Good news, Upper East Siders! Gossip Girl is back—and the interiors of the new reboot (which just premiered on HBO Max) are certainly in a league of their own. Some highlights include a West Village townhouse that any antique-loving maximalist would love, a rustic-yet-cool Dumbo loft (not to be confused with Dan Humphrey’s Brooklyn loft from the OG GG), and an ultramodern Tribeca penthouse with sweeping cityscape views.
To get the full scoop on the luxe pads of Manhattan’s new and improved elite, we spoke to production designer Ola Maslik and set decorator Rich Devine, who brought these lavish interiors to life.
When it came to sourcing inspiration for the sets of the Gossip Girl reboot, Devine says he and Maslik “drew inspiration from Ryan Korban, Diana Vreeland, Thomas O’Brian, Neal Beckstedt and Mario Buatta.” Ultimately, they sought to incorporate furnishings and color palettes that best reflected the characters who lived in these spaces.
Below, take a look at the sumptuous residences of Max Wolfe, Obie Bergmann, and Julien Calloway. And fear not—this is a spoiler-free zone!
XOXO, Gossip Girl.
Max Wolfe’s West Village Townhouse
Although Max Wolfe’s townhouse is meant to be located in the West Village, its interiors were actually created on a man-made stage at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. Wolfe lives here with his father, Gideon, who Devine describes as an “old school New York avant-garde denizen. Gideon is “unencumbered by societal expectations,” so it only makes sense that the interiors of his home reflect his free-spirited nature. Some furnishings that echo this sentiment include a fringed green velvet sofa designed by Alexa Hampton for Theodore Alexander Furniture and an eye-catching floral chair from GP & J Baker. Devine and Maslik brought in pieces from a number of antique stores, auction houses, and overseas markets to decorate this maximalist dwelling.
Obie Bergmann’s Dumbo Loft
Just like Max Wolfe’s West Village townhouse, Obie Bergmann’s Dumbo Loft was built on a stage set, in Brooklyn. Maslik says that she and Devine looked to Bergmann’s German descent for inspiration when designing his home. “We were very mindful to keep an aesthetic heavy in austerity, but with very high-end taste in artwork and furnishings,” Maslik tells House Beautiful. As for the artwork seen in this abode, Maslik and Devine made sure to incorporate creations by artists of German descent, like Neo Rauch and Candida Hoefer.
In real life, the structure that acts as the exterior of Bermann’s pad is actually a former factory in Dumbo, built in 1869. The design of this building was meant to highlight certain architectural elements, including the original arched windows and the heavy, framed timber, both of which were used to “enhance the ambiance of this space,” adds Maslik.
In the show, Bergmann lives on the top two floors of the building, mostly by himself, given that his parents are rarely home. Devine says that the idea behind this loft was that his parents bought the building as an investment. “Left to his own whims with an unlimited budget, he would have used a top young designer and picked most of the furniture and art himself,” adds Devine. “It’s all very playful and young, yet lush and textured.”
Julien Calloway’s Tribeca Penthouse
Julien Calloway’s Tribeca penthouse was one of few residences in the Gossip Girl reboot that was actually filmed on location, in the heart of Manhattan. Best of all, you can even stay here yourself, as this pad is actually part of the famed Beekman Hotel. “The views from Julien’s apartment would be almost impossible to capture on a stage set,” as Maslik points out, “and they were so amazing that we decided to take full advantage of the location.” The sprawling pad occupies the entire 52nd floor, and it boasts 360-degree views of New York City.
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