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Folding Chairs Handsome Enough for the Great Indoors

  • Najib Benouar

PHOTO_stylish-folding-chairsThe folding chair is the ultimate summer accomplice—at the ready for a jaunt to the beach or a fireside chat while camping and easily movable to whichever side of the terrace is getting the most sun.

But usually, once summer ends, you’re honor-bound to fold them up and pack them away till it warms up again.

Unless, that is, you get one of the following folding chairs that have been upcycled with handsome leathers, canvas and hardwoods that will take you outdoors in high style while still being handsome enough to transition indoors for the rest of the seasons...

Herewith, the folding chairs handsome enough for the great indoors.»

How Menswear Does Homeware

  • Najib Benouar


Lately we’ve been noticing more and more hard goods popping up from some of the more industrious menswear labels.

A plant stand here, a few birchwood trays there, a Belgian dartboard... a set of Russian nesting dolls. Put them all together and you’re well on your way to some handsomely appointed digs courtesy of your favorite clothiers.

So, naturally, we’ve rounded up the best homeware-by-way-of-menswear for your humble abode right here.»

Giving Your Desk the Design It Deserves


Here’s a horrifying statistic: the average American will spend a full 87,600 hours of their life sitting behind a desk.

That’s. Ten. Whole. Years.

And if that’s not a good enough reason for you to be taking your office accoutrements up a notch, we don’t know what is. So get ready for the long haul and give your desk the design it deserves with this handsome compilation of necessary upgrades. Now if only you could get a skylight installed...

Check out the selection, after the jump.»

The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Najib Benouar


Every Wednesday from here on out, we’re giving you a piece of our minds. Actually, more like five pieces. It’s a chance to get a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick—you know, beyond the usual Internet handsomeness we’re serving up daily. So, welcome to our most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.

Without further ado, the shoes, pizzas and furniture we’re digging this week.»

Giving Your Place a Sporting Chance

  • Kempt Staff


When it comes to furnishings, we’re partial to things that can take a little wear—and the more gracefully, the better.

Things like overstuffed leather chairs constructed from saddles, coffee tables made of salvaged gym mats, perhaps a dozen vintage tennis racquets for good measure.

Luckily, Timothy Oulton—Britain’s renaissance man of furniture making—has just unveiled his latest line inspired by classic sporting events around the UK. It’s full of the sort of ruggedly refined appointments that might have befit Ernest Hemingway had he been raised with a royal title in the rolling hills of Scotland. (And picked up a mean habit for polo and cricket.)

In other words: it’s handsome stuff. And we’ve got a closer look at it all after the jump.»

Take a Seat

  • Najib Benouar

In the eyes of Americana-fied menswear, the Brothers Corsillo can do no wrong. (We’re speaking of the fellows behind the celebrated clothing/general store, Hickoree’s Hard Goods and the selvage tie revolution known as the Hill-Side).

Continuing their pitch-perfect run, they’ve unveiled a multifaceted collaborative effort of epic proportions, the Hill-Side & Co. They’ve teamed up with nearly every buzzworthy brand to create one-off pieces that range from floral-patterned shirts to this set of blanket-upholstered chairs you see here. It’s easy to get excited about all of the clothes—there’s plenty of handsomeness to go around—but the chairs really struck us as the standout collaboration (with the fine folks at Sit & Read). Nowadays it seems every menswear brand is printing an “x” on every label they sew into a shirt or pair of pants they chose the fabric for—so it’s nice to see folks think beyond the clothes.

Gentlemen, this is the chair from which you should be reading Kempt.

Dusting Off: The Rocking Chair

As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off the rocking chair.

Chairs just aren’t fun anymore.

Sure, if you want to sit in front of a computer all day, modern furniture design has your back completely—but if you’re going to spend the next two hours leisurely sipping a mint julep (possibly on a veranda), it can be hard to find an appropriately relaxing place to sit. Which is why we’d like to dust off the easygoing fixture known as the rocking chair.

Lean back; we’ll take it from here...

A paean to the forgotten charms of the rocking chair»

The Tie Press


From time to time, a gentleman will get creases in his tie. (Intercontinental voyages are often involved.) And since ironing is usually a last resort for such things, you may want to turn to the bizarrely shaped, obscurely useful device known as the tie press.

Granted, most of the appeal is the chance to add another handsome antique to your collection. (It would look great between your Truman-era shoe tree and hand-cranked coffee grinder.) But once you've laid eyes on one of these, we have a hard time imagining an iron measuring up. File it under "refined affectations."

The Deconstructed Bookcase


We like furniture best at its most functional, so the prospect of a sized-to-order bookshelf strikes us as a very good idea. The only catch? You’ll basically be buying a pile of plywood and clamps.

Indie Furniture’s new bookshelf takes the modular philosophy to its natural extreme. If you need to 4’ x 7’ space, they’ll tell you exactly how many cubbyholes to build, and exactly how many planks and connectors you’ll need to build them. Of course, there's quite a markup for all that lumber, but unless you've got a carpenter handy, it should be the next best thing.

A Perfect Circle


Dressers haven’t changed much in the past few decades, which may explain why most prefer antiques to newer designs...but there’s something to be said for the occasional new idea. Even if we have to ship it in from Britain.

This floating cabinet lets each drawer hover a few inches in the air, giving them a sense of weightlessness. Of course, it means each one needs its own slideable lid, but it’s a small price to pay for progress.

And it should fit perfectly into that empty circle near the closet…

Plush Life


Our favorite TV show has been off the airwaves for a while, but that hasn’t stopped the furniture designers of the world from keeping the look alive.

It’s known as “mid-century modern” to stuffier design folks, but apparently cb2 is a bit more straightforward, dubbing it “The Draper Sofa.” It’s a little too vibrant to find a place at Sterling Cooper and ad men tend to prefer couches with arms on them, but the makers aren’t all wrong. Aside from the occasional orange stripe, it’s a pretty traditional couch.

Now all you need is a credenza or two.

Change You Can Swede


As brands go, Obama’s doing pretty well, so it’s no surprise companies are jumping at the chance to associate with him. And if he’s the first slim suit president, there’s also the risk of becoming the first IKEA president. He’d better tread carefully…

In an attempt to sway the new President, the Swedish design magnate has set up a faux-oval office in D.C.’s Union Station to show what a Swede-furnished executive branch would look like. The web component is a virtual Oval Office dollhouse, but we have to say, without rounded couches, the options are pretty limited.

In this case, we’re hoping Obama goes with something a bit more… convervative.



At some point in the past 50 years, people stopped using breakfast trolleys, and we doubt anyone is capable of bringing them back—outside of a few ambitious hoteliers.

This item from Espasso makes as good a case for a revival as we could have. Too bad it’s from 1950.