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August 30 2014

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Where To Live Like Zac (Zac Portrait Not Included)

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“It’s for the Sex and the City girl,” said a mesh cardigan-clad Zac Posen. “Or a Renaissance man.” The overlapping spot on the Venn diagram he was proposing—maybe the only one—was an 11th floor duplex at 16W21, a new condominium building in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, and the first to boast Posen-designed interiors. (Appropriately enough, it stands within the Ladies’ Mile historic district, onetime home to Lord & Taylor, B. Altman, and Bergdorf Goodman.) Posen worked with the architects and designers of the entire condo building to add his gilded touch (in the form of inlaid gold piping that snakes around walls and ceiling, specialty moldings, a high-gloss kitchen with inlaid Miele appliances and espresso machine) to a few exorbitantly expensive properties. But one duplex in particular got even more attention. Chez Zac was fully decorated by Posen top to bottom, and is available for sale—sans the pieces from Posen’s personal art collection, which currently cover much of the wall space—furnished as such. The Posen-designed furniture pieces (interlocking, geometric coffee tables; gleaming chrome bar seats) and vintage acquisitions (custom reupholstered chairs, ornate glass lamps) can be yours. As for the nude photo of Courtney Love (inscribed “Par Christopher” to Posen’s boyfriend, French stylist Christopher Niquet) in the living room, or the large-format Polaroid of Posen himself in swim cap and dangling Cartier pendant, a Met ball loaner—well, you’ll have to bring your own.

But the wallpapered, walk-in liquor closet, and the wall-to-wall mirrored, even larger walk-in wardrobe closet, are yours to keep. Likewise the smoky gray padded banisters (a nice touch) and the vintage wallpapers, courtesy of Second Hand Rose. The color schemes (Palm Beach pink in the living room; lavender in one bedroom; Posen’s own Pantone shade of gray for the hall) are familiar from his collections, as are the Rosson Crow paintings that hang throughout. (Posen collaborated with Crow on a line of print dresses in his Spring ’10 collection.) And love or hate the design, there’s no questioning the guy’s commitment to the project—while we toured, Posen supervised a contractor painting gold accents on a molded pink wall. (“Much better!”) Earlier this week, he threw a party in the space to show it to friends (and potential buyers?) like Becca Cason Thrash and Nina Freudenberger. Want to get in yourself? Take a number. According to the real estate watchers at Curbed, the waiting list to show the place is currently 500 people long. Shah’s daughters and titanesses of industry to the front of the line, please.

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Nina Freudenberger’s Haus Party

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That rare species nowadays—the eager consumer—swarmed last night’s opening of Haus Interior, decorator Nina Freudenberger’s debut boutique on Elizabeth Street. Recession-friendly prices played a part, with retro Swedish glassware, hand-glazed ceramic cups, Japanese linens, and a hardcover reissue of an appropriately titled 1833 handbook, The American Frugal Housewife, going for less than the shop’s chic Nolita address might suggest. “In general, it’s under $300—that was my goal,” Freudenberger explained. In fact, most items went for under $100. But leave it to Ann Dexter-Jones to fall for one of the priciest pieces, a linen-upholstered Art Deco chair in the shop’s window. “Of course I love the biggest thing in the store—I’m greedy!” It would go well in her new West Village apartment, she added, with another recent upstate find: “This black lacquer box—it was one of the first refrigerators. Very old Hollywood. The little bars are in the shape of Champagne bottles and rather large caviar tins.” Pausing, Dexter-Jones sighed. “It was much cheaper then.” Haus Interior, 250 Elizabeth St., (212) 741-0455, www.hausinterior.com.

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan