Iím inspired by music, by photographs, by photographersówhen I did my apartment in Paris, my main inspiration was Helmut Newtown and Yves Saint Laurent. Thatís how I think about itóand then thereíll be a touch of Miles Davis. My team understands what Iím saying. So itís not just being inspired by whatís in the design world. Itís many different flavors.
How does the design process work for you?When Iím working on the road, Iíll sketch somethingóvery badly, Iím not a good sketcher, Iíll admit that. A lot of the time it will be on paper plates and napkins. And then Iíll have my guys straighten it up. Or Iíll have one or two of my team fly out, spend a few days on the tour bus with me. Even when Iím on the road touring Iím working. Iím a bit ofÖ if Iím going to do it, Iím going to do it.
Because it matters that your name is on it?
Yeah. And people are always surprised when I show up on site in my hard hat. I donít think people expect that. The first thing people want to know is, 'OK youíre talented, but are you going to get this done on time and on budget?' You know, you canít come rock star with that. And our clients always pleasantly surprised. My office is run very, very tight. Iíve got great people working with me. We have a good time.
[SLS photo: HotelChatter; Kravitz: GossipExtra.com]