Since Iris Apfel made the cover of Dazed & Confused just the other day, we think it’s time we gave a spot of airtime to looking at the home of this extraordinary style icon.

Seeing the inside of Iris’s New York home is a tonic and it gives an insight into the 91-year-old cover girl’s off the grid style.

Born in 1921 in Queens, NY, Iris was the only child of a Russian-born fashion boutique owner Sadye Barrel and Samuel Barrel, whose family owned a glass and mirror business.

At the start of her career, Iris worked for a fashion magazine and for an interior designer. After marrying Carl Apfel in the Forties, she and Carl launched a thriving textile retail business Old World Weavers. Iris took part in several design restoration projects, and has worked at the White House for no less than nine presidents.

In 2005 MOMA held an exhibition honouring Iris. They called the show Rara Avis (rare bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel. We couldn’t agree more.


We deeply approve of the spirit and the style and this NYC stylista, who still consults and gives lectures on style and fashion. Hats off.

(Speaking of which, we also love the headgear worn by Iris on the cover of Dazed & Confused.)

All images courtesy of Architectual Digest

Posted by Inge van der Merwe and Jenny Mason