I have never really given a lot of thought to women whom I look up to as role models in my life. You would think that having worked in a male dominated environment for so many years that this is something I would have sought out. Strangely not. But recently I've started to think about who these women are and the qualities I admire and seek to emulate in my life. It goes without saying that my Mother is a role model with her natural instinct to help and nurture people. Another shout out goes to my sister who has demonstrated time and time again her grace and strength of character, To think about these two, along with other kind strong, intelligent and empathetic women in my life makes me feel extremely blessed. But what does this have to do with interiors?
A few months ago I read Diane von Furstenberg's biography, The woman I wanted to be. I started reading biographies a few years ago and without a doubt this has been one of my favourites. It has been fascinating learning about her family history and the challenges she has faced achieving the success she has today. Not only does Diane live an incredibly stylish and glamorous life, she is also a fiercely intelligent woman who also uses her voice to be an advocate for a number of issues facing women globally. Her brand of feminism is a strong part of her identify and I realise that she is someone who I see as a role model.
Architectural Digest featured Diane von Furstenberg's New York penthouse a few years ago. Located in the Meatpacking District her home sits atop her flagship shore and design studio. Architecturally the building is magnificent with the historic structure welcoming an ultra modern capsule which sits on its roof. The interiors are vibrant, exotic and sexy, very much like Diane herself.