A Man's Home
CONTEMPORARY STYLE FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT ROOMS IN YOUR PLACE
BY JEREMY FREED
A MAN’S HOME COMES TOGETHER AS his life does, reflecting his tastes, means and influences as they grow and evolve. The pleasure of a well-curated room is something that must be felt to be fully understood—at its best, it’s a respite from the chaos of the world outside. In pursuit of this, we’ve assembled some of our favourite pieces for the most important rooms in your home. The prevailing mix of mid-century and contemporary, and the combination of smooth metal with textured cowhide and woodgrain make for an eclectic look that’s both comfortable and refined.
The perfect living room is about more than just a big TV and a comfortable place to sit (but it needs those things, too, obviously).
1. THE STORAGE UNIT Cut through the clutter and hide your stuff with a simple credenza. This one is handmade from claro walnut and bleached maple. $9,200 AT JEFF MARTIN JOINERY
2. THE RUG Leave the bearskin to Roger Moore and opt for something more contemporary (and less creepy) to tie the room together. $970 AT DESIGN WITHIN REACH
3. THE SOFA The central piece in any living room set-up. It should be comfy enough for daily use without overwhelming the space. The Hiroshima Sofa in grey felt by Naoto Fukasawa accomplishes both. $4,750 AT MJÖLK
4. THE TV When it comes to TVs, bigger is better. If you had any doubt of this, behold Bang & Olufsen’s massive new 85-inch, ultraHD 4K screen, with built-in 8-speaker surround sound. Not only does it create a remarkably crisp picture and crystal clear sound, its optional motorized stand tucks the TV discreetly back against the wall when not in use, unfolding back to the ideal viewing angle at the touch of a button. $26,120
Unlike the one you commute to, the office in your home isn’t subject to corporate culture, office politics or fluorescent lighting. It should be furnished with things that remind you why you do what you do.
5. THE DAYBED John F. Kennedy, Thomas Edison and Salvador Dali were all believers in the rejuvenating powers of the catnap, so you’re in good company. BARCELONA COUCH, $10,220 AT DESIGN WITHIN REACH
6. THE TASK LIGHT The Anglepoise 1227 lamp was launched in 1934 and does just as well today what it did then—it helps you see what’s important. $285
7. THE DESK ORNAMENT This hood ornament was taken from an early 1950s Nash—one of the last examples of art deco influence in automotive design—meticulously restored and mounted on a slab of black ebonized poplar wood. It’s a piece of history from the golden age of the automobile, as well as a work of art in its own right. $3,000 AT NICHOLAS BRAWER GALLERY
8. THE DESK The proper work surface is essential. Sean Woolsey’s Haack table is crafted from American black walnut and steel square tubing. The perfect blank canvas on which to spread out your ideas. $2,800
9. THE LAMP The artisans at Czech Republic’s Brokis created these Balloon Lamps in a variety of sizes and material accents, all the better to provide just the right amount of mood lighting. FROM $1,145
Your innermost sanctum ought to be a place of calm, free of clutter, noise and piles of decorative throw pillows. Less is more.
10. THE BED Considering how much time you spend here, your bed should be the last place you compromise. But that doesn’t mean it needs posts or curtains or has to resemble Santa’s sleigh. $5,485 AT AVENUE RD.
11. THE CHAIR There’s a reason why you’ll find this Eames moulded chair in just about every designer’s home— it’s as close to mid-century perfection as you can get. $530 AT DESIGN WITHIN REACH
12. THE BLANKET Celebrate Canadiana without moose antlers or coyote pelts (save those for the cottage). This modernized version of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s classic point blanket is just northern enough. $495