Kravitz adds designer to his creative credentials

Associated Press Modified: April 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm •  Published: April 18, 2012
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MILAN (AP) — Lenny Kravitz has taken a childhood compunction to decorate his bedroom and turned it into another creative endeavor.

To rocker, songwriter and actor, add designer.

Kravitz created a series of chairs for Kartell based on Philippe Starck's iconic "Mademoiselle" armchair, clad, like, at times the rocker himself, in python, leather or fur. And he designed black and white tiles inspired by water drops and waves for Lea Ceramiche.

Both projects were unveiled this week against the squealing backdrop of adoring fans during Milan Furniture Fair, which runs through Sunday.

For Kravitz, it all goes back to childhood, to his drive to create an environment where he felt comfortable to create, to write songs.

"Since I was a kid, it was always important how my room was put together. I would buy all these posters, fabrics and lighting, and I would make the room the way I wanted it to be," Kravitz said in an interview late Tuesday night as he perched on a leather version of his chair in a Kartell store window made to look like a stage.

Outside, fans held back by barriers snapped photos with smart phones, the eager hoard blocking traffic. The attention at a design event seemed to surprise Kravitz — despite his status as a rock venue veteran fresh off tour in Korea, whose most recent film appearance was in the box office hit "The Hunger Games."

"The most important thing was to create a vibe," he said. And once that vibe was achieved, "my world was set."

Kravitz exercised his designer spirit decorating his home, and his first creation, an L-shaped sofa upholstered in crocodile, still adorns his New Orleans home.

"When I started getting my own homes, I found myself making pieces maybe I couldn't find, or making pieces I couldn't afford and copying them," Kravitz said. "It was always about creating an atmosphere."

Along the way, he drew the favorable attention of Starck, who got to know Kravitz through his musician daughter, Ara Starck, half of the band, "The Two." Kartell's unofficial designer emeritus introduced the rock star to the design house, and "Kartell goes Rock," was born.



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