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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

Is it the weekend yet? Jeez what a week. Every time I wanted to go left, life seemed to go right. Oh, yeah, this is a post about Douglas Friedman, the super-hot interiors photographer. But more about him in a minute.

How was your week? If you’re amongst those who celebrate Labor Day, are you looking forward to a long holiday weekend? I sure as hell am. Is it a holiday weekend elsewhere on the planet? If you’re having a long weekend, no matter where you live, cheers to you!

Okay. Douglas Friedman. Oh, as I was saying, this week was super-crazy–mostly in a really good way: fun new work and potential new work (yay!), an amazing offer from a good friend that I’ll fill you in on in the weeks to come if it all comes about, a breakthrough on a tough project, and I’m running soooo behind on a couple of things I owe and must get out today before I close up shop. And when I’m having this kind of day at the end of this kind of week, there’s really nothing for it but to immerse myself in a soothing pool of interior design porn.

Enter: Douglas Friedman. AKA The Fascinator.

Douglas Friedman, AKA The Fascinator. I'm certainly fascinated, are you? | japanesetrash.com

Well, I’m certainly fascinated. Are you? This above image comes from the piece Refinery 29 did about the interiors of his own apartment, some of which are included below. All of the rest of the images come from Mr. Friedman himself.

Immerse yourself. Relax. Enjoy. And have a great weekend.

Wonderful materials, furnishings and textures. Photo: Douglas Friedman. | japanesetrash.com

Such a swank bedroom; love the architecture and all that glass. Photo: Douglas Friedman | japanesetrash.com

Douglas Friedman's living room; such a great mix of pieces. Photo: Douglas Friedman | japanesetrash.com

Douglas Friedman's hallway, with a glimpse of bathroom. Photo: Douglas Friedman | japanesetrash.com

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.

When it comes to kitchen trends, creating impact is always near the top of the list. Here’s a look at just a few kitchens impact that have come across my screen lately:

This kitchen has tremendous impact with its dramatic color scheme and metallic drawer fronts. | japanesetrash.com

Talk about impact. This kitchen has tremendous impact with its dramatic color scheme, wide plank flooring, focus wall with no upper cabinets, trio of hanging pendants and those amazing metallic drawer fronts.


A gorgeous sunken kitchen that makes a statement using all wooden finishes--including the ceiling. | japanesetrash.com

On the other end of the impact spectrum, we have this gorgeous sunken kitchen that makes a subtle–but clear–statement using all wooden finishes–including on the ceiling. One of my favorite touches here is the use of ottomans as low counter stools.


The framing of this kitchen feels like a stage opening, giving it a very theatrical effect. | japanesetrash.com

The way this black and white kitchen is set within a frame is very theatrical, giving the space a heightened and dramatic feeling. The high-gloss, GLAMasculine finishes add to that effect.


Minimal kitchen. With logs. Brilliant. | japanesetrash.com

Here the pendulum swings to the opposite side once again, with a starkly minimal kitchen where the impact and serene beauty comes from an under counter space filled with logs.


Impact in this kitchen is accomplished using layers. | japanesetrash.com

And here’s a kitchen that uses layering to create impact – layering of materials visually: wood/marble/cabinets/backsplash, and layering of color and texture. This kind of mixing makes magic when done as expertly as is shown here.

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