Peek Inside Isaac Mizrahi's 4,000-Square-Foot N.Y.C. Apartment
On Isaac Mizrahi's nightstand in the master bedroom of his Greenwich Village home of the past 25 years, along with several other books and a crystal-encrusted turtle that he designed, is a copy of Henry VI. The play is generally considered one of Shakespeare's lesser works, and yet the designer is slogging through all three parts, his curiosity stoked after engaging a tutor on the Bard.
"What are you reading?" Mizrahi asks with genuine interest from his perch in the adjacent study, the perfect place for enjoying a good story. As it happens, I have just downloaded Act One, the 1959 autobiography of the playwright Moss Hart, after learning Terrence McNally included it on a list of books he would take with him if he were to be marooned on a desert island.
"The greatest book!" Mizrahi booms. "In. The. World!
"You know, I was friends with Kitty Carlisle," he says of the legendary Broadway doyenne who was Hart's widow. "She had the most unbelievable apartment. In. The. World. It was so un-art directed, so not bourgeois. Just these crazy old rooms filled with antiques, velvet pulls, and crochet, as if she had just moved in and put books on the shelves. We should all live like that! It doesn't hurt to have Gershwin sheet music on the piano, written in his own hand."
For InStyle’s Home & Design issue, photographer Dean Kaufman gave us an inside look at the actor's N.Y.C home. Click on the photo above to take a closer look.
THE LIVING ROOM
The couple's sun-drenched living room is filled with antiques and contemporary art, including an abstract painting by Robert Harms and a ceramic sculpture by Christopher Russell on the windowsill.
A gilt-framed 17th-century Flemish portrait by an unknown artist faces a Tomory Dodge painting in Mizrahi’s study. Antique chairs have been refinished with fabrics from the designer’s ready-to-wear collections.
THE GUEST BATHROOM
The guest bathroom is mirrored from floor to ceiling with a translucent vanity that appears to pulse with violet hues when the room is lit.
Mizrahi worked with architect David Bers to design a kitchen with a built-in dining area. “I’ve always loved the idea of an eat-in kitchen,” he says, describing the marble and stainless-steel space. He also managed to install an electric stove, a rarity in older Manhattan buildings.
THE MASTER BEDROOM
A heady array of sketches, photos, and paintings animates the walls of Mizrahi’s bedroom. An abstract autumnal forest scene by the Austrian artist Benjamin Butler hangs over the couch. “I love his feeling for color,” he says.
THE MASTER BATHROOM
A spa-like master bath features a step-in rain shower and a marble tub with built-ins for towel storage.
Mizrahi organizes his closet by item, with bright pops of color peeking out from the dress-shirt section. One reason he’s lived in Greenwich Village so long: “The idea of changing dry cleaners is abhorrent. After all these years of getting it wrong, he finally gets it right.”