What does your sofa say about you? If these portraits are any indication, quite a bit, actually.

Consider Lee Radziwill in Paris, on the phone, cigarette in hand, mid-puff. Note the curve of her chignon and of her sofa, a scroll-back number in salmon silk. It’s an essay in authentic, everyday elegance. Or Brooke Astor in her Albert Hadley–designed library. That sofa, in Brunschwig & Fils’s La Portugaise, might as well be a throne. There’s no telling how many yards of chintz the shot has sold, but there’s no doubt about this: The photographer captured something of her essence, and the magic of it will long endure.

Scroll on to see what each sofa has to say about these iconic women.

Diane von Furstenberg

 

The Mae West Lips sofa, by Salvador Dalí, echoes the whimsical tastes of designer Diane von Furstenberg, who was photographed in 2012 in her New York headquarters.

Brooke Astor

Brooke Astor, in the 1990s, in the library designed for her by Albert Hadley. The Brunschwig & Fils chintz on the sofa has since become iconic.

Dominique de Menil

Philanthropist Dominique de Menil, in a Charles James gown, on the piece the couturier famously designed for her, circa 1950.

Read more: http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/celebrity-homes/g4504/famous-women-and-sofas/

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