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Okay, first off, this is not so much a portfolio review as a post about one specific project of Mr Call Designs — the NYC-based interior design firm of Jon Call, whose relaxed/refined masculine style is nothing short of extra-terrific. Doing a little sleuthing on his Facebook page led me to learn that he’s recently been in Austin; small world…

This project is in the West Village and shows off some amazing skills; from space planning to the selection of furnishings and that terrific color palette, this has to be one of my favorite tours in quite some time.

First, Mr Call himself:

Jon Call, principal designer and owner of Mr Call Designs in NYC. | japanesetrash.com

Now, the West Village apartment:

This fireplace with a waterfall mantle treatment is a favorite of mine from Mr Call Designs. | japanesetrash.com

This fireplace with a waterfall mantle treatment is a favorite design; it brings to mind a similar fireplace designed by Thomas O’Brien. Classic and timeless American design.

This shot of the living space shows off the terrific color palette.  Design by Mr Call Designs. | japanesetrash.com

This shot of the living space shows off the terrific color palette and begins to give a hint at the amazing space planning. Hint: there’s a bedroom on the other side of the slatted screen/wall on the left.

Masterful space planning allows the living room to be converted for dining as needed. Mr Call Designs | japanesetrash.com

The living room can easily accommodate dining when required, thanks to smart furniture choices and great space planning.

A perfect retreat is hidden behind the slatted screen/wall; love these textiles. Mr Call Designs | japanesetrash.com

These textiles, the paint color, and the bedside lamp turn this intimate bedroom space into something really special.

This perfectly-tailored workspace is just right. Mr Call Designs | japanesetrash.com

This perfectly-tailored workspace is just right.

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Another super-crazy week for me in which it seems like I may have actually posted more photos than ever, while actually doing fewer posts. I don’t know if it’s worth trying to keep to a minimum number of posts per day goal or not–maybe I should just focus on posting what I like when I can. Today calls for another weekend getaway post, wherein I propose three far flung locales/hotels for a fantasy trip. Be sure to let me know which one catches your fancy:

Barcelona:

Hotel Omm, Barcelona | japanesetrash.com


Los Angeles:

Ace Hotel, Los Angeles | japanesetrash.com


Berlin:

25 Hours Hotel Bikini, Berlin | japanesetrash.com

There’s something about Chris Nguyen, graphic artist, photographer, and interior designer from Houston–aka Analog|Dialog. For me, that something can be summed up in one image:

I've been on the edge of my seat for months, all because of this simple image. | japanesetrash.com

It may be the most compelling interior design image in the history of the Internet. No, I’m not exaggerating; this one simple photo has been out there in cyberspace (does anyone still call it that?) for months now on the Analog|Dialog site under the heading, “Stanford Preview” with the notation “coming soon”. And it’s had me on the edge of my seat because I reallyreallyreally want to see the rest of this space. Based on some of the other interior design work Chris Nguyen presents on his site, Stanford is going to be a knockout. Let’s take a look at some of those other projects:

Marshall Studio

This was the first of his projects I saw, when it was featured on Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Home contest (it took the division win).

Chris Nguyen's studio space-a one-room wonder. | japanesetrash.com

There it is, the whole thing. A marvel of space planning, this one-room unit (there’s actually a small kitchen and dining area on the right of this image–that you can’t see) packs a lot of style into the space.

The workspace in the Marshall Studio. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

I’m particularly fond of this workspace and how he hung art in front of the windows. That desk has a roll-top closure that’s pretty dang sweet.

Houston House

Houston House is the second project of Chris’s that I remember seeing. It’s notable for using a strong masculine aesthetic in a model unit of an apartment development.

Terrific plumbing pipe bookshelf and desk in Chris Nguyen's Houston House design. | japanesetrash.com

You’ve probably all seen this terrific plumbing pipe bookcase and desk; it’s one of the best examples of this I’ve seen.

That sofa comes alive against the dark wall. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

The dark paint really makes that sofa come alive. It’s easy to see how Chris’s work as a graphic designer has influenced his interior design. I’m still not a fan of the gigantic task lamps as floor lamps, though.

There's strong graphic appeal to this open shelving display. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

The dark wall color and strong graphic nature of the interior design continues with these floating shelves in the kitchen.

Fannin

This project is where we can see Chris really hitting his stride–and it’s all the more reason to want to see what else he has in store for us with the Stanford design. There are so many great images for this space that I think I’ll just post them and let them do all the work:

Fannin: living and dining. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

Fannin: living room day bed. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

Fannin: living room chairs. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

Fannin: dining space. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

Fannin: bedroom detail. Designed by Chris Nguyen | japanesetrash.com

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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.

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