Pierre Bergian

Living Room of Kenneth Jay Lane, 23 Park Avenue, New York


From a two-bedroom apartment in a Stanford White-designed mansion on Park Avenue, larger-than-life jewelry designer and Manhattan society fixture Kenneth Jay Lane (1932–2017) entertained social royalty like Diana Vreeland and Diane von Furstenberg (not to mention actual royalty). His 26-foot cube of a living room, shown here, featured innumerable Orientalist paintings, which he’d often lend to the Metropolitan Museum, hung on walls clad in chocolate-brown synthetic car upholstery fabric—a choice whose thriftiness befit a designer of costume jewelry.

Height: 28 x Width: 29 cm