I recently took part in a Design a Room Challenge for Spitfire Furniture.
The idea was that myself, and two other bloggers, would go into one of their showrooms and design a room using their furniture.
Sounds simple enough right!
I arrived at the Parkhurst store brimming with ideas and with a pretty well worked out concept in mind. All based on what I had found on the website. I arrived and my initial concept went straight out the window.
There was this black tufted leather L-shaped couch in the corner that instantly caught my eye. I brushed it off as my original colour scheme was based strongly on browns.
After much heavy lifting and some perspiration I managed to rearrange the entire shop trying to get the brown scheme to work. I finally put the black couch in the corner of the room and I had found the my signature piece.
Here’s how it turned out.
Because I’m all about being a gentleman it could only be a gentleman’s man cave. I wanted a private place for thinking and relaxing. No TV and no distractions.
A room for a whisky after a long day.
A morning escape for mediation or reading.
I wanted to mix the harsh riveted aluminium with the soft leather and timber, this created a space that was comfortable yet still with the spirit of manliness. Something I believe the brand has in spades.
I brought along my Nguni rug. It connects the pieces well and softens the screed floor.
The dog had to feature. As I see it this as place where great ideas, plans and strategies are formed, and what better way than to remind you of that a totem to one of the greatest minds and critical thinkers of the last century. Sir Winston Churchill.
So often we get caught up in the strategy, we become ridged and steadfast in sticking to the original plan. I did exactly this while designing this room. I held onto my initial concept and was blind to what else was there. Until I opened my mind and tried something different.
In the words of the great man himself
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
Please vote for Gentleman’s Evolution by clicking here.
There was some stiff competition, check out the Facebook post here showcasing all the designs.