Designer Makié Yahagi opened her pint-size children’s clothing shop on SoHo’s Thompson Street in 1999 calling it, simply,
Makié. The daughter of a seamstress, Makié was making clothing for her two sons (they’re now just a little older than her shop) when she got the idea.
We’ve been adherents of her brand (that now includes adult sizes and housewares) for the
past decade and have always wondered: What does her house look like? Not surprisingly, it’s as charm-filled as her store. She rents the two-bedroom loft in SoHo from an acquaintance and has set it up in a simple, thoughtful way that can only be described as so Makié.
Matthew Williams for Remodelista; styling by Alexa Hotz. Above: Makié uses rugs and groupings of furniture to create “rooms” in the open floor plan. She inherited the dining table from a friend, and the chairs are beech Ro Dining Chairs designed by Tomoko Azumi for Zilio A&C. Above: In the kitchen, Makié arranges her cooking utensils according to material (wood or metal) and height. Glass boxes—one holds sesame seeds, the other sea salt—are kept with tiny salt and pepper shakers nearby. She hand-washes most dishes and dries them on a Muji dish drainer (sans tray). The faucet is a Vola. Above: In the compact galley kitchen, Makié stores kitchen towels and a Japanese cookbook in a basket. (The kabocha squash was in place when we arrived.) The double ovens are Viking Designer Series wall ovens, now discontinued but the current version is the Viking Professional Custom Series 30-Inch Double Wall Oven. Above: A peek into Makié’s cabinet is the stuff (our) dreams our made of. Her collection includes raku pottery, Yali Murano glass, and Sunata Masami porcelain. Above: Makié organizes cutlery by type (chopsticks, resin handle flatware, and vintage silver) and size in a drawer beneath the Miele 30-Inch Gas Cooktop. Hidden behind a walnut panel is a Miele Fully Integrated Dishwasher. Above: Makié made the pancakes; years ago, she tells us, she used to run a café in SoHo where she would make perfect pancakes and plate them on porcelain plates “just like this.” (You can find the Sunata Masami cups and bowls online at Makié.) Above: Under the stairs is an antique children’s chair; a photograph by Inez & Vinoodh of their son, Charles Star; a Rowland Scherman photo of John Lennon; and a hand-shaped ceramic bowl by artist Genevieve Chevallier. Above: To keep mosquitos at bay (up the stairs is a sliding door to a rooftop deck), Makié burns mosquito coils, in a handmade ceramic dish.