3.25.2011

Feature Friday: A Look into Daphne Guinness' Hall of Mirrors


Daphne Guinness, daughter of the heir to Guinness Brewery, may be a categorized into many areas, but most of all, she is an artist. She artfully wears her clothes to the point where she is rumored to have inspired none other than Lady Gaga (true or false, not many can claim that).  Once you have taken a glimpse into her 5th Avenue apartment, it seems that Daphne's sense of style and passion for art comes naturally. 

The corridor of the home has all surfaces clad in mirror with the exception of a custom red rug on the floor. Daphne explains in the March 2011 issue of Architectural Digest that one afternoon she asked herself, "Do I want a corridor or do I want an experience every time I walk in the door?” The image above is proof that Daphne was looking for an experience alright! An infinite space is most certainly an out of the ordinary experience for most of us. Perhaps it is her relationship with French philosopher, Bernard-Henri Lévy that has made her crave such experiences? Nonetheless, this tiny but infinite contradiction of a corridor is quite a statement.


In the entry hall, guests are greeted by this BEAUTIFUL painting of butterflies by Damien Hirst. The painting is appropriately titled, Another Amazing Transcendental Experience - which carries the "experience" theme on from the corridor.

This room is one of my favorites (probably because it's something I would never design for myself). I love the soft whites contrasted by the rich pops of red...which are then toned down by lots of green, creating almost a relaxing botanical reading room.

The shine continues with a shiny floor, shiny tables and more mirrored walls. The eclectic mix of art unexpectedly hanging on the mirrored back wall is anchored nicely by the lush red sofa, designed by Guinness herself. Again, the use of botanicals and small butterfly prints help to make such a glamorous space feel a bit more informal (like you can kick your feet up on the sofa and not get scolded).
As for the library, vibrant "pop" colors accent the console, bring lots of cheer to the space. The library is almost a bit too cluttered for my taste and own sanity but maybe it's just the camera angle? What do you think... would you be happy reading in this library or would you feel the need to re-organize?


Chinese cabinet and Chinese lamps on the night stand anchored by a red rug provide strong Chinese influences the guest bedroom. The walls are covered in a Florence Broadhurst silver Mylar paper, which continues to unify the shiny and reflectiveness of Guinnesses home. Perhaps the experience Guinness wishes her home to give is one of self-reflection, as so much of the home is mirrored or reflective in some manner... or maybe she just likes things to shine!



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