DECO Homes: steal this Brooklyn loft apartment style

Floor to ceiling glass looks out over the back garden, ensuring a well lit family lounge on the ground floor, which doubles as a studio for Mark. “ I shoot 90% of my work here,” he says. “I have one film camera that Maria bought me, no assistant, use no hair or make up or stylist.' Photographs Mark C O'Flaherty

Our new Fashion Issue gives DECO an excuse to delve a little deeper into the world of fashion and find inspiring cross-sections between catwalk and couch, including the envy-inducing loft apartment style of photographer Mark Borthwick and fashion designer Maria Cornejo.

Should you wonder where one of the coolest couples in New York City live, pick up our Fashion Issue and become as enamoured as we were with the loft apartment style of this creative couple. Mark Borthwick shoots large-scale fashion campaigns such as Missoni and Margiela, while Maria Cornejo is the designer behind the Zero + Maria Cornejo label (worn by the likes of Michelle Obama and Tilda Swinton). Their lovely, authentic home is their ‘sanctuary’ and a world away from any facade of glitz and glamour.

Like generations of New Yorkers we came to the city to make a new life.

Maria is wearing a Zero+Maria Cornejo shirt, pants and shoes, stocked at net-a-potrer.com.
Maria is wearing a Zero+Maria Cornejo shirt, pants and shoes, stocked at net-a-porter.com. Photographs Mark C O’Flaherty

It feels like it might be somewhere offbeat, upstate and rural, but we now have Norah Jones as a next door neighbour.

Mark’s office on the top floor is piled high with boxes of Polaroids and prints and distinctive scrawled lyrics and poetry
Mark’s office on the top floor is piled high with boxes of Polaroids and prints and distinctive scrawled lyrics and poetry. Photographs Mark C O’Flaherty

This house is our sanctuary. It’s where I find clarity for my work.

There are stacks of artworks against the living room wall, but few of Mark’s photographs are hung. “I don’t like having my own work on the walls,” he says. “There’s enough of me here already.”
There are stacks of artworks against the living room wall, but few of Mark’s photographs are hung. ‘I don’t like having my own work on the walls,’ he says. ‘There’s enough of me here already.’ Mark C O’Flaherty

When we lived in Paris, I always missed London, but when we moved to Brooklyn I didn’t miss it anymore. We might still feel like foreigners in New York, but we’re home.

Maria is the designer of the Zero + Maria Cornejo label and takes takes one morning a week away from her studio to sketch new designs at their kitchen table
Maria is the designer of the Zero + Maria Cornejo label

Original text and photographers by Mark C O’Flaherty/Living Inside
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ELLE Decoration Fashion Issue

The Fashion Issue edition of ELLE Decoration South Africa is on the shelf of your nearest magazine retailer now. Packed with fashion-forward interiors trends, it’s full of all your favourite features, decor tips and the stylish spaces of Jessica Alba, Malcolm Kluk and Stella Jean. Pick up your copy today – across South Africa wherever magazines are sold – and tell us what you think on Twitter @ELLE_Deco, sharing your #FashionIssue #DECOselfie.

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