Thinking of the saying "your house is the mirror of your soul", it is natural to assume that a man who’s achieved fame and wealth by mixing music would be drawn to a home dressed with an eclectic fusion of architectural styles.
The Hollywood Hills home of Alex Pall, one half of the American Grammy-award-winning DJ duo The Chainsmokers, fuses an original 1930s structure with 1980s and '90s upgrades, with postmodernist revisions that added an industrial edge, resulting in a striking mashup of architectural styles that appealed to the star.
While Alex initiated the interior décor with nature-themed wallpaper and an orange velvet couch in the family room, he then turned to celebrity interior designer Peti Lau for professional help. When Peti began decorating the house, she took the lead from the musician’s open mind and art collection and dialled up the décor energy to the top.
Inspired by Alex’s wallpaper, she continued the interior-jungle theme, as she called it, with a natural-fibre coffee table that evokes dried versions of the leaves on the wall, and leopard and tribal-print pillows. The orange, green and blue palette of the painting by Hassan Hajjaj (the Andy Warhol of Morocco, says Peti) recurs in trippy throw pillows from Silken Favours and the vintage Turkish rug laid over a larger jute rug. ‘A classic antique rug is a nice way to stabilise all the stuff that’s going on,’ she explains.
A particularly striking detail in this living room is a golden sideboard from Essential Home. Inspired by the 007 films, Monocles is a sideboard built entirely out of solid walnut wood, accented by its gold-plated brass front doors that feature a protruding circular design. These circles are engraved to the back and side of the unit, giving the piece extreme character and a high-end look. The knurling knobs on the drawers and the tapered legs makes this a perfect piece of furniture for retro lovers or mid-century admirers, like Alex.
‘The house has this built-in eclecticism,’ says Peti, a Chinese-Vietnamese-American born in Israel, whose own influences might be similarly characterised. ‘It felt appropriate to approach each interior space as its own unique environment.’ She has brashly mixed decades and colours and incorporated Alex’s growing contemporary art collection, an approach that holds each room together.
A celebrated designer based in New York, Peti has over a decade of residential and commercial experience and has worked with leading interior design firms including Cullman & Kravis, Jeff Lincoln, Huniford Design Studio, and iCrave.
Over the years, Peti has developed a signature style that she’s coined as “AristoFreak™”, which expresses her worldly inspirations with eclectic colours, patterns, and textures, to create romance and distinct moods in the spaces she designs.
AristoFreak™ emerged from Peti’s early expatriate career in Thailand, Mauritius and Europe, influenced by her love of art, travel, and lifestyle, and the style has evolved through the ideology of “old world charms” adapted for modern living, which we see in Alex’s maximalist abode.