Tag: Japanese

Quickie: Float like a Dragonfly

Quickie: Float like a Dragonfly

This bathroom sink design from Casa URO, Monterrey, Mexico, just blows my mind. I love the faucet and mirror combination that takes the pipes away from down below and makes the plumbing part of the structure and style. The worn river rocks are a great counterpoint to […]

Quickie: Patience is Virtual

Quickie: Patience is Virtual

This lovely bathroom is completely virtual–it’s a rendering created by the talented Angelina Alexeeva. The asymmetry creates such beautiful movement in this design. I’m entranced by the contrasting textures between the walls, drapery, and fixtures. The organic and modern lines, from the wizened tree exuding wabi-sabi-ness on the […]

Quickie: Clean Body, Peaceful Mind

Quickie: Clean Body, Peaceful Mind

In honor of May being “Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month,” I’m going to feature Asian-inspired design in the coming weeks. The clean lines of the sink, with minimal decoration, is more reminiscent of Japanese design than Chinese, which tends towards the elaborate (rococo would be the word for […]

Quickie: Between a Rock and a Wet Place

Quickie: Between a Rock and a Wet Place

The masculine, dark palette and use of modern materials contrasts with the organic greenery outside the floor-to-ceiling corner window, creating an Asian sensibility that deserves contemplation. That rock, an asymmetrical intrusion into the rectilinear boundaries of the home, is pure genius. More images of this […]

Quickie: Less is Beautiful

Quickie: Less is Beautiful

Believe it or not, but a family of four (two of which are small children) live in this one-room home. Check out the article in the New York Times for more views. Inspired by 17th century communal living in Japan, this is a different conception […]

Seek a Small Refuge

Seek a Small Refuge

When you accept the space you have, the design process becomes easier because you’re working with instead of fighting against your strengths and resources. Take this small patio, for example. There’s comfortable seating set up for conversation, a table for food and drinks, and a dwarf citrus tree […]