Finding an Oasis of Calm in Elsa Peretti’s Masterfully Minimalist New York Apartment, Circa 1976

<div class="caption"> “Beauty: All-Out” </div> <cite class="credit">Photographed by Horst P. Horst, <em>Vogue,</em> April 1976</cite>

“Beauty: All-Out”

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, April 1976

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Elsa Peretti, the Italian model-turned-revolutionary jewelry designer is best known for her streamlined, sensuous bijoux—a smooth, curved bean; miniature flaçons made to hold a single flower stem; diamonds set into fine yard-length chains. Her interiors—the very places in which she designed such now-iconic shapes—follow a similar less-is-more aesthetic. In 1976, Vogue featured one of those, a New York penthouse apartment she took over from Halston.

<h1 class="title">Elsa Peretti at her Worktable, Vogue</h1> <div class="caption"> Elsa Peretti. </div> <cite class="credit">Photographed by Horst P. Horst, <em>Vogue,</em> April 1976</cite>

Elsa Peretti.

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, April 1976

<h1 class="title">Elsa Peretti Eating an Apple, Vogue</h1> <div class="caption"> “I eat an apple a day,” Elsa says. </div> <cite class="credit">Photographed by Horst P. Horst, <em>Vogue,</em> April 1976</cite>

“I eat an apple a day,” Elsa says.

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, April 1976

“It has bare bleached white floors, mirrored walls, lemon trees, banquettes covered in white Haitian cotton, white director’s chairs, and a work table, which also functions for dining

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