This is a hot design by French industrial designer Petit Romain. Not sure if this will hit stores anytime soon.
Lenny Kravitz started Kravitz Design Inc. as a vehicle to transport his style into the home. His cool brings trendy designs that are contemporary but yet classic.
“Design has always been a great interest of mine. Even as a child, it was very important as to how my room was arranged and what items were in it. When I started having my own homes, I found that many of the furnishings and accessories that I was envisioning for the space did not exist. So I began to make them myself. As I got deeper into that practice, I became addicted to producing pieces that were in my head. Years later, after doing several of my own homes, I realized that I needed to stop and focus on trying to design for other people. Kravitz Design was started shortly thereafter. Something that was a personal passion has now grown into a company that is organically expanding.” – Lenny Kravitz
Melody Ehsani is as beautiful as anything she’s ever created. She experiments with fashion and makeup in ways that anticipate trends (she shaved one side of her head about five years before Cassie) and her presence single-handedly transforms a room she enters. Still, she’s soulful and her jewelry, worn by music’s biggest trendsetters, always seems to carry a story or history, or even humor (see the enamel “I’m Fly” jet plane ring). She’s intentional in every way, she holds a direct gaze and is generous and disciplined about keeping her word. Melody’s drive and focus have given her brand cache. And she’s just beginning.
Life+TImes: Tell me about telling your parents you wanted to leave law school to become a designer.
Melody Ehsani: I have to start off by saying that unfortunately, my parents have never seen me for who I am, so I knew I wasn’t going to get support for what I was about to tell them. Sadly, they were never seen by their parents and blindly imitated the culture because they had a desire to be “good.” They had a belief of who I should be and what I should do and they couldn’t get past that, so I can’t blame them for what they weren’t given. With that said, it was one of the hardest things for me, because I too wanted to be “good.” Telling them meant I had to vocalize breaking with the cultural and social code that I was born into and redefining what my parents had taught me my whole life. It also meant that I had to really believe it, because I was headed towards a long road of inertia. I know it sounds dramatic, but in the moment it really felt like I was in the movies and I was the one in the scene where I’m hanging off of a cliff and holding my mom’s hand, and either I let go of the ledge and we both die, or I let go of her and save myself. Luckily enough, I had found a couple people who saw something in me, and those one or two people gave me an incredible amount of emotional support. I had also arrived to a place where I finally saw myself, and I grew this inner assurance that served and continues to serve as a compass for me. In short, it was very challenging for the first two plus years with my family, but after I bought a house and started to receive some sort of visible success, they came around, and now my mom even comes in and freelances for me sometimes. It’s beautiful.
L+T: You entered design with no formal training, and more ideas than knowledge about how to structurally put something together. You learned a lot about design on the job. What are the biggest mistakes you made early on and what did they teach you?
ME: Yes, this is very true. This actually hindered me for some time. I don’t like to draw. I don’t consider drawing creative, I think its very technical. It made me question whether I was really intended to do this. I learned just enough technical skills to get by and then outsourced most of that when and where I could. The fact that I didn’t know as much as a trained student kept a silent insecurity in me that affected my work early on. I don’t know if I made any big mistakes per se, however, looking back, I do wish I was more confident in the skills that I did have. Creativity is inherent, it’s very much like a spiritual practice that requires a lot of faith because you’re creating things that haven’t existed before and you’re moving through the dark for a long time before you see a glimmer of light. The difficulty is remaining pure and sticking to your vision, no matter what. Too often, I listened to other people who were more technically skilled or trained and it compromised a lot of my earlier work aesthetically and quality-wise. It taught me to occupy my role.
L+T: Your trips to Asia to meet with manufacturers seemed adventurous. What can a designer learn from meeting with manufacturers?
ME: Everything! Its probably the most important part of the actual process because you have to really learn how to communicate what you want step-by-step to someone who is more often than not artistically challenged. The manufacturers role is purely function, so teaming up with that sort of mind frame has made me understand all the very practical aspects of design. In terms of shoes, I’ve learned all about heel heights, geometry and a number of materials. I’ve learned about how you can cut the material to avoid loss, etc. It sounds boring, but I live for it! It makes me feel like at any moment something can spark in me and I could invent something new that would serve the world in a different way.
