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. 

LIVING ROOM
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

OFFICE
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

BEDROOM
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

 

 

 

HOME, SMART HOME 
Apps already help us stay connected and informed in our business and social lives, and now there’s a slew of app-connected devices worthy of a place in your castle. 


Sonos Wireless HiFi Music System
What it does: Wirelessly connects up to 32 speakers across your home around a central hub. Allows for different audio to play in multiple zones simultaneously. Connects via: Sonos controller app on your smartphone, tablet or computer Bonus features: It’s compatible with iTunes, SiriusXM, Rdio, Napster, Spotify and Pandora, and a bunch of other streaming services you’ll eventually be dependent on. 
Price: From $220 per speaker 

August Smart Lock 
What it does: Fits over your existing deadbolt to unlock your front door upon your approach, then locks it again when you leave. You can also send virtual keys to guests—and revoke them at any time lest they overstay their welcome. Connects via: Apps for iPhone and Android 
Bonus features: It uses 4 AA batteries so you won’t be locked out when the Wi-Fi goes on the fritz, and when those get low it will send you reminders to replace them. 
Price: $250

Dyson 360 Eye Vacuum
What it does: Rolls around your home autonomously sucking up particles as small as 0.5 microns. Working in 20-minute sessions (before returning to the charging station) the 360 Eye will map your space using its namesake 360-degree sensor. 
Connects via: Wi-Fi; apps for iOS and Android 
Bonus features: Tank-like treads assure it won’t get stuck on the rug 
Price: Expect a North American release and pricing info in 2015 

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