International Male


His bold aesthetic dominated the past 10 years of fashion. Now, as Tom Ford publishes a career retrospective, the former designer gives W an exclusive first look at his stylish homes.

Photographs: Todd Eberle

Tom Ford spent three years restoring his Los Angeles house, built in 1955 by Richard J. Neutra. “It’s like a treehouse,” says Ford.

Photographer: Nigel Parry

He recently made L.A. his primary residence, to go with his change of career.

Photographs: Todd Eberle

With a glass wall that opens onto the hills of Bel-Air, Ford’s Los Angeles living room moves seamlessly between outdoors and indoors. The similar tones of the carpet and the concrete terrace enhance this transition. While Ford preserved many of the house’s original Neutra-designed furnishings, he designed the table and the mohair-upholstered chairs in the foreground. The sculpture on the table is by Tony Smith.

Photographs: Todd Eberle

In the London living room, a Lucio Fontana canvas hangs on Macassar ebony paneling. The floor lamp is by Paul Dupre-Lafon, and the sculpture is by Alexander Noll.

Photographs: Todd Eberle

A photograph by Richard Misrach dominates a bedroom in Santa Fe.

Photographs: Todd Eberle

In Santa Fe, Ford constructed a severe concrete-and-plaster-walled courtyard for the pool, which he says was inspired by the work of artist James Turrell. The floor is heated for use in winter.

Photographs: Todd Eberle

The pool house in Los Angeles, which is used as an office by Ford’s companion, Richard Buckley.

Photographs: Todd Eberle

In the London town house, a Warhol hangs in the stainless steel-lined sitting room.