Enter Stacy Bendit’s art-filled fantasy on Manhattan’s Upper West Side | Architectural Digest

Dakota’s Gothic glory might be a little intimidating, but there’s nothing scary about Bendit’s living room. “I wanted a place where I felt mature and kept the building elegant but was also fun for friends and family,” Bendet says. “I didn’t want a big adult apartment where you can’t jump on the sofa. My kids work on wheels and flip here. I wanted it to feel like I lived in it.” In fact, a quick glance at the sage green velvet sofa reveals a bold blue hue draped across its back.

This was originally two condos, screaming to be combined: one had a disco vibe from the ’80s; The other had what Bendet swears as “virtually dirt floor”. As much as possible, I tried to restore the original atmosphere of the place. “All the fireplaces had to be restored, and I wanted to recreate the beautiful mahogany woodwork.”

A scenic wallpaper by Iksel – Decorative Arts wraps the Eloise Breckenridge room. The burger is dressed in a Fortuny print, and the custom quilt is made from Alice + Olivia fabrics. Artwork by Lola Montes Schnabel hangs above a desk in the 1960s.

Eastern Eden wall cladding by Iksel-Decorative Arts; for 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 own version of the international style,” Kugelberg says, explaining the eclecticism of the house. “There are Venetian chandeliers, Spanish rugs from the 1930s that came from the Ritz in Madrid, contemporary paintings by Francesco Clemente and Jorge Galindo—some for my husband Julian Schnabel—and a 12-foot dining table made of hand-painted tiles by Lola Schnabel.”

This bronze table is stunning, but your eye can’t help traveling to other works of art: on the corner wall is a series of 12 color lithographs of Claes Oldenburg; The living room hosts a huge fresco by Francesco Clemente. Bendet laughs that unsuspecting friends sometimes mistake the princess’s scratch for another artwork: “Is it by the Haas brothers, perhaps?” They ask me. No, I tell them, it’s for the cat.”

A favorite room set up to evoke a circus tent, and its blue-and-white striped decorations have multiple meanings: Eisner and his family own Portsmouth Football Club in England, and these are the football team’s colors; Bendet’s first success as a fashion designer were the striped bell-bottom pants. This is where her daughters hang out and watch TV, accessed through a door that leads to that lavish living room, and another to her husband’s office. “This is a caveman,” Bendet said as he walked into that space. “We convinced him that he had some leather embossed on the walls, and a leather sofa, but his aesthetics were a bit tougher. It was really important that the rooms didn’t just reflect what I like – I wanted it to feel like everything our family had in common.”

Julian Schnabel’s portrait of Bendet’s three daughters is displayed in the entrance hall. Fornasetti chairs a Venetian chandelier.
© 2022 Julian Schnabel/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Bishop Margot Table from India Mahdaoui by Ralph Pucci

Bishop Margot Table from India Mahdaoui by Ralph Pucci

Her daughters’ bedrooms likewise display her fierce individuality. Athena Bell hates pink, so her room is blue, with a loft bed, a staircase – to the delight of any six-year-old – and even a chair covered in teddy bears, part of Nicky Hilton’s baby shower, which happened in an apartment a few weeks ago. “Scarlett wanted a patterned four-poster bed,” Bendit explains. “Eloise of course loved the block-print wallpaper, but then she told me she wanted her room to be all white—it was a teenage moment—and I was like, ‘Too bad! Your quilt matches the wallpaper’ Your bed skirt! I cut the bed skirt to match the yellow flowers!”

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