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6 man-spirational looks to inspire your next man cave

The contemporary man cave has moved on from beer-crate seating and decorative car parts. Here we capture six gorgeous modern gents in their ultimate man spaces

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The minimalist 

“I’m constantly on the move so this space fits me to a tee. Whether I’m running out to have lunch with my wife or heading off to a meeting, I’ll always stop in the hallway to get myself organised. The black, white and soft colours create a relaxing environment before the day’s commotion begins.”

Tim Webber, furniture designer

Get the look

Wall painted in Resene ‘Half Opal’ (top) and Resene ‘Eskimo’, floor in Resene ‘Black White’. Dome Ampel pendant, $1250, Notch wall hooks, $190 set of three, Floating bench seat, $1089, Menu Chunk of Black Marble candleholder, $165 large, Menu Chunk of White Marble candleholder, $129 small, all from Tim Webber Design. Olio stoneware mug, $25, from Everyday Needs. Scent of Home Mr Moss candle, $115, Penguin book, $13.99, Rains Breaker jacket (on wall), $165, wall chart map of Auckland, $215, Garment Project classic lace-up shoes, $250, all from Father Rabbit. Rig leather bag, $589, from Saben. Tokyobike CS, $1290, from Blend Store. Goat skin dyed grey, $172, from Lapco. Plants, stylist’s own. Clothes, leather satchel and other books, model’s own.

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The techie 

“This room lets me relax and enjoy myself. It’s comfortable, warm and clean. I love knick-knacks and gadgets but need everything to be neat and in its place. It’s a great space to listen to music, read a book, jam on a game or browse photos from a recent shoot.”

Clint Chang, IT project and systems manager, photographer and tech connoisseur

Get the look

Wall in Resene ‘Mischka’. Paper Collective Bearded Man print, $179, from Father Rabbit. Welcome tray (holding watch), $29, No 1 white/tan leather watch, $359, both from Good As Gold. A & Co Berber Weave Fez rug in natural, $1995, from The Ivy House. Austin entertainment unit, $2859, from Tim Webber Design. Let’s Make Today Extraordinary mug, $24.50, from Toodles Noodles. Leather utility roll (underneath wallet on unit), $185, from Walter Crow. Felt storage bin, $80, from Mood Store. Reproduction Eames lounge chair (comes with ottoman) in walnut, $2800, and Calvo side table by Lee Kirkbride, $600, both from Homage. Photography print on wall, clothing, leather bag, cameras, toys, wallet, books, Kindle, headphones, watch box (on top of unit), all model’s own. TV and plants, stylist’s own.

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The workshop guy 

“This is the ultimate man space for me as it brings together a number of elements that I really love: refurbished items made from wood and metal, the modern vibrant wall colour, and the polished concrete floor. I like places that feel like they have been lived in rather than clean lines and sterile spaces.”

Luke Seeney, senior brand manager for Jack Daniel’s and North American Whiskey at Hancocks

Get the look 

Wall in Resene ‘Streetwise’. Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, $59.99, from Glengarry. Bang Bang pegboard, $390, from George & Willy. Heat lamp (on floor), $265, tool box (on shelf), $35, workshop drawers (on bench), $145, all from Flotsam & Jetsam. Enamel mug, $16.50, Palomino pencils, $6 each, Dear Maison notebook, $29, Izola Scout soap (top box on shelf), $49, scrub brush (bottom box on shelf), $8, beeswax candles, $38 for 12, Noble maple syrup, $44.95, all from Father Rabbit. Sea Salt soap, $18.50, from Everyday Needs. Tobacco mandle, $26, from William & Emerson. Outdoors five-panel cap, $109, Stanley classic lunchbox, $125, shoe brush (on shelf), $55, all from Good As Gold. Tailors Spinner stool, $499, from Republic. Vintage Belgian beer table, POA, and vintage factory baskets, POA, from The Vitrine. Retro Lynn Railway cup and saucer, $52.50, from Studio Ceramics. Sori Yanagi kettle, $269, from Everyday Needs. Vintage tools, bag, clothing and apron, model’s own.

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The hunter-gatherer

“I love this room because it’s comfortable, warm and cosy, with soft furnishings and rich leather. I’m anti-minimalist, so this style suits me well. There are lots of eclectic bits and pieces to remind me of travels and good times, and it’s a great space to have a few drinks in and maybe a few more of those good times.”

Dariush Lolaiy, co-owner of game restaurant Cazador

Get the look

Wall in Resene ‘Burnt Sienna’. Floor in Resene Colorwood ‘English Walnut’. Cowhide patchwork rug, $810, from Lapco. Zanjan vintage rug (around 120 years old), POA, and 1940s leather armchair, POA, both from The Vitrine. Trentham sideboard, $999, from Early Settler. Pallares Solsona kitchen knife, $35, and Duralex amber glasses, $7 each, from Father Rabbit. Menu Wine Breather decanter, $188, and Menu WW stackable glass (in his hand), $47, both from Simon James Concept Store. Steen candlestick in powder black, $58, from Tessuti. Olio stoneware jug, $119, from Everyday Needs. Leather pouf, silver tray and gold bowl, stylist’s own. Taxidermy duck, cigar, chopping boards, brass vessels, peacock feathers, clothing, all model’s own.

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The surfer dude 

“I grew up living and breathing ’80s surf and skate culture – the ocean and the outdoors are my playground. This laidback, cruisey man cave where I can have a few beers, listen to sounds and relax while dreaming about my next surf mission is my ultimate chillout zone.”

Steven Ferguson, surf lifesaving coach and ex-Olympian (and YH&G editor Shelley’s hubby!)

Get the look

Wall and floor painted in Resene ‘Black White’. Nature Boy armchair, $1350, from St Clements. A & Co Petunia rug, $765, from The Ivy House. Bamu canvas overnight bag, $269, from Citta. Willow weave towel, $65, from Everyday Needs. Locker shoe rack, $1995, from Republic. Paddle ball set, $65, from Good As Gold. JWDA concrete lamp, $380, from Tim Webber Design. Desert Blue A4 print, $49 unframed, from Amber Armitage. NZ Surf Quest poster, $50, from Endemic World. Potted plants and wooden box under plant, stylist’s own. Surfboard, skateboard, guitar, trophies, clothes and jandals, all model’s own.

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The gentleman

“We live in a complex, fast-paced world so it’s nice to have somewhere to chill and relax. This space is masculine and luxurious, the perfect man spot for contemplation and taking it easy with a glass of your favourite or a good book.”

Dan Eagle, co-owner of mid-century modern furniture and restoration company Mr Bigglesworthy

Get the look

Background stained in Resene Colorwood ‘English Walnut’. Eames folding screen, $2300, 1950s Italian bar cart, $1850, Alf Svensson leather armchair, $3250, John Reynolds ‘Solo’ rug for Dilana, $4715, all from Mr Bigglesworthy. Crane Brothers Biancoli suit jacket, POA, and Crane Brothers Made in Italy Cadenza shirt, POA, both from Crane Brothers. Dalmore King Alexander III whisky, $369.99, from Glengarry. Cognac glasses by Norman Copenhagen, $147, from Design Denmark. CS planter in charcoal, $425, Monmouth Glass twist lamp, $425, and Monmouth Glass Dome lamp, $900, all from Tessuti. All other items, model’s own.

Styling by: Amber Armitage. Art direction by: Tanya Wong. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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