Hey there. Apologies for only one post yesterday. I’ve been a somewhat under the weather this week–most likely due to a bit too much burning the candle at both ends–but I think these images of weeHouse, a tiny prefab marvel by Alchemy Architects near Marfa, Texas, will help get me through the day today. I hope you like them as well.
At only 440 square feet, this weeHouse is small–the basic unit ships in configurations at large as 850 square feet–but with plenty of style.
The simple shapes and materials make this so appealing, especially as shown here surrounded by West Texas desert. Each weeHouse comes with an Ikea Applad kitchen; you can just glimpse it there, on the left.
The addition of a wooden deck completes this tiny prefab retreat–and also gives me my four favorite elements in a space: steel, glass, concrete and wood. The wide and shallow shed at the far end of the deck houses a washer and dryer along with the water heater.
There’s a sense of modern grandeur when the weeHouse is shown against the West Texas sky. I’m ready for one of my own; are you?
I’m that guy who can find inspiration for the home in just about anything, and today I’m looking at translating retail shelving solutions into home use. First off, these wood floating shelves caught my eye:
I really like how they provide a clean, uninterrupted look. This image is so enticing, I began fantasizing about having a room-sized closet at home, just so I could create the same look. But a) I’m not that guy, and b) I don’t have the space, even if I were that guy! Since I think most of us would prefer a more practical use, I found a couple of examples to share. First, floating shelves in a living room–scaled appropriately for the space and very tastefully done:
The idea also looks great used in a contemporary kitchen:
Next, my attention was grabbed by this shot of mixed shelving:
But really focused in on the Vipp shelf–those two metallic shelf sets bolted to the middle of the wall. Love the design, simplicity and versatility they show. Here’s a shot of a couple of them in a clean, contemporary bathroom:
And the Vipp shelf also works great in a kid’s room:
Finally, there’s the terrific look of industrial shelving made with pipe:
It’s a very popular look that has been translated into the home over and over in recent years:
What are your thoughts on bringing retail shelving home? I’d love to find out how you’re already using it or how you plan to add it to your look.
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 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.
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.
But what these other shots do show is amazing. The rawness of the space married with the materials used make real magic.
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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