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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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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

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.

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