Thursday, 19 May 2011

Celebrity Home: Iris Apfel

I've always wanted to see Iris Apfel's home. She is an amazing lady who not only designs interiors but also jewelry and clothes. Now, well into her 80's she is as active as ever. The New York City apartment she shares with her husband, Carl, is just as amazing and full of character and personality as Iris herself.

If you'd like to read the full Architectural Digest article just go here.

The living room’s bleached-oak boiserie is 18th-century French, and the door hardware is by P. E. Guerin; the screen is also French, while the chair at left, covered in an Old World Weavers tapestry fabric, is 17th-century Sicilian.
Photographer Bruce Weber is working on a documentary about her.

In the library, a Dutch painting is displayed above a Louis XVI daybed covered in fabric Apfel reproduced from a 17th-century French document.

A collection of singerie tops an 18th-century Venetian bombé chest in the living room; the back of the English chair at right is painted with chinoiserie designs.

In the entry, an 18th-century English gilt chinoiserie mirror and an Italian console.

An Italian tole chandelier above a Maison Jansen table draped in a woven paisley throw.

The first painting Apfel ever bought—a portrait of the Infanta Margarita she picked up 60 years ago at an antiques shop in Florence.

Bakelite jewelry in the paws of a hand-carved French mountain dog.

The entry contains an 18th-century French screen (left), an early-18th-century painted Genoese corner cabinet, and Louis XVI–style chairs upholstered in an Old World Weavers cut velvet. The needlepoint carpet is English.

“I was one of the first New York women to wear boots,” says Apfel, who designed the gilt-leather-and-fabric pair on the floor at right. Racks of her vintage pieces fill a spare room; she is especially fond of the metallic-check coat by Galanos.

A hallway is lined with dog paintings and 19th-century English bookcases brimming with volumes on fashion, decorative arts, and Chinese costumes and textiles.

Hope you enjoyed this tour. Let me know!

Text by Amanda Vaill
Photography by Roger Davies
Produced by Robert Rufino

All images and information from Architectural Digest.

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  1. way to much clutter... looks like she is one step away from the show Hoarders

  2. Totally agree with anonymous. While different interiors are always of interest no matter what one's taste, this one screams "look... I have money, love color and have collected for way too many years!"

    Laura in Santa Fe

  3. Hello,

    This interiors is so interesting? But, i litle bit over the top :-)

    Greetings from Belgium

  4. Interesting how he things are so pretty but all together ...Well its so hard to look at...

  5. Love it, love it, love it. I could spend weeks finding new things to enjoy in this home. I shall now follow the link to see more. Thank you.

  6. Tis a puzzlement. I tend to love color, pattern on pattern. Unique pieces. It's all there, yet,
    ........I think as with many of us, we love to acquire and arrange; at times not realizing (right away, at least) that some older acquisitions need to be put in storage for a while, allowing the newer pieces to shine in their full light. I am wondering, if after, Ms Apfel, views these photos, she will be prompted to do exactly that.

  7. Well, I greatly enjoyed this one. This lady is one inspiring lady. I love to hear about older women who are so lively and have unique places. Love this! Would love to see the documentary!


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