Lulu de Kwiatkowski was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and has lead something of a charmed life. Not many may be familiar with Lulu’s career in textile designing, although she does boast of having rich and famous clients, like Friends star, Courtney Cox-Arquette and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. However, a lot of people might remember that Lulu is a former Vanity Fair “It Girl.” That kind of credential is hard to live down in one lifetime.
Her father Henryk de Kwiatkowski was Polish, but escaped from his country in 1939 to survive the Nazi regime. He ended up in Canada and made his pile of fortune by leasing and selling used commercial airplanes. When a person makes a commission of $20,000,000 on the sale of nine 747s while playing backgammon with the Shah of Iran (so the story goes) there’s no doubt that people will sit up and take notice of him.
In addition, horse lovers will remember that he was also among the most well known breeders of thoroughbred horses and his racing farms were the finest in the United States. As you can imagine, money simply poured in, hence the reference to Ms. Lulu and her silver spoon.
Coming back to the property in question, Lulu and her partner Alfredo Gilardini had been shuttling between Manhattan and LA for quite a while now. Probably fed up with the constant to and fro travelling and after careful deliberation, they’ve decided to make Los Angeles their permanent place of residence. For this reason, they’ve listed their two-bedroom co-op in Upper East Side, Manhattan for an asking price of $1,999,000.
The co-op in question has had its fair share of fame and popularity and it even made it to the cover of Elle Décor magazine. Going by the pictures, I have to say that it is quite a well decorated apartment that has a very warm and cozy appeal to it. The design of the 2-bedroom apartment tends towards the more modern style and I can’t help but feel cheerful simply by looking at the snapshots.
I particularly loved the foyer with its bright paint job while the living room is airy and spacious. The reading alcoves are to die for and I can easily imagine myself curling up there with a book in one hand and a huge cup of steaming chocolate in another. Unlike other designer houses, this one looks extremely friendly to running about and romping in with careless abandon.
I am sure there are several people in line to grab this property.
I would too, if I had the moolah!