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Lenny Kravitz Sprinkles His “Electric Downtown Vibe” All Over The Inside Of 75 Kenmare

From rock star to actor to interior design maven, Lenny Kravitz wants us all to go his way.

By Jeff Vasishta February 10, 2017
Rendering courtesy of RinaldI Group

In his own rocked out, flower child, funky way, Lenny Kravitz aims to dominate more areas of your life that you’d care to imagine. For three decades, he’s been lettin’ love rule musically. Recently you may have caught him on the big screen (“The Butler”, “Hunger Games”, “Star”.) Now comes news that his interior design company is behind the swish interiors of the Nolita, NYC-based 75 Kenmare.

More renaissance than Shakespeare, the multi-career Kravitz is best known for his Boho-chic style, a hippy sensibility with an urban hipness. Although no interior renderings of the condo building, which sits atop a former parking lot, are available.

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As Kravitz himself said in a statement, “My vision for 75 Kenmare centers on a layered environment, drawing inspiration from the eccentric Downtown vibe while integrating elegant materials, such as unique natural stones, bonded metal and aged oak.”

Prices for condos in 75 Kenmare will range from one- to four-bedrooms and ask from $1.7 million to over $12 million. Construction has yet to commence.

Certainly, developers of 75 Kenmare have not been shy in touting the pop star’s association with the building in an obvious marketing move. Whether Kravitz plans the same kind of all domineering career in fabrics and furniture as he has with the mic and guitar, remains to be seen. A successful sell out of the 38-unit condo project would go a long way to the soulful singer, who counts his upbringing amongst super cool and talented as his formal training, being hired again.

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“I grew up around people like Miles Davis, actors, and New York theater people who had great wardrobes and great homes,” Kravitz told Forbes. “They were artists who knew how to create a vibe that’s really interesting, welcoming, with lots of personality and expression. The early 1970’s was a very expressive time in design, fashion, music, art—in everything. I think via osmosis this all happened. It wasn’t something I was thinking about or looking for. I dug it and kind of took it all in.”

The developers at 75 Kenmare wouldn’t be taking a chance on Kravitz. He and his small design team at KDI have thus far built up a portfolio of design work that veers towards the hip and fashionable. It includes private homes, condominiums, hotels, TV shows (set of The Queen Latifah Show); as well as select high-profile design collaborations with starchitect Philippe Starck for Kartell, Swarovski, and Lea Ceramiche. The one exception is the affordable range her designed for CB2.

“So much of my work is in luxury, which is very expensive,” Kravitz said. “[With CB2] I wanted to work with a company that’s very good at making very affordable things of very good quality.”

We anxiously await the interior renderings at 75 Kenmare.

 

 

 

Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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