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Inside Jane Mayle’s NYC Pad

Mayle in a Club Monaco shearling jacket, CocoRosie concert tee, and pinstripe cotton trousers from her own collection.

Our love affair with Jane Mayle has been long and storied. In 2008, when she closed up shop on her eponymous collection, we admit we fell apart a bit. Then this fall, when a Mayle x Club Monoco handbag collaboration came to fruition, a frenzy erupted in the office. Now we’ve taken the opportunity to sit down with the designer, get a tour of her abode, and bask in her überhip glow.

How would you describe where you live?
“My home is super peaceful and more humbly put together than most New York apartments. I loved it from first sight 20 years ago, as it’s got the feel of somewhere other than New York but is located right in its heart.”

What do you love most about where you live?
“The rough plaster walls, the lovely light that pours in from the skylight, and the tree-house feel, as the back bedroom windows sit right at treetop level. Years ago when I started growing my business I felt like I neglected it, so it’s been very enjoyable to spend so much more time at home recently and make it reflect who I am today.”

The eclectic living room of Mayle’s Manhattan apartment.

You have a beautiful mix of vintage furniture in your home. Can you tell us about this amazing coffee table?
“I was told—I’m not sure how true the tale was—that the tabletop was an antique bed board from the Philippines. I don’t know how the legs were matched with it, but I love how rough-hewn they are, even it makes for the most wonky table ever!”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve scored over the years?
“A set of tricolor plexiglass panels that were used in the original Courrèges store in Paris. I found them in the South of France last summer and just used them to set the tone for my pop-up shop this September.”

Take a cue from Mayle and purchase vintage tabletop pieces centered around a tonal palette, like her blue-and-white collection here.

We’re a bit obsessed with your collection of tabletop! Where did you find these pieces?
“The carved mother-of-pearl cutlery came from my English grandparents, as did a few of the dishes layered under other flea market finds. The blue-and-ivory ceramic ashtray was a find from the Brimfield Antiques Show.”

Do you have any favorite shops for sourcing tabletop?
“So much of what I have came from weekends after weekends spent at the flea market that used to stretch from 23rd to 25th Streets in Chelsea. It truly used to be a treasure trove. Makari on Third Avenue is a wonderful shop for new or antique tabletop. I also like selecting special bits and pieces from Aero in SoHo.”

Mayle’s expansive bookcase is filled with mostly works of fiction, while she reserves reference books for her dining table, which doubles as a work space.

What are some of your go-to books for inspiration?
“My inspiration is more often found in photography books that suggest an atmosphere than actual design books. I most recently bought Luigi Ghirri’s Project Prints for that reason.”

Mayle displays outside her closet clothing that is too delicate to wear, adding a layer of styling in the bedroom.

What are your wardrobe staples for this winter and going into spring?
“Classic ’70s-style silk blouses with a soft print or jacquard to them. They’ve been hiding under my winter coats and sweaters and need to be seen solo!”

Her beautiful bedcover is made from a heavy linen with broderie anglaise that she found in Provence, matched with black linen pillowcases from Society Limonta.

We love the serene palette in your bedroom. What was your goal in decorating this room?
“I think the plaster walls are so calming. I wanted to keep them soft and white so that no color distracted from them. This room feels like a summer room I could have stayed in long ago in Spain or Italy—nothing grand, just a calm room to sit in and watch the light shift in the heat.”

We want to extend a huge thank-you to Jane for giving us a glimpse into her beautiful home!

(Photography by Gerald Forster)

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