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I’m on a David Bowie kick, thanks to YBCA’s March movie program including The Man Who Fell to Earth, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, and The Hunger. The pioneering androgynous performer of the 70’s and 80’s was a role model for outlandish self reinvention, challenging my belief in what was possible. I loved him!

I was fascinated when I recently came across this London home designed for David Bowie and Iman by Jonathan Reed. How does a creative artist, whose shifting style so fascinated a young boy from the midwest, live? Well, if this home is any indication, he lives modestly (but expensively) in a beautifully crafted interior which is smart, understated in a way that transcend trends. Is it too boring for the man who created Ziggy Stardust? Here are a few of the images for you to decide.

David Bowie living room

Vintage and custom pieces fill this intimate living room and dining room.

David Bowie living room side board

Two identical sofas upholstered in similar but different fabrics set the stage for low-key style.

A reading alcove with Saarinen chair, Royere light and custom organic table.

A reading alcove with Saarinen chair, Royere light and custom organic table.

David Bowie

Typical steel firebox.

David Bowie bedroom, bed

Simple built-in night stands in this understated room.

David Bowie bedroom

Elegant fireplace surround and hearth.

David Bowie hallway

This house really shines in the details, such as this restrained balustrade and whip-stitch wool stair runner. The house must be so elegant to experience in person.

David Bowie library

The wood work in this office for a former International Playboy is exquisite.

David Bowie garden

I love this modern, symmetrical garden.

Studio Reed library

From the materials library of Jonathan Reed.

David Bjørngaard, March 2015

PS Clearly this was intended as a pied-à-terre.  Sadly Bowie and Iman never lived in this residence, as the cover was blown and the paparazzi found out the address.

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