Inside a Fashion Designer's Quirky, Art-Filled New York City Home

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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 , 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 . “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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