Bette Midler’s Lush Manhattan Penthouse and Garden


Bette Midler strikes a pose in the living area of her New York apartment; the home was remodelled by Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects, decorated with Fernando Santangelo, and landscaped by Sawyer Berson. The fireplace titles were handmade by Kim Dickey.


Living Area:

Ebonized vintage furnishings by the Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann sharpen the neutral-tone living area, which also includes a pendant light of his design. The curtains are made of a Scalamandre silk, the cocktail table is by Fernando Santangelo, and the button-tufted armchairs are from Olivier Watelet; Midler found the Art Deco carpet on a trip to Paris.


The living area is furnished with vintage Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann sconces; a Sam Havadtoy painting is displayed on the mantel.


A corner of the living area features a pendant light, games table, and side chairs, all by Josef Hoffmann.


Family Room:

The family room, which the couple dubbed the Tiki Room.


Dining Area:

In the dining area, John Derian Co. plates occupy a shelf above a Roger Herman painting; the truffled light fixtures were picked up in Paris, Freerick Fisher devised the cabinetry, the neoclassical painted chairs are Swedish antiques, and the wood table was custom made by Architectural Furniture.


Stairways with brass balusters connect the three levels of the penthouse; Fernando Santangelo designed the pendants and the column-mounted lights.



Lanterns made from vintage kimonos jazz up the main-floor alcove Midler calls the sunroom. The armchairs are clad in a hand-stenciled fabric by Off-White Castle Studio; the lamps were acquired at a Paris flea market, the Jacques Grange tables are from Galerie du Passage, and the carpet is vintage Vanessa Bell.



Adjustable picture lights by Ann-Morris are mounted on the room’s book shelve, and the busts are from Galerie du Passage.


In the top-level library, known as the aerie, Fernando Santangelo custom designed the sofa and the cocktail table; a Holland & Sherry fabric was used for the embroidered pillows, the throws are by Loro Piana, the side ables are by Josef Hoffmann, and the carpet is by V’Soske.


Instruments and recording equipment in the library.


Bette Midler’s Bedroom:

The room’s walls are painted in a Benjamin Moore green; another Von Haselberg work is propped atop the armoire, and the nightstands and silk-taffeta-upholstered bed are Fernando Santangelo designs made by Architecural Furniture.


In her bedroom, one of her husband’s paintings is displayed between the windows, while the nude above the bookcase is by Charles Garabedian.


Dressing Room:

Midler’s dressing room is graced with an Art Deco mirror and Paris flea-market chairs; the stools are covered in a Brunschwig & Fils print.


Frederick Fisher designed the room’s cabinetry and closets.


Master Bath:

A Japanese hinoki-wood soaking tub anchors Midler’s bath.



‘Alchemist’ climbing roses flourish on the adjacent terrace; the cushions on the McKinnon and Harris chars are clad in a Perennials fabric, and the steel-and-glass railing is a Swayer Berson design.


Upper Terrace:

Climbing roses flank a window on an upper terrace; a Perennials stipe covers the chaise longue cushions, and the low planter brims with ornamental oregano.


Terrace Lounge:

Another terrace is outfitted with custom-made Sawyer Berson furnishings that were inspired by a ’30s suite designed by Jean-Charles Moreus and Bolette Natanson; the cushion and pillow fabrics are by Perennials.


Images and text via: Architectural Digest

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