There is, of course, no one-size-fits-all design spec for the perfect man cave. Why? Because it must be built to reflect your individual needs, wants and whims. And one man’s championship standard billiards table, might be another’s virtual golf simulator. Subjectivity is king, and if you prefer polished concrete to oak panelling, that is entirely your prerogative.
Which is why this article doesn’t talk about must haves. We respect that you’ll know what you like and how you like it. Rather, we’ve handpicked man cave ideas that will further elevate your space with touches of simple, elegant luxury.
Dress your walls
Sonic Editions – Michael Caine (Get Carter)
Artwork is arguably the most subjective of all design decisions. But whether you’re a Henri Matisse collector or a CJ Hendry fan, an iconic photo of a legendary cultural figure – shot by an equally legendary photographer – has a place on any man cave wall. Sonic Editions have collated Terry O’Neill’s most memorable shots from the 60s and printed limited editions on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Hand-framed and ready to hang, each print comes with its own certified number and the story behind the picture. We’re big fans of this moody Michael Caine from the set of Get Carter, but there are equally sublime prints of Mick Jagger, Robert Redford and Brigitte Bardot (plus many more) to choose from.
‘Get Carter’ – Michael Caine
Fill your cup
Joy Resolve – Barisieur Tea & Coffee Alarm Clock
Unless your man cave has a fully-functioning kitchen installed, you most likely have to leave the sanctity of your sacred space to make yourself a coffee. Until now, that is. Because this ingenious pour-over coffee machine from British design house Joy Resolve, has everything you need packed into one place. It not only stores your ground coffee in a dark, airtight drawer, it also cools your milk to a precise -3.5°C. Plus, it’s alarm feature means you can tell it to make you that mid-morning coffee all on its own. Crafted with stainless steel and FSC accredited walnut, it’s double-meshed filter lets all the coffee oils through and keeps all the sediment out. And even if you’re not a coffee drinker, it works just as well for loose leaf tea.
Barisieur Tea & Coffee Alarm Clock – White
Floris – Cinnamon & Tangerine Scented Candle
Few brands can boast a heritage like Floris. Founded nearly 300 years ago by the legendary perfumer Juan Famenias Floris, its flagship store in Jermyn St. is still the heart of the business, now overseen by the 9th generation Floris, Edward Bodenham. Its fragrances have been championed by everyone from Winston Churchill to James Bond, and you can join this illustrious company by owning their cinnamon and tangerine scented candle. Along with the above notes, you’ll also fill your man cave with 35 hours worth of nutmeg, brandy, clove, sandalwood and vanilla. Luxury has genuinely never smelt so good.
Cinnamon & Tangerine Scented Candle
Walnut, wireless and wonderful
Oakywood – QI Wireless Charging Pad
It’s time to think of your phone charger as more than just an item that hides away in a drawer; it’s time to celebrate it, put it on your desk or side table and admire the absolute hell out of it. Which is precisely what Oakywood’s walnut wireless charging pad is made for. And it’s not just distractingly good to look at. Its 10W super-fast charging power is compatible with all QI-enabled devices and even works with cases up to 3mm thick. That’s right: your man cave just got a style and function upgrade at exactly the same time. You’re most welcome.
QI Wireless Charging Pad – Walnut
Top your table
Gentleman’s Journal – Bookazine
What reading material is currently on your man cave’s coffee table? A photography collection or two? A designer’s look book? Maybe even an architect’s tome? All of which are excellent options. But if the answer doesn’t also include a copy of the Gentleman’s Journal biannual Bookazine, then the link below will quickly resolve this. Simply become a Clubhouse member and we’ll deliver the latest copy straight to your door. Of course, you’ll also get all the added member benefits too, like handpicked partner offers, exclusive event invitations and 15% off all brands in our online store.
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