When Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser found success and bought his own Hollywood home, he ignored the sprawling mansions and purchased this, instead: a 580 square foot cabin. The space is full of clever space saving details and designed with a masculine yet sleek aesthetic the Kartheiser calls "Japanese industrial."
There's plenty about Scandinavian design that's so appealing and lends itself to a masculine aesthetic: the clean shapes, and classic color combos, etc. And (but?) this book shelf idea though can fit almost any place, modern or not, and that's kinda what I love about it.
I still remember the first ManMade-ish project I ever made: a hollow book safe. I was about eight, and my buddy Nick had this awesome "how to be a secret spy"-style book to inspire us, and we snagged two big hardbacks from his parents' library and used a utility knife to carve away the pages. I remember thinking we probably shouldn't be cutting up books off the shelf, nor should we likely be using a utility knife without supervision, but - hey - we were spies, and spies don't ask permission.
How lucky are these kids? Their cool parents got them a great library space with a built-in slide...now they have no excuses to avoid doing their homework!
Wood veneer are thin pieces of full woodgrain, which are sold in flexible roles, so you can glue them onto core panels for the look and finish of hardwood grain pattersn without the expense of solid wood.
Because veneer is so thin (around 3mm), it's quite flexible and easy to work,