At Home with Lenny Kravitz
One of my favorite things at the moment is Parisian Interiors because it contains two things that I find sexy — anything French and anything LENNY KRAVITZ. Parisian Interiors is full of inspiring interiors that you must see, but I wanted to share a sneak peek of Lenny’s contemporary townhouse because I know we all adore him.
The rock musician has long expressed his passion for art and interior design, and his homes in New Orleans and the Bahamas have been photographed for various magazines, but this was the first time we got to peek inside his Parisian home, and boy was it worth the wait! Some of you may not know, but in 2003 Lenny established his own interior design firm, Kravitz Design Inc or KDI, and it was his firm that helped him bring a glimmering, yet simplified elegance to his townhouse in Paris.
Working within the historical confines of Parisian architecture, KDI filled Lenny’s home with incredible art and furnishings including the plexiglass Schimmel grand piano. And what interior would be complete without a bit of zebra?
I love the incredible collection of contemporary art throughout the townhouse including artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Emile Gilioli, Andy Warhol and the black and white photography of Lenny’s family and friends.
I love when photographers shoot stairways for a unique visual perspective and this view from the top of Lenny’s marble staircase is super sexy with the candles.
We also learn in Parisian Interiors that Lenny collects the stage costumes of legendary musicians like Bob Marley, James Brown, Miles Davis and John Lennon whose portrait is on view over a fireplace in one of the living areas.
KDI added Baccarat crystal chandeliers and custom Swarovski chandeliers in the living room and master bedroom. They also scoured antique shops in New York and Paris for furniture by legends like Joe Colombo, Achille Castiglioni, Paul Evans, Karl Spring, Pedro Friedeberg, Gabriella Crespi and Bartholo Pucci.
Lenny clearly knows who he is and has a strong appreciation for his Russian and Bahamian heritage. His Parisian townhouse highlights this better than any of the other residences I’ve seen. His love of family and his passions for art, music and design are so clearly displayed that we sense that we know Lenny.
Andy Warhol’s portrait of boxing legend Muhammad Ali hangs in a hallway.
One detail shot of Lenny’s black and white photography offers a history lesson. Who are those fly dudes stylin’ and profilin’?
The juxtaposition of a modern patterned wallpaper with an antique wood mirror and a sculptural chair with a hint of contemporary art shown in the mirror.
Who wouldn’t want to be a guest of Lenny’s in Paris? Here’s one of the guest bedrooms with a crystal chandelier and spare, but elegant furnishings and rich architectural detail.
In this photo from the book, we see another view of the bedroom. And below, we see the high windows that are prevalent throughout the townhouse which overlook a gorgeous garden.
Photos: French Architectural Digest/Parisian Interiors/Zavvi Rodaine
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