With an impressive 21 Grammy Award wins to his name, Kanye West is up there with the greatest American rappers of all time. As well as being a singer, songwriter and record producer, West is also an entrepreneur and has created his own fashion label. However, a recent interview with wife Kim Kardashian also revealed another skill: interior design. Kanye West makes his own office furniture, working with world renowned designers to create the pieces to suit the design aesthetic he carefully plans out.
Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt and Kanye West struck up a friendship through designing pieces for the celebrity couple, who are well known for their distinctive style. Vervoordt has recently designed custom pieces for their new Hidden Hills home. The Belgian designer's unique blend of minimalism and timeless history appealed to the couple and seemingly was a match for Kanye's own design ambitions.
For those of you thinking this is a big departure for the American rapper, Kanye is actually no stranger to the design world. In fact, he was nominated for a prestigious Beazley Designs of the Year Award, by the London Design Museum, for his merchandise range. So just how hands-on is Kanye in his work designing his own office furniture? Wife Kim explains he often draws out sketches of pieces that are then taken by Axel and created. One such example is a couch they have in their home, which Axel created and named the Kanye Couch in recognition of the rapper's collaboration.
So what is Kanye West's style? Whilst Axel is known for his minimalist interior design with serene and rustic finishes, blending in historical set pieces, Kanye is also influenced by brutalism. The classic, raw architectural style, with an emphasis on striking stripped-back materials, texture and construction is a bold choice of design and highly expressive, so perhaps it comes as no surprise that Kanye is a fan of this design aesthetic. Kanye’s latest studio has been designed with a brutalist theme, no doubt heavily influenced by the star's own design tastes.
As for the future of Kanye West's interior design career, who can say? There are rumours that Kanye would like to work with a mainstream company, which would no doubt be welcome news for fans of the celebrity couple, with the opportunity to own Kanye-inspired work. In the meantime, if you are inspired to be like Kanye, and have a hand in designing your own office furniture, we have an in-house CAD design department with 3D visualisation capability. This gives our customers and project managers reassurance when planning projects and the opportunity to be creative just like Kanye!