What do Greta Garbo, Dorothy Draper, Cecil Beaton, the Duchess of Windsor, Elsa Schiaparelli, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks, Pablo Picasso, Bill Blass, and Diana Vreeland all have in common? Not only are they 20th-century style icons, they have all commissioned interiors illustrator Jeremiah Goodman to paint their various homes. "I started out wanting to do set designs for the movies, so I went out to Hollywood! The first movie they had me do was a jungle movie, which was a riot," he laughs. "Then, I got my big break working with Joseph B. Platt on Gone With The Wind ." Ever-spry at 92-years-old, Goodman is still bringing spaces to life on paper. "I wake up everyday pinching myself that I am still alive," he jokes. Here, he takes us around his New York City apartment brimming with objects of curiosity acquired over a lifetime of creativity.
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Jeremiah Goodman sits beside his easel in his living room that he has converted into an art studio.
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A sketch on his easel.
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Goodman illustrates a bedroom from memory.
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An illustration by famed fashion illustrator René Gruau, given from artist to artist.
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A collection of pottery on display in Goodman's kitchen.
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An assortment of unique canes and umbrellas sits beside his front door.
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A salon at an Italian villa painted in 2000.
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Goodman still finds the beauty in broken magnifying glass.
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An assortment of objects atop a chest in his living room.
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Goodman was well-known for his glamorous illustrations for Lord & Taylor and other luxury retailers.
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"It's a very odd thing, when you first start collecting things you don't think about what you're collecting and then you find out that you're hot for three-dimensional objects and then for some reason animals."
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"It doesn't become that until you have one, two, three... Like on the table here I have a monkey and a zebra, and all of that."
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Egyptian artifacts are a favorite of Goodman's many collections.
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Bundles of paintings and illustrations fill a basket.
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Goodman's paint and brushes are art in itself.
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The illustrious illustrator sits for a portrait at his New York City home.