'Scaling New Heights' With Douglas Friedman for Elle Decor
Douglas Friedman scaled new heights for Elle Decor's June issue, photographing the 18,000-square-foot Manhattan Townhouse belonging to former model Christine Mack and her husband, real-estate mogul Richard.
"I have to say: What a cool project to be involved with," the photographer remarked. "This was one of the largest apartments I've seen in New York City, but it has a certain intimacy to it, which is a difficult balance to strike – and a testament to the owners, the architects [Leroy Street Studio], and the designer [James Aman]."
Friedman noted the amount of pre-production for the shoot. "I scouted three times with my editor and the team to flesh out what we want to achieve, and locate the best vantage points that would capture the home's feeling," he said. It was particularly challenging because each choice that went into the home "was so thoughtful – the elements you don't readily see are beautiful, like an outlet wall plate or a lamp cord."
His photo of the Macks' living room – which contains a kaleidoscopic Ryan McGinness painting that hangs above a Pollack velvet banquette, a Willy Daro cocktail table, and a tiny Claude Lalanne chair – fronts the magazine. But Friedman's favorite picture is tucked inside the issue: "It's the shot of the entryway, where the stairs look Escher-esque, upside-down and continuous. It took a lot of movie magic to make that image."