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John Marsala and Becka Citron are the brains behind "Man Cave," a DIY Network room makeover show that brings leather furniture, giant TVs, video driving ranges, ski storage and beer coolers to the basement lairs of suburban dads. But DUMBO's Modern Anthology, the duo's new design shop, outfits man caves of a different sort. Take the tufted, antique chesterfield in chocolate brown, which will run you about $3000. It's gonna end up in a man cave, just more of a sophisticated, design-minded, book-lined, old-fashioned-cocktail-and-taxidermy man cave. Think Andy Spade channeling John Jacob Astor rather than Snoop Dogg channeling his bong.
The shop—now open for two weeks with a grand opening scheduled for September 2nd—is tucked away on Jay Street and features soft gray walls and gleaming wood floors. Generous in size and generously appointed, the space feels a lot like some wealthy eccentric's library. Each sitting nook and storage cranny offering a fresh and softly lit vignette to poke around in and discover.
Two seating areas feature a mix of customized mid-century furniture mingling with over-stuffed antiques centered around found and fun objects. Walls are hung with various flags, tiny framed prints, and circular mirrors with almost-baroque wooden frames. You can get lost in a series of art and design books, vintage bar-ware, and document drawers full of old comics, vintage posters and woodblock prints. All of it's for sale, and each locally-sourced item's hang tag tells the object's story or provenance—cute!
Big ticket items include custom area rugs composed of patchwork horsehair (starting around $550), two Mad Men-era steel-trimmed arm chairs partially reupholstered in the canvas scroll fragments used to announce British bus stops ($695 for the side chair, or $740 for a complete scroll as wall hanging, $185-plus for throw pillows), Eiffel Tower Eames rockers ($425), and industrial-chic vintage reading lamps with massive union gear bases ($550). A taxidermy armadillo—surprisingly furry—is $475 and a series of vintage and antique globes top out around $250 (new globes start at $75).
On the lighter side, we loved assorted apothecary jars (starting at $18), vintage dartboard darts ($3), tiny framed prints of various hardware ($32), classic Stanley thermoses ($48), handy metal locker baskets ($32), and antique billiard balls (starting at $7.50). That said, we were a little less sold on the two bowls of assorted ostrich and cattle bones (starting around $18).
Elsewhere find plush bath linens by Canvas, Baxter personal care products, ultra-soft Kai D. Utility menswear and Ernest Alexander's waxed canvas tote and messenger bags. And, as Modern Anthology the shop is really actually just a brick-and-mortar showroom for the design duo's various design endeavors, they also offer design consultations, upholstery services, customization, sourcing, framing, and exclusive collections of artisanal wallpapers and hardware.
· Dumbo's New Home Store Comes from Two Man Cave Experts [Racked NY]
· Modern Anthology [Official Site]