With Father’s Day around the corner, we’ve decided to talk about masculine design. Let’s step away from the concept of a “man cave” that sort of alludes to a creature residing in the basement, and imagine a well curated space for a stylish, unique individual. Why shouldn’t masculine design appeal to both sexes? There are ways to “beef up” a style that encompasses strength without a pool table, taxidermy and sports memorabilia. To quote Mr. Ferdinand Porsche himself, “Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained. Here are some pointers for the guy who’s shy about design.
It should feel collected and particularly “unintentional” versus decorated. A home is something that evolves, reflecting your personality and life’s adventures. To get this effortless (well thought out) look, incorporate elements from different design eras. Mix a mid-century modern table with a worn chesterfield sofa. Leather has a reputation of conveying stature and style, when balanced by craftsmanship and comfort. Metal lighting provides a sleek and modern contrast to the warmth of wood and leather. Word of caution, invest in quality classic pieces that stand the test of time and will mix well with other eras.
Get an accent chair. We promise this Eames lounger and ottoman (below) can stand up to any recliner for comfort. Forget how amazing it looks, this is where you’re going to want to plop down, go through mail, read a book or have a drink.
Speaking of a drink, water or wine, step up your game on glassware. These vintage-y glasses work for pretty much any occasion.
“Curated” artwork. Black and white photography, and simple sketches are very good choices that keep it monochromatic. The mix of wood and metal frames in various thicknesses say eclectic and “collected.” FYI, you can find very affordable artwork at Minted or Framebridge. If you just can’t let go of a poster from dorm days, frame it with a lot of white space in a simple white or black frame. We did say it should reflect your journey.
Technology. Stelle Audio’s Smart Pillar is a wireless smart speaker with amazon Alexa and multi-unit networking. Pleasing to the eyes and ears, it’s faux-wood veneer has a great design and hides a powerful set of speakers easily able to fill a room. You can use it as a speaker-phone system with your phone. Hmmmm, great gift idea for dad.
Hope you are inspired by our “not so man cave” style suggestions so that you can translate your unique style into the space you call home. —love life at home.