Garage Life Style x GT-RR Photo Shoot

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One of my favorite Japanese publications is Garage Life magazine. I’ve featured the publication here on the blog before and for most of you perhaps it is not anything you have not already heard about. Basically the magazine features an incredible cross section of home architecture and cars that appeal to my interests (and perhaps many of you)  in both areas. Specifically it features homes with notable integration and design of the garage; clearly homes designed for car lovers.

The other day I visited a friend of mine out here in LA and felt instantly that the GT-R “belonged” at his home. The styles meshed perfectly and I couldn’t help myself from snapping a few pictures. I’ve recently uploaded a few select shots from that day on our facebook page to share with everyone.

Note – The GT-R features a recently installed prototype of the brand_RR front bumper (A 2012 custom reshaped bumper that offers cross compatibility with the earlier model CBA-R35 GT-R front diffuser shape). Also recently installed is the Carbon Dry Japan aero hood with GT-RR’s custom carbon fiber/paint detailing.

Here’s the gallery link on our facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=267866&id=91893123527

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Garage Life – KRE House

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My friend Dan Harman had mentioned this on his personal blog and I wanted to share it here.

I’ve been a reader of Garage Life magazine in Japan for years and although this home feature is not from Garage Life, it represents everything that I love about the magazine and about garage-centric architecture found in Japan.

Seriously…who here wouldn’t kill for a home that has a living room with a drop away floor that lifts up your Diablo or your Countach.

This is a fine example of a perfect home for car lovers. It is one of many things that Japan has a thriving sub-culture for.

KRE House

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Garage Life – Nigo’s Garage

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Nigo's Garage - BAPE

Following up on the popular garage life post from a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to share pictures of one of Nigo’s homes and specifically his garage (pictured above). Nigo is of course the founder of A Bathing Ape clothing in Japan and owner of the hilarious pink BAPE camo’d Bugatti Veyron featured years ago on this blog (as well as a BAPE camo Phantom and camo classic gullwing SL Benz).

I think Nigo’s goal in spending is to singlehandedly keep the Japanese economy afloat. With the mass of stuff he manages to accumulate, he might be pulling it off. Next time you blow a couple hundred on some Bapestas, you’ll clearly know where a bulk of your money is going…

But despite Nigo’s wastefulness and excess, the man clearly has style that extends past his own clothing line. Nigo regularly employs Wonderwall, who I feel is the best interior and retail storefront design firm out there (I have a wonderwall hardcover book on my coffee table at home). Although there’s no info on it, my hunch is that he had Wonderwall design this home as well. The home is absolutely sickeningly perfect. I heard somewhere that this home of his is just a home to store some of his stuff and that he doesnt stay there much, if at all. That makes me sad. I try to not feel jealous, but damn…

Anyway the garage pic above is one of the most beautiful settings I’ve ever seen to put cars in. Perfectly executed…

Below is the rest of the house (or some of it I’m guessing). Absolutely nuts.

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For those that are into some of the same things that I’m into, these pictures are just bonkers…he’s got original Kaws paintings (Kimpsons), 4 Murakami LV limited prints on his bedroom wall, Warhols, a Beatles (what I’m assuming is genuine) used drum set, you name it if its cool Nigo seems to have it…

I know Nigo wants everyone to hate on him out of pure jealousy. Damn its hard but I’m going to resist it Nigo, you self indulgent lucky spoiled rotten bastard you.

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Garage Life

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Garage Life

Earlier I shared an incredible garage I got to photograph in Dubai. Now I’m going to go a bit deeper into my passion for garages.

Although it sure would have been nice if I was born a millionaire, growing up around things like this, I really had no conception of what a nice garage could look like until I laid my eyes on Garage Life magazine while in Japan about a decade ago. If you don’t know what Garage Life magazine is, you’re about to find out. Japan somehow always seems to have a specialty magazine or “Mook” about every random obsession under the sun.

Garage Life magazine is a perfect cross mix between car obsession and home architecture. The magazine features garage centric home designs with the garage often being the key feature of the home. Seeing things like entertainment rooms with clear floors that look over the garage with a Ferrari below you is eternally badass to me. It is not uncommon in Garage Life to see homes essentially built around the garage, with visibility and placement of the cars being key.

As a car lover, the appreciation of vehicle design as an artform seems all too often unjustly relegated to an isolated and enclosed room which is nearly always out of sight and therefore out of mind. The readers and contributors to Garage Life seem to understand this injustice and appreciate the integration and design of the garage as an important part of home design.

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The above pictures are the only suitable online example I’ve found of Garage Life’s content. Yet below you’ll find some great pictures from “Design Driven” which is a contest Maserati recently put on for finding the world’s best private owned garages (and promoting Maserati). Since I’m in a position where I don’t feel a need to perpetuate Maserati’s goal of brand promotion, I can say that I think Maserati’s are basically second rate Ferrari rejects (the MC12 being the exception).

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