a peek inside: diane von furstenberg’s meatpacking live/work penthouse

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“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,” says the Brussels-born designer, who moved to New York in 1969 with her first husband, Fiat scion Prince Egon von Furstenberg. (They had two children, and divorced in 1983; in 2001 she married media mogul Barry Diller.) “All of that is true,” she continues. “And yet in a weird way the cobblestone streets remind me of Belgium.”

When I was young, I lived like an old woman,” the 65-year-old grandmother of three explains, “and when I got old, I had to live like a young person.”

Gosh I love her. You can read all about the six-story, 35,000-square-foot structure comprising Von Furstenberg’s design studio, flagship store and penthouse on Architectural Digest or in their March issue.

Photos: François Halard for Architectural Digest

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  1. I need help picking my jaw up from the floor. I want everything inside and the building itself… and also her self-confidence. I wanna love me enough (I do, but I just don't have the wall-space yet) to have a ginormous dreamy lithograph of my mug for all my guests to see! Thank you for posting this. Jaw falling out of place again… xx- Annalise
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  2. I've loved her since forever. I once saw her strolling down the Boulevard St. Germain when I was in Paris for my birthday. I nearly died. She was so chic and casual and fabulous in her blue jeans and leather jacket with a giant scarf and her flats. I love that quote of hers that was used in her Amex commercial…"I didn't always know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to become." If those aren't words to be inspired by…

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