When mother and son design duo, Kathleen and Tommy Clements, plus Waldo Fernandez, found out their next superstar client, was none other than supermodel of the world, Kendall Jenner, they didn’t know what to expect. For her Los Angeles home, being a 24-year-old supermodel, she was expected to have a “flashy” style, so when Kendall Jenner revealed a more bohemian and funky than the rest of her family, it came as a surprise.
“Being who she is, we thought Kendall might gravitate toward something more flashy, more va-va-voom. I think we were all thrilled to discover that she has taste beyond her years,” says Kathleen. Fernandez punctuates the sentiment: “There are plenty of people we know who have travelled extensively and been exposed to so much but don’t absorb anything. Kendall is different. She takes everything in and is confident about the things that resonate with her,” he says.
Kendall Jenner made few structural changes to the existing architecture of this Los Angeles home, instead of repurposing two of the five bedrooms into a pair of proper glam and fitting rooms. The living room perhaps best epitomizes the young model’s predilection for warm, organic textures, earthy tones, and eminently comfortable furnishings. With a cozy fireplace anchoring one end of the space, two broad sofas, stocked with a range of pillows in vintage textiles, offer ample room for visiting friends and family.
In contrast to the subdued palette of the furniture and finishes, Kendall Jenner’s collection of contemporary art—which includes works by Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, Raymond Pettibon, and Sterling Ruby—adds some serious jolts of color to the mix. Just off the entry, a signature James Turrell ovoid wall sculpture, animated by shifting, computer-programmed LED lights, greets visitors with a dreamy chromatic display.
Although Kendall Jenner confesses that she’s still new to the contemporary art world, Fernandez emphasizes that her interest is far from superficial. “Kendall wasn’t just checking off names on a list or blindly following the advice of an adviser. She picked things that meant something to her, things she had a gut reaction to,” the designer notes.
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In the sitting area of her bedroom, a Tracey Emin neon sculpture faces off unexpectedly with a pair of 18th-century Italian painted door panels. “I grew up with those panels in the various homes we lived in. I asked for them when my mom was cleaning out one of her storage spaces. They bring me back to my childhood,” Kendall Jenner says.
“I’m really proud of what we accomplished here. This is the first home I’ve done completely, and I think it’s a genuine reflection of who I am and what I like,” Kendall Jenner says. “In the end, I’m still a young female in L.A., just trying to have some fun.”
For Kendall Jenner, who has spoken publicly about her battle with anxiety and panic attacks, the panels, like the arts-and-crafts room she installed in the Los Angeles home’s erstwhile home theatre, are simply one more facet of her efforts to fashion a soothing refuge from the hurly-burly of her professional life under the harsh spotlight of runway shows and paparazzi.