L+T: Keri Hilson, Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Badu and a lot of other celebrities wear your jewelry. Why is placement with a celebrity client important, beyond visibility?
ME: Personally its important because I get to connect with a different energy. I feel like I’m gifted in creating products that give people “edge,” for lack of a better word. It keeps me incredibly inspired and affords me opportunities to interact with people that I would never have access to otherwise. Aside from that, I create pieces that generally aren’t “safe,” so it’s great when celebrities wear them because it makes them seem more accessible to consumers, it also gives people a frame of reference so they understand how something can be worn.
L+T: Your shoes look like experimental architecture. Do you have design dreams that extend beyond fashion? Ever consider a building or home? If so, how would you describe your dream project?
ME: Yes, absolutely. I really believe that fashion is a starting point for me. At some point, I’d like to move onto different sorts of products that were more functional. At this stage in the game, if I were to have a dream project I’d love to be the creative director for the opening of a boutique hotel where I would oversee the architecture and design all the furniture and lightning, etc. I can see it so clearly in my head!
Rock legend Lenny Kravitz has jumped into the hotel designing business.
The singer-songwriter is said to be working on rooms for the SLS Hotel at South Beach, set to open next year in Miami, Florida as a sister property to the luxury SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, California.
It follows his company’s previous work with the Delano Hotel in Miami, right across the street from where the SLS Hotel will be, where Kravitz was responsible for The Florida Room bar and lunge.
The rest of the SLS Hotel, however, will be designed by Philippe Starck, a design icon who has lent his skills to several famous boutique properties.
With a beachfront location, it will feature a Katsuya sushi restaurant, another restaurant by José Andrés called The Bazaar, a Hyde Lounge nightclub which extends onto the sand and a hairdressing salon.
Boston-based architecture and design firm Stern McCafferty created this custom bath based on an inspiration photo from owners Amy and Ethan d’Abelmont Burnes. Flipping through the latest issue of Boston Home, made from a thick sheet of glass inserted between the two tile walls, it’s so simple.
For you Moguls that need to learn about what you wearing, check out Put This On. The latest episode entitled Tradition, features Jay Walter, head of Made-to-Measure at J.Press, and acclaimed fashion designer Thom Browne. This is definitly for the grown man who knows not to sag his pants!!
Looks like Aston Martin has stepped the game up another notch. The One-77 is described like it’s more art than automobile. It boasts a carbon fiber chassis and a hand crafted aluminum body. The engine…is machined out of a solid block of aluminum. One designer says that this car is the 3 dimensional representation of the heart and soul of Aston Martin!
There are 3 episodes that I recommend you check out if you’re a real car-head. This thing is beautiful…
- Nürburgring and the Aston Martin One-77. (ridelust.com)
- The Aston Martin One-77, For Well Heeled Hoons Only (ridelust.com)
There doesn’t seem to be a better rapper to design a Harley-Davidson than Pharrell. Well maybe Rick Ross can be added to that short list.
Dispatch | Israel by Design
Israel offers many good reasons to visit: breathtakingly diverse landscapes, endless historical and religious sights, and plenty of incredibly friendly and beautiful people. Recently the country added another feather to its cap of landmarks: its first museum devoted entirely to design. The project, in the Tel Aviv suburb Holon, is part of an ambitious plan to put the wealthy but otherwise bland municipality on the global culture map; in fact, an interesting group of international architects has already been invited to submit proposals for a new town hall on an adjacent lot.
Designed by Ron Arad, Israel’s poster boy of design, the Holon Design Museum and its planners make no bones about wanting to create the famous Bilbao effect. While the project might lack its Spanish role model’s interesting location and size, it makes up for any shortcomings with sheer chutzpah, both in its dramatic design (five sinuous bands of weathered steel that Arad elegantly undulated around the exhibition halls) and its programming.