Monday, November 8, 2010

Man Cave

(Timothy Oulton on his Union Jack Sofa: Photo from nytimes.com) 
Every blogger I follow picks apart and fantasizes about the ideal "female office," carelessly forgetting the males of the world who need a handsome work space of their own. 

If you're smart, ladies, you'll help him through the decorating process because his man cave inevitably becomes part of your overall aesthetic. You don't want a designer kitchen complemented by fanciful dish towels mixed in with his old fraternity sofa and NFL paraphernalia.

But you ask, what characterizes man cave furniture? Enter, Timothy Oulton, a London-born antiques dealer/ furniture designer, whom I learned about this weekend while paying a visit to Culver City furniture mecca, H.D. Buttercup.

Often contributing to Restoration Hardware, Oulton is a reclamation master. His espresso colored leather sofas, reworked steamer trunks and metal infused chairs somehow appear glamorous, especially when gussied up with crystal chandeliers.

(ABC Showroom in NYC: Photo from ny.racked.com)
(Trunks and Standing Chandelier: Photo via adachchristopher.blogspot.com)
(Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk: Photo via Restoration Hardware) 
(Aviation Chair: Photo via Restoration Hardware) 

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