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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.

A hero shot of the front elevation of DOGBOX by Patch Work Architecture. | japanesetrash.com

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. | japanesetrash.com

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. | japanesetrash.com

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. | japanesetrash.com

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. | japanesetrash.com

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. It's the simple, honest materials that appeal to me. | japanesetrash.com

A detail of the kitchen’s main work counter. Once again, it’s the simple, honest materials that appeal to me.

DOGBOX by Patch Work Architecture - work out space. | japanesetrash.com

I’m ready for a work out space like this.

A second-floor sleeping area. | japanesetrash.com

The open feeling extends to private spaces, like this second-floor sleeping area.

Even this simple wood storage cubby feels thoughtful. | japanesetrash.com

Even this simple wood storage cubby feels thoughtful.

Renowned interior designer and author, Eric Cohler, has been featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, The New York Times, and Traditional Home — among others — and is, as the first word of this sentence states, renowned. One of his latest projects just hit my radar, and I wanted to share it with you; it’s his own apartment in San Francisco atop the Chambord and it’s a terrific mix of unexpected elements that make for a very special space.

When it comes to using white, this is about as good as it gets. Designed by Eric Cohler | japanesetrash.com

When it comes to using white, this is about as good as it gets. The mix of eras and styles here is so appealing.


A simple and sophisticated drinks tray. Designed by Eric Cohler | japanesetrash.com

A simple and sophisticated drinks tray. With a hint of “Rear Window”–we are in San Francisco, after all.


Dark and dramatic dining anyone? Designed by Eric Cohler | japanesetrash.com

Dark and dramatic dining anyone? Those amazing chairs in this refined space could not make me any happier.


It's this kind of terrific mix that's so appealing to me. Designed by Eric Cohler | japanesetrash.com

It’s this kind of terrific mix that’s so appealing to me–it’s like the best of several decades all pulled together and making beautiful music together.


This fireplace and all the architectural details in the room are brought to life by the dark paint. Designed by Eric Cohler | japanesetrash.com

This fireplace and all the architectural details in the room are brought to life by the dark paint. I’m not sure if you can see it clearly in this image, but that side table is covered in snake skin.


Bathroom windowsill as shelf; I love this. Designed by Eric Cohler | japanesetrash.com

Bathroom windowsill as shelf; I love this; it actually reminds me very much of the bathroom in one of my favorite movies.

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for Leftovers! This week, we begin with this clean, modernist living room:

This clean, modernist living room looks so bright and cheerful. | japanesetrash.com


That Airstream makes the perfect backdrop for twilit outdoor dining:

This looks like the perfect locale for outdoor dining at twilight. | japanesetrash.com


I’m also a big fan of this super stylish indoor dining space with the Artichoke Lamp in copper:

I'm a big fan of this super stylish dining space with the Artichoke Lamp in copper. | japanesetrash.com


A contemporary living room in browns–a great way to warm up darker colors:

This contemporary living room in browns shows that dark colors can be warm. | japanesetrash.com


And this leather lounger looks like the perfect place to relax:

This leather lounger looks like the perfect place to relax. | japanesetrash.com

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