At a loss on how to decorate your bachelor pad? All great interior designs start from a basis of simplicity before “points of distinction” or statement pieces are added. Statement pieces are choice items of designer furniture or furnishings which add a final stylistic flourish to your space. It’s not expensive to live in a designer apartment, you just need to decide how wisely your money is spent.
5 Things you need for a Stylish Man Cave
A Great Sound System: Blue Aura V30 Backline
It’s the age of the MP3 and compressed digital music just happens to be the bane of audiophiles (and discerning gentlemen) looking to impress, thankfully Blue Aura has a beautifully lush answer – the V30 Blackline. It’s an two channel audio processing unit which eschews transistors for valve tech and in the process, brings the warmth of tones lost during conversion and compression. In short, you get music closer to the original sound.
While most would hook this up to a sound system, my recommendation is that you hook it up to the giant pre-existing flatscreen TV while leaving a USB Lightning cable plugged into the aux port for your iPhone 6. The V30 comprising 2 x 20W amplifier and stereo speakers is gorgeous to boot with the main body covered in high polish chrome and further accented with faux leather. Large chrome knobs add a retro touch to a range of appliances marred with touchscreen overload. [Buy V30 Backline]
The Star of the Living Room: MacMaster Expose Walnut Coffee Table
The MacMaster Design is a high end design and production facility specialising in lighting and wood furniture products. The Expose Walnut Coffee Table was conceptualised together with Limahl Asmall, award winning designer and founder of House Originals and also, a former director of MacMaster Design.
The Expose coffee table is a “handmade to order” product much like all the other pieces of furniture birthed from the loins of the Worcestershire countryside workshop. Alex MacMaster, the owner and chief designer leads a team of highly skilled craftsmen in pursuit of the finest bespoke wood furniture and furnishings. At the workshop, state of the art technology works in tandem with old school 1970’s restored Wadkins and Sedgewick cast iron machinery, lending extra hipster street cred for berks who are into that sort of thing. Glass set upon naturally shaped birch plywood, it’s a piece of art which interior designers are bound to desire for their ambitious commercial or residential projects.
Using only natural timbers hand-picked from suppliers who source Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timbers, the MacMaster Expose is the key anchor to your otherwise “affordable” amalgam of IKEA wares. [Buy MacMaster Expose Coffee Table]
Don’t hate the player, I love Star Wars but I’m well aware of its libido cooling effects on many women who might otherwise consider your humble abode as a man cave for a man child. This set of 3 Star Wars posters completes the trilogy in an otherwise artsy pop-art which stylishly demonstrates your allegiance and fandom without ending your chance to “get lucky”. Naturally, you could get Game of Thrones prints instead to up sell your maturity level to disapproving females. [Buy Movie Art]
Anchor a room: Zag Rugs
Made in Uruguay, Zag or Chevron rugs are a fantastic if slightly psychedelic way to decorate any space. Using the best cowhides for that foot friendly sensation (or passionate trysts which will still leave your knees rug burned no matter how soft they are), the Zag rug is a masterfully created piece of carpet which goes beyond the mere IKEA rug, each hide has to be first grouped by colour and thickness before they are trimmed and assembled into this collage of stripes and triangles. [Buy Zag Rugs crafts collections]
The Ultimate Feature: Ithaca Lampworks Borosilicate Glass Lighting
It’s hard to imagine that advanced glass working was a skill descended from ancient Egyptians. They were the first who worked with cast glass, produced by pouring molten glass into shaped molds. Ithaca Lampworks, based in the US of A, is dedicated to refining the technique, using the methods created to bring iconic new styles to the contemporary realm of lighting fixtures and furnishings. The Seneca Table Lamps combine traditional techniques with modern glass blowing and when used with new borosilicate glass palettes, it’s the kind of accessory bequeaths the room lush mood lighting wherever it’s placed. [Buy Seneca Table Lamp]