Canadian mega-star and worldwide hip hop sensation, Aubrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, trusted his 50,000 square feet renovation into the hands of the esteemed Canadian architectural and interior designer Ferris Rafauli. The result? A marvel of old-world craftsmanship, constructed of limestone, bronze, exotic woods, and other noble materials. Every detail of the over-the-top property has been meticulously conceived and executed, featuring both luxury furniture design as well as highly collectable gallery pieces.
Dubbed The Embassy, the private home takes its cues from traditional Beaux-Arts architecture, distilled and slightly abstracted to imbue the classic idiom with a more contemporary spirit. Ferris Rafauli describes the crazysexycool interiors as “modern Art Deco,” both referencing a classic historical style but also highlighting that it as been tweaked and rejuvenated to reflect a more modern design as well as Drake‘s own personal style.
The size of the rooms truly sets the tone for the home experience from the moment one enters the vast entry hall, which is clad in solid limestone with bevelled inserts of Nero Marquina marble beneath a faceted ceiling of antique mirror framed in bronze.
The epic great room, which stands 44 feet high, pumps up the volume even further. At one end of the space, a bespoke concert grand piano by the venerable Austrian piano maker Bösendorfer designed in collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and Ferris Rafauli sits nestled within a portal defined by floor-to-ceiling panels of Macassar ebony set alongside bronze screens fronting more antique bevelled mirror.
The second highlight of the astonishing room is a monumental iteration of Lobmeyr’s iconic Metropolitan chandelier, originally designed by Hans Harald Rath for the Viennese maker to decorate the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1963. With more than 20,000 pieces of hand-cut Swarovski crystal, the dazzling light sculpture is the second largest installation of its kind in the world.
A canary-yellow lounge, which, along with several other rooms of the luxury home, can be spotted in many of Drake‘s hit videos (“When to Say When”/“Chicago Freestyle” and “Toosie Slide”), also takes notes from the Art Deco style. The room’s mesmerizing ceiling design of concentric backlit hexagonal panels wrapped in Alcantara faux suede, with a massive Venini-glass sunburst chandelier dropped from its centre, will take anyone’s breath away. The furnishings, here as throughout the home, were all custom designed by Ferris Rafauli in materials that range from dyed ostrich skin and mohair to Macassar and bronze.
Drake’s favourite spot in the house is his master bedroom suite. The bed and bed base, which weigh roughly one ton is from Ferris Rafauli’s new line for Hästens, called Grand Vividus. The headboard, accented with antique mirror and channel-tufted leather, encompasses a whiskey-and-champagne bar on the reverse side. The nightstands feature mother-of-pearl inlays, and the bedding incorporates an Alexander McQueen hummingbird tapestry from The Rug Company.
The centrepiece of the master bath is a 4,000-pound tub of faceted black marble carved from a single block. Equally dramatic is Drake’s two-story closet, adorned with amethyst hardware, rock crystal, and seating upholstered in diamond-tufted shearling with polished nickel studs.
Taking a look at his own private kingdom, Drake notes:
“I think the house shows that I have true faith in myself to take on this task when I was just 27 and see it through,” says the now 33-year-old superstar. “I also think the house says that I will forever remain solid in the place I was born.”
Source: Architectural Digest
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