Live Modern: Setagaya Flat

Architecture & Interiors

Oh my. Oh oh my. You know how much we love that combination of cold, gray concrete and soft, warm wood, right? Well the Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects and Hiroko Karibe Architects in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan is a simple, modern stunner. Built by them for them, it’s got a very sleek, stark appeal to it. There’s some sort of treatment to the walls that gives it a mottled concrete-ish look, and the wood is a light-colored plywood that doesn’t lend any pretension to the space. It’s pretty empty save for some pretty stream-lined furnishings, and like how this space blends Japanese sensibilities with modern design. Special favorite element: that foot-wide, thick, plywood frame to one of the doorways. In Japanese-inspired design, different views are prized, and we like how that big frame quite literally frames the entryway view. Nice. As seen on designboom. See more photos and some floor plans here.

Images: Masao Nishikawa
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  1. Martin

    Aug 10, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Wow this is so beautiful. Thx for the post.

  2. Cussot

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

    What a wonderful space! But I think if you look carefully at the additional photos you provide links to, that foot-wide plywood frame is actually framing a large mirror opposite the entrance door.

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