The ever-so-fab fashion designer, Diane von Furstenberg recently let Architectural Digest into her live/work space corporate headquarters in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Diane's glass-and-steel live/work space, which DVF refers to as the "tree house," was designed by the architectural firm WORKac. Diane's "tree house" is perched above with views of the Empire State Building and the High Line, a mile-and-a-half long park built atop abandoned elevated train tracks. Although, the Meatpacking District might be a trendy area now, it wasn't always. Diane first came to New York from Brussels in 1969. She shares, “Everybody told me when I came to this neighborhood that I was crazy—that it was full of drag queens, that it smelled awful because of all the butchers. All of that is true,” she continues. “And yet in a weird way the cobblestone streets remind me of Belgium.”
With 3 grandchildren at the age of 65, Diane is certainly not slowing down. Diane explains, “When I was young, I lived like an old woman, and when I got old, I had to live like a young person.” The talented fashion designer has recently expanded her brand to include tabletop and bedding for the home.
The office/living area certainly reflects the look of the DVF's brand. A recognizable DVF grey leopard print rug sits beneath an Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann desk/dining table and is outfitted with chairs by Franz West. Careful not to obstruct the city view, low-lying frames sit on the windowsill and surround the space. The frames are filled with family photographs and woks of art by Joan Miró and Francesco Clemente. The low display of famous artists mixed with personal and sentimental creates an informal and welcoming space... quite how I'd imagine Diane to be.
The combination of Diane's tree-base table, vintage zebra print chairs and leopard rug is out of this world. If that wasn't fabulous enough, a portrait of DVF by Andy Warhol sits a few feet away.
The master suite has a tented bed that sits beneath a fantastic octagonal ceiling and is backed by a painted clouded sky wall. Between these elements and the warm wood floors and shelving, one might feel like they are sleeping beneath the stars on an African safari.
In keeping with the natural, outdoorsy look and feel, the bath area is surrounded by painted folding screens that provide both privacy and peacefulness. The freestanding teak tub is from the Water Monopoly. The use of teak, a wood that is commonly used for outdoor spaces, enhances the relaxing outdoor/tree house vibe that Diane was seeking.
As long as a person has seen Diane's clothing line at least once in their life, they could easily walk into her live/work space and instantly know who was behind the fabulous design. Just as with any good design, the look of Diane's brand is highly recognizable and very much-so loved.
Source: Architectural Digest