This client loved terrariums among other things reminiscent of the pre-industrial era. Yet he was determined that we incorporate some of his mid-century modern furniture as well. Additionally, his aesthetic had been heavily influenced by his father, who had served in the navy in the 1960's, and who harbored an array of traditionally masculine hobbies such as antique gun collecting.
This room was originally purposed as a living room, accessible not only by the hallway, but also by the two adjoining rooms. It had since been converted to a bedroom, but the two double doors were left in place, creating a mood of impermanence in this man-cave. So I started this project by fabricating sound-proof panels to cover the double doors. I used rigid insulation, the best material in my client’s price range with which to buffer sound, and created three burlap-covered panels of insulation for each doorway. The burlap proved to be a handsome enrichment to our sailor theme, and the rigid foam helped block out sound from the adjoining rooms.
To circumnavigate the lack of natural light, I painted the walls white, left the window naked, and paired down my client's artwork that was cluttering the walls up to the 9.5’ ceilings. I procured two accent lamps and a burlap-covered ceiling fixture that greatly enhanced the lighting, at all hours of the day.
The headboard was constructed using fabric I had custom-printed, depicting a world map drawn in the 1600’s. The mid-century modern couch converts to a day bed. After I found it for my client, I had it upholstered in leather and white wool to compliment my client’s preexisting modernist chrome chair and circle/cube coffee table.
Photos by Giles Ashford