Five Essentials for the Modern Man-Cave

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This Father’s Day, forgo the novelty tie and invest in a more permanent fixture with Meadows & Byrne.

If you have the luxury of space, a sanctuary for the man in your life is a must. From the gentleman’s club to the modern man space, the man-cave seems, in interiors terms at least, like the last bastion of masculinity in a world where doilies, scented candles and floral decals reign supreme.

All things considered however, you needn’t compromise on style when it comes to decor. Modern design after all, be it interior design, industrial or architectural has been largely governed and inspired by masculine expression and adding more masculine touches to your home can add warmth, texture and depth when done in taste and moderation.

In honor of Father’s Day, we at M&B have done the hard work for you by curating the essential style list to creating a cosy and considered gent’s retreat.

Mancave Essentials- The Gallery Wall. Pair sleek and contemporary frames, such as our Copper Box Frame, with textured and antiqued pieces for an eclectic feel.
Mancave Essentials- The Gallery Wall. Pair sleek and contemporary frames, such as our Copper Shadow Box Frame, with textured and antiqued pieces for an eclectic feel. (Image courtesy of slimpaley.com)

Gallery wall

A gallery wall has the benefit of acting as a canvas for his style and can in turn be made to look just as unique. For that classic, timeless style appreciated by the modern gent, use old photographs, vintage postcards or pressed botanicals- mixing smaller and larger frames and frames of different ages, textures and colours to give the space an eclectic look.

Stylist’s tip: Lay your frames on a flat surface and arrange as desired before hanging. 

Pelt, hide and fur textiles

Balance the masculine aesthetic of a man-cave with carefully chosen plush textiles. Pelt, hide and fur textiles work well in feminine and masculine interiors and are the easiest way to add luxury and warmth to any room. Our sumptuous Irish Sheepskins would be the ideal Father’s Day gift and addition to the man-cave – best draped over his favorite chair or nestled on the floor near the fireside for optimum effect. For full hide-effect, take the plunge with our Coachman Chair, adorned with nailhead detail – the ultimate gentleman’s club staple.

A natural sheepskin rug adds warmth and character to your interior.
A natural sheepskin rug adds warmth and character to your interior.

Mantiques and Vintage pieces

Achieve the ultimate gentleman’s club feel by acquiring a few bespoke or vintage accent pieces to add character to the modern man-cave. Shaken or stirred, a well stocked bar cart will make any man feel like James Bond- opt for a vintage cart in a distressed silver or gold finish, replete with martini glasses or a bottle or two of his favorite gin.

Stylist’s tip: Keep ice on hand and the vodka chilled with our elegant Lewis Hammered Ice Bucket.

Vintage inspired for the modern mixologist, the cocktail cart is a sophisticated addition to the man-cave.
Vintage inspired for the modern mixologist, the cocktail cart is a sophisticated addition to the man-cave. (Picture courtesy of modette.se)

Mid-century furniture

Striking the perfect balance between minimalist and masculine, modern mid-century furniture is all about a clean line and ergonomic design that won’t overwhelm small spaces and coordinates well with other modern furniture. Choosing one or two accent pieces in this style will pull all the elements of the man-cave together. Our Layton Chair works well as a focal piece, particularly when the armchair is paired with a modern accent table in a contemporary and masculine material.

Industrial lighting

The last five years have seen a revival in the use of incandescent bulbs in interior design- a style that creates a romantic and warm light while maintaining a minimalist aesthetic. Industrially inspired yet refined in accent, the ultra contemporary Oulu Collection blends a Spartan silhouette and exposed Edison bulb with a glowing copper finish- a suitably masculine addition to any man-cave and the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Be it the foodie Dad, the groomed Dad, the sleepy Dad, we’ve got you covered with a range of Father’s Day gifts. Shop the full range here.

layton-armchair-flip
Layton Armchair in Slate- €798
Oulu Lighting Collection - from €79.95
Oulu Lighting Collection – from €79.95
Copper & Brass Set Of 2 Accent Tables
Copper & Brass Set of 2 Accent Tables- €298

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