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Beastie Boy Mike D’s Designs Embellish Marquee’s Bathroom Walls

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Beastie Boy Mike D, or Mike Diamond, as his mother called him, launched an urban version of traditional French toile de jouy with Brooklyn Toile last August. He replaced classic vignettes of hoop-skirted women and bucolic idylls with scenes from his native borough — the Coney Island Cyclone, the Brooklyn Bridge, Notorious B.I.G., crowds of Hassidic Jewish men, etc… — and used the ensuing pattern to line the interiors of his own Brooklyn brownstone.

This toilet is just an example; we expect more debauchery inside Marquee.

Tonight, as Marquee resurrects itself from its two-year hiatus in Chelsea, the revamped version of the notorious hotspot will bear Mike D’s designs on the bathroom walls. If you manage to squeeze past the the girl with the list manning the velvet ropes, make sure to get a good look.

— Janelle Zara

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  1. [...] “I think it’s kind of vernacular, sensitive, modern” – That’s how Beastie Mike D described his design aesthetic in a June, 2013 New York Times profile of his just-purchased Brooklyn town home. After building a career based, in part, on fighting for his right to party (and, in the process, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake) Mr. Diamond, his filmmaker wife, and their two kids moved out of their TriBeCa loft for “the suburban dream in Brooklyn.” For his trouble, The Grey Lady gave Mike D’s fancy new digs the star treatment with a high-def photo slideshow in their “Great Homes and Destinations” section. Not content to limit his design talents to his Cobble Hill brownstone, Mike D also created his own line of wallpaper, inspired by the French toile de jouy style, entitled Brookly Toile, which features images of Coney Island, Notorious B.I.G., and crowds of Hasidic Jews. image via [...]

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