Creative Habitation: Inside Artists’ Living Spaces


[Editor’s note: While your editors take the day off, Flavorwire will be counting down some of our most popular features of 2011 so far. This post originally ran on April 10th. Enjoy your Memorial Day!] This week, New York Magazine ran a series of fairly great articles documenting apartment living in New York City. One of these in particular, entitled ‘The Perpetual Garret: Where the starving artists slept’ caught our eye for its rare peek into the homes of some of our favorite artists. Inspired, here we’ve put together some of our favorites from the NY Mag article as well as some of our other favorite artists’ lairs from around the world (and the internet), the whole collection running the gamut from the tiny and cramped to the ridiculously messy to the spacious and modern. Click through to see how the other half lives.

Marina Abramovic

Abramovic bought this Soho 2,500 square foot loft for $1.5 million. [via]

John Cage

Cage shared this West 18th st loft with Merce Cunningham, and apparently by 1982 had stuffed it with 203 plants.

[via NY Mag]

Karl Lagerfeld

Lagerfeld’s library is one of legend.

Keith Haring

In 1983, Haring, his boyfriend Juan Dubose and a friend lived in a railroad on Broome St. Haring and Dubose slept in a camping tent. [Photo by Laura Levine via NY Mag]

Francis Bacon

Bacon’s final living and working space at 7 Reece Mews in South Kensington, London [via]

Patti Smith

Smith in her 1974 apartment on Macdougal Street. [via NY Mag]

Jeff Koons

Koons sleeps in a salmon-pink bedroom on the Upper East Side. [via NYT]

William S. Burroughs

Burroughs called his room, which was once the locker room at the 222 Broadway YMCA ‘the Bunker.’ [via NY Mag]

Georgia O’Keeffe

O’Keeffe’s two primary living spaces in New Mexico, the Ghost Ranch and the Abiquiu compound, are now available to visit through the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. This is the kitchen at Abiquiu.

Julian Schnabel

Of course, we had to include the Palazzo Chupi, Schnabel’s notorious pink West Village home. [via NY Mag]

John Ahearn

Ahearn worked in his living room. 1983. [via NY Mag]

Taylor Mead

According to NY Mag, “Mead’s rent-stabilized apartment cost him $75 a month in 1979 and is now nearing $460.”

Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s room at Arles. We just couldn’t resist.