Fall decor sport­ing menswear mo­tifs

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LIFE - By Kim Cook

Many of this fall’s home decor col­lec­tions are sport­ing a rather debonair look.

Tweeds, tar­tans and twills drape cush­ions and com­forters; fur­ni­ture is clad in sup­ple leather; drapes are made of suit­ing fabric; and hard­ware takes style notes from the gen­tle­men’s ac­ces­sory drawer.

“The clas­sic good looks of menswear are pop­ping up in sub­tle and un­ex­pected ways,” says Jamie Drake of the lux­ury de­sign firm Drake/An­der­son In­te­ri­ors in New York.

Drake and busi­ness part­ner Caleb An­der­son are fans of wo­ven horse­hair tex­tiles, and have pro­duced a col­lec­tion for Hol­land & Sherry. The sleek fab­rics with sub­tle yet strik­ing col­orations are loomed from horse tails and cotton. Their dura­bil­ity makes them ideal for chair, bench and head­board up­hol­stery. (www.hol­lan­dand­sh­erry.com )

Drake also has de­signed a col­lec­tion of lux­ury bath ac­ces­sories with a clas­sic her­ring­bone pat­tern on char­coal-gray, em­bossed Ital­ian suede. Named Sav­ile, af­ter Lon­don’s famed street of hab­er­dash­ery, the col­lec­tion is trimmed with pol­ished chrome for a crisp, tai­lored look. (http://www. labrazel.com )

And for Stark, Drake’s Jakara pat­tern puts the el­e­gant chevron in a soft wool rug, of­fered in ur­bane neu­trals. (www.stark­car­pet.com )

Sub­tle, tonal hues and fab­rics with a tex­tu­ral depth of­fer a hand­some — of­ten lux­u­ri­ous — mas­cu­line aes­thetic that tran­scends gen­der, says Shawn Sow­ers, prin­ci­pal de­sign direc­tor at fur­ni­ture com­pany Sauder, in Arch­bold, Ohio.

“It in­cor­po­rates sev­eral el­e­ments tra­di­tion­ally con­sid­ered fem­i­nine, like soft­ness and at­ten­tion to de­tail,” he says. “There’s still a mas­cu­line pres­ence of mass, strong forms and bold sim­plic­ity, but th­ese el­e­ments are paired with el­e­gance and de­tails that take into ac­count mul­ti­ple senses.”

Sow­ers and his team de­signed their re­pur­posed, nat­u­rally worn oak Can­nery Bridge col­lec­tion of liv­ing room, bed­room and home of­fice pieces to have a hefty rus­tic­ity. Sow­ers cheek­ily calls the tar­get de­mo­graphic the “ur­ban beards­man.”

His Con­duc­tor cre­denza blends a sexy mix of cop­per, mar­ble and steel. The Boot Leg din­ing ta­ble pairs a char­coal-black fin­ish with leather-wrapped legs.

“It’s like a V-neck shirt un­der a blazer or sport coat,” Sow­ers says. “It can live in a va­ri­ety of en­vi­ron­ments and be rel­e­vant and stylish.” (www.saud­er­bou­tique.com )

Tak­ing the menswear look into light­ing in a whim­si­cal way, Houzz of­fers a col­lec­tion of pen­dant fix­tures in­spired by hab­er­dash­ery. The Jeeves fix­ture, in matte black metal with a warm gold in­te­rior, evokes a clas­sic Bri­tish bowler. Zuo Mod­ern’s Aspi­ra­tion pen­dant is a pash­mina wool “top hat” lined in bur­nished gold. (www.houzz.com )

Even light switches are pick­ing up the theme: Le­grand’s wall plates are avail­able in black leather. (www.le­grand.us )

Brook­lyn-based broth­ers Emil and Sandy Cor­sillo, who de­sign menswear un­der their Hill-Side la­bel, have part­nered with CB2 on a col­lec­tion of home goods. A brawny, striped throw pil­low in navy and gray re­flects the de­sign­ers’ work­wear roots, while de­con­structed in­digo flo­ral prints on a comfy chair and big floor cush­ion echo shirt and tie pat­terns. (www.cb2.com )

Or bring the mas­cu­line vibe home with room scents; many evoke men’s fra­grances or toi­letry items.

Blind Bar­ber of­fers the mid­night-blue, soy-wax Tomp­kins can­dle, a mix of aro­mas like honey, smoke, leather, laven­der and “freshly laun­dered tow­els,” all os­ten­si­bly evok­ing that tra­di­tional male en­clave: the bar­ber shop. (www. blind­bar­ber.com )

Like a de­li­cious men’s cologne, Molton Brown’s Black Pep­per­corn can­dle wafts co­rian­der, ve­tiver and pep­per notes from a ma­roon-col­ored glass tum­bler. (www.molton­brown.com)


This un­dated photo pro­vided by Labrazel, shows their Sav­ile Col­lec­tion lux­ury bath ac­ces­sories set in chic her­ring­bone, a menswear clas­sic. Jamie Drake has de­signed the col­lec­tion for Labrazel, which em­ploys Ital­ian her­ring­bone em­bossed suede. This char­coal grey suite is named Sav­ile, af­ter Lon­don’s famed street of clas­sic hab­er­dash­ery, and trimmed with pol­ished chrome for crisp tex­tu­ral con­trast.

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