With the news that Simon Cowell has just snapped up a vintage Jaguar worth a cool £650,000 or car mechanic Neil Trotter, who has won £108 million in the lottery and intends to buy a mansion with enough garage space to house a fleet of sports cars, one thought comes to mind, can money ever buy good sense or good taste?
This weeks blog post begs the question, what furniture do you buy for the man who has (almost) everything?
If you are that man who has ‘everything’, how do you even begin to decide how to spend your hard-earned (or even easily-won) wealth? Once you have the car and the mansion, how do you find the perfect sun lounger for the poolside, the coolest dining table for impressing your millionaire chums or the sleekest wardrobe for housing your bespoke Saville Row suits?
Perhaps, like the vast majority of us, you are not a multi-millionaire, but you simply appreciate the good things in life; exotic travel, fine wine and a comfortable, yet stylish place to lay your hat. What then are your priorities when purchasing furniture? Surely the answer lies in choosing investment pieces that will stand the test of time; that have been beautifully designed and expertly crafted out of the finest materials.
So let's get started.......
For the Sun Worshipper
Whether you are looking for garden furniture sets for chilly UK climes, or hot exotic destinations, the Malibu Outdoor Wicker Lounge Set by Out & Out Original is perfect for al fresco lounging. The two armchairs and three-seater sofa are made of artificial wicker that is UV stabilised, meaning it will keep its colour even under the hottest sun. This durable and low-maintenance wicker is hand-woven around a base of strong, rust-free aluminium, so it really is made to last. A solid teak coffee table completes the set - this is true garden lounging luxury!
For the Sports Fan
It is no secret that the man who has everything likes exclusivity, and the sports fan is no different. If it is man cave cool you are after, or even the finishing touch for the games room, then the District Eight Vintage Foosball Table is most definitely the answer. Expertly made out of reclaimed wood and vintage machine parts, this highly original Foosball table is a triumph of design. With only two pieces available in the UK, it certainly gets top marks on the exclusivity front too.
For the Gastronome
It can get pretty tiring hanging out in the man cave, lounging by the pool or putting heavy files on your new shelves, so you will need a stylish dining set at which to relax and entertain your guests. The CAS 6 Seater Dining Set designed by John Reeves exclusively for Out & Out Original is a modern design classic. Sustainable teak is set in 100% recycled cast aluminium which is plated with zinc – this sleek dining table and chairs ooze enduring style, yet have an understated, effortless elegance.
For the Workaholic
Following on with the industrial chic theme, this District Eight 5 Tier Shelving Unit in Reclaimed Wood would be a welcome addition to any home office or den. Work storage isn’t renowned for being laden with style, but this shelving unit breaks the mould. The stunning and practical unit, which come fully assembled (the man who has everything does not have time to waste messing around with flat packs!), consists of reclaimed wood shelves connected with handmade cast iron piping, vintage detailing and custom made castors.