Today we share with you the serene Los Angeles house that fashion designer and lifestyle Jenni Kayne created with Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen. It tells you everything you need to know about her aesthetic sensibility, her priorities, and the DNA of her brand.
Working with Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen, the L.A. tastemaker crafts a tranquil abode that gathers strength from the poetry of light and space.
Jenni Kayne’s adventure began when she and Ehrlich decided to decamp from their home in Beverly Hills (AD, October 2012) for greener pastures.
“I described my dream property to Richard, a place with lots of trees and breathing space, somewhere you wouldn’t feel like you’re in L.A. anymore,” Jenni Kayne recalls.
More than anything, though, the house is a proper home, a refuge Jenni Kayne shares with her husband, their three children, and a small menagerie of two dogs, goats, rescued mini horses, and a mini donkey named Walnut.
With its spare, soulful volumes and its eminently calm, neutral palette of natural materials, the structure neatly encapsulates Jenni Kayne’s Cali-centric vision of gracious, effortless living. It’s a bravura performance, delivered sotto voce.
“I learned so much building this place with Vincent—how I want to live, what matters to me, what makes the most sense for my family,” says Jenni Kayne
A Poul Henningsen hanging light from Galerie Half punctuates the breakfast area.
“I’m a modernist, heart and soul, and I’ve always been inspired by the particular kind of modernism that emerged in California. I was interested to see how I could participate in that history and still remain true to my own work,” the architect explains, characterizing Jenni Kayne’s home as a “beautiful synchronization of a midcentury attitude revisited by a Belgian attitude.”