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T Residence

In the historical residential area outside of Osaka, the T residence stands on a 315m2 area of land that slopes on its North side. The 2-story wooden structured building stands above the RC structured basement. Architect Kenji Tagashira created a moat to surround the land because of the lack of view and traffic on the front road. A terrace and garden were placed on the south side of the property. The ground floor consists of the entrance and courtyard, and a single room that contains the living room, dining room and kitchen which all face the terrace. Giant windows were created in these rooms to allow for natural light and a good view. The second floor is where the private rooms are located.
The owner requested a cool and sophisticated interior so the architect asked I'm home to design the interior. For the ground floor living and dining rooms, different styles of furniture and art were used, including classic, modern, and chinoiseri, to create a good balance. Carefully chosen textiles for the chairs and curtains, and smoky tones through the use of grey, purple and blue all add to creating a unique luxury space. The color of the grey interior walls were finished with the same plaster as the exterior wall, and were changed per three volume buildings. When deciding on which greys to use, the owner, architect and I'm home all gathered at the site.
The bedrooms on the 2nd floor mostly calm colors were used, yet the wife's room has one wall that is painted deep red. This cool and sophisticated house was created through attention to detail while not neglecting softness.



ASTIER de VILLATTE is a French lifestyle brand that sells a variety of items such as ceramic plates, vases, furniture, candles, and stationary. The brand was created in 1996 by Benoît Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli. Benoît and Ivan are colleagues of "École des Beaux-Arts" who both connected over a fondness over beauty in things that are almost forgotten and wanted to create and sell products using traditional methods.
Ceramics are one of the items that represent the brand and are created using the traditional Parisian method. Ceramics made in Paris use clay from the suburbs of Paris and are both created and finished in Paris. The handmade ceramics are a milky white color and feel warm and light. The brand also actively collaborates with artists and designers that incorporate new elements into the tradition to create distinctive uniqueness.
Benoît and Ivan mainly use a guestroom of an apartment as their "thinking room," where they read books or create designs. The room contains the pair's favorite items: chairs found at a flea market; a table created by adding legs to a old wooden door; and kitschy pattern rugs. The items may be out of date, but are exactly the type of items the two find beauty in, whether because of the technique or materials. The charm of the space is created with coordination and wit, and represents the concept of the brand completely.



Baxter was founded in Como, north of Milan, Italy by Luigi Bestetti in 1989. Now, Baxter stores are in 21 countries, mainly in the United States, and the brand is quickly developing into a modern Italian furniture brand. It can be said that Baxter's velvet is like lust: it's soft like cashmere and the nuanced colored leather they use is the brand's iconic feature. The brand specializes in leather furniture finishes.
In 2009, the brand changed drastically when an Italian designer, Paola Navone joined. Most leather furniture is black or brown, shiny, and hard, and creates a heavy impression. Navone worked with tanners to develop the leather to create beautifully colored leather with lighter designs and a much softer feel, almost like fabric.
Now, Baxter offers more than 100 color variations, and as the brand seeks "timeless" furniture, there are many "nuanced colors" available to match with various styles. To make the best of the original feel of the leather, only bull leather is used because its surface is fine and is not damaged much and can be softened by vegetable tannin. Almost 70% of the products are finished with white and grey; these colors are difficult to create while still maintaining a soft texture, but by dyeing the leather twice, it can be achieved without compromising natural texture.
Baxter's innovative furniture, fueled by the leather culture, the technique of its craftsmen and its designers all continue to charm us.


Esteves Residence

In Normandy France stands the weekend home of José Esteves, the designer of LISDIN and his wife Monique Duveau, a stylist for an interior magazine. The building was built in the 19th century as an elementary school but was used as a residence starting 20 years ago. There were still hints of "school" in the house and the couple respected the history of the building and renovated carefully in keeping with the building's original design.
At first, they kept the renovations to a minimum by only repairing the floor and windows, and adding bathrooms and a kitchen just what they needed to live comfortably. But as the time went on, the couple felt a divide between the ambiance of the original school and their personal tastes and decided to renovate the building to meet their style. They took down the wall in between the living room and dining room so that they can enjoy the space flexibly by changing the layout of the furniture. Also, they created a door to the garden and changed the color of the walls, giving the house their personal touches.
The interior is very artistic with different furniture and objects. Most of the furniture and decorations are what Jose found in flea markets, and seem to be placed randomly, but there are themes and coordination to the rooms. The goods José collected one by one are gently lit with lighting he designed, and feel like they are part of a picture, all carefully planned by José. The house will continue to grow more charming as it continuously changes with to represent the couple's current lifestyle.


