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Putting my own sense of style into my living spaces is very important to me–as you might assume–so when we built our home nine years ago, one of the things we did was to change out the builder’s selection of lighting fixtures with those of our own choosing. Now, as you may know, it was the experience of building that house and then realizing some of the missed opportunities that led me to start Japanese Trash–and that has resulted in my having a much more defined sense of my own style. Were I to be building now, I would definitely go for industrial chic lighting in most or all of the rooms. Today, I’m looking at a few options for the kind of thing I really am drawn to when it comes to fixtures.

Benjamin Hubert – Heavy Light

Benjamin Hubert's Heavy Light is one of my favorite options when it comes to industrial chic lighting. | japanesetrash.com

This thin walled concrete lamp is a real beauty. Its simple shapes, neutral tones, and twisted red cord all appeal to me.

Skinflint Design – Salvaged Fire Brigade Search Light

A very handsome industrial lamp from Skinflint Designs; this saw duty as a fire brigade search light in its past life. | japanesetrash.com

This very handsome industrial lamp saw duty as a fire brigade search light in its past life. Pieces with a history like this hold a special place for me.

Machine Shop Lighting – Harrison Pulley

What you see is what you get with the Harrison Pulley sconce. | japanesetrash.com

This sconce manages to combine its strong industrial features with a delicate-looking hand shaped glass cone for a terrific overall look.

John Beck Steel – Last Minute Sconce #1

Gotta have a brass option when you're looking at industrial chic lighting, and this one is a favorite. | japanesetrash.com

No round up of industrial chic lighting is complete without at least one selection that uses brass. This one is a real standout.

Industrial Light Electric – Color Cord Pendant Light

It's the use of honest forms and time honored materials like cloth cord and ceramic that make this pendant so appealing to me. | japanesetrash.com

It’s the use of honest forms and time honored materials like cloth cord and ceramic that make this pendant so appealing to me.

Folks, there’s something in the air today and it’s telling me to post these images featuring dark interior design. This is something of an assortment; just things that caught my eye with no real rhyme or reason, just that they’re all dark. Enjoy.

Dramatic darkness via Axel Vervoordt. | japanesetrash.com

Dramatic darkness via Axel Vervoordt.


The Ett Hem Hotel's layered look. | japanesetrash.com

The Ett Hem Hotel‘s layered look.


Beautiful detailing on this sofa from de Sede. | japanesetrash.com

Beautiful detailing on this sofa from de Sede.


Dark interior design using some of my favorite materials. | japanesetrash.com

Dark interior design using some of my favorite materials.


Chicken Point Cabin is like a beacon in the darkness. | japanesetrash.com

Chicken Point Cabin is like a beacon in the darkness.

I’ve just got to show you these modern homes in the desert. Each one is special in its own way. Do you love them as much as I do?

First, this Borrego Springs, California house; it feels like the perfect party enclave:

Love the mysterious looking entryway to this Borrego Springs, California house. | japanesetrash.com

What's a modern desert home without a pool? | japanesetrash.com


Next, this Palm Springs marvel; it’s a modernist bungalow amongst the desert rocks:

Fantastic materials used here; desert bungalow in Palm Springs. | japanesetrash.com

Set back on and against the rocks, this place is a real gem. | japanesetrash.com


And finally this amazing tiny compound in Tucson made of glass and corten steel:

A group of units making an amazing tiny compound in Tucson. | japanesetrash.com

This big solid stainless steel island is the kitchen. | 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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