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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.

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I’ve been aware of Todd Snyder, the menswear designer, for some time. Then, earlier this year, I felt like I got a glimpse into his world when he was featured on “The Fashion Fund”, a show following the finalists in the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. And I liked what I saw very much; there’s a masculine/relaxed/sporty/military/vintage/classic vibe to his clothing. And, it turns out, the same vibe runs through his shop:

Dig this vibe: Todd Snyder City Gym. | japanesetrash.com

I’d been looking for another stylish man to feature here, and had just seen some new coverage of Todd Snyder on another blog, when, yesterday, this happened:

So this happened: "Todd Snyder Pinned your Pin." | japanesetrash.com

“Todd Snyder Pinned your Pin.” Okay, I thought, it’s a sign. Time to do a post on Todd Snyder. And, of course, I knew I’d want to use some images from that new coverage I’d just seen, but I’d like to do more than just post great photos from another site… So, let’s see if we can actually break down some of the elements of his particular interior style in order to allow you to bring aspects of it into your home:

Classic Sports Gear

The shop uses dark colors, the texture from bead board, and classic sports gear to set the tone:

City Gear uses dark paint, bead board, and classic sports gear to set the tone. | japanesetrash.com

The color and texture you can get yourself using the same paint and materials. Add leather and canvas furnishings to bring the feel of the classic sports gear into your space without being too literal. Here are some ideas for pieces to get you started:

The Albert Single Seater in cognac leather is a great modern piece inspired by materials and colors from classic sports gear. | japanesetrash.com

The Albert Single Seater in cognac leather is a great modern piece inspired by materials and colors from classic sports gear.

Add a pair of these Winsome Canvas Folding Stools to your space for extra seating. | japanesetrash.com

Add a pair of these Winsome Canvas Folding Stools to your space for extra seating and to keep the room sporty and casual.

Gym Class

The shop also brings in pieces of equipment you might recall from your days in P.E., such as the lockers in the first photo above and the long bench seen here:

The long bench here is an example of equipment from P.E. classes of yesteryear that has been brought into Todd Snyder's shop. | japanesetrash.com

The natural inclination would be to use these exact pieces — lockers and benches — in your decor, and that’s a great impulse. It’s also a clear leap (and is even shown in this image) from those kinds of pieces to something like the Tolix Stool:

The Hallowell Ventilated Locker will give your room a classic industrial and authentic gym class feel. Plus, it's a great choice for extra storage space. | japanesetrash.com

The Hallowell Ventilated Locker will give your room a classic industrial and authentic gym class feel. Plus, it’s a great choice for extra storage space.

This terrific stainless steel pedestal bench makes a statement. | japanesetrash.com

This terrific stainless steel pedestal bench makes a statement.

The Tolix Marais Counter Stool is another icon of industrial design and a piece you can use for a lifetime, secure it will always be in style. | japanesetrash.com

The Tolix Marais Counter Stool is another icon of industrial design and a piece you can use for a lifetime, secure it will always be in style.

There you have it: a short primer on how to bring Todd Snyder’s interior style into your home. Any questions?

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