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PHOTOS: Inside Marc Jacobs' 'Smart, Sharp and Comfortable' New York City Townhouse

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Marc Jacobs may be a fashion risk taker to the outside world, but he’s classic, composed and carefully curated on the inside — or his house is, anyway.

While any fan of his runway creations might assume that Jacobs’ home is full of lavish statement pieces and daring artwork, his four-story New York City townhouse is surprisingly more cozy than quirky.

“I just want to live with things I genuinely love — great Art Deco furniture, pieces from the ’70s and contemporary art,” Jacobs, 53, tells Architectural Digest in the September Style issue.

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Francois Halard/Architectural Digest

Jacobs’ list of requirements was simple for the refreshingly relaxed pad that he bought new in 2009 — “just something smart, sharp and comfortable,” he says — but the fashion mogul still sought out interior designer Thad Hayes for help overseeing the project. While discussing seating options, the pair came across one option that already had a somewhat permanent effect on Jacobs.

“We were looking at a classic boxy Jean-Michel Frank sofa and Marc said, offhandedly, ‘Of course I love it — it’s tattooed on my torso.’ Then he lifted up his shirt and showed me the couch,” Hayes recalls.

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Francois Halard/Architectural Digest
Francois Halard/Architectural Digest
Francois Halard/Architectural Digest

Although most of his time spent in the Greenwich Village home is remarkably low key, every so often he springs for something a smidge more high profile: “Now and then Sofia [Coppola] and I host what we call our ‘adult dinners,’ where we dress up and put out the good crystal and silver for a multi-course meal. That’s as fancy as it gets,” he says.

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Francois Halard/Architectural Digest

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His favorite activity, however, still remains as relatable as ever: cuddling on the couch with his Insta-famous pup, Neville.

For the full tour of Jacobs’ house, pick up this month’s issue of Architectural Digest, on newsstands August 2.