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There’s something about Chris Nguyen, graphic artist, photographer, and interior designer from Houston–aka Analog|Dialog. For me, that something can be summed up in one image:

I've been on the edge of my seat for months, all because of this simple image. | japanesetrash.com

It may be the most compelling interior design image in the history of the Internet. No, I’m not exaggerating; this one simple photo has been out there in cyberspace (does anyone still call it that?) for months now on the Analog|Dialog site under the heading, “Stanford Preview” with the notation “coming soon”. And it’s had me on the edge of my seat because I reallyreallyreally want to see the rest of this space. Based on some of the other interior design work Chris Nguyen presents on his site, Stanford is going to be a knockout. Let’s take a look at some of those other projects:

Marshall Studio

This was the first of his projects I saw, when it was featured on Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Home contest (it took the division win).

Chris Nguyen's studio space-a one-room wonder. | japanesetrash.com

There it is, the whole thing. A marvel of space planning, this one-room unit (there’s actually a small kitchen and dining area on the right of this image–that you can’t see) packs a lot of style into the space.

The workspace in the Marshall Studio. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

I’m particularly fond of this workspace and how he hung art in front of the windows. That desk has a roll-top closure that’s pretty dang sweet.

Houston House

Houston House is the second project of Chris’s that I remember seeing. It’s notable for using a strong masculine aesthetic in a model unit of an apartment development.

Terrific plumbing pipe bookshelf and desk in Chris Nguyen's Houston House design. | japanesetrash.com

You’ve probably all seen this terrific plumbing pipe bookcase and desk; it’s one of the best examples of this I’ve seen.

That sofa comes alive against the dark wall. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

The dark paint really makes that sofa come alive. It’s easy to see how Chris’s work as a graphic designer has influenced his interior design. I’m still not a fan of the gigantic task lamps as floor lamps, though.

There's strong graphic appeal to this open shelving display. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

The dark wall color and strong graphic nature of the interior design continues with these floating shelves in the kitchen.

Fannin

This project is where we can see Chris really hitting his stride–and it’s all the more reason to want to see what else he has in store for us with the Stanford design. There are so many great images for this space that I think I’ll just post them and let them do all the work:

Fannin: living and dining. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

Fannin: living room day bed. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

Fannin: living room chairs. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

Fannin: dining space. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

Fannin: bedroom detail. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

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A stylish table lamp with a small footprint like this makes for a terrific bedside lamp. | japanesetrash.com

Whenever you deal with someone who tries to give advice on the “best” of anything, you already know it’s going to be a subjective call. So, in order to qualify my list of best bedside lamps, I thought I’d provide some criteria. In other words, these are the qualities I look for in a bedside lamp, and these lamps meet those qualities really well. My criteria are: a small footprint—I don’t want my bedside lamp to take up all the room on my nightstand, so having a small footprint is important to me; the ability to provide both general light and reading light; a sense of style; and the flexibility to be used in rooms other than the bedroom. Let’s dive right in! – See more at: The Interior Collective.

I’ve been aware of Todd Snyder, the menswear designer, for some time. Then, earlier this year, I felt like I got a glimpse into his world when he was featured on “The Fashion Fund”, a show following the finalists in the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. And I liked what I saw very much; there’s a masculine/relaxed/sporty/military/vintage/classic vibe to his clothing. And, it turns out, the same vibe runs through his shop:

Dig this vibe: Todd Snyder City Gym. | japanesetrash.com

I’d been looking for another stylish man to feature here, and had just seen some new coverage of Todd Snyder on another blog, when, yesterday, this happened:

So this happened: "Todd Snyder Pinned your Pin." | japanesetrash.com

“Todd Snyder Pinned your Pin.” Okay, I thought, it’s a sign. Time to do a post on Todd Snyder. And, of course, I knew I’d want to use some images from that new coverage I’d just seen, but I’d like to do more than just post great photos from another site… So, let’s see if we can actually break down some of the elements of his particular interior style in order to allow you to bring aspects of it into your home:

Classic Sports Gear

The shop uses dark colors, the texture from bead board, and classic sports gear to set the tone:

City Gear uses dark paint, bead board, and classic sports gear to set the tone. | japanesetrash.com

The color and texture you can get yourself using the same paint and materials. Add leather and canvas furnishings to bring the feel of the classic sports gear into your space without being too literal. Here are some ideas for pieces to get you started:

The Albert Single Seater in cognac leather is a great modern piece inspired by materials and colors from classic sports gear. | japanesetrash.com

The Albert Single Seater in cognac leather is a great modern piece inspired by materials and colors from classic sports gear.

Add a pair of these Winsome Canvas Folding Stools to your space for extra seating. | japanesetrash.com

Add a pair of these Winsome Canvas Folding Stools to your space for extra seating and to keep the room sporty and casual.

Gym Class

The shop also brings in pieces of equipment you might recall from your days in P.E., such as the lockers in the first photo above and the long bench seen here:

The long bench here is an example of equipment from P.E. classes of yesteryear that has been brought into Todd Snyder's shop. | japanesetrash.com

The natural inclination would be to use these exact pieces — lockers and benches — in your decor, and that’s a great impulse. It’s also a clear leap (and is even shown in this image) from those kinds of pieces to something like the Tolix Stool:

The Hallowell Ventilated Locker will give your room a classic industrial and authentic gym class feel. Plus, it's a great choice for extra storage space. | japanesetrash.com

The Hallowell Ventilated Locker will give your room a classic industrial and authentic gym class feel. Plus, it’s a great choice for extra storage space.

This terrific stainless steel pedestal bench makes a statement. | japanesetrash.com

This terrific stainless steel pedestal bench makes a statement.

The Tolix Marais Counter Stool is another icon of industrial design and a piece you can use for a lifetime, secure it will always be in style. | japanesetrash.com

The Tolix Marais Counter Stool is another icon of industrial design and a piece you can use for a lifetime, secure it will always be in style.

There you have it: a short primer on how to bring Todd Snyder’s interior style into your home. Any questions?

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I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post this terrific space styled with classic pieces from Design Within Reach, even if it does have more white than I typically prefer:

So much classic MCM goodness going on in this room from DWR. | japanesetrash.com/shop/

Thankfully, the key upholstered pieces in this room–the Theatre Sofa (which happens to be sale priced at the time of this post) and the Barcelona Chair and Ottoman–are all available in other color choices, so someone like me who prefers something other than white can select what suits his style.

Yes, this post also gives me the opportunity to provide a bit of focus on my new and growing online shop. I’m honored and, frankly, excited to be in partnership with Design Within Reach and able to bring you many of their iconic items. The idea is simple: if you find a DWR product and purchase it through Japanese Trash, I get a small commission which helps me keep the site going. I promise not to inundate you with promo posts like this; I want the shop to be an added bonus for both of us, not a burden on you or me. Most of the time you’ll get the same kinds of posts I always provide, some of which will have the same “shop this post” information at the bottom as this one has, which will let you find and purchase some of the items featured in that post. I’m currently working with both DWR and Amazon.com to bring you the kinds of products that fit my masculine design aesthetic–and I hope to be able to expand to include other great retailers. I’m also folding my Great.ly shop items into the Japanese Trash shop so you can continue to support their boutique makers. Happy shopping!

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