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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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.

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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