Step one foot in Jonathan Fine’s condo at The District and there’s no doubt you’re in a bachelor pad.
Sports memorabilia acts as a consistent decorating accent. Oversized liquor bottles like Patron and Don Julio are central focal points on a kitchen bar. And elements such as brick, steel and wood make up the walls, doors and floors.
The testosterone is unmistakable.
“You definitely know you’re in a guy’s house,” says Fine. The 32-year-old president of Sting Surveillance has a very particular taste. He calls his design style “modern industrial.”
It explains such features as stainless steel toilets, garage door in place of laundry room doors and fingerprint-operated door handle, which he’s since replaced.
“My staff used to call me ‘Iron Man,’ ” he says. His new place, a penthouse at Panorama Towers, is five times the size as his condo. He has decorating plans just as big.
According to Andrew Maiden, public relations manager for World Market Center Las Vegas, Fine’s approach falls right in line with most bachelors.
It isn’t unusual for metallics, chromes and other bold furnishings to dominate a single man’s living space. “In some ways, these showy elements might correlate to the animal kingdom where the male species is forever trying to attract the attention of potential mates,” says Maiden.
Stephen Leon, president of Soleil Design International, Inc., finds that a bachelor pad is as much about what’s absent as what is present. For instance, you will never encounter silk, fringe or tassels in a single man’s house.
“And, even if he wears a pink tie, he won’t put (pink) in his house,” says Leon.
Lastly, just because he’s grown doesn’t mean he’s lost the boy in him. This explains the toys, also known as the James Bond factor.
Examples include bookshelves that turn into bars, and TV’s hidden behind paintings. “Men like things that are clever, that move,” Leon says. “They want to see things go up and down, side to side. And they want a remote control to it.”In and Out
The “ins and outs” of bachelor pads.
Out: Bear skin rug
In: Shag area carpet
Out: Rotating bed
In: Platform bed
In: Sectional leather sofa
Out: Hot tub
In: Stripper pole