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I’m that guy who can find inspiration for the home in just about anything, and today I’m looking at translating retail shelving solutions into home use. First off, these wood floating shelves caught my eye:

Wooden Floating Shelves | japanesetrash.com

I really like how they provide a clean, uninterrupted look. This image is so enticing, I began fantasizing about having a room-sized closet at home, just so I could create the same look. But a) I’m not that guy, and b) I don’t have the space, even if I were that guy! Since I think most of us would prefer a more practical use, I found a couple of examples to share. First, floating shelves in a living room–scaled appropriately for the space and very tastefully done:

A nice living room space with floating shelves flanking the doorway. | japanesetrash.com

The idea also looks great used in a contemporary kitchen:

Floating shelves in a contemporary kitchen. | japanesetrash.com

Next, my attention was grabbed by this shot of mixed shelving:

Mixed Shelving | japanesetrash.com

But really focused in on the Vipp shelf–those two metallic shelf sets bolted to the middle of the wall. Love the design, simplicity and versatility they show. Here’s a shot of a couple of them in a clean, contemporary bathroom:

Vipp shelf in a sleek, luxurious, and arty bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

And the Vipp shelf also works great in a kid’s room:

The Vipp shelf also works great in a kid's room. | japanesetrash.com

Finally, there’s the terrific look of industrial shelving made with pipe:

Industrial Shelving made with Pipe | japanesetrash.com

It’s a very popular look that has been translated into the home over and over in recent years:

An attractive and practical industrial pipe shelving unit. | japanesetrash.com

What are your thoughts on bringing retail shelving home? I’d love to find out how you’re already using it or how you plan to add it to your look.

Exterior detail of Gorrow House, in Sydney. It's like nothing I've ever seen before. | japanesetrash.com

Gorrow House, located in the North Bondi area of Sydney, is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Situated in what appears to be a suburban bamboo enclave, the house detail and public spaces in the interior seem like something out of a waking dream. Or maybe where day-walking vampires might live–imagine The Hunger’s David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve in daylight in Sydney and this might be theirs.

This space in Gorrow House--I'm thinking of it as a lounge rather than a living room--is interesting, but has nowhere near the impact of the bathroom.  | japanesetrash.com

This living area–which seems more like a lounge to me, really–is interesting in the detached, I’ve lived 1,000 years and have terminal ennui sort of way. Terrific pieces, of course.

This is where Gorrow House gets really great: the bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

It’s in the bathroom(s) where Gorrow House gets really interesting. I say bathroom(s) with a possible “s” because this first shot shows black tile along with the brass plumbing and fixture, but none of these following images includes the tile. So I’m guessing that the first photo is from another space in the house.

Black sink, industrial brass fixture, raw floor and walls, window, wood plank counter, naked bulbs--this all works together to create magic. | japanesetrash.com

But what these other shots do show is amazing. The rawness of the space married with the materials used make real magic.

Gorrow House has his-and-his showers overlooking a bamboo enclave. | japanesetrash.com

Another look at the bathroom at Gorrow House. | japanesetrash.com

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Okay, so Curbed got there first with the supervillain angle, but anyone who’s been a fan of Japanese Trash for very long knows I love a concrete lair. Always have, always will. I guess it’s something to do with all those Matt Helm and 007 movies I soaked up as a kid. Here’s the latest concrete lair, House M, designed by Estudio Aire, photographed by Walter Salcedo, courtesy of Dezeen:

House M by Estudio Aire is the perfect concrete lair. | japanesetrash.com

You just know from seeing this shot that you’re going to walk inside and be wowed by the amazingness of it all. Unfortunately, that’s not the case — at least, I was now wowed. So we’ll just stick to exterior photos:

House M by Estudio Aire is the perfect concrete lair. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s one that shows a glimpse of what might be going on inside. Trust me, keep the fantasy alive and don’t go in.

House M by Estudio Aire is the perfect concrete lair. | japanesetrash.com

And what’s a concrete lair without a forced-perspective photo with the pool in the foreground?

House M by Estudio Aire is the perfect concrete lair. | japanesetrash.com

*Supervillain not included.

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I’ve got a guycrush on Creede Fitch, but it’s not what you think. I like his style, as evidenced by his home renovation project.

Case in point, the new kitchen:

Creede Fitch put together this new kitchen in his East Austin remodel. | japanesetrash.com

There are plenty of before shots, too, on his site (which is where the images came from, natch), but I’m much more focused on the afters. Those are customized Ikea cabinets, by the way. Helps that the guy used to build custom kitchens for a living.

Let’s take a closer look at those cabinets:

Customized Ikea cabinets in the kitchen remodel by Creede Fitch. | japanesetrash.com

That photo was taken at an earlier phase of the project, before the floating shelves were added. The cabinet doors and drawer fronts are customized with walnut and the counters are-well, best you read for yourself here. I’ll just say this whole thing was quite a feat of ingenuity, skill, and aesthetic. I think my guycrush is warranted.

And now, the space in context:

Creed Fitch has been renovating an East Austin home; here's the kitchen as seen from the dining space. | japanesetrash.com

Yep, the way the tone and feel of the wood carries through from the dining table to the cabinets–and the exposed roofing rafters, of course–is terrific. Note the sweet bar cart as well.

The renovated main living space at Creede Fitch's place. | japanesetrash.com

All in all, a great looking space, don’t you think?

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