Local celebrities come up with their ultimate outdoor boys’ zone concept

2014-03-24 00:00

TWO years after Durban was introduced to the “ultimate man cave”, local celebrities yesterday posed this question to exhibition-goers: why have a dingy man cave if you have Durban’s fine weather — and can have an outdoor “man cove” instead?

Joining forces with organisers at the Decorex décor expo, pro surfer Daniel Redman, DJ Gabriel Sithole and former professional cricket player Russel Symcox showed off their idea of the ultimate outdoor boys’ spaces — complete with everything from bar fridges and football tables to flat screen TVs and huge plants.

Decorex SA Portfolio general manager Sian Steyn said the “manscapes” were a future trend because they used green space and were “not exclusive to men”, like video-gaming dens.

But, crucially, the manscape must allow men to braai or cook while watching sport on TV.

Sithole, a bachelor, said, “You know when you get married, the woman would change everything in the house. But it’s good to know that we can also create our space for your sanity.”

Choosing a green theme, Sithole’s man space at the Durban Exhibition Centre was decorated with an energy-saving induction cooker, and refuse bags in which he was growing herbs.

“We always think we need a farm to grow our own food at home, but we don’t,” he said.

Admitting to having both a cave and a cove at his home, Symcox insisted manscapes were more than just expensive braai areas. With the help of a professional designer, he created an outdoor boys’ zone featuring organic plants, funky furniture, a wooden wine rack and a large TV.

“Unfortunately, everybody’s lifestyle is hectic and for me it’s an effective way to be carefree and relax,” he said.

Showing off a manscape dominated by water features, Redman said a number of male visitors to his stand had expressed real interest in the concept — and he now plans to build his own for real.

“I enjoy sitting outside and enjoying nature, water and nice plants. Of course you must have a TV for sports.”

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