BACK TO THE FUTURE | A RETRO HI FI IN A DARK & COZY MAN CAVE

Listening to music properly has a lot to do with having the right environment. A place that’s all your own. I like the warm glow from the perfect level of indirect, low lighting. I want to be surrounded by my favorite things to look at. And I long for seating that you just melt into and disappear in. And another thing– I love my iPod as much as the next guy– but sometimes there are those moments when you need to break out the turntable and throw on some old records. The warm hiss and crackle of needle on vinyl is like hearing your mother’s voice in the womb. Which is what a man cave really is– a dark, personal, intimate womb.

When we first moved to New Jersey, we bought a great old Dutch Colonial home previously owned by an Italian family– the guy’s name was Nick. The basement he built-out was the clincher. It was like a retro 60s gentleman’s club– red and black lacquer paneled walls, mirrors, a full bar with turntable, and even a pool table which they were good enough to leave behind. I’ll never forget the two framed portraits hanging side by side behind the bar– The Pope & Frank Sinatra. Welcome to Jersey– I loved it. I spent many an evening down there with lights down low, the sound of billiard balls slamming hard into a corner pocket, always perfect tunes in the background, and a cold one. Now I’m in a house with no man cave and going insane…

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Playboy retro Hi Fi stereo equipment

Retro 1960s Hi Fi stereo equipment and mid century modern furniture– great old Tulip table.

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Eames chair man cave

Cozy retro man cave w/ Eames chair, animal hide rug, art, books & hi fi– Done.

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retro 60s bachelor pad conversation pit

1960s retro bachelor pad w/ cozy conversation pit.

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60s retro bachelor pad bedroom

1960s retro bachelor bedroom.

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retro bubble hi fi stereo

Retro bubble stereo.

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retro stereo

Retro turntable ad and shagadelic seating.

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retro 60s futuristic pad

Retro modern modular pad.

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The ultimate modern shagedelic master bathroom w/ awesome niches.

The ultimate modern shagedelic master bathroom w/ awesome niches.  So Lenny Kravitz circa 2000.

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retro listening room den

Retro modern music den.

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1970s retro bachelor pad--  someone's a real pimp.

1970s retro bachelor pad– someone’s a real pimp.

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Retro modern organic conversation pit.

Retro modern organic conversation pit.

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Retro modern man cave

Retro modern man cave with a very eclectic mix of world clocks, maps, fishing rods, and modern pieces.

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14 thoughts on “BACK TO THE FUTURE | A RETRO HI FI IN A DARK & COZY MAN CAVE

  1. I’ll take the one with the TV on the ceiling panel…AS IS… although, the Burt Reynolds look-a-like might need to step out for a smoke.

  2. LOVE IT! The first photo is awesome, and I can see my boyfriend going crazy for the retro modern organic conversation pit. Great find on those photos. I’m going to have to tweet it out!

  3. Wow! I’m loving these photos! Looks like something straight out of “Boogie Nights!” So cool. I wish there was a contemporary bubble stereo on the market. That thing looks awesome! I’m actually working with All Modern.com and had an idea that I wanted to run by you. Feel free to shoot me an email back!

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  5. It seems that some of pics are of real-deal man caves of the past and are therefore vintage, while some of them are inspired by the past and are therefore retro. Am I mistaken?

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  8. I was there – and for the most part these photos are exaggerations – except for the shag carpeting. People put shag everywhere – on walls, in cars. Shag is the ‘foundation’ of the swingin 60s/70s. Check out photos of Joe Namath’s shagadelic man cave sometime.

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