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Inside Diane von Furstenberg's Phenomenally Cool Penthouse

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Oh boy, Architectural Digest has just dropped its March issue, the magazine's gut-busting (influential) tribute to celebrity homes. In it: a 10-pager on Diane von Furstenberg's glassy aerie next to the High Line in Manhattan. Despite the fact her friends thought she was nuts for moving to the Meatpacking District—"Everybody told me when I came to this neighborhood that I was crazy—that it was full of drag queens, that it smelled awful because of all the butchers"—the reigning queen of the wrap dress and, more recently, home-goods designer bought two redbrick Victorians in 2006 and had WORKac—two guys that formerly worked for Rem Koolhaas—conjoin them with an 80-foot concrete staircase made sparkly by 8,000 Swarovski crystals. Her personal penthouse sits atop her design studio and flagship, and it's filled with "just odds and ends, all the things that have happened throughout my life," says von Furstenberg, who believes she is more "bohème" than "bourgeoise" despite the fact that she once used to live in a "baronial Park Avenue apartment." "When I was young, I lived like an old woman, and when I got old, I had to live like a young person." Arch Digest has only released a few images to the Web—see the bedroom shot below.

· All Architectural Digest coverage [Curbed National]
· Diane von Furstenberg's Fashionable Manhattan Penthouse [Arch Digest]