HOMME DESIGN: The Urban Trendsetter


Two weeks ago a client of ours from New Orleans was traveling to Milan to check out the menswear fashion shows. After seeing Armani, he texted me a photo exclaiming that this was the color palette he wanted to see in his living room. He was practically in a nervous sweat he was so excited, so I immediately started work on a design that would be inspired by his passionate text.

After studying the color palette, I realized  it was a lot more complex than I had originally thought–as is the case with Armani. Essentially, it’s a range of grays accented with camel and jewel tones.  As the week continued, I started noticing this color combination everywhere in trend driven menswear. For example, at the Common Projects sneaker launch this week, their newest editions were all in Camel, Grey, Emerald and Navy. The trend seemed to be popping up everywhere!

Indeed, this color scheme is reflected in a ton of men’s classic staples.  Just think of the iconic cable knit cashmere from J.Crew, a grey face vintage Rolex Explorer, or Hermes Eau de Orange cologne.  Out of all these colors, it was the color of shagreen (as in the watch and cufflink boxes) that seemed like the best place to start in creating the client’s interior.

The inspirations I chose to create his living room are wide spanning, from the Tony Duquette side chair to the Hans Wegner “Papa Bear” chair covered in charcoal wool. The 1960’s tufted sofa reminds me of shark skin, and was the first piece we chose. Through the accents and artwork we pulled in the dynamic emeralds and blues. I love to bring together pieces that represent the best in their class.

To get this look at home, I would suggest that you start with a foundation of grey pieces. You could go with this Kravet graphite grasscloth wall covering and balance it with a dark rug. Pull in some brilliant accessories like these Room and Board Mohair pillows, or the set of West Elm ceramic vases, both of which come in in a range of blues and grassy greens. Its a fresh look, straight of the men’s runways in Milan to your Living Room.

The Fashion:

1. Cashmere cable sweater, $298, J.Crew  2. Malachite Cuff Links, $625, Fitzhugh 3. Rolex Gents Oysterdate Precision Grey Dial Stainless Steel Watch, $2,528, Rolex 4. Work Twill Swiss Brief with flap, $375, Jack Spade 5. YSL Malibu High-Top Sneaker in Peacock Blue Suede, $495, YSL 6. Shaving Cream, $5, C.O. Bigelow 7. Faux Shagreen Boxes, $415, Maze Home 8. Eau d’orange vert, $107, Hermes

The Home:

1. Pair of Nils Landberg for Orrefors Green Glass Lamps, price upon request, Craig Van Den Brulle on 1stDibs 2.Colored Ceramic Vases, starting at $29.99, West Elm 3. Michael Abrams, Tallow Dusk, price upon request, Sears Peyton Gallery 4. Damien Hirst, Opium, 2000. 5. Quiver Klismos Chair, price upon request, Soane on Dering Hall 6. Mohair accent pillows, $89-$169, Room & Board 7. Coffee Table with custom caramel leather top, $4,200, Thomas Hayes Gallery on 1stDibs 8. Slate Grey Button-Tufted Leather Sofa, $6,750, Assemblage on 1stDibs 9. Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair, $2,895, Modernica 10. Malachite Chair, price upon request, Belvedere on 1stDibs 11. Charcoal Grass Cloth, Kravet 12. Roots Grey Floor Covering, price upon request, Marc Phillips