If a man's house truly is his castle then where he sits becomes his throne. But I certainly am not talking about that porcelain throne which adorns the 'morning man sanctuary', rather I'd like to discuss the throne which may occupy your living room, workshop, or other Man Space. In thinking of this, I decided to make a short list of some of my favorite man thrones. Let us know what you have and what you would rather have. Any of these?
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At the  top of my list is the Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman ($4500). To me this is easily the ultimate in retro-style manliness. It falls somewhere between Captain Kirk's seat of command on the bridge of the U.S.S.Enterprise and something you might spy in Don Draper's office. Having sat in one, I can say first hand that this chair was designed around the man's proportions and is extremely comfortable. While it's equally appropriate for a traditional man space library and a contemporary man space sports den but would be best suited in a retro styled Mad Men home office. Made of pressure formed laminated walnut, plush black leather, and cast aluminum base this is the quintessential representation of manliness in the shape of a chair.
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The La-Z-Boy has come a long way since introducing the reclining chair back in 1928, quickly becoming the most famous name in man furniture (maniture?). Today's rocker-recliner is loaded with man inspired features including drink holder, remote control glovebox, built in beverage cooler, vibrate and heat massage and now with the new La-Z-Boy Explorer Lounger ($1400) even a tray table with integrated wireless keyboard to control the television and surf the net via Microsoft WebTV Plus service. Imagine hanging out with your buddies in your man space sports den when an argument commences over "who was the best pass rusher of all time?" then you can simply flip out the pad and google the answer faster than your quibbling pals burp the national anthem. (BTW, the No. 1 pass rusher of all time is Hall of Fame defensive end David "Deacon" Jones)
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For the less lazy boy or otherwise tech savvy man, there's the new Elite iPad Chair ($4000) that offers - you guessed it - a built in iPad tablet holder. Other features include a whisper quiet reclining motor for the foot rest, lumbar support, elbow positioning, a stainless steel cup holder, and a seat cushion normally found in a European sports car. In addition to sitting back and reading, the chair also becomes command central for providing complete home automation through the iPad. Companies such as Crestron and Home Logic now offer downloadable apps that transform the iPad into a beautiful, large home theater touch panel. With the Crestron Mobile Pro G app made specifically for the iPad, your personal fortress can be controlled by simply tapping the screen to select movies, view various security cameras, adjust light levels, room temperature, and volume with supreme ease. (iPad not included)
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Take seven strategically-placed speakers and cover them in Italian leather and you’ve got yourself theBodySound Recliner ($6000). This home theater or music room specific chair places the subwoofers and loudspeakers normally associated with a home theater system inside the chair, under your back, butt and sides thereby addressing “the need for full impact, large scale sound in a smaller space.” The intensity of the deeply vibrating sound waves not only intensifies movies and music but produces “ profound relaxation and deeper states of meditation” according to the company. I’m sure the speakers have something to do with that, but it might also be the Italian leather and the comforting ability to spend $6000 on a chair.


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Every man space should have a bar - it doesn't need to be a formal bar like the one down at the "friday night jamboree and hootenanny", mine own consists of a tray atop a mini fridge and a portable bar box that I take to with me to hang at my less fortunate friend's man spaces. But if you are so inclined to build a real deal bar, you will need to conemplate a place to sit at . Enter the Tahoe Antler Co. Elk Antler Bar Chair ($2400), available with elk antler arm rests and elk hide seat and back - if only it had hoofs for feet it would be complete. This chair is about as manly as it gets, I can only dream of  sitting in it at a traditional red oak bar while enjoying a hand crafted american lager and gnawing on a hearty elk burger! Buck snort.


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I've seen this awesome "Scottish Bar Stool" floating around the internet for awhile but until sitting down to make this list never researched who made it and where it could be purchased. It turns out, nobody knows who made it and it cannot be purchased (sad). But, in the indellible spirit of Dreamcatcher Design+Build, I have decided to build it myself (I dunno, maybe). It would make a great addition to my homemade hokum collection that also includes my Leg Lamp I made this past winter. 


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When someone says "bean bag", images of either a tie dyed faux felt bag full of mini packing peanuts or a sticky pleather floor pillow that's not even fit for the dog easily comes to mind - certainly nothing manly. However the Steel Bean Bag Chair by Rick Ivey ($4500) is nothing like that. Made of riveted stainless steel plates, this one surely would take away the prize of being the “most manly bean bag ever” and is the only bean bag that we could possibly recommend for any man space.

 


09/22/2012 14:19

I liked your blog and went ahead and created a weebly blog too!

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