The American contemporary artist Brian Donnelly known as KAWS had Architectural Digest on his Brooklyn home. This space reflects his family’s joy being surrounded by artists they admire and find inspiring. The works range and design furniture from 1950 to the present and there is a visual treat around every corner.
KAWS is a modern rock star in the art world, that reaches far beyond the rarefied confines of the contemporary art scene. A master at balancing personal and commercial work, he has collaborated with brands like Disney, Lucasfilm, Uniqlo, and Jordan, music stars like Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, and design-world darlings the Campana Brothers.
Donnelly has at home a vast and varied collection of art and furniture, ranging from the 1950s to the present. He’s interested in many different artists and, in a few cases, has acquired dozens of works by the same artist. “I collect piece by piece,” he says of his method. “But then you get into it and you just start thinking about the missing pieces.”
From the living room, through bedrooms and outdoor spaces, the house breath an artistic vibe, even Sunny, Donnelly’s daughter reflects an early interest in art. When we reached her bedroom, where she shows off her many beloved toys, books, and her own favorite work of art, a frog painting by Chris Martin. “She is very proud of her room and her art,” says Sunny’s mom.
“I used to walk by here every once in a while,” says the artist. “I wasn’t looking for a place—though I always like to look—so it was a spontaneous purchase. And after completing my main studio, which was a ground-up project, I came into this wanting to just get in as quickly as possible.” “We have room, we have walls to hang art, and we love the indoor/outdoor space for the kids. The challenge has been to make the home feel ‘cozy,’ Sunny’s favorite word.”