“Lenny Kravitz’s career defies any categorization. A musician with four Grammys who has collaborated with diverse artists from Jay Z to country singer Jason Aldeanand an actor who next appears in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, he’s emerging as a force in the design world with a sexy rock-star sensibility that still manages to be welcoming.”(This story first appeared in the Sept. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. )
So I’m sitting at home recently, sick with the flu and I happen to be watching the Queen Latifah show, mainly because Pop-Culture is my obsession and I’m a huge fan of the former Queen of Rap,(Yes I love Rap, I’m 90’s kid at heart), but I gotta say in my fever induced seat I was mainly zoning out till I heard she was going to have the set designer for the show on..Lenny Kravitz. Jaw dropped. I knew he had done fashion lines and he has always marched to the beat of 70’s Mod, but as he took us step by step through his design company and the inspiration for the show it made me really appreciate his amazing talent:
The inspiration for the talk show format(Produced by Jada Pinkett Smith) was for the audience to feel like we were invited to somebody’s kitchen table to chat for the afternoon. Lenny Kravitz has the spiritual quality that I believe is necessary in interior design, its not just amazing skill for the science, although he has that in spades, Mr. Kravitz channeled several abstract concepts into his design, power was a theme,( his use of gold and copper and brass, and light to emphasize this) possibility was a theme, and peace. I believe he achieved all of this with his command of scale. He really got the earthy personality of Queen Latifah, knowing her intention with show he made sure her platform was the sum of all the qualities of who she was. A woman from New Jersey who was one of the first female rappers, first female rapper to own a record label, politically out-spoken and one of the few celebrities to cross from music to movies.
The entire stage is adorned with Q’s and even the walls have them in the relief. The umber color palette is beutifull paired with a rounded design to give a feel of open air which on a grand scale has a humble effect. True design takes into account intention.
To see a short video on the execution of the design here is a link from the Huffington Post Article:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/lenny-kravitz-the-queen-latifah-show_n_3935407.html
Lenny Kravitz is proving that as artists we truly can honor our creativity, he not only sings and writes and performs great rock, he acts in movies(Precious, The Butler, The Hunger Games),has a penchant for fashion, (in 2014 he is preparing a line for Fred Segal) he honors his muse, 60’s and 70’s Mod, (he is also fashioning a line of vintage sunglasses) and he pours this beautiful perspective into the world of design for Kartell and his take on the Mademoiselle chair:
Thus proving its a Lenny Kravitz world, we’re just living in it. (I for one and completely ok with that…)
I also suggest you take a look at his design projects in his portfolio, they will blow you away: http://www.kravitzdesign.com/