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Inside The Surprisingly Chic NYC Townhouse Of Marc Jacobs

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It’s not that Marc Jacobs isn’t a stylish guy. It’s just that when you’re famous for wacky tattoos, nude selfie scandals, and hosting a 10-person orgy (reviewed by the New York Post), you aren’t exactly expected to be subtle or restrained.

And yet, somehow, that’s exactly what Marc’s New York City townhouse is. Architectural Digest scored a rare peek inside the designer’s US$10 million home for its annual Style Issue. Against all odds, the space is sophisticated, warm, and impeccably curated – a nod to the famously chic Paris digs of Yves Saint Laurent.

Jacobs told the magazine that he wasn’t interested in conforming to a particular concept or look in designing his dream home. “I just want to live with things I genuinely love—great Art Deco furniture, pieces from the ’70s, and contemporary art,” he said. “But I didn’t want the house to feel like a pristine gallery or a Deco stage set—just something smart, sharp, and comfortable.”


His description couldn’t be more apt. Interior designers Thad Hayes, John Gachot, and Paul Fortune turned the raw space into an inviting home that exudes old-school elegance. The townhouse is layered with art and design masterpieces from names like John Currin and Alberto Giacometti. Vintage pieces are dotted around as objets d’art. Furniture ranges from vintage to custom-made.

Of course, this is Marc Jacobs we’re talking about – a man known for dating porn stars, wild after-parties, and an unabashed love of kilts – so it wouldn’t be right if there was nothing outrageous. AD reports that Jacobs would go to any lengths to procure precisely what he wanted in his home.

Take the pair of bronze monkeys by François-Xavier Lalanne that now take up residence in the designer’s bedroom. “I saw them in a picture in Vogue, and I became fixated. I had to have them,” he remembers. “I called Paul Kasmin Gallery, I called Sotheby’s, and eventually I called [art collector and Warhol superstar] Jane Holzer. She introduced me to the Lalannes in Paris, and she found me the monkeys.”

Similar stories explain other pieces in Jacobs’ prodigious collection, the most interesting of which may be a giant sculpture of Dopey from Paul McCarthy’s ‘White Snow’ series. “The only place we could park it was in the television room, which was basically finished at that point,” recalls Paul Fortune. “So we closed the street and craned the thing in through the back. You do what you have to do.”

What Marc wants, Marc gets.


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