Milkus Residence

The Milkus residence is a pencil house with red window frames located in the old city of Amsterdam. It is a house built in Amsterdam's authentic building style with brick exterior walls and a hoist (a steel beam to roll up goods) on the upper floor. Owners Anthony Milkus, a photographer and Jessica Walter live with their two young children in this 4-story mostly wooden-structured house build in 1645. The couple loves vintage items and historical designs, and own many vintage pieces of furniture in addition to other decorative items. Anthony and Jessica asked James van del Velden of Bricks Studio to design a house that matches both them and the historical building.
The each floor is about 30m2 in this house. James planned the entrance and dining kitchen on the ground floor, the living room on the 2nd floor, the main bedroom and a bathroom on the 3rd floor and the children's rooms on the 4th floor, all of which are connected by a steep staircase. Various finishes were added onto the building's original finishes to create cohesiveness with Anthony and Jessica's furniture and other pieces. The paint in the living room was removed to reveal the building's original brick, and the carpet was taken out to expose the original flooring. These changes maximized the charm of the original materials that have aged over the years and meshed well with Anthony and Jessica's furniture and possessions.
In addition, a newly added shelf was made using old wood and copper pipes to match the interior of the home. Placing art, other decorative pieces and clothing around the home that the couple has collected completes this original home.


Okada Residence

The Okada residence is one residence in a coorporative house in the residential area of Setagaya, Tokyo. The owner Hikaru Okada asked interior designer Takao Katsuta to design the interior. The space is a compact 2-story space consisting of a basement and a ground floor. The main bedroom was planned on the ground floor, and the dining room and the living room were planned on the south side of the basement, and the kitchen was planned on the north side. The courtyard wall is the only view in the house, so the wall was finished with antique Belgium brick to create an accent piece. To create a rustic feel, Katsuta intentionally broke 20 to 30 percent of the bricks. Mixing various colors and carefully making adjustments on-site helped create a wall with a mood.
Silver-grey carpet was chosen for the living and dining room floor. The concrete walls were directly painted to reveal mold, and one living room wall was finished with geometrical graphic wallpaper as an accent. In addition, using Katsuta's ample experience in designing shops, the box that hid the wiring and spotlight was finished with a mirror to reflect the ceiling and also hide it from view. Most of the furniture was selected to match the taste of this house in addition to what the owner owned. A heavy original table and bed, antique chairs and floor lamps that coordinate with the sofa, and dynamic wall art is displayed. Various materials and carefully selected furniture created a comfortable space with a mixed style.


B&B Italia

B&B Italia was founded in 1966 and is one of the most famous furniture brands in Italy. Its wide range of presentations is one of the brand's distinctive features. The brand collaborated with designers from both Italy and abroad, like Mario Bellini and Vico Magistretti, who have been able to present  furniture that is both full of character and true to the brand's roots. There are currently 23 designers working for the brand. Of all of the designers, Antonio Citterio, Patricia Urquiola and Naoto Fukasawa are responsible for designing many of the brand's iconic furniture.
The founder of B&B Italia, Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, believed that technological innovation is important to create designs full of character. Together with Cesare Cassina, the founder of Cassina, Busnelli created the former brand C&B to "industrialize design" through innovative creativity and technology. Busnelli and Cassina gained notoriety by being the first in the world to succeed in the "high-tech process of cold polyurethane foam molding." The brand separated with Cassina and changed its name to B&B Italia, and Busnelli's son Giorgio Busnelli now runs the company. The brand continuously invests on research development to improve its technology.
In the brand's "Research and Development Center," designs, mock-ups and advertisement designs are created and research is done on material and technology. The material and technology has evolved within the brand to allow it to create what it wants to design. Through this process, designs are brushed up and furniture with the brand's signature style is produced.
In 1975, B&B Italia bought a wooden furniture center and launched MAXALTO. In contrast to the modern and innovative B&B Italia, Maxalto is a contemporary classic line originating from French designs of the 1920s to 1940s; the two lines represent the brand's various presentation power.


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