LOVE DEN

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Features -

Ow­ing to the na­ture of the mag­a­zines that sold im­ages of these do­mes­tic spa­ces, the bach­e­lor pad in­evitably (al­beit bril­liantly) got linked with the pri­mal de­sire of get­ting laid, tap­ping di­rectly into the wal­let of a new con­sum­ing male par­a­digm that thought (and bought) with his crotch. Play­boy pads were less about ca­ma­raderie with the bros, and more about a sin­gle ide­alised swinger op­er­at­ing like a lone wolf stalk­ing his prey (namely women). It wasn’t long be­fore sole- oc­cu­pancy apart­ments dripped with a sexy, come- hither vibe.

Stuffed with mul­ti­ple aids to se­duc­tion, rooms were be­ing de­signed in an­tic­i­pa­tion of sex­ual con­quests at a mo­ment’s no­tice. Well-stocked bars served up in­hi­bi­tion- bust­ing cock­tails. Light­ing with timed dim­mers set an amorous mood as the evening wore on. An ar­ray of taste­ful art­work re­flected his aware­ness of cul­ture, act­ing as an ir­re­sistible lure. Gra­tu­itous gad­getry in­di­cated moder­nity and in­no­va­tion, with om­nipo­tent phal­lic re­mote con­trols that shore up his sense of man­hood. There were even some hints of preda­tory tech­nol­ogy; in Pil­low Talk, Doris Day learns that Rock Hud­son has a but­ton that re­motely bolts the door against her es­cape from his lair.

The bed­room be­came the bach­e­lor’s most revered per­for­mance space that houses the iconic cir­cu­lar “Play­boy Bed” as a mag­nif­i­cent tem­ple to prac­tise his lib­er­tine ethos. Af­ter com­mu­nion, the en­tire pad works to eject the ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing the comely com­pan­ion; un­re­pen­tant bach­e­lor Bar­ney Stin­son ( How I Met Your Mother) had his apart­ment de­signed in such a way that women would not want to stay there for long.

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