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Revisiting Tonne Goodman at Home

by habituallychic

03 . 31 . 20

Since no one can leave their homes, magazines have had to get creative. Wendy Goodman, the design editor of New York magazine, asked her sister Tonne Goodman to submit a few photos of her West Village duplex for The Cut. I’ve mixed her photos from the Vogue profile of it from September 2001.

Tonne found the duplex in a state that had been barely altered in more than 150 years, a rare find in renovation-crazy New York and worked with architect Michael Watson to create a family friendly yet aesthetically pleasing home. Anyone who’s seen Tonne can attest that her fashion style is “minimalist, classic, contemporary and unadorned” as is her decorating style. “I was always impressed with the Italian approach that mixed pure modernism with original classic elements in period buildings, and I thought this was the perfect space in which to achieve that.”

The Mariano Fortuny lamp and painting have remained in the apartment for year but occasionally get moved around.

“In one corner of the dining room, there is a Mariano Fortuny lamp, a framed drawing Tonne made of our brother Ed, and a portrait of Tonne by Bruce Weber that he did when they were on location in Paris many years ago. The line drawing of a battleship is by Tonne’s son Cole — and Evie did the abstract gradation. Tiger’s cat scratch can be seen in the foreground.” – Wendy Goodman

To coincide with her acceptance of the Eleanor Lambert Award at the 2010 CFDA Awards, Vogue’s Tonne Goodman talked to Paul Cavaco about her favorite fashion moments throughout her career in this video.

A view of the living room from Vogue in 2001.

“Her living-room coffee table is always groaning with books and usually features her favorite red tulips (a sign that she does allow some color to seep in here and there).” – Wendy Goodman

“The entrance hall has a working fireplace and above, a poster of a photograph by Bruce Weber for Calvin Klein Tonne styled when she worked as the vice president of advertising for the designer. The dictionary on the stand has been in our family for as long as I can remember.” – Wendy Goodman

The black and white photos on the mantlepiece include  Louise Dahl-Wolfe portraits of legendary Vogue editors Diana Vreeland and Carmet Snow. I love them mixed with the earthy elements of stones and antlers. 

“The dining room is centered by a table that can expand with the addition of two leaves. Tonne bought it at a church fair. The windows have their original folding shutters. Tiger, Tonne’s cat, can be seen on patrol here.”

“Over the years, whenever Tonne has gone to Paris to cover the fashion collections, she has ferried back table settings from Café de Flore, where you can buy linens and glasses. She also carts back dishes from Astier de Villate and treasures from the Paris flea market. The knives seen here are from Perceval.”

I actually saw Tonne sitting alone at a table at Cafe de Flore during Paris fashion week years ago and of course I snuck a photo. There also used to be a separate store around the corner that sold the Cafe de Flore merchandise. It closed so you have to go into the cafe to buy the merchandise.

Ever since I saw this feature, I’ve wanted that wooden WaterRower Classic Rowing Machine that Tonne uses on the upstairs landing.

The giltwood framed mirror on the upstairs landing is original to the house.

This is a still from a packing with Tonne Goodman video.