In the program Collecting Design, I will focus on innovative design collectors, such as Lenny Kravitz, whom I spoke to a couple of months ago. Over the course of two decades, four-time Grammy Award-winner Kravitz established himself as a superstar rocker, songwriter, and producer. Lately, he has built two other careers: one as a supporting actor in such films as Precious and The Hunger Games, and the other as an interior designer. When I spoke to him,
I found that to Kravitz, design is not only a passion, but also an integral part of his lifestyle and cultural agenda. He also began collecting postwar furniture and objects when the market was in its infancy and has developed a personal, expressive, and highbrow style that mirrors his music. Like the latter, which incorporates elements of rock, soul, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, and folk, his design collection consists of contradictory elements: pop, brutalism, modernism, and expressionism.