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I think art is a very personal thing, and, since I’m attracted to alternative interior design styles, it only makes sense that I would also be drawn to alternative art. One of my favorite sources of inspiration for design and art is the fond childhood memories of the people who hire me; my own childhood was filled with fun weekends at the local movie house–a single screen affair, but with a balcony!–and with rushing home after school to catch the creature feature on TV with friends. So it follows that some of the alternative art I’m most enamored with is the grown-up version of the stuff of my childhood past-time: movie and TV posters from Mondo.

If you don’t know about Mondo, and you enjoy even one tiny bit of what I show off in this post, you owe it to yourself to check out their website and learn about the amazing things they do both online and in their Austin gallery. I’m posting just a small piece of what they do–and they work in more genres and media than I’m showing here as well.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some modern-day, grown-up posters from the Universal Studios monster movies of my youth:

Heart-stopping 1930s style from the original film plus tons of visual detail from the artist in this modern poster of "The Mummy". | japanesetrash.com

Adult me loves the heart-stopping 1930s style from the original film and appreciates the delightful visual details (notice the fez, forehead, and one of Boris Karloff’s eyes in the top of the hour glass?) from the artist in this modern poster of The Mummy. It’s fascinating to me that this film was released as a result of the craze for all things Egyptian, following the the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb 10 years earlier.

Another alternative art modern poster interpreting the early '30s creature feature, "The Invisible Man" - I loved these films as a kid. | japanesetrash.com

Another alternative art modern poster interpreting the early ’30s creature feature, “The Invisible Man” – I loved these films as a kid in the late ’60s when they were often to be found on afternoon TV and I love the new poster art created for them as a grown-up. The combination of graphics and color in this one is irresistible to me; punched up by visual content like the laboratory fittings in the background and the experiment notes about particle beams, etc, and I’m in full-on geek mode looking at this. An interesting tidbit: the artist used all of the same language as was included on the original promotional piece from Universal; “H.G.Wells’ Fantastic Sensation…” Terrific!

Just like his presence in the film, "The Wolf Man" appears to be everywhere at once in this alternative art poster. | japanesetrash.com

Just like his presence in the film, “The Wolf Man” appears to be everywhere at once in this alternative art poster–and his hunters seem every bit as devoured by the fog. Again, the artist’s detailing of something as minute as the hat one of the hunters is wearing evokes so much of the essence of this movie in my memory. Seems like all the guys in this flick wore hats…

Even if grown-up movie posters of childhood favorites aren’t your thing, I think you can see what I’m driving at–tapping into some of our favorite youthful memories as a wellspring of inspiration for our interior design and art selection is something all of us can do.

Remodelista is in the midst of their now annual Considered Design Awards season and this edgy masculine bathroom is one of the contenders. It’s funny, in a lot of ways — almost every way, in fact — this is your standard upscale traditional bathroom space; what makes it appealing is that it has taken a bit of a turn toward the wild side with the inclusion of just a few pieces–all of which could be replaced to completely change the feeling in this space, if so desired.

The statement piece of this edgy masculine bathroom--the shooting target--is reflected in a simple & refined mirror. | japanesetrash.com

The statement piece of this edgy masculine bathroom–the shooting target–is reflected in a simple & refined mirror flanked by a pair of industrial sconces. And there you have it: in one sentence I’ve summed up the elements that make this space extra-special: shooting target, refined mirror, industrial sconces. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the space has been executed with an undeniably talented eye–and we’ll look at those items as well, but it’s the target, mirror, and sconces that drew my attention. The Remodelista post identifies this as a mid-century mirror; to me it’s one of those timeless pieces that easily and effectively sets a stylish tone. The simple shape, refined finish of the woodgrain, and the brass corner guards all add up to provide a handsome profile. Flanked by sconces that bring a touch of the industrial to the space and placed on a field of masculine navy blue, this mirror says you’re in a guy’s bathroom.

A terrific use of tile on the shower floor plus marble in the tub surround are just two of the thoughtful design elements in this edgy masculine bathroom. | japanesetrash.com

A terrific use of tile on the shower floor plus marble in the tub surround are just two of the thoughtful design elements in this edgy masculine bathroom. I’m also a big fan of the side table next to the bathtub and the choice of a textured wall treatment behind that police target. The target is the kind of item that immediately sets this room apart. It’s what gives the design its edge, and it’s the single piece that if removed would completely alter the feeling here. While it’s not for everyone–and, sure, I’ve seen this kind of target used before–it’s such a surprise in an otherwise traditional space that it can’t be overlooked.

One more look at this edgy masculine bathroom; what do you think? | japanesetrash.com

One more look at the space. I’d love to know what you think about this edgy masculine bathroom–is this the kind of look you’d like to have in your own home?


To see the other spaces nominated, take a look here at the Remodelista Considered Design Awards. Voting continues through August 8.

Designing with orange has been a habit of mine long before there was a Pantone color of the year called Tangerine Tango or before there was a book and Netflix show called Orange is the New Black. My office has had orange as its primary accent color for years (decades?) and orange decor is sprinkled throughout Japanese Trash. In fact, if you take a closer look at the cool industrial Australian apartment building by Neometro that was featured in yesterday’s Leftovers post, you’ll see a couple of interior shots that include a bold orange sliding door:

This bold orange sliding door looks great in its contemporary setting | japanesetrash.com

This is a terrific way to add orange to your interior design and it’s a pretty simple–but smart–idea: just find an otherwise unnoticed element (like a door) and paint it orange. In this contemporary space, choosing the door is a little stroke of brilliance.

What’s that? There are no contemporary sliding doors in your more traditional home? No worries–orange paint can go practically anywhere and liven things up. Choose a wall and give it a coat or two of orange paint. And if you’re concerned that the color might “liven things up” a bit too much, just take a look at this elegant bar cart space where orange fits in just fine:

Orange can be elegant in the right space | japanesetrash.com

Now that you’re getting the feel of how designing with orange doesn’t mean being overwhelmed by color, you might be interested in unleashing your newfound affection via a fun–and very stylish–orange refrigerator from Italian manufacturer, Smeg:

Why not an orange fridge? Especially when it's as awesome as this one from Smeg. | japanesetrash.com

Remember to think orange for outdoor decor as well. This orange fiberglass cube from CB2 is the perfect cooler; plus it gets bonus points for also being a great table when you flip it over:

This orange fiberglass cube from CB2 is the perfect cooler; plus it gets bonus points for also being a great table when you flip it over. | japanesetrash.com

Now how do you feel about designing with orange? Ready to give it a go? Be sure to let me know if you take the plunge and what kinds of great ideas you come up with!

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Images from the past week that didn’t make it into posts.

This week’s leftovers include this cool industrial apartment building in Australia:

This week's leftovers include this cool industrial apartment building in Australia. | japanesetrash.com

Via desire to inspire.


A frosty feeling using marble and blue:

More leftovers: a frosty feeling using marble and blue | japanesetrash.com

Via sfgirlbybay.


Contemporary elements bordering the wilds of nature:

Monday Leftovers: Contemporary elements bordering the wilds of nature | japanesetrash.com

Via DustJacket.


A serene collection of gunmetal grays:

A serene collection of gunmetal grays on this week's leftovers | japanesetrash.com

Via Bolig Magazine.


And a mysterious monolithic entryway in a stark and contemporary garden:

This week's Leftovers culminate in a mysterious monolithic entryway in a stark and contemporary garden | japanesetrash.com

Via heaton.

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