Andrew Romano

In 1952, Alvin Lustig designed the interior of an Upper East Side apartment—including most of the furniture—for William Segal, the brilliant, polymathic, self-taught artist and publisher of Gentry, Men’s Reporter, and American Fabrics magazines. Lustig had previously designed Segal’s offices and served as art director of at least one of his publications, and the two men were close.

Segal moved out several years later and eventually passed away. But today the apartment remains largely intact a few blocks east of its original address, thanks to his second wife, the French artist Marielle Bancou-Segal, 92, who hasn’t changed a thing. The light fixtures, the sofas, the storage units, the shelves, the desk, the headboard, even the rugs—all of them are one-of-a-kind Lustig designs.

Preserved in amber—not as a museum, but as a home.

"It’s interesting," she told me. "[This place] is neither modern nor old. It is something very pleasant to live with. My husband was an artist. I am an artist. You can’t but keep something like this."

It was a honor to visit with Ms. Bancou-Segal this morning. More to come…

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    This is incredibly beautiful
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    A little while back, as part of my research process, I visited a woman named Marielle Bancou-Segal at home in New York....
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