We love a guy that can think outside the whole leather-chair-and-chrome-accents decorating box, which is one of the many reasons we're digging Hyden Yoo's exquisite West Village abode. Indeed, this buzzed-about designer let us into his pad (a long-term sublet from a pal)—on the first floor of a townhouse that looks just like Carrie Bradshaw's—and we're falling for the giant windows, incredible light, and high ceilings, not to mention the complete lack of the requisite bare wall and giant flatscreen combo. Plus, the exotic prints, trippy art, and, uh, a giant Buddha head, serve as the perfect compliment to Yoo's clean collection, and, dare we say, classic, handsome looks. Lovin' the added street style of the kicks and caps, a Yoo signature you might not expect after peeping last year's Fashion Week show full of preppy-pretty-sleek pieces. Oh, and any straight man that sleeps with a sock monkey is worth a first-date. And hopefully a second.
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"I like meeting artists and learning their work—getting to know their unique view points and seeing the beautiful work that drives them really inspires me. I was lucky enough to meet Celeste Rapone at a gallery in Brooklyn, and she brought this piece down from her studio by hand. There is nothing like buying and supporting local."
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"I wish I could say that I was hiking through the Himalayas and uncovered this giant buddha head that whispered to me the meaning of life, but my friend Josh gave it to me when I moved in. I think he got it at Restoration Hardware. For some reason, my friends buy me Asian stuff thinking I’m into it."