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enswear motifs

Tweeds, tartans and twills drape cushions and comforters; furniture is clad in supple leather; drapes are made of suiting fabric; and hardware takes style notes from the gentlemen's accessory drawer.

"The classic good looks of menswear are popping up in subtle and unexpected ways," says Jamie Drake of the luxury design firm Drake/Anderson Interiors in New York.

Drake and business partner Caleb Anderson are fans of woven horsehair textiles, and have produced a collection for Holland & Sherry. The sleek fabrics with subtle yet striking colorations are loomed from horse tails and cotton. Their durability makes them ideal for chair, bench and headboard upholstery.

Drake also has designed a collection of luxury bath accessories with a classic herringbone pattern on charcoal-gray, embossed Italian suede. Named Savile, after London's famed street of haberdashery, the collection is trimmed with polished chrome for a crisp, tailored look.

And for Stark, Drake's Jakara pattern puts the elegant chevron in a soft wool rug, offered in urbane neutrals.

Subtle, tonal hues and fabrics with a textural depth offer a handsome — often luxurious — masculine aesthetic that transcends gender, says Shawn Sowers, principal design director at furniture company Sauder, in Archbold, Ohio.

Sowers and his team designed their repurposed, naturally worn oak Cannery Bridge collection of living room, bedroom and home office pieces to have a hefty rusticity. Sowers cheekily calls the target demographic the "urban beardsman."

His Conductor credenza blends a sexy mix of copper, marble and steel. The Boot Leg dining table pairs a charcoal-black finish with leather-wrapped legs.

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