Inside the Bedrooms of 15 Cultural Icons


Last week, we gave in to our voyeuristic tendencies and brought you a slideshow of rare photos of cultural icons snapped in their own beds. This week, our we’d like to revisit the topic, but instead of focusing on the celebrities, take a closer look at the intimate spaces that they choose to inhabit. From Sylvia Plath’s temporary digs at the former Barbizon Hotel for Women to Norman Mailer’s sleek “sleeping loft,” we’ve rounded up some fantastic images after the jump. Let us know in the comments whose bedroom you’d like to steal.

According to his interior designer Jed Johnson, Andy Warhol liked to hide his jewelry in the canopy of this imposing Federal mahogany bed. [via]

Most of Emily Dickinson’s work was done at a small writing table in her bedroom study. Pretty austere surroundings, wouldn’t you say? [Photo credit: Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times ]

Like Dickinson, Flannery O’Connor, master of the Southern Gothic, did most of her writing at a desk in her bedroom. Those are the aluminum crutches that she used to get around her family’s working dairy farm, Andalusia. [via]

You can probably guess that Frank Sinatra’s favorite color was orange. Evidently, he thought it was the “happiest.” [Photo credit: Mary E. Nichols and John Bryson for Architectural Digest]

Palazzo Chupi, the very pink condo building that Julian Schnabel built on top of a former horse stable in the West Village, has been described as “an exploded Malibu Barbie house.” That description probably works for his bedroom, too. [via]

Virginia Woolf apparently liked to have breakfast in bed before heading off to her writing room for the day. Leonard, of course, dutifully brought it to her. [via]

Wanye Coyne’s bedroom looks exactly like we’d imagine it would. The only thing that’s missing is a giant bubble. [via]

Marina Abramovic put her minimalist Soho loft on the market for $3.5 million earlier this fall. If those walls could talk, imagine the performance art secrets they’d reveal… [via]

The New York Times once called Norman Mailer’s Brooklyn home a “quirky cross between a Victorian parlor and the cabin of a sailing yacht.” The view from the sleeping lofts is apparently breathtaking. [via]

Sylvia Plath’s room in the former Barbizon Hotel for Women — which she renamed the “Amazon” for its appearance in The Bell Jar — is almost as depression-inducing as we pictured Esther Greenwood’s to be. [via]

Who would have figured Woody Allen as a collector of 19th-century framed samplers? [Photo credit: Scott Frances for Architectural Digest ]

The only thing that’s missing from this photo of Ernest Hemingway’s bedroom is one of the 40 polydactyl cats said to overrun the Key West property. [via]

Here, Patti Smith sits in her pal William S. Burroughs’ bedroom at The Bunker on the Bowery. Photo credit: Richard Jopson

You can’t make them out in this photo, but Truman Capote kept detective magazines on the bedside table in his Hamptons beach house. [via]

Thanks to a few bright pops of color, William and Elaine de Kooning’s bedroom in their home in East Hampton comes across as cheerful rather than spartan. [Photo credit: Jaime Ardiles-Arce for Architectural Digest ]