The name Ralph Lauren is synonymous with laid back, all-American style. So it’s a bit surprising that when the company’s namesake and his wife Ricky redesigned their Manhattan apartment, the outcome can best be described as clean, open and modern. And while it’s not quite what you’d expect, the apartment’s effortless style is still unmistakably Ralph Lauren.

Elle Decor magazine features the apartment on the cover of its October issue. The corresponding editorial follows the renovation of the Fifth Avenue duplex, which has been in the Lauren family for more than 30 years – from the initial do-it-yourself attempt to the hiring of the late decorator, Angelo Donghia. The open spaces, predominantly white color theme and expansive views of Central Park that bring the outdoors in, create a comfortable, simple home which Lauren likens to living in a cloud.

To read the full article from Elle Decor, visit elledecor.com. To see a slideshow of Ralph Lauren’s Manhattan apartment, click here.

And this isn’t the first time one of Ralph Lauren’s homes (there are currently five) has graced the pages of a magazine. The Bedford, New York country estate, the sprawling Double RL Colorado ranch and his Jamaican villa have all been featured in Architectural Digest.

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