Screen idols and rock stars home in on designs for living
Saturday 11 August 2012
The rock star turned interior designer Lenny Kravitz, who has designed chairs for Philippe Starck and creates rock-star interiors for private homes with his creative team, wants to expand his company Kravitz Design, into a Ralph Lauren-size empire, according to the New York Post.
"The plan is to make it a lifestyle brand... that's my dream for this company. In the same way you would see Ralph Lauren or Giorgio Armani," he said. Kravitz Design Inc, which he founded in 2003, focuses on commercial, residential and product design, but now Kravitz wants it to include furniture and bedding, even clothing.
He is not alone in the quest for a career in interior design by pop stars and actors. Justin Timberlake has just added interior design to his CV, claiming it is "almost like being in the studio, or on a movie". He started his online interior design company HomeMint.com a few months ago, co-designing with his celebrity stylist/interior designer friend Estee Stanley (bottom right with Timberlake), explaining in Elle Decor, that "the devil's in the details". Once you have taken your free Home StyleProfile on his website, you get "immediate access" to Timberlake and Stanley's "exclusive designs and curated collections" that match your style. "It's like having your very own interior designer," he claims.
Beyoncé has included bedroom furnishings in her merchandise empire House of Dereon, that she runs with her mother, Tina. It includes Diva Window Panels and Valance for $59.99.
But would UK homeowners want a pop star as their interior design guru? "I think my clients would prefer Kelly Hoppen to somebody who they just saw in the film Bad Teacher," says west London based builder/property developer, Alexander Baxter.
British stars tackling homes and interiors include the actor Rupert Friend who trained as a labourer and is doing up his own east London property single-handedly. Actress Sadie Frost has designed modern kitchens for a new development in London. The Turner Prize-winning Martin Creed has tiled the loos of the London Library and designed the restaurant at London's Sketch, in Work No. 1347. The Eighties pop star, Belinda Carlisle, has recently created a homewear range, for the US retailer Bergdorf Goodman.
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Young Preston fan has play-off hero Jermaine Beckford's shirt stolen from him at Wembley - which then appears for sale on Gumtree
- 4 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
Stolen Instagram photo sells for $90,000
Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Dheepan, film review: Palme d'Or prize goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Game of Thrones, The Gift, Season 5, Episode 7: Why two of the show’s most iconic characters just met
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people