When I was two-and-a-half years old, my father finished his Air Force commission and we left Berlin. We initially landed at my grandparents’ place in San Francisco, and there, while walking up the stairs of this strange new building, as my mother would tell me many years later, I uttered one of my earliest sentences: “Where’d my home go?”
My mother combined a master’s in Jungian psychology with astrology, which she first learned from my grandmother and later practiced professionally. She would tell me that my chart had extreme emphasis on the importance of my living space.
This is a meandering way of saying that it is with a lifelong sense of the importance and pleasure of appointing one’s living quarters that I’m pleased to announce the debut of my latest web project, MasculineInteriors.com.
It came about rather suddenly, as these things do, in a flurry of inspiration. A friend moved into a new apartment, and I helped her furnish the place. The process got me to scrutinize the parts of my own apartment, where I’ve been for going on three years, that didn’t exactly come out as imagined. What began as one simple plan to repaint a room ended up a complete transformation of my digs.
During this process my creative juices were flowing, and at some point I stumbled across the perfect combination of motivation to start a new web project: intense personal interest combined with what appears to be a hole in the market. “Masculine interiors” is evidently a popular search term, but save for some Pinterest and tumblrs there doesn’t seem to be a main site for it — and certainly not the kind that I envision.
So I hope to bring to the topic of men’s spaces the approach I’ve taken with style blogging for the past decade: variety and flexibility among a narrow topic (the topic of traditional golf clothes, if you’re wondering about GolfStyle.guru, turned out to be a little too narrow, though it was certainly great fun to do).
I plan to celebrate all the places where men make themselves comfortable in an elegant and stylish way, from bachelor pads to college dorms, high-rise offices to fraternal clubs, drawing on cinematic sets as much as real life, the traditional as well as modern, from British Colonial style in India to the swingin’ pad of Don Draper, and eras from the 19th century through the Art Deco and Midcentury Modern.
The ultimate goal of all the mish-mash will be curated inspiration for the reader. And it’s inspiration you can get on the go, as the site is responsive to whatever device you’re using, be it tablet or smart phone. That’s a change we’ll next have to make at this place. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD
Think MCM, and ideal Ivy image. Cool cat in slack jacket, tab collar, knitted tie, leaning against a Koenig wall, cigarette dangling, listening to Miles on groovy hi-fi. Unbeatable.
Can you find me a shot of that?
Your new venture is a fantastic idea in my view.
Christian – Excellent idea for your new site. May I suggest the following for a touch of mid-century bachelor pad fantasy: http://www.meathaus.com/townhouse/ . I think it is from roughly 1967, and would have been to perfect place to invite Joan from Mad Men for a drink after a night on the town.
Christian, it’s an imaginary image, an amalgam of my loves, cigarettes apart. But this gives a feel: http://www.elegant-age.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/interior-from-pierre-koenigs-bailey.html
Pardon me for asking, but I cannot seem to find the RSS feed…
A look at the study’s of historically significant men would be mint. Rudyard Kipling, Churchill, WFBjr et.al.
Yep, already have something similar planned: the Oval Office under a variety of presidencies.
A super idea! Good luck. This picture of Hump ( as he was then called,) looks like his “Tennis anyone?” period when he was on Broadway in “Hells Bells” with Shirley Booth for all of 15 performances in 1925.
Hump denied saying the phrase which became a part of the national vocabulary and typecast him as the type he hated, wearing white duck trousers and a navy blazer with his hair slicked down, parted in the middle in 1920s style.
Dunrobin Castle library.
here’s to much success with the new venture CC
An idea whose time has come. I look forward to enjoying the new site, and I wish you much (more) success.
Just please, please, avoid the demeaning phrase “man cave.” It implies that the lady of the house is the civilized one, and that men are little more than primitive cave dwellers. On the other hand, I do hope to see the occasional Rumpus Room.
If you ever run low on material, you can take a side track into customized vans as a variation on the theme.
Thanks, Henry. And fear not, this will be the anti man cave site. We are not cave men. We are civilized.