July 22, 2008

Kanye West: Fashion, Art, Design

I'm going to tell you upfront that if you're not a Kanye West fan (don't worry I have converted many non-believers, who tell me that they haven't liked anyone's music as much since Run DMC) then please don't bother with today's post. I'm not saying it's going to be your cup of tea, but if you want to have some fun, then keep reading...

photo by ADAM TSCHORN, courtesy LAT

It was bad enough that I was on vacation and missed Kanye's whole show within a show at Paris Fashion Week at the beginning of the month. According to the LAT, the countdown went like this: Kanye Day 1: front row at Louis Vuitton, kitted out in a teal T-shirt, khakis and a denim jacket accessorized with a Michael Jackson button and a chunky red Lego heart. What appeared to be a silk LV scarf billowed from his back pocket...Day 2, West was wading through the human stew outside Kris Van Assche and Junya Watanabe in a gray notch lapel blazer and red pocket square. On Day 3, the look was brown leather with a crisp black detachable hood and slim-fitting gray dress shirt buttoned up to the chin and a pair of spotless white Vans lace-ups...each day West made a sartorial statement of his own. But none as strong as on Day 4, when he turned out to the Dior Homme show in a zip-front hoodie with shoulder patches and a red-, yellow- and pink-striped hood topped with a shark fin. The hoodie -- and as it turned out, many of the pieces he wore during the week -- were from his own, long-awaited clothing collection, called Pastelle.

If you listen to Kanye's lyrics, then you know about Pastelle; luxe fashion and Kanye is bound to happen, it's just a matter of when.

Entrance to the West residence: a sandblasted glass door.

But there's more. Last night I was catching up with a few of my favorite blogs and I came across a spread on Kanye's home in L.A. I did a little research and had to share because as maximalist as is may be in certain respects, it is also restrained in a way that takes it out of the realm of the MTV Cribs league. According to Interior Design Magazine: "Kanye studied fine art at American Academy of Art in Chicago on scholarship. He collects pop art. And he absolutely adores design." The photos below are courtesy InteriorDesign.net.

French walnut floors gleam beneath a painted bronze sculpture of a Hermes shopping bag by Jonathan Sigler, a pair of 19th century carved wood architectural pieces and stacked Louis Vuitton trunks in the background.

Kanye hired Desiderada design principal Don Stewart to help him renovate his house. The project took almost three years and according to Stewart, Kanye wanted his house to be a cross between a museum and a Louis Vuitton boutique.

The kitchen: Kanye doesn't cook

The backlit square shaped piece on the wall is Kanye's kitchen cabinet. The island, designed by Norbert Wangen features a sliding stainless steel top that conceals a cooktop and sink. A Lolli e Memmoli chandelier hangs above.

Prints from Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can series hang in Kanye's kitchen. A vintage Louis Vuitton trunk from the 1870s sits underneath.

Bob's Big Boy by Burton Morris.

Kanye's living room

The 6' skull painting is by Murakami. "In the past year and a half, I've been stepping up my relationship with Murakami," West says.

Kanye's ceiling

Kanye commissioned a painting from Ernie Barnes after his near-death accident. Fully recovered, West decided that his new dining room's ceiling called for a Michelangelo moment.

Barnes's created a celebration of life for Kanye: A Life Restored, replete with a kneeling West and a lifeless body being carried by angels, symbolizing Kanye's miraculous recovery from a nearly fatal car crash in 2002. Below, an oak-veneered Marcel Wanders table is surrounded by slim cream-colored chairs and a Mariano Fortuny iconic floor lamp stands in the corner.

Kanye's game room

Next Kanye commissioned a series of six Jetsons "portraits," by Burton Morris to accompany the game room's chair of stuffed animals by Fernando and Humberto Campana and Smurf-blue Igloo chair by Eero Koivisto.

Kanye's office

In Kanye's office, a leather Eames swivel chair sits behind Maurice Calka's boomerang desk and a Russell Young silk screen is propped against the wall. A snarky blogger wrote that this is the room that Kanye probably uses to sit and googles himself. Sorry, but I love this room and would happily sit and google myself and then take a nice nap on those Murakami flower pillows...

You can't take the rapper out of the bedroom, but why bother?

The bedroom features a bed by Antonio Citterio with red-fox and chinchilla throws and Ingo Maurer lamps.

Kanye's bathroom

A 250-gallon aquarium filled with black moor and chocolate Oranda goldfish and a crystal chandelier sets off the glam creamy travertine.

Another view of the bathroom

Across the bathroom, a chair by Peter Kapff covered in embossed leather and a petrified-wood side table.

Kanye's closet: Bow in the presence of greatness

Who wouldn't bow down before 8-foot-high sliding racks for almost 200 pairs of kicks? Yes, he's over the top sometimes, and I like that. In fact, the more I find out about Kanye West, the more I like him. Hope you enjoyed!


Diane said...

That is the most wonderful front door I have ever seen and the best best fish tank (in the bathroom or anywhere) I have seen.

margie said...

i have a kanye west story for you. i am 55 years old and last summer, july 14, kanye was playing at bluesfest, our outdoor music festival. i was tired from nine days of music and although i am a huge kanye fan, was convinced that perhaps we should just go to the cottage and give our festival passes to two of the seven children. (now you know why i am such a kanye fan, exposure exposure). that night i had a stroke, thank goodness i have recovered, but i still play the graduation in the car everytime i have a hospital appointment. so your post was great, two things i love, design/decorating and music.

Mary Jo Matsumoto said...

i love your story. i've played kanye many times in the car this past year to cheer up. i get it.

Anonymous said...

I love Kanye and believe he is one of those rare and special artists who is "misunderstood." Kanye brings art, design, passion, whimsy and love to a world woefully lacking all of it. I hope he reads your post. I think he will be flattered.

Di Overton said...

Today is my birthday and you are cordially invited to my party down by the river. Wear loose fitting clothes and don't drive due to the excessive amounts of food and champagne that is on offer.
Di at Designers Block

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what kinda shoes those big white ones are?

They got like a big shield like tounge, can't figure out what they are...


Carole J said...

Linear elegance, gallery-like abode, but cozy. My art would look great on your walls, Carole J. McCoy the Artist,L.A. WWW.CreateForYou.Net

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75 gallon aquarium said...

Great front door! I have never seen one like this!

Artist Carole J McCoy said...

I hear Kanye collects art, as I stated before in a cement above. That makes him an great human, to be loving of the visual arts. I still think he should "Collect my Art", Kanye

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