You can trust the design head of a multimillion dollar fashion empire to have good taste. 

And a peek inside the four-storey, three-bedroom townhouse of fashion designer Marc Jacobs, who for over two decades has helmed his successful eponymous labels as well as the behemoth Louis Vuitton, proves this statement to be true.

Oak wood wall panelling set the scene for the television room, where a painting by Richard Prince hangs above a custom-made sofa by Jonas and a brass Gabriella Crespi low table from Nilufar
Oak wood wall panelling set the scene for the television room, where a painting by Richard Prince hangs above a custom-made sofa by Jonas and a brass Gabriella Crespi low table from Nilufar

Inundated with a sense of old-time glamour and urban tranquillity right at the heart of New York City, this 4,796sqft home perched along a tree-lined West Village block oozes a quintessential New York-style charm in its exterior, sitting among a series of side-by-side brownstones comprising the Superior Ink condominium complex designed by Robert A.M. Stern.

The home is part of the Robert A.M. Stern–designed Superior Ink condominium complex in West Village
The home is part of the Robert A.M. Stern–designed Superior Ink condominium complex in West Village

Within it houses even greater character—a personal private oasis commissioned by the world-renowned tastemaker. Every corner is the result of thoughtful curation, including a neutral palette—taupes, mauves and browns punctuate the home from its furnishings to wall coverings—that welcomes one into the relaxed, tranquil ambience realised by interior designers Paul Fortune, John Gachot and Thad Hayes.

The home is adorned with a neutral, earthy palette and plenty of well curated art and design pieces, including a 1962 Ellsworth Kelly painting that hangs above the fireplace
The home is adorned with a neutral, earthy palette and plenty of well curated art and design pieces, including a 1962 Ellsworth Kelly painting that hangs above the fireplace

Progression up the townhouse’s four stories (plus a rooftop and a basement, all connected via an elevator) opens up to a sprawling living and dining area, two kitchens, two en suite bedrooms and retro accents like a corkscrew staircase and fireplace.

A Dopey sculpture by Paul McCarthy is the centrepiece of the living room that features custom made sofa by Jonas
A Dopey sculpture by Paul McCarthy is the centrepiece of the living room that features custom made sofa by Jonas

Even the busiest of city dwellers is sure to find plenty of calm in the lavish master suite occupying the entire top floor, a reconstructed conjoining of two bedrooms. Elegant silk bed coverings harmonise with dark wood cabinets and an oriental-style screen, while a marble-clad bathroom with gold accents sits nearby.

On the other end of the living room hangs an Urs Fischer artwork on the wall
On the other end of the living room hangs an Urs Fischer artwork on the wall

The overall subdued aesthetic gives way to a restful sanctuary; but most importantly, it allows for the stars of the home—a museum-quality collection of artworks, painstakingly curated pieces and verdant greenery—to take centre stage.

A minimalist aesthetics lend to a relaxed ambience within the four-storey home
A minimalist aesthetics lend to a relaxed ambience within the four-storey home

Jacobs once said, “I just want to live with things I genuinely love—great Art Deco furniture, pieces from the ‘70s, and contemporary art.” These elements remain part and parcel to the home’s essence.

The master bedroom features retro accents such as an oriental-style screen, a dresser and mirror from Bernd Goeckler Antiques
The master bedroom features retro accents such as an oriental-style screen, a dresser and mirror from Bernd Goeckler Antiques

Among the highlight pieces include a painting by Richard Prince and a Dopey sculpture by Paul McCarthy taking pride of place in the television room; a 1962 Ellsworth Kelly painting that surmounts the custom-made mica mantel in the living room; and a Urs Fischer artwork lending dramatic contrast to the dining room’s Jacques Quinet table and chairs from Bernd Goeckler Antiques.

A bathroom furnished in marble surfaces
A bathroom furnished in marble surfaces

Almost 1,500sqft of dreamy alfresco areas, including a secluded garden courtyard and an idyllic rooftop terrace enveloped by a canopy of trees and flora, sit atop the brownstone setting the scene for many an outdoor soiree. Scandent vines and well-maintained plants enwrap the area.

A beautiful tapestry of trees and shrubs on the alfresco rooftop
A beautiful tapestry of trees and shrubs on the alfresco rooftop

Sotheby’s International Realty broker Chris Poore, who is handling the sale, is right when he says,  “It’s very rare to find a home completely done like this in the West Village at this level. To own something like that is so special.”

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