The rock star turned interior designer takes the LUX hot seat, and shares a particularly fond memory involving a bottle of 1964 Dom Pérignon. Interview by Irene Bellucci
1. You’re best known as a musician, what drew you to interior design?
Because you can create the environment around you. It’s like theatre. That’s what I do – I feel the vibe, the mood. For the piece I designed for Dom Pérignon, I wanted to create a piece of furniture unique, never done before, building an object representing the idea of drinking champagne.
2. What inspires you?
Life. I just have to open my eyes and look or close my eyes and listen. I’m inspired by what’s around me.
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3. Who do you confide in about your art?
Artists – people who have great eyes and can always tell me their true opinion.
4. You collaborated with Dom Pérignon on a photographic series, Assemblage, and you’re also its new creative director. Is there an interaction between different forms of art for you?
They feel each other and they are connected. I always loved to create, but after a month in the studio making music, you need to take a break. Not because you want to stop creating, but because you need to change and come back fresh. That’s why I go to shoot pictures, or I go and design objects.
5. What’s your fondest memory of drinking champagne?
I still remember one evening drinking 1964 Dom Pérignon at Château Dom Pérignon. I spent that evening in front of the fireplace with a friend. It was extravagant. I’ve always been a champagne lover, and I am very close to the chef de cave at Dom Pérignon, even before starting our amazing collaboration. Everything started out of a friendship.
6. Speaking of Dom Pérignon, what’s your favourite way to drink it?
I like to go high and low, that’s the beauty of it. Before this interview I was sat here, sipping champagne and eating my vegan pizza – it was perfect. You don’t need to do anything too extravagant.
7. Tell us about the casting of Assemblage?
At the beginning I didn’t choose my daughter, Zoë, but they asked me, and she said yes. We had fun; it was a great group of people. Susan [Sarandon] is such a force, still so young, vibrant and beautiful. And Alexander [Wang] came with Zoë – they have known each other since high school.
8. Are you working on residential projects?
Yes, we are doing six residential projects in Miami, Malibu, Aspen and Detroit, but more are coming.
9. What are the challenges you face when designing?
Everything starts with a space in which I see the object I’m going to design, because I always design something that I want to use. I ask myself how I can amplify the space without taking over it; it’s a balance.
10. Where does the creative process start for you?
My mood board always helps me to visualise my ideas. I love to work with people that want to make art, in complete freedom; you can go deep and find unique and exceptional pieces. At the moment, there is a lot of interest in fine vintage furniture, pieces by Gabriella Crespi, Paul Evans, Pierre Jeanneret, to name a few.
11. Tell us about your design style?
I love to work in different environments – the concepts I create for the countryside are different from what I create in the city. However, you can see the thread in my work. The furniture is very sculptural, the art and the lighting are both important for my aesthetic. And I always look for organic materials, such as stone and wood.
12. And finally, how would you describe your life in a song title?
My first album, my first song. Let Love Rule. This drives my creativity and my life since.
Discover Lenny Kravitz’s limited-edition collection for Dom Pérignon: domperignon.com/uk-en
This article was originally published in the Autumn 19 Issue.