Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz open the doors to their art-filled California mansion


Written by Megan C. Hills, CNN

In the mountains north of San Diego, a modernist mansion made from white concrete and glass rises from the cliffside. The property, nicknamed “Razor House” after the close by Razor Point Trail, is now house to 2 well-known inhabitants: singer Alicia Keys and her music producer husband Kasseem Dean, higher often called Swizz Beatz, alongside their youngsters Genesis and Egypt.
The duo have since given the residence their very own title, “Dreamland,” filling it with artworks by Black artists, a fleet of Ferraris, an infinity pool and a recording studio tucked away in an area Dean calls “the grown up floor.” Boasting views over the Pacific Ocean, the house is claimed to have impressed Tony Stark’s mansion within the “Iron Man” franchise, based on Architectural Digest, which is dedicating the cover story of its December challenge to the property.

Speaking to the journal, Dean revealed that he set his coronary heart on the house lengthy earlier than buying it. The practically 11,000-square-foot mansion, a photograph of which served as his telephone wallpaper for eight years earlier than the couple moved in, was “incredibly important to me,” he’s quoted as saying.

“Every wall in this house, every bit of it, is sculpture,” he added. “These beautiful ‘S’ shapes, these chevrons going down the hillside, curvatures flying in space over your head. It’s more akin to sculpture than architecture.”

An exterior view of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz's home, which previously known as "Razor House" but has been dubbed "Dreamland" by the couple.

An exterior view of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s house, which beforehand often called “Razor House” however has been dubbed “Dreamland” by the couple. Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest

When the couple’s actual property agent messaged to say the house was available on the market, Dean was anxious that Keys — who cherished residing on the East Coast — can be reluctant to maneuver out west. “She’s Miss New York,” he mentioned. “They might as well make a sculpture of her the (new) Statue of Liberty.”

But after the couple have been invited by the the earlier proprietor to spend a weekend exploring the home, Keys started imagining her life there, based on Architectural Digest. The singer mentioned she was satisfied to relocate throughout a morning meditation session on the property, as she watched parasailers floated over a close-by mountain.

“In that moment, I felt like I was witnessing a beautiful metaphor, and I wanted to not ever forget how endless we are and how the unimaginable can happen,” she advised the journal. “That’s what did it for me. I was taken.”

An artwork by Nigerian American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola hangs in the family dining room.

An art work by Nigerian American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola hangs within the household eating room. Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest

‘Wildest dream’

After lastly buying the house in 2019, Keys and Dean tasked New York-based inside designer Kelly Behun with remodeling the house into “Dreamland.” (Dean was a longtime fan of Behun’s, describing her as having “soul.”)

The designer introduced a chic softness to the house with Moroccan wool rugs and velvet and shearling upholstery, seeking to an earthy coloration palette that complemented the house’s environment. Key objects of furnishings echo the constructing’s mild curves, with rounded couches and round espresso tables noticed all through the home.

Also chatting with Architectural Digest, Behun mentioned she did not wish to “upstage the natural surroundings, the architecture or the art.”

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz on the cover of Architectural Digest's forthcoming December issue.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz on the duvet of Architectural Digest’s forthcoming December challenge. Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest

As prolific collectors, Keys and Dean put artwork on the coronary heart their house. With a portfolio of over 1,000 artworks, amassed over 20 years, the pair have lined their partitions with museum-worthy items by the likes of KAWS and Jean Michel-Basquiat.
Black artists take the highlight, with works by Kwame Brathwaite, Lauren Pearce and Burkinabe photographer Sanlé Sory given delight of place throughout the house. Evocative pictures by the civil rights-era photographer Gordon Parks additionally hold all through the property, with Architectural Digest revealing that the couple personal the world’s largest non-public assortment of his work.

“I love that 90 percent of the art in the house is by artists who are now our friends,” Dean mentioned, including that a few of them have even partied or spent the evening on the home.

Sentimental objects are additionally woven into the house decor, together with a child grand piano that was gifted to Keys by her file label when she turned 16. Keys is quoted as saying that their house was “a place to create dreams and to be bold enough to dream your wildest dream.”

“For us to be here is a wildest dream,” she added.

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