Kate Moss As an Interior Designer?
Since being discovered at the age of 14 while waiting at JFK Airport, in New York, Kate Moss has quickly begun her climb to success, becoming one of the most famous top-models of our times and a real style icon inspiring women from around the world. We all have been intrigued by her heroin chic look, and we all remember how she used to trash hotel’s rooms while dating her former boyfriend Johnny Depp. Despite her problems with drug-addiction and with some other tumultuous exes, no one has ever doubted Moss’ passion for clothes, which led her to design some best-selling collections for Topshop – one of the most famous fast-fashion chains. To our major surprise, Kate Moss has also recently added ‘interior designer’ to her already impressive Curriculum Vitae, after collaborating with The Lakes by Yoo – the fine luxury estate agency founded by designer Philippe Starck and property entrepreneur John Hitchcox. Situated in the Cotswolds, UK, Yoo’s waterside homes are set in hundreds of acres of idyllic English countryside, and Kate Moss could not pass up the chance to collaborate with these two artistic minds.
Kate Moss thus spent the last 6 months standing over the interior design of the Barnhouse, a new luxury home located in the Cotswolds, built from green oak and local stone, and inspired by agricultural style buildings. With five bedrooms, a swimming pool and an acre of land, the Barnhouse is in the middle of a silver birch wood, which can be admired from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Moss, who owns a country retreat in Oxfordshire, has never made a secret of her love for the English countryside, and wanted us to see what happens when she combines her glam-rock style with a traditional rural-looking building.
Moss’ participation with this project brought Twenties, Sixties and Seventies influences to the mansion, which can be easily spotted respectively thanks to the velvet sofas, the black-and-white guest rooms with pink curtains, the ethnic Peruvian bed covers and the four-poster bed created by artisan David Haddock, who has also previously designed Kate’s personal dressing room at her London home. Artworks by Damien Hirst, one of the most prominent members of the artistic collective known as YBAs – Young British Artists – give Barnhouse some of the best ‘90s vibes available, while framed photos of Bob Dylan, Sid Vicious and Elvis Presley will remind its future buyer of Moss’ close relationship with the wild and passionate Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle. Moreover, Chris Levin’s artworks give Barnhouse an ironic pop culture turn and manifest Moss’ enthusiasm for contemporary photography, also shown through some framed pictures of Kate Moss herself (including some of her notorious topless photos) that at the same time self-explain the new-born interior designer’s philosophy, which may be described as a mash-up of ‘all the cool things ever happened since the XX century-including me, of course’.
All these pop-culture references, along with the main Twenties, Sixties and Seventies influences, make a great contrast with the outdoors and indoors earthy-colors, perfectly juxtaposing a peaceful nature setting with some more comfortable and modern interiors. Just in case you were wondering and had a few million pounds to spend for a second house, Barnhouse designed by Kate Moss is on the market for £ 2.5 million, and is surely going to be worth more in the future! As for us (A.K.A those who cannot afford such a mansion but totally like Kate Moss), well, we just have to wait for her next move!
Photos courtesy of Vogue