Manhattan Home Style

I’ve said before that a man’s style is only in part exemplified by his clothing. A huge aspect of it consists of the look and feel of our homes.

A man’s dwelling has the same psychological and social impact on his life as his wardrobe. If we live in messy, cluttered, dirty spaces, we tend to feel and act that way. If we surround ourselves with quality, aspirational items we will be a bit more motivated to act better and work harder.

Just like with our clothes, there is no objective standard of a man’s home that is better or worse. Some choose the clean lines and spartan utility of a modern dwelling, while others come home and unwind with reminders of travels and conquests. The key is to make your place look and feel as if it’s a reflection of you.

Here’s a great example of a small, Manhattan apartment belonging to menswear designer Thom Browne. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Between the warm tones, rich colors, hard lines, and minimal clutter, this is an ideal urban, masculine space.


Meet The Author

Tanner is the founder and primary author of Masculine Style. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and two kids, and helps run Beckett & Robb - a men's clothing company built around custom suits and shirts.
  • Ben

    Problem: that bed is clearly sized for one. You’re going to have a hard time bringing a woman into that bedroom without giving her the creeping feeling that she’s just been brought into a college kid’s dorm room.

    • Anonymous

      Let’s see, how to put this… Thom Browne isn’t overly concerned about bringing a woman back to his place. Concur on the tiny-ness of the bed though, but I love the stripe that matches the detail he puts on a lot of his stuff.

      • Anonymous

        And while we’re talking about the bed… I wonder if perhaps it’s just a couple of inches too short to accomodate his legs?

      • Ben

        Or a guy then, or whomever. (-:

  • b53a25f03b5e

    Looks a bit cluttered to me. Does he have something against cabinets? It’d be a pain to keep all that stuff dusted and clean.

  • Jeremy

    I have always had a severe disagreement with any footboard on a bed. Being >6′ tall, no mattress save a king size is enough for my foot to not collide with such a board. Their purpose is purely decorative and they prevent the mattress from being used as a general purpose seat in that direction. I find them a general no-no. I even avoid headboards. Beds should be as simple as possible, just a platform for sleep and not that high off the floor. Pillows are optional, and preferred to be elsewhere, like on a chair.

    I also sincerely dislike having too many lamps below eye-level in a room. You really should only need 1-2 reading lamps maximum, and the rest of the room lighting should be lit indirectly in such a way that the eyes of the inhabitants never have direct-line-of-sight to the bulbs. LED lighting in out-of-the-way places like behind stand-off picture frames, can work miracles in this way. This also gets rid of frankly awkward looking lamps that tend to clutter the view in a room.

    Why store beverage glasses upright? The drink space in the glasses will just collect dust that affects the texture of the beverage on the tongue of those using the glass. Best to store them in a proper rack upside down by the stem.

    Nit-picking: Those rooms look like they need more acoustical modifications, like bass traps or other absorbing structures, to be appropriately quiet for a man’s domicile. The noise of the city will enter that apartment via the windows and echo around.

  • Mark Shaddows

    He must be a midget. That bed looks really uncomfortable. And where’s the playstation hidden?

    • Mark Shaddows

      Now I get it, that apt. is for photo shoots, he lives at his boyfriends place.

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