Monday, February 24, 2014

Shimpei Oda in Kyoto

To remodel, it seems, is a bit of a rarity within Japanese architecture. Consider yourself lucky, therefore, to take a gander at this 1920's update from Shimpei Oda. Conceived as a home and street-level gallery, Oda made natural light a priority, something seriously lacking amid the close-quarters of Kyoto's streets. Glimpses of the original beams lend the space a warmth seldom found in the sparsity associated with contemporary Japanese architecture and the steel-glazed storefront is a comforting nod to its early 20th century past. Read the whole article at dezeen


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Brass on White

The perfect balance of class and economy, brass is back in vogue. It's no surprise then that we are pretty keen on the tasteful touches of brass in this Swedish kitchen. The low-profile cabinet pulls, goose-neck faucet, and pendant light fixers bring just the right amount of character to an otherwise restrained look. It's also worth pointing out that all three of these elements are relatively gentle on the wallet. To see more of the space, check out the full tour at My Scandinavian Home.