Given his reputation as the rock star of the fashion world, you’d expect Marc Jacobs’s New York City townhouse to be much like his red carpet wares: daring, bold, and attention-grabbing. After all, we’re talking about the designer who caused a stir in a see-through black lace dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2012 Costume Institute Gala. Subtlety hardly runs through his veins.
Yet when Jacobs opened the doors of his four-floor Greenwich Village home for Architectural Digest, he revealed an unexpected design sentiment. “I just want to live with things I genuinely love—great Art Deco furniture, pieces from the ’70s, and contemporary art. … Just something smart, sharp, and comfortable,” he said.
Each item in the carefully curated home tells a tale. Interior designer Thad Hayes even reveals Jacobs loved one of the sofas so much that he had it permanently inked on his body. “We were looking at a classic boxy Jean-Michel Frank sofa and Marc said, offhandedly, ‘Of course I love it—it’s tattooed on my torso.’ Then he lifted up his shirt and showed me the couch,” he says.
Statement décor and artworks extend well beyond the interior, to a thriving courtyard and rooftop garden created by landscape design firm Harrison Green. “We feel the exterior must relate to the interior, the goal is always to create a cohesive space,” Damien Harrison tells MyDomaine, noting that the gardens combine multiple styles like “elements of French formality (hornbeam hedging), and in the back garden there is a woodland type, ‘cool, green’ feeling (ferns, hosta, rhododendron). It is easy to see why the frog sculptures are so at home there!”
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Jacobs’s home is bursting with statement artworks such as this 1962 Ellsworth Kelly painting that sits atop the fireplace and casts a warm yellow hue on the neutral interior.
“The interior design by our friends Gachot Studios and Paul Fortune is, stylistically, not easy to define, so we knew the gardens would also be of their own style,” says Damien Harrison. The serene green spaces range from an English cottage–like garden to a “curated meadow” on the rooftop.
An Urs Fischer artwork adds a cheeky touch to the formal dining room.
The two guest rooms feature dusty green walls, wooden décor, and unique ceramic pieces.
The dramatic bathroom features a Eugène Printz ceiling light, which is suspended over the large, marble tub.
Surprisingly, the fashion designer’s closet is tightly edited, with a selection of favorite shirts and shoes neatly displayed in a mahogany-paneled closet.