Douglas Friedman Examines Beauty for Elle DÃ©cor
Beauty is about so much more than aesthetics. It’s about expression and personalization. It’s about bold choices and confidence. And all these elements show up in a living space if someone is willing to live beautifully. Douglas Friedman just completed two shoots with Elle Décor that examine beauty in different ways. The first was with Marisa Tomei, whose New York City apartment has been home for more than a decade that has developed into a very personal fingerprint. “It was exciting to shoot an Oscar winning actress that I grew up with,” says Douglas. “It was wonderfully refreshing to go into someone’s home where it wasn’t done by a decorator. This was a home that reflected her 12 or 15 years of living in that apartment. Just layers, and layers, and layers of her life, of her personality, of her experiences, and it’s all there. It makes for a really beautiful, beautiful home.” Although Marisa has a hand for style, what makes the house a home is that she truly lives in it and it’s a reflection of her life.
That personal connection with each element of her space made her the perfect resource for Douglas for showing off the space in the most authentic way possible. “She was so warm and I loved that she was involved,” says Douglas. “It was a really nice way to work. It was important to me that besides getting a beautiful story, I got a story that completely reflected who she was.” Each space tells a story and after more than a decade in a space, Marisa’s home has become a perfect reflection of her, and Douglas was able to show it off to us.
Elle Décor also sent Douglas to Ken Fulk’s latest, massive project in San Francisco. Over the last four years, Fulk has renovated a 19th century landmark from the beams up, turning it into a dream. Douglas has photographed Fulk’s work untold times before, and each time it’s like coming home. “Ken Fulk is my muse! I adore the man as a friend, he’s really become family over the last four years,” says Douglas. “I’ve seen so many of his projects, but this one really reflects what he does at his peak, at his best. It’s so incredible. It’s Ken’s imagination without anything limited; there were no boundaries. A really spectacular project.” Where Tomei’s home is about a collection of personal imprints collected over a decade, Fulk’s latest project is about an unbridled creative romp. But as Douglas shows us, each are supremely beautiful by their own unique signature.