Dakota’s gothic glory can be a little scary, but there’s nothing scary about Bedet’s living room. “I wanted a place that felt big and kept all the elegance of the building, but also was fun for friends and family,” says Bendet. “I didn’t want a big apartment that was made for adults and where you couldn’t jump on the couch. My kids do cartwheels and spins in here. I wanted to feel that we are living it.” Indeed, a glance at the sage green velvet sofa reveals a bold blue drawn across its back.
Originally this was two residences, crying out to be combined: One had an 80s disco vibe. the other had what Bendet swears was “practically a dirt.” As far as possible, he tried to recover the original atmosphere of the place. “The fireplaces all had to be restored and I wanted to recreate the beautiful mahogany woodwork.”
Bendet teamed up with her friend, interior designer Louise Kugelberg, to bring the space back to life. “I guess it’s my version of an international style,” says Kugelberg, explaining the house’s eclecticism. “There are Venetian chandeliers, Spanish rugs from the 1930s that came from the Ritz Hotel in Madrid, contemporary paintings by Francesco Clemente and Jorge Galindo—and some by my husband, Julian Schnabel—and a 12-meter-long dining room. of hand-painted tiles by Lola Schnabel.”
This bronze table is stunning, but your eye can’t help but travel to other works of art: On a corner wall is a series of 12 color lithographs by Claes Oldenburg. The living room houses a monumental fresco by Francesco Clemente. Bedet laughs that unsuspecting friends sometimes mistake Princess’ scratched post for another piece of art: ” ‘Is it by the Haas brothers, maybe?’ they ask me No, I tell them, it’s for the cat.”
A favorite room is meant to evoke a circus scene, and its blue and white striped pattern has multiple meanings: Eisner and his family own the Portsmouth soccer team in England, and those are the soccer team’s colors. Bendet’s first big hit as a fashion designer was a pair of bell-striped trousers. This is where her daughters hang out and watch TV, and it’s accessed by a door that leads to this luxurious living room, by another to her husband’s office. “This is his man cave,” Bendet says, walking into that space. “We convinced him to have some textured leather on the walls and a leather couch, but his aesthetic is a bit more austere. It was really important that the rooms didn’t just reflect what I like — I wanted it to feel like it was all shared by our family.”
Her girls’ bedrooms similarly display their own fierce individualism. Athena Belle hates pink, so her room is blue, with a loft bed and a ladder—to please any six-year-old—even a chair covered in teddy bears, a cabinet from Nicky Hilton’s baby shower turned apartment a few years ago weeks. “Scarlet wanted a four-poster bed,” explains Bendet. “Eloise of course loved her plate-print wallpaper, but then she told me she wanted her room to be all white—it was a teenage moment—and I said, ‘Too bad! Your quilt matches your wallpaper!’ I cut the bed skirt to match the yellow flowers!”