Loft Peeping: Leelee Sobieski & Adam Kimmel

The October issue of Vogue visits the Tribeca loft of actress Leelee Sobieski, menswear designer Adam Kimmel, and their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Lewi (short for Louisiana). The apartment is 4,800 square feet, but we only get to see a small fraction of it. Beggars really shouldn’t be choosers, particularly when the principal residents aren’t even promoting any active projects. They’re taking a year-long break.

••• They (or at least Kimmel) have had the apartment since 2007.

••• Such art! “An extraordinary collection of works by Raymond Pettibon”—jealous—”George Condo, Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), and seminal figures—if not household names—of the 1960s Los Angeles art scene, like John McCracken, Ken Price, and John Altoon.”

••• The lipstick artwork was a wedding gift from artist Dan Colen. Sobieski did the kissing herself, using “more than 20 shades of Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks.”

••• “And a spare bedroom was for a while referred to as ‘the George Herms room,’ since the artist—whose collages line a wall near Lewi’s play area—was their first overnight guest. The other George in their life, Condo, did the abstract painting The Internal Rage of Rodrigo, which hangs near the living area.”

••• Sobieski paints, too. “The enormous multicolored piece near Lewi’s teepee” is one of hers.

••• Some of the art, including a piece by Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch, got hidden so Lewi’s budding consciousness wouldn’t be affected. “This made room for family-friendly acquisitions, including a Pettibon surf watercolor, Dennis Hopper’s Double Standard photograph, the Seuss pencil sketch of a kooky goat, and McCracken’s ocean-blue plank, which leans against the wall in the living area.”

••• For people with a $7 million-ish apartment (I’m guessing), they have a “refreshingly down-to-earth lifestyle.” Sobieski likes to cook: “I don’t follow directions, but I make good experiments—they usually involve a lot of cheese.” Kimmel, meanwhile, “made the wooden coffee table near the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and recycled leftover velvet and corduroy from his collection for sofas.” He also built the dining table chairs.

The full article is here; the text is by Emily Holt, while the photos are by Jason Schmidt.

Recent Loft Peeping posts:
Mario Grauso & Serkan Sarier
Deborah French
Jennifer & Kevin Fisher
Anonymous Tribeca Family
Melanie & Philippe Zrihen
Kelly Black
Søren Rose Kjær
Ailin Doman


  1. I watched her sit on a Whoopie Cushion (at Balloon Saloon, to make her little boy laugh). I’m pretty sure Stanley Kubrick couldn’t say that.

  2. Whoops, little girl. (A bit hard to tell at that age).

  3. That sound didn’t come from the whoopie cushion….