Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Rise of Reed

I picked up the September issue of Vogue yesterday and although it's a little heavy on Fashion's Night Out coverage, there was one fabulous feature that stopped me in my tracks.  The finally finished townhouse of Delphine and Reed Krakoff is breathtaking and worth buying the issue just so you can drool over it.  I was just talking to someone about their townhouses recently as I knew Reed, the Executive Creative Director of Coach, and his wife had sold their old townhouse to buy this even bigger one.  (Must be nice, right?!)  The article is missing some of the rooms so I was happy to find some more photos on Delphine's website for her business Pamplemousse Design.  (Delphine is French and pamplemousse means grapefruit in French.) These photos are not from Vogue so I'm not ruining anything for you and the rooms have also been styled differently. I will never tire of comparing how rooms are styled for real life and magazines.  As I know from my own photo shoots, not everything translates well for the camera.  Delphine also designed the new Reed Krakoff store for Reed's eponymous fashion line which opens today at 831 Madison Avenue. I can't wait to check it out too!  Enjoy!

The living room with it's old chairs.

An amazing Claude Lalanne bronze crocodile chairs sits on a Henri Gonse designed rug for Cogolin c. 1940.

The home had been divided into apartments and a new central staircase had to be installed. Lalanne sheep are hiding in the corner beside the 1930's Jean-Michel Frank Sofa and Line Vautrin mirrors.

The Krakoff's are major art collectors and a Marc Newson chaise sits under a Al Held painting. All of the landings are as big as regular rooms. 

For such a large townhouse with all white walls, the furniture and rugs help make it feel warm and cozy.

Another large landing with a Frank Stella painting from 1974, Concentric Squares and a 1930's Serge Roche table.

Of course, I'm loving the book filled library.

The large eat in kitchen features ostrich skin upholstered French chairs that look similar to the ones that were in their Hamptons house.  I love kitchens that are decorated like the rest of a home.

The master bathroom is larger than most New York apartments and features a fireplace and large seating area.  You know, just in case you need to sit down while getting ready in the morning.  For a peek at the children's rooms and other areas of the townhouse, pick up the September issue of Vogue. 

10 comments:

Ijeoma said...

What a gorgeous townhouse! It's a shame Vogue US isn't easily accessible over here.

LESAPEA MUSINGS said...

I will absolutely pick up a copy. Thank you for sharing.

Lisa xx

Dobbygirl said...

Wow, that library is stuff of dreams! Hope my issue arrives in the mail soon!

Tracey said...

That master bathroom is INSANELY BEAUTIFUL. Think it's the sofas that make the difference.

Teresa Hatfield said...

Gorgeous! Love the rugs too!
Teresa (Splendid Sass)

Lauren Jade said...

I just picked my jaw up off the floor... I die for just about evvverything in there...the bathroom, is yes...definitely larger than my apartment. gorgeous.

Alice Olive said...

Yes, this issue of Vogue is very heavy on Fashion's Night Out. Is that how they maintained the weight we've come to expect from a September issue? I was a bit disappointed, frankly.

Never mind, however, because this spread was indeed sumptuous! I cannot wait for Reed's NYC boutique to open!

jones said...

I am speechless. It seems that every element is art. The shots of color keep me focused. Thank you for awakening my senses. Mary

smith2050 said...

The art is amazing. I especially like the Al Held piece. The condo is something else.......stunning. Thank you for sharing.
Susan (DesignDestinations)

Hello Lover... said...

This place is absolutely stunning - every room is equally as amazing as the last. I really love the master bath - it's like a spa - on weekends I think I would absolutely spend some time in my robe relaxing in those chairs after a shower and doing some reading - I'm so behind on my magazines that I haven't even looked through any of my september issues yet!

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