Selected by Derek Blasberg:
Modern Pieces for a Chic, Inviting Home
As a self-described “professional extrovert,” roving reporter Derek Blasberg has stepped inside some of the world’s most exquisite interiors, always with his iPhone at the ready. His Instagram feed is the stuff of legend, studded with selfies co-starring the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kanye West, Hillary Clinton, Santa Claus, his toddler nephews, and Jared Leto dressed as the Pope (in the actor’s defense, he was hosting a Halloween party at the time). Blasberg’s own Manhattan home, which he shares with a discerning dachshund named Monster, is a trove of personal collections and mementoes of travels and friends, but his taste in furnishings tends toward the understated. During a recent visit to The Apartment by The Line – New York, he selected some of his favorite designs for living.
“I prefer seating areas to be clean and minimal,” said the Vanity Fair “man on the street” as he surveyed several Fritz Hansen pieces by Poul Kjærholm. Blasberg is especially fond of the PK24, an adjustable chaise longue. “Maybe I would actually go to my shrink if he had a chair like this,” he quipped. Another problem-solving piece is Hans Wegner’s Valet chair, with a back that doubles as a hanger. “Whenever I come home after a long day—or night—I’m the worst when it comes to hanging up my suit jackets,” admitted Blasberg, who also has a weakness for salt. Rather than deny savory cravings, he resolved to embrace them with the help of sleek brass shakers designed by Michael Anastassiades for Sigmar in collaboration with the Carl Auböck workshop.
In The Apartment’s light-filled bedroom, he gravitated toward soft and shaggy sheepskins. “I keep a shearling similar to these right next to my bed, because it feels like you’re stepping on a cloud every morning,” said Blasberg. Also among his favorite home décor elements are elegant boxes that help to conceal his acquisitive instincts. “I worry that I’m a hoarder, but no one can tell because I keep all of my collections in chic little containers like this one,” he said of a vintage Hermès box. Finally, looking ahead to the warmer months that await on the other side of assorted Fashion Weeks (Paris, New York, London, Milan, back to Paris), he picked up a watering can designed by Paul Loebach and wondered, “Could a copper can help me find my green thumb?” Keep an eye on Instagram to find out.