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Apologies up front for all the overly styled–or weirdly empty, catalog-y pictures you’re about to see. I’ve got sofa shopping on the brain–it’s time for us to get a new one and I’m looking everywhere online, including Four Hands Home, to see if I can find something that will do what we need (more on that later) and look like I want it to.

Some sofa shopping going on at my house; pardon the catalog photo. I do like this style, though. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s the deal. We use our sofa a LOT. We’re on it all the time, almost always with our dog(s) (plural in parenthesis because while we currently only have one, we normally have more than one dog at a time). We’re guys and we’re not small. So we have a lot of needs: we need space, we need durability, we need comfort. Oh, and our current sofa–a two-piece sectional; each piece is approximately the size of a twin bed (really)–has a wide, low, rigid back and arms (perfect for the dogs to jump up onto, so this is something we like) and huge, long overstuffed, loose back cushions (which we’re constantly fighting with because they quickly become dog beds and don’t retain their shape, which is something we hate).

So… the list of needs is:

  • spacious
  • durable
  • comfortable
  • sectional
  • low back and arms for jumping onto (for the dogs)
  • tight back & bench seat / no loose cushions (for the dads)

Seems like there should be one more thing. Oh yeah: it better look good, like this one from Restoration Hardware.

No matter where I look, I keep coming up with the same idea-this one. | japanesetrash.com

No matter where I look, one option seems to stand out. You’re seeing it in both of the images above, and I think it’s a good start but I’m not convinced this style will ultimately be the winner. See, the arms and back might be too high (we default to smaller dogs). Maybe the dog(s) can learn to stroll around to jump up.

Then, of course, there’s always the factor of price to consider. Maybe Roger + Chris will give me a deal on this:

A possible winner in my online sofa shopping search. Maybe in another fabric. Probably in another fabric. | japanesetrash.com

Maybe in another fabric. Probably in another fabric. I can kinda smell the cow dung from here.

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Striking image of an iconic piece, the Eames Lounge Chair. | japanesetrash.com

I just saw the above image of an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman and knew immediately I wanted to write a post about it. The chair, not the image–though the image is very striking.

The chair and ottoman are likewise striking. They are the kinds of pieces that, once you experience them–see them, touch them, sit on them, you want to be around more and more.

The Eames Lounge Chair has always seemed at home with sophisticated interiors. | japanesetrash.com

As a kid growing up in small town Texas, I always pictured fancy Manhattan apartments that probably looked something like the above; bold, moody artwork and Eames Lounge Chair included.

In my mind as a kid, I must have somehow put Charles and Ray Eames together as the Manhattan apartment designers for Lisa and Oliver Douglas before their move to Green Acres. | japanesetrash.com

And, because I know you’re thinking it and wondering, yes as a kid I did do things like picturing fancy Manhattan apartments. I must have somehow thought that Charles and Ray Eames designed Lisa and Oliver Douglas’s penthouse in New York before they relocated to Hooterville.

Today, the Eames Lounge Chair epitomizes California mid-century style. | japanesetrash.com

Today, the Eames Lounge Chair epitomizes laid-back, California mid-century style to me. No matter the setting or geography, these pieces are tried and true classics.


You may have noticed the new menu at the top of the page and the inclusion of some “shop this post” links at the bottom of some of my posts (like this one). I’ve decided to expand the scope of Japanese Trash to allow me to bring some of my favorite masculine design items, like the Eames Lounge Chair, to you via online retailers such as Design Within Reach and Amazon.com. I’m also folding the pieces from my Great.ly shop into the shop here at Japanese Trash, though they’ll still be sold via Great.ly and still benefit their respective makers. Of course, I also receive affiliate income from any sales on this site, which helps keep Japanese Trash going. Let me know if there are any questions and happy shopping!

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