Iris Apfel’s Exuberant Apartment

The style icon takes us inside her bold Manhattan home:

Iris Apfel’s Exuberant ApartmentIn the library, a Dutch painting is displayed above a Louis XVI daybed covered in fabric Apfel reproduced from a 17th-century French document.


Iris Apfel’s Exuberant ApartmentIn the entry, an 18th-century English gilt chinoiserie mirror and an Italian console.

Iris Apfel’s Exuberant ApartmentAn Italian tole chandelier above a Maison Jansen table draped in a woven paisley throw.

Iris Apfel’s Exuberant ApartmentThe first painting Apfel ever bought—a portrait of the Infanta Margarita she picked up 60 years ago at an antiques shop in Florence.

Iris Apfel’s Exuberant ApartmentThe entry contains an 18th-century French screen (left), an early-18th-century painted Genoese corner cabinet, and Louis XVI–style chairs upholstered in an Old World Weavers cut velvet. The needlepoint carpet is English

Iris Apfel’s Exuberant Apartment“I was one of the first New York women to wear boots,” says Apfel, who designed the gilt-leather-and-fabric pair on the floor at right. Racks of her vintage pieces fill a spare room; she is especially fond of the metallic-check coat by Galanos.

Iris Apfel’s Exuberant ApartmentA hallway is lined with dog paintings and 19th-century English bookcases brimming with volumes on fashion, decorative arts, and Chinese costumes and textiles.
Photography by Roger Davies / source


  1. whatfontisthatbeth

    I love this place. Shame it’s not available on a design student budget. It’s so beautiful and quirky. I’ll just have to admire it from afar.

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