I don’t often focus on architecture (overtly) here, but seeing DOGBOX by Patch Work Architecture — a residence that has built by the architects in Whanganui, New Zealand — and loving the design and materials so much, I had to do a post that is nothing but this one structure. Both inside and out, the building uses space and materials to flow between intimate and expansive moments. There’s also a playfulness between what’s seen and what’s glimpsed and what’s only hinted at in silhouette that I find really appealing. I hope you like DOGBOX as much as I do.
This terrific hero shot of the front elevation of the structure shows the elements and the interaction of outdoor/indoor so well.
Another nice view of the structure, aglow with interior light seen through translucent walls.
The open downstairs area, including functional niches that bring to mind Frank Lloyd Wright. The entire back wall is poured concrete.
A playful silhouette shows through the twinwall polycarbonate panels that are used throughout the structure.
I’ve been a fan of the DOGBOX kitchen since the first time I saw it. The simplicity and economy with which it’s fitted is very appealing.
A detail of the kitchen’s main work counter. Once again, it’s the simple, honest materials that appeal to me.
I’m ready for a work out space like this.
The open feeling extends to private spaces, like this second-floor sleeping area.
Even this simple wood storage cubby feels thoughtful.
Did you know Japanese Trash is also on Tumblr? What I primarily post there is the same thing you see here–but I also repost stuff from the Tumblrs I follow. I like the format because it’s so free-flow and impulsive. So I thought I’d let you know you can find me there if you’re someone who prefers that channel over other methods of getting my posts.
Here are the next few items coming up in my queue from one of the other Tumblrs I like, Bungalow Classic; enjoy!
I’ve got a new interior design obsession: mini matte black subway tile. Unfortunately, I’m not finding many examples of its use when I scan my resources so there’s not really enough out there to devote a whole post to it yet–calling all designers to start using it more! Until then, I’ve got some images of other kinds of black subway tile to help fill out this post. They’re all good, I just have a thing for the small matte version…
Glam It Up
Before we get to my obsession, there does happen to be this. Wanting major glamour and impact in your space? Try glazed black subway tile; it’s like being inside a dark diamond.
Maybe that should be “Go Industrial Chic” — this Budapest steakhouse uses black subway tile, butcher block, and stainless steel to get the look.
Dial It Back
Not sure you’re ready for full on butcher shop drama? Tell the same story a bit more subtly by using matte black subway tile and stainless steel counters like in this handsome kitchen.
Make Mine Mini
We’ve seen matte black, now let’s look at a more miniature solution. This use of the tile–running it almost all the way up the walls–is sooooo nice.
Black It Out
This is the look that I’m crushing on hard these days: matte black mini subway tile with black grout–it’s impossibly sexy.
Dave Hime has a passion for (dark) color, texture, and great materials--all hallmarks of masculine design. He's an interior design consultant, speaker, and founder/curator of Japanese Trash, where he brings that passion into your world, your life and your home.
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