During her long and prolific career, American author Helen Gurley Brown (1922 – 2012) was particularly known as the legendary editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine (a position she had held for 32 years), and as a tastemaker who succeeded to take from men writing in women’s magazine. Her apartment, situated in the Emery-Roth-designed Beresford’s Southwest corner, with its bubblegum carpet, red lacquer walls, and zebra print wallpaper, was her logo, and came to represent the taste of the oil crisis era. Now, this apartment in the famed building, across from the Museum of Natural History has hit the market, and the photos associated with this listing demonstrate that Brown has never changed the décor of her home. Frozen in time, it is a testimony to the golden age of powerful and fashionable women in NYC, like Diana Vreeland, who preferred bold red and pink when it came to the décor of their exuberance homes, their powerful identity. It was an expression of Asian influence, Space-Age technologies, and the love of bold colors.
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