Inside Designers' Homes With Douglas Friedman for Elle Decor
Douglas Friedman played house-hunter – or, more accurately, house-peruser – for the October issue of Elle Decor. He photographed the favorite personal spaces of three designers: Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, and Reed Krakoff.
For Herrera, it was her pistachio-and-gold dining room based on furnishings used in Sweden's Haga Palace. "She is the most charming and polite woman," Friedman recounted. "She asks you to sit for lunch and offers you drinks, and there's a lot of conversation and laughing. Before you know it, you've had an amazing afternoon and hope that you've taken a good portrait." Karan brought him to the second floor of her Greenwich Village loft, where she concentrates best on her work. The area contains art by Karan's late husband Stephan Weiss and she told the magazine: "[His] spirit is very much alive here. I feel his presence every day."
Krakoff asked Friedman to shoot the foyer of his townhouse, which was no small feat. "I have photographed Reed's home in the past and I remembered that the foyer was rather difficult to capture because of its proportions and the staircase," he said. "It's an incredible room to walk into and a hard room to capture. It took some technical wizardry and a lot of work to portray its character." Elle Decor mentions that Krakoff once hosted a seated dinner for 30 fashion insiders there, giving readers a better sense of its size.
"The rooms each designer selected are indicative of who they are," Friedman added. "I couldn't imagine Donna Karan in Carolina Herrera's dining room and vice versa." He also created the photos for another article in the same issue, "Eastern Promises," that profiles the head for Michael Kors PR, Lisa Pomerantz, and her bi-level condomium on the Upper East Side.