unexpected guests: diane gatterdam.
on my recent trip to new york, i was very kindly invited by laurie frankel to shoot the amazing west village home of her very good friend, visual merchandizing designer and artist diane gatterdam. diane’s loft apartment is like a mini museum, with her amazing artwork and vintage collections placed in pretty, shrine-like displays throughout — even the top of her fridge boasts an unexpected, but beautiful collection of vintage bottles. i was in eye candy heaven.
in her design work for a long list of extraordinary clients diane has done everything from running the eiffel tower up the front of a ten story san francisco building, to designing a herd of sheep to grace burberry stores from new york to moscow to tokyo. so, as you might imagine, she has amassed some wonderful collections through her creative projects and travels around the world. here’s a look at her incredibly inspiring home and work space.
How would you explain what you do for a living?
I am a Creative Consultant working in Store Design and Visual Merchandising, it allows me to create magical things to look at.
What’s your best bargain/vintage find?
Vintage glass bottles at the Paris Flea Market.
What’s your favorite feature in your home?
My custom built bookcase.
What’s on your turntable?
“Dusted” by Rhythm and stealth, “Last Tango in Paris” by Gotan Project, “Porcelain” by Moby, “Dancing Barefoot” by Patti Smith, “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode, “Freddy the Freeloader” by Miles Davis, “Clocks” by Cold Play.
Do you have a favorite quote or expression?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
Do you have a favorite possession?
Two hand painted scrolls and a thank you letter written to me from the Last Empress of China’s brother Mr. Gobulo Runqi. I became friends with him in Beijing a few years before his death in 2007. He was the Last Emperor, Aisin Gioro Pu Yi’s best friend and grew up with him in the Forbidden City. Mr. Runqi was an amazing man who witnessed the last breath of 5000 years of Imperial rule in China.
what five things can’t you live without?
My family and friends; Still life by Michele Russo titled “Beige Shapes”; Books, especially my Chinese book collection; Traveling to amazing places; a small packet of seeds blessed by the Dalai Lama; and Kindness. (I think that is six.)
What bores you to death?
People pontificating in art galleries and museums. I think everyone should have their own feeling and understanding of art in a quiet space.