Step inside Stacey Bendet’s Art-filled Fantasia on Manhattan’s Upper West Side | Architectural overview

Dakota’s gothic glory can be a little intimidating, but there’s nothing scary about Bendet’s living room. “I wanted a place that felt grown-up and kept all the elegance of the building, but was also fun for friends and family,” says Bendet. “I didn’t want a big apartment that was made for adults and where you couldn’t jump on the sofa. My kids do cartwheels and flips here. I wanted it to feel lived in.” Indeed, a look at the sage green velvet sofa reveals a bold blue knot along the back.

Originally this was two residences, calling out to be combined: One had an 80s disco vibe; the other had what Bendet swears was “practically a dirt floor.” As much as she could, she tried to recover the original environment of the country. “The fireplaces all had to be restored and I wanted to recreate the beautiful mahogany woodwork.”

A painterly wallpaper by Iksel–Decorative Arts wraps Eloise Breckenridge’s room. The Bergers wear a Fortuny print and the bespoke quilt is made up of Alice + Olivia fabrics. An artwork by Lola Montes Schnabel hangs above a 1960s Venetian table.

East Eden Wall Covering by Iksel-Decorative Arts; To trade. fschumacher.com
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Bendet worked with her friend, interior designer Louise Kugelberg, to bring the space back to life. “I think it’s my version of an international style,” says Kugelberg, explaining the eclecticism of the house. “There are Venetian chandeliers, Spanish rugs from the 1930s that came from the Ritz Hotel in Madrid, contemporary paintings by Francesco Clemente and Jorge Galindo—and some by my husband, Julian Schnabel—and a 12-foot-long dining table with painted tiles. handwritten by Lola Schnabel.”

That bronze table is stunning, but your eye can’t help but travel to other artworks: On a corner wall is a series of 12 color lithographs by Claes Oldenburg; the living room hosts a monumental fresco by Francesco Clemente. Bendet laughs that unsuspecting friends sometimes mistake Princess’s scratchy post for another piece of art: ” ‘Is it maybe by the Haas brothers?’ they ask me. No, I tell them, it’s for the cat.”

A favorite room is meant to evoke a circus tent, and its blue-and-white striped motif has many meanings: Eisner and his family own Portsmouth Football Club in England, and these are the colors of the football team; Bendet’s first big hit as a designer was bell-bottom striped pants. This is where her daughters hang out and watch TV, and it’s accessed by a door that leads to the lavish living room, another to her husband’s study. “This is his man cave,” Bendet says, walking into the space. “We convinced him to have some embossed leather on the walls and a leather sofa, but his aesthetic is a bit more rugged. It was really important that the rooms didn’t just reflect what I liked – I wanted them to feel like they were all shared by our family.”

A Julian Schnabel portrait of Bendet’s three daughters is displayed in the entrance hall. Fornasetti chairs; Venetian chandelier.

© 2022 Julian Schnabel / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Bishop Margaux Table by India Mahdavi for Ralph Pucci

Bishop Margaux Table by India Mahdavi for Ralph Pucci

Her daughters’ bedrooms similarly display their rugged individualism. Athena Belle hates pink, so her room is blue, with a loft bed and a ladder – to please any six-year-old – and even a chair covered in teddy bears, a holdover from Nicky Hilton’s baby shower , which took place in the apartment a few weeks ago. “Scarlet wanted a canopy bed,” explains Bendet. “Eloise of course loved her block-print wallpaper, but then she told me she wanted her room to be white – it was a teenage moment – ​​and I was like, ‘Too bad! Your duvet matches your carpet!’ I trimmed the end of the bed to match the yellow flowers!”

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