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Sweet Dreams

A model turned designer wants to remake your bed.


She’s best known as a former model and the wife of artist and film director Julian Schnabel. But Olatz Schnabel also studied design in her native Spain and for the past seven years has been creating custom linens for private clients’ homes. Now she’s going public with a new West Village store, Olatz (43 Clarkson Street; 212-255-8627;

Two king-size modern sleigh beds designed by her husband dominate the space, which was done up to look like an old Cuban pharmacy, and Julian’s paintings decorate the mint-green walls. Beams are exposed overhead; columns rise from the black-and-white checkerboard floor. Olatz designs all the simple, mostly solid, thick-bordered cotton and linen patterns herself, in bold colors like lime green as well as more subdued yellows and blues (prices range from $80 for a sham to $1,500 for a hand-embroidered duvet cover). Most are made in Italy, and some feature appliqué work that’s done in Portugal. Crib sets of Batiste cotton start at about $500; there are also robes for adults ($300) and kids ($125–$150), soft cotton pajamas with contrast piping ($300), even towels and bath mats. It all makes us think Julian Schnabel must sleep pretty well; now the rest of us can, too.


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