Bette Midler is a force of nature in show business, she is also known as the Divine Miss M. She is spellbound by artisan footnotes. They are those subtle details that are testaments to the human touch. Let’s tour her beautifully decorated Manhattan penthouse.
Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann designed the ebonized vintage furnishings that sharpen the neutral tones of the living room, as well as the pendant light.
Here we can see the Divine Miss M striking a pose in her New York home. It was landscaped by Sawyer|Berson, decorated by Fernando Santangelo, and remodeled by Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects. Kim Dickey handmade the fireplace.
The shelf above a Roger Herman painting in the dining area is occupied by John Derian Co. plates. Fisher devised the cabinetry, the light fixtures were bought from Paris, the wooden table was a custom job by Architectural Furniture, and the neoclassical chairs are Swedish antiques.
The pendants and the column-mounted lights were designed by Fernando Santangelo, and connecting the three levels of the penthouse are stairways with brass balusters.
The walls of the bedroom (below) are painted in a Benjamin Moore green, while on the back of the bed we can see pillowed wallcoverings covers nearly the entire wall. On top of the armoire, there is another Von Haselberg work. Designed by Fernando Santangelo and made by Architectural Furniture, the nightstands, and the bed is upholstered in silk taffeta.
On top of the armoire, there is another Von Haselberg work. Designed by Fernando Santangelo and made by Architectural Furniture, the nightstands, and the bed is upholstered in silk taffeta.
The main floor alcove that Midler calls the sun room is jazzed up by lanterns made from vintage kimonos. One of the armchairs is Napoleon III, while the others are reproductions. They are clad in a hand-stenciled fabric that was made by Off-White Castle Studio.
On the bookshelves there are adjustable picture lights mounted, they were made by Ann-Morris, and the busts are from Galerie du Passage.
The aerie, also known as the top-level library, has a custom designed sofa (out of view to right) by Fernando Santangelo that is upholstered in a velvet by Christopher Hyland. The side tables are by Josef Hoffmann, Holland & Sherry fabric was used for the embroidered pillows, the carpet is by V’Soske, and the throws are by Loro Piana.
Above Von Haselberg’s bed, there is a Charles Karubian painting. The bed was conceived by Fernando Santangelo. The gorgeous wallcoverings are a Phillip Jeffries raffia, while the artwork on the table next to the bed is by Bart Thrall.