The Musicians Who Double As Designers
It’s no secret celebrities like to live lavishly. Oprah Winfrey owns one of the most expensive homes worth $100 million, Insider reports. It follows naturally then that many celebrities also have a love for high-end interior design. However, you may be surprised to learn that many of your favorite musicians are also talented designers themselves. Read on to discover three musicians who double as interior designers.
Ziggy Marley’s Beverly Hills home embodies the good vibes expected from the reggae icon. Built in 1956, the ranch-style home features Mediterranean touches, spacious rooms, exposed-beam ceilings, and lots of natural light. The son of Bob and Rita Marley, Ziggy, and his wife, Orly, decorated their home together instead of hiring a designer. “Everything was done with feeling. Everything was ‘this speaks to me, let’s get it,’” says Marley. “That’s the best way to put your house together”. The home is filled with the couple’s personal treasures, including Persian rugs, framed Hermes scarves, and walls of family photos. These personal and soft touches are also a great way to create a cozy atmosphere in the home especially during the colder months.
Famous for his music and messy public persona, Kanye West’s taste in design is surprisingly pared back. His Yeezy Studio in Calabasas, California has a simple aesthetic reflective of the style of West’s fashion brand. Local designer, Willo Perron, says the studio celebrates utilitarianism and brutalism (the 20th-century architectural style recently popular again). Perron stripped back the interiors which feature white-painted walls, concrete flooring, and desks, chairs, and cabinetry made from black-painted plywood. “We wanted to turn these mundane industrial spaces into an environment you want to spend time in and also that reflects his work”, said Perron. After his marriage to Kim Kardashian, the couple redesigned their home based predominantly on West’s vision. The designs were seamless, futuristic yet comfortable and inviting. The color pallete mainly consisted of natural colors, with neutral shades of beige dominating throughout.
Legendary rockstar and fashion icon, Lenny Kravitz, launched his own design firm in 2003 and has been into the world of interior design ever since. Growing up surrounded by artists, Kravitz’s interior design channels personality and expression and is often inspired by his travels. In fact, “design has become a picture window into his soul. His life and design aesthetic is cosmopolitan, fearless, eclectic, sexy, fun and in your face whether you like it or not—uniquely Lenny”, Forbes reports. In his work, Kravitz enjoys exploring colors, contrasts, textures, and reflections, as well as experimenting with light, shadow, and three-dimensional solids and voids. Some may say, his designs remind them of his music – it’s exciting yet calming at the same time. It’s sometimes hard to put your finger on what it is, but at the end of the day, it makes you feel good.
So, there you have it. Three accomplished musicians who also have talent for interior design. While you may not have the same budget as these superstars, you can certainly use their unique styles as inspiration in you home.