Home Decor- Home Decorating Ideas- elledecor.com
Sorry for the small photos. I have this issue and the living room looks great in the magazine. Maybe they'll be better one's soon.
Minimalism is not a term often associated with Ralph Lauren, whose densely propped flagship store in Manhattan’s Rhinelander mansion has inspired legions. But when he first commissioned the late decorator Angelo Donghia to design the Fifth Avenue duplex where he and his wife, Ricky, raised their family, Lauren said he was motivated by the “simple, almost primitive desire for clean, open space.”
Now, more than 30 years later, he’s finished a renovation that has made the place even more clean and open. Three bedrooms that belonged to his now-grown children have been repurposed; spatial variety was added by incorporating steps to create different levels, making the space seem even larger. “The changes were subtle, but important,” he says. “They really modernize the apartment.”
They also involved gutting it and starting over. “There was more than one moment when I asked, Oh, God, what did I do?” he says, laughing. But this wasn’t the first time. During the initial renovation, things got so fraught, he says, he “ended up going to the hospital for a day of rest.”
The original decor wasn't all that different. It had white walls, glossy white tables and huge potted palm trees. It would totally stand the test of time. Nothing "80's" about that apartment.
I have real life gossip about Ralph and Angelo. They were very good friends who were up and coming at the same time. They liked to talk shop and support each other. Ralph used a lot of grey flannel which inspired Angelo to use grey flannel on furniture. It became the rage of the late 70's/early 80's.
Angelo was asked to design and license fabrics, furniture and sheets. Angelo, always the innovator, started using men's suiting material for his furniture. Ralph liked that idea and asked Angelo if he could do the same for his company.
Angelo didn't want the idea copied and Ralph understood. Their friendship pact was 'Ralph will keep to clothing and Angelo will keep to interior design'.
Right after Angelo died, Ralph's furniture line was debuted. With grey flannel furniture.