Donna Karan’s Manhattan Refuge Is An Urban Zen

Donna Karan’s Manhattan Penthouse

Urban Zen, the name of the philanthropic foundation Donna Karan founded in 2007, also perfectly describes the aesthetic of her glamorous, art-filled Manhattan apartment.

Karan was as hands-on with its creation as she is with her designs, and as solution-focused. (In 1985 the designer famously introduced Seven Easy Pieces, an interchangeable system of dressing for women.) Working with Bonetti Kozerski Studio, she created a light-filled and luminous (the ivory walls are made of Venetian plaster) 7,000-square-foot living space from two classic sixes with views of verdant Central Park. Very Donna are the artifacts from her travels that fill the space, the yoga suite, and the high-tech filtering system to that keeps dust at bay and diffuses aromatherapy oils. “I didn’t want to be in a traditional kind of space—that’s not me,” she told Hamish Bowles. “And I didn’t want to be in a very modern building. That’s not me either.”

Here, from the Vogue Archive, the dramatic views and serene interiors of Donna Karan’s Manhattan refuge.

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