Steel Truss and Beam Tables by Brandner Design

Posted August 31st, 2010 by design4men and filed in Architecture, Furniture, Interior Design
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I stumbled upon these tables from Brandner Design and was immediately blown away.  The company creates furniture incorporating structural elements including trusses, beams, and reclaimed materials.  I especially love their tables which elegantly blend the industrial with contemporary style.  Brandner also accepts custom orders.  So, I would love to adapt the above “Great Northern” Console table for a desk in my office.  I am thinking walnut slab top with same base.   The following are some of my other favorites.

“Great Northern” Console table

Truss Desk with Oak top

Renaissance Console Table with Concrete top

Mini Truss Coffee Table with Red Oak with Steel Inlays

I-Beam Table Desk with polished Concrete top

Turnbuckle Rail Car Dining or Conference Table Base (adjustable height)Just awesome!

Images from Brandner Design

Sleeper Sofa Sale at RCKNDY

Posted August 31st, 2010 by design4men and filed in Furniture
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Stylish Decor from Interior HomeScapes

Posted August 23rd, 2010 by design4men and filed in Art & Accessories, Furniture
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Interior HomeScapes is an online retail store offering unique home furnishings from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers.  Perusing their site, I am inspired by the unique and eclectic mix of furnishings, lighting, and accessories.  Some of my favorites follow.  The Big Sur Media Cabinet is pictured above.

Special thanks to Chris at Interior HomeScapes for bringing the store to my attention andfor the great discount for DESIGN FOR MEN followers.    Enter the coupon code “designformen” for an additional 10% discount at checkout.  And hurry because there is already a sale going on.

Wooden Bench With Steel Les, Costello Stool

Regency Bar

Monahon Adjustable Tripod Brass Lamp, Elle Embossed Crocodile Leather Wood Cabinet

Pipe Chandelier

Small 6 Light Omega Chandelier, Hinkley Barstool

Images from Interior HomeScapes

Posted August 19th, 2010 by design4men and filed in Furniture
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Thank you Details for bringing these stunning Roeland Otten alphabet chairs to my attention.  Oh the fun I will have…these will be great for the studio.  I love the unity of typography and furniture design.  Pricing is by request which means expensive.


Images from Dezeen

Bachelor Style: Manhattan Roommate Share

Posted August 18th, 2010 by design4men and filed in Art & Accessories, Furniture, Interior Design
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I had to post this great bachelor pad from Apartment Therapy. Two roommates create a simple and modern space on a budget in Manhattan.  The pair restored vintage pieces, mid century classics and mixed them with just some IKEA finds. I really love their ingeniuty with the artwork they created for the space.   And I was validated that they have the same television that I do .  Check out the full article by clicking here.

Images from Apartment Therapy

Blik Wall Decals

Posted August 16th, 2010 by design4men and filed in Art & Accessories
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Blik provides a line of self-adhesive wall decals (large stickers) that can be used to inexpensively and temporarily transform your space.  Blik decals can be applied to any flat surface including walls, windows, mirrors, ceilings, tabletops, or flooring.  When you tire of things quickly like I do, then you can simply remove and re-envision.  Also, decals can be customized to work with your vision of your space.  The photo above illustrates a custom installation in a home.    The following are my favorites:

Flying Paper Planes $35

Chandelier $35

Race Ya Re-Stik $35

Ambition Killed the Cat $45

Birds of a Feather $40

IMAGES from Blik.com

Wild about Chalkboards

Posted August 12th, 2010 by design4men and filed in Interior Design
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Chalkboard Walls are all the rage…and I am planning to use chalkboard paint in my kitchen and for an accent wall in the living room. I am just loving the look of the chalkboards in these spaces.

Image Credits: Images 1-3 from High Street Market , 4-5 Remodelista

Anemi Hotel by Stavros Papayiannis

Posted August 12th, 2010 by design4men and filed in Architecture, Art & Accessories, Interior Design
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I have realized lately that I am absolutely obsessed with white spaces.  I happened on an image of the Anemi Hotel designed by Stavros Papayiannis in Folegandos, Greece, while searching for inspiration images for an article on Curbly.  Simply stunning and timeless.  I love the juxtaposition of white as canvas spatially and the accents of large scale contextual artwork and colorful accents.  The use of epoxy flooring seamlessly connects the floor to the walls and celings.  Check out my article by clicking here where I explore 5 great flooring solutions.

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I love the transition from white walls to charcoal gray in the restaurant/lounge.  While the floor remains white fluidly tying in the different areas.

Greece, here I come!

Images from Yatzer

Volvo C30

Posted August 10th, 2010 by design4men and filed in Style
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Since I am in the market for a car, I have been paying closer attention to what’s on the road.  I was walking home from work yesterday and saw a couple approaching me in this sporty Volvo.  I literally did a triple take.  The new 2011 Volvo C30 is a new four seat sports coupe, perfect for the city with 30 MPG on the highway.  And the hatchback is affordable as well, starting at $24,600.  While I had my eye on the Volkswagon Tiguan or Golf, I absolutely must test drive this beauty.

Images from Automobilemag.com

Sneak Peek: My DC Studio

Posted August 9th, 2010 by design4men and filed in Interior Design
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This week, I will be guest blogging at Curbly.com. Today, I posted an article on a mural in my DC studio that I created by transferring the line work from a Marimekko wallpaper. I took some photographs and while I was at it snapped some shops of my place which is a work in process. I have started with the basics and I am about 50% done. I am only posting the the living room, which doubles as my home office and kitchen. Stay tuned for more on the design which will include painting accent walls, vintage industrial furnishings, and much, much more.

The color palette is monochromatic primarily because the walls are freshly painted an off white.  Accent walls will be different tones of gray. In my home office / office area, my I love the use of an IKEA kitchen cabinet for storage above my desk.  The walnut desk is temporary…I will be replacing it soon, with something smaller in scale.  Additionally, a cowhide rug, end tables and a custom bench will be added to the living room.  I despise the carpet but what can you do, it is a rental.

My splurges thus far, have been the Blu Dot Paramount sofa which I absolutely love and a 42″ flat screen television.  The scale of the TV is questionable but it is great for watching movies, I feel like I am at the theater.

The kitchen will be receiving a chalkboard backslash wall and I have a plan to add shelving over the bar which I am excited about.  I am thinking toledo stools for the bar.  No photos yet of the bathroom and bedroom because they are still works in progress – however here is a sketch of the bedroom design…

The same curtains  from the living room will define the entry.  The accent wall will be charcoal gray and I plan to do a coffee sack inspired stencil on this burlap-like fabric which is left over from a project.  The nightstands (click here to view) and pendant will be vintage industrial.

Stay tuned for more on the design process!  And check out the article on Curbly by clicking here.