Lenny Kravitz’s Mid-Century Modern Home by Architect Jack Charney – “My immediate reaction was, Who is this crazy person chasing me down Santa Monica Boulevard, yelling at me from his car window?” recalls Lenny Kravitz of the moment he noticed Branden Williams in hot pursuit. Little did the rock star and interior designer extraordinaire know that this run-in with Williams was the beginning of a flourishing design partnership. Before that fateful encounter, Williams, a luxury real estate broker, had been searching for a designer for his dream home, purchased with his wife and business partner, Rayni. Located in the historic Trousdale Estates neighborhood of Beverly Hills—once the stomping ground of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Groucho Marx—the Williamses’ new house was designed by iconic midcentury architect Jack Charney.
“We wanted the house to be an homage to Trousdale’s midcentury heyday but more over-the-top and funky, without any rules,” notes Williams. “Think Slim Aarons meets Casino.” In spite of meeting several top designers, he was unable to find a fit, until one night he stumbled across Kravitz Design’s website. “I stayed up for four hours looking at the site, until 3 a.m., and thought, Oh, my God, this is our designer.”
Fortuitously, Williams spied Kravitz on the road the next day and decided to seize the moment, making an illegal U-turn, speeding up beside the rock legend and delivering his pitch. As soon as Williams established he was not a “crazy stalker fan,” the two realized they shared a common vision. According to Kravitz, “My design aesthetic can go in many different directions depending on the client and the project, but where Branden and I align is in the extravagant and bold expression of 1970s Los Angeles glamour.” Williams recalls, “We were worried, like, we’re hiring a rock star to do our interior design, how are we going to afford this? But Lenny was really nice and said I want to work with you on this, if you really want to do it and don’t hold back, I’m on board.”
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Source: Architectural Digest