Fashion designer Jeffrey Dodd chats with Museumvillage about his modern yet inviting penthouse in downtown Manhattan.
Museumvillage: You’re known for your clean-lined womenswear. Your downtown New York penthouse seems to have the same aesthetic. When did you move in?
Jeffrey Dodd: Around five years ago. We completely gut renovated the apartment and reconfigured the floor plan. The only two things we saved from the original apartment were an oven and a shower head.
ED: What drew you to the apartment?
Dodd: It’s much bigger than our previous apartment, where we were slowly running out of closet space. Now, we have a proper living room, dining room, and even a storage closet for suitcases.
ED: What was your inspiration?
Dodd: Our previous apartment was all black—it was more like a hibernation den. Here, we wanted the opposite: light and energy. We wanted it to be minimal and modern, but still have a warmth to it.
ED: What are your three favorite pieces?
Dodd: We worked with Alexis Dahan on the piece of art that hangs above the fireplace. Then, there’s a series of artworks by Alison Rossiter, which I’ve always loved, and in the walk-in closet there’s an Agnes Martin, who has been one of my favorite artists since I was a kid.
ED: What were your design objectives for the space?
Dodd: Durability! Even with our dog, it holds up for an all-white apartment, and the surfaces can be easily cleaned.
ED: How is crafting an interior the same or different than designing fashion?
Dodd: The biggest difference would be timing: this took us two and a half years to complete, whereas I turn around collections in three months. But they’re both equally labor intensive and require a similar precision.
ED: Did you encounter any challenges when designing your apartment?
Dodd: The biggest challenge was the Nordic marble! We went to the quarry in Turkey, where we discovered that they carve sinks and bathtubs—that’s when we decided to design the master and guest bathroom sinks as well as the master bathtub in the Nordic marble. It was a headache to get the pieces into the apartment since they were too large for the elevator. In fact, the elevator had to be lowered, and the custom pieces were placed on top of the elevator and lifted to the apartment. I remember watching them do that, and it made my palms sweat.
ED: Where’s your favorite place to hang out?
Dodd: We probably spend most of the time watching TV in the bed. Our other favorite spot would be the corner of the sofa, where we can look out through the front windows. The living room has three exposures, and there’s sunlight all day long.