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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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I’ve just found this terrific weekend home in South Africa of a couple who have exquisite taste–hence, gentlemen’s quarters is how I’m thinking of this place. These are just a few glimpses–some of the highlights of the home, found here.

My idea of the perfect outdoor set up; gotta love an outdoor shower. | japanesetrash.com

Wooden deck, potted plants, groovy dining space, and outdoor shower–just about perfect.


Love the layout of this bathroom--plus the interesting drain being used. | japanesetrash.com

The layout of this bathroom is so surprising; love the choice of drain used here.


Can you say "gentlemen's quarters"? This refined living room is just right. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s the image that got me interested in this gentlemen’s quarters in the first place–this level of relaxed refinement is so appealing.

This is how I wish my morning was starting today. | japanesetrash.com

This is how I wish my morning was starting today–this, and the time to actually craft and publish a post worthy of you guys. But I’m out at meetings first thing, so I’ll have to catch up later in the day.

See you then.

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.

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