Inside Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s Art-Filled Modernist Home Overlooking the Pacific Ocean

A hectic timetable, on the other hand, didn’t maintain Dean from currently being a hands-on collaborator all through the nine-thirty day period-extended job, says Behun. “He life and breathes that property he understands each individual sq. inch of it. Currently being remote would ordinarily be an obstacle, [but] he was so in tune with what he realized he preferred, and which is why all the things just clicked.” Erected in 2007, the cantilevered structure includes floor-to-ceiling glass, white concrete, grand walkways, manicured courtyards, and floating staircases. Eager on producing the residence extra household-pleasant and considerably less like a place a “superhero would dwell in,” Behun brought in warmth by introducing wooden factors, Moroccan wool rugs, and seating upholstered in tender fabrics like shearling and cotton velvet. The palette leans closely on colors that harmonize with the views—golden sands, caramel browns, buttery cognacs. “The interiors do not in any way shout they’re basic and timeless,” suggests Behun, afterwards adding, “It was never likely to be about making an attempt to upstage the normal surroundings, the architecture, or the artwork.”

Dean and Keys’s art assortment, amassed over 20 many years and totaling more than 1,000 performs, is as substantial as it is enviable. Decades ago, the pair selected to concentration on buying pieces by African American and African artists, ranging from Kehinde Wiley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye to Barkley L. Hendricks and Henry Taylor. They also have a treasure trove of Gordon Parks images—the biggest in private palms. “It genuinely feels like he’s a grandfather to us,” claims Keys of the celebrated lensman. “To be in a position to keep his selection collectively and for it to live in the residence of Black artists is genuinely quite emotional for me.”

In the principal bed room, a pair of 1940’s Sven Staaf chairs upholstered in shearling from Hostler Burrows flank an oak and stone mosaic facet desk with rope accents by Kelly Behun Studio from The Invisible Assortment.

Frank Frances Studio

In accordance to Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, “Alicia and Kasseem see themselves not only as collectors of artwork but as custodians of the society.” She continues, “Over the several years, I have watched their assortment establish as their vision has widened and expanded to make a collection that genuinely represents the breadth and depth of the function currently being designed by Black artists.” Dean, a member of the board of the Brooklyn Museum, and Keys also obtain to be in shut community with fellow creatives. “I adore that 90 per cent of the artwork in the residence is by artists who are now our buddies,” Dean boasts. “We’ve damaged bread with them, they’ve partied at our residence, they’ve expended the night time. It is not transactional for us.”