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I was in the midst of putting together a different post — one on modernist homes in the desert, something I’ll run soon, I’m sure — when I saw this image and it distracted me:

Entry area with terrific pieces and one of my favorite palettes. | japanesetrash.com

First off, this is one of my favorite palettes–the grey, white, and ambers-running-to-deep-orange hues. Secondly, as I learned when I explored more about this apartment, this is a retiree’s unit in an assisted living facility, which I find to be both amazing and very good news for all our futures.


Since it’s impossible for me not to take a further look around the space after seeing the first image, here is the dining area:

A simple dining space in a retiree's assisted living unit. | japanesetrash.com


And, to wrap up the brief tour, the bedroom:

Bedroom by RDK Design for Donald D. Powell. | japanesetrash.com

This is one of my favorite bedrooms on the planet. It’s a room that made me start thinking differently about contemporary interior design and one that has become so popular over the years that I think it’s now considered an icon of design. Today, I’m looking beyond the iconic bedroom and into the rest of the Francisco Costa home in NYC, courtesy of photography by Christopher Sturman.

This bedroom in the home of Francisco Costa has become iconic. | japanesetrash.com

But before we leave this room, let’s take a look at what makes it so appealing. The use of color and texture to create a soothing ambiance is spot on. The variety of size and type of art adds life. And the inclusion of a small table and a wall of shelving makes this space feel like a self-contained retreat:

The table and chairs plus the wall of shelving turn this bedroom into a retreat. | japanesetrash.com


The same types of elements carry over into the apartment’s study, where color, texture, art, and built in shelving–along with a refined but livable mix of furnishings–are to be found:

A refined but livable study. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s another shot of the study, along with the apartment’s owner, Francisco Costa. The mix of patterns here is interesting and brings a lot of visual interest to an otherwise serene space:

Terrific use of pattern in Francisco Costa's study. | japanesetrash.com


The clean lines and the herringbone pattern in the wood floor give this kitchen a Parisian feel:

The clean lines and the herringbone pattern in the wood floor give this kitchen a Parisian feel. | japanesetrash.com

Okay, so it’s not so much the penthouse that’s preposterous, but the photos of the Axel Vervoordt-designed penthouse at the Greenwich Hotel in NYC that are both gorgeous and a little–okay, in some cases, a lot–ridiculous.

First, the exterior of the building; really love this architecture. Plus, the image is exactly the kind of thing you’d expect to see if you’re told it’s an image of the building:

The very handsome Greenwich Hotel in NYC. | japanesetrash.com

The simple simple simple — but exquisite — main bedroom:

Absolutely exquisite main bedroom of the penthouse at Greenwich Hotel. | japanesetrash.com

Now the damn-near perfect, like I could move in there tomorrow, living room:

This living room at the Greenwich Hotel is perfect. | japanesetrash.com

The bathroom. Really?!? Does Vanity Fair think our sensitivities are too delicate to actually withstand being shown some fixtures? A shower or sink, perhaps? No, just this:

This is what the editors at Vanity Fair think works as a photo of a bathroom. Please. | japanesetrash.com

And here we have a shot of the corridor looking into a guest room. Got to admit, this design is stunning:

A very rich palette is shown in this corridor shot at the Greenwich Hotel's penthouse. | japanesetrash.com

If this kind of design is your thing, I’m with you; it’s visually stunning. But c’mon… the photo that is supposed to show the bathroom? What is that? And there are plenty more images, if you follow the links in this post to Vanity Fair, that seem cut from the same cloth as that of the bathroom–weird vignettes featuring dead looking flowers.

But, again, the design is terrific. And those photos that actually show the design instead of focusing on trying to create atmosphere–and, to my mind, there’s enough atmosphere right there in the design, thank you–are also a treasure.

When I found these images of this dramatic home designed by Michael Dawkins I knew I had to post them. These glimpses show a very refined and masculine dark space; let’s explore.

A wonderful gallery ledge along what appears to be the entry area. | japanesetrash.com

A wonderful gallery ledge along what appears to be the entry area.

Focus on a mysterious intersection. The dark floors are amazing. | japanesetrash.com

Focus on a mysterious intersection. The dark floors are amazing.

Nothing mysterious here, just more dark masculine glamour and a stunning view. | japanesetrash.com

Nothing mysterious here, just more dark masculine glamour and a stunning view.

This glimpse of bathroom makes me want to see so much more. | japanesetrash.com

This glimpse of bathroom makes me want to see so much more.

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