.com


And this has a terrific modernist look:

A water wall with a terrific modernist look. | japanesetrash.com


Concrete, stone, and stainless steel. Some of my very favorite materials interpreted so handsomely in this outdoor water element:

Concrete, stone, and stainless steel: I'm in lust. | japanesetrash.com

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