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by habituallychic

03 . 29 . 11
There was something about the Traina’s home that I posted yesterday that reminded me of this New York apartment.  It belongs to eccentric fashionista Daphne Guinness and was designed with Daniel Romualdez who she said got what she wanted right away.  It was featured in the March issue of Archtechtural Digest and is a clear indication of why you should be buying the magazine again.  I love that even though you know a designer helped with the apartment, it still looks personal.  You can tell that she chose all the art because she loved it.

Guinness says that some people get a little turned around in the entry hall of mirrors but it looks chic. Mirrors are especially great at opening up dark spaces in New York apartments. The photograph is by Daido Moriyama.

Sometimes I wished magazines included floorplans so you could see the flow.  I’m not sure where this part of the entry lies but I love the kaleidoscope look of the butterflies in Another Amazing Transcendental Experience by Damien Hirst from 2003.

A close up of Daphne Guinness in front of the Damien Hirst piece.

One wall of the living room is also mirrored. Hanging over it are works by Nobuyoshi Araki, David LaChapelle, and Bert Stern.

Wish we could see more of the library too.  I always love to see what books on are on a person’s shelves.

Of course, I love the green Chinoiserie paper covering a screen in one of the bedrooms.

Another bedroom looks like it’s mirrored but it’s really Mylar wallpaper from Florence Broadhurst. I follow Daphne Guinness on twitter and find her fascinating.  It seems like her New York apartment reflects her interesting personality and her sophistication perfectly.

Photos by Thomas Loof

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  1. Lacquered Life March 29, 2011 | 4:11 pm

    I loved this apartment, thought it was so chic–and I totally agree, a reason to start buying AD again.

  2. meenal bishnoi March 29, 2011 | 4:25 pm

    you are right about the art..one can see it has been personally picked..they all are statement pieces..thanks for sharing, heather..do stop by my blog to see a luxurious destination for a holiday! xx meenal

  3. John About Town March 29, 2011 | 4:45 pm

    Daphne Guinness is the definition of fierce – I can hardly wait for the FIT exhibition to open in September!

  4. TheIconicBlog.com March 29, 2011 | 4:51 pm

    Love this home. Such a great use of color.xx


  5. JWK March 29, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    LOVED this spread! I’m so happy that Margaret Russell has injected new life into AD. I became a subscriber after I saw this issue!

  6. Alice Olive March 29, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    You’re right about the apartment looking personal and not ‘styled’. I love that screen in the bedroom.

  7. rocorennieblog.com March 29, 2011 | 8:53 pm

    I love the second last image – it ticks all the boxes for me.

  8. Isabel G. March 29, 2011 | 9:03 pm

    Really love this apartment!


  9. Joanna Goddard March 29, 2011 | 9:56 pm

    such a lovely surprise to run into you today!! wish we’d had a chance to chat more but i had to run home to the little one 🙂 xoxo

  10. John J. Tackett March 30, 2011 | 11:33 am

    I do not understand the placement of the chairs with red upholstery in the first photo. But it is a very chic apartment.

  11. Joseph the Butler March 30, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    Mr Romauldez is genius. He has an innate ability to create glamour and color but it’s still very personal and unique and somehow understated. It’s almost easy to think nothing has gone on here–it’s so discreet. A treat.

  12. JWC March 30, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    This article was fantastic- thank god for Margaret Russell- she has saved Architectural Digest. The entrance hall was by far my favorite room. I love the mirrors and how they abstract the space.