Man Caves

By Dan Gregory

Here's an enthusiastic football fan's lair. Note the barber chair -- for clipping penalties perhaps?! Photo courtesy The Loss Column -- Baltimore Sports.

Every home should have a place to relax on your own or with family or friends. For some this retreat is claimed by one gender and is often called a “man cave,” and is stocked with potables, munchables, and viewables. A http://www.thelosscolumn.com/2011/man-caves-modern-life-and-room-design-sensibility/ television ad for IKEA includes a minimalist modern example and the Sydney IKEA store even has one on the premises, which is cleverly described in The Week as “Manland: Day Care for Husbands” (image courtesy of Core77). Amenities include magazines, free hot dogs, a pinball machine, and a Fussball table in a bright minimalist design environment.

A more typical non-IKEA example might be a room where sport decor dominates
. Try googling “man cave” and you’ll find an entire industry devoted to this subject, with retreats that include everything from vintage jukeboxes and the odd firing range (“Don’t mind those muffled explosions — that’s just Borromir downstairs in the armory.”) to complete woodworking shops.

Ergo, the man cave is not just about a basement, a keg of beer, and a behemoth flat screen anymore! Personally, I’d go for a more multi-purpose room – and I’d like to stay married — but I am intrigued by the range of invention displayed by these spaces.





Originally Published in Eye On Design

08/08/2013

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