• Preppy Palace


    This is Maximilian Sinsteden’s dorm room. He’s a college senior. He’s already got clients.

    The French/art history double major eschews minimalist decor in his embrace of the eclectic. But what else would you expect from the 21-year-old senior who was voted “preppiest in the class” at Choate Rosemary Hall? The standard-issue dorm furniture was immediately ushered into storage, walls immersed in Ralph Lauren’s Tapestry Green and Oriental rugs patch-worked over the linoleum floor. The result is a brilliant living space that beckons to be lounged in.

    Read the entire article over at New York Magazine.

    The black-watch throw is “from my grandmother.” Sinsteden is reading The Lover, by Marguerite Duras. The plaid pillows and bed linens are Ralph Lauren. The rugs hail from his family. The armchair is “a hand-me-down from a client.”

    The standing lamp is IKEA. The wall is covered with artwork by him and his friends; paintings and documents from Jaipur and Bombay; a model from Charlotte Moss; and pieces collected from “tag sales, thrift and consignment stores.”

    The curtains are from Sinsteden’s boss, Charlotte Moss. The tie-backs are repurposed ascots. Bow ties could achieve the same effect.

    The tie rack is by Sinsteden’s father, with finials from P.E. Guerin. The chest of drawers is an $80 thrift-store find.

    Sep 28, 2009 | Permalink (8) Total Comments

    Alex left a comment on 6/1/2011 at 4:24 PM:

    It looks really great.

    M.D.Cooley left a comment on 5/15/2010 at 4:10 AM:

    I am in love with this dorm room, I hope to emulate it next year in my own dorm room.

    Andrew Lynch left a comment on 10/4/2009 at 8:19 AM:

    Max Fischer anyone?


    Death Bredon left a comment on 10/1/2009 at 10:21 AM:

    Preppy and effeminate are discrete concepts, though often confused in the popular mind.

    Sunday Ibok left a comment on 9/28/2009 at 5:18 PM:

    This is the best thing I’ve seen all day. If I wasn’t on stage all through college I would have had my maid do this to my room.

    Queen of Cashmere left a comment on 9/28/2009 at 2:53 PM:

    Adore this dorm room!  Wish my 16 year old was so stylishly inclined!  It’s something innate although I’m trying to force it into him. 

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/28/2009 at 11:24 AM:

    Kyle—Max attends Drew University in Madison, NJ. He is a senior though so he doesn’t have to hunt down a fake I.D.

    Kyle Barnes left a comment on 9/28/2009 at 10:57 AM:

    yeah no kidding… that place is sick. where exactly is this magical dorm that allows students to have a bar in the corner of their room????