Posts Tagged ‘New York’

I was totally enthralled watching Iris, the new documentary film about Iris Apfel, the interior designer and fashionista, which was made over a four year period by the brilliant Albert Maysles. It wasn’t just her fabulously dry sense of humour that I loved, or her energy which in her 90s seems almost unrelenting, or her great passion for the subjects that interest her, or her outspoken views which she unashamedly delivers throughout the film, or the wonderful relationship she has with her husband Carl to whom she has been married since 1949, but it was, of course, the glimpses we get of the interiors she has created which are as flamboyant as I had hoped and expected.

Iris Apfel

Many scenes in the film are shot in her New York apartment which is as lavishly accessorised as she is (indeed some of the accessories are accessorised) and inevitably I was dying to see more. Fortunately I found a wonderful article about her in a back copy of Architectural Digest accompanied by a series of luscious photos of the interior of the apartment which are below.

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If you love fashion or interiors, or if you would like to know how to age well, I highly recommend this film. I will be getting the DVD as soon as it is out and in the meantime, a much larger pair of glasses.

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I remember many years ago seeing an article about Diane Von Furstenberg’s Manhattan home and studio and thinking how utterly wonderful it looked. Full of colour, originality and inspired yet relaxed creativity, I also saw how the live/work space could really work (albeit in on a magnificent scale) which deeply inspired me. So I felt utter joy last weekend, whilst taking a swift but glorious break in New York to round the corner and see this amazing building and I unashamedly stopped and stared. I haven’t been inside but thankfully Architectural Digest have so when I returned home I looked up the article and drooled. Here are the beautiful pictures (by photographer François Halard) and the full article can be seen on the Archtiectural Digest website.  I have pledged to go back to New York regularly so I might be knocking on your door Diane – sorry in advance.


Living office area

Dining table

living area pinkmaster en-suite



exterior 2


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Having seen The Grand Budapest Hotel earlier this year and got Wes Anderson fever along with everyone else,  I thought I would bring you another of the great director’s wonderful films, looking as ever with an eye to the interiors. The Royal Tenenbaums is a brilliant tale of gifted youth, disappointment and eccentric family members. There is of course a wonderful house in the form of a New York brownstone with interiors that are as brilliant as the spectacular cast. I highly recommend this hilarious and touching film.


Look at that brilliant wallpaper – a backdrop to the young Margot above and the grown up Margot (Gwyneth) below



I’m not convinced this TV is bathroom-ready….



Of course it is all about the interiors 🙂





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