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Sir Elton John and his partner, filmmaker David Furnish, asked Martyn Lawrence-Bullard to design their Los Angeles residence. “Our goal for this apartment was neither entertaining nor having house guests—it’s about function, about us,” says Furnish. “Though Elton’s definitely a maximalist, I, a more clean-line minimalist, we both wanted something very L.A., very ‘70s, à la the building’s architecture. Immediately I thought: Boogie Nights.” The living room’s onyx-and-chrome low tables are by Lawrence-Bullard, & the carpet is by The Rug Company.Photo: Tim Street-Porter
Gerard Butler
In Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, actor Gerard Butler worked with architect Alexander Gorlin and film designer Elvis Restaino on his 3,300-square-foot open loft in a converted manufacturing warehouse. “I wanted something elegant and gorgeous and at the same time rather masculine and raw,” says the actor. “I guess I would describe the apartment as bohemian old-world rustic château with a taste of baroque. ” The living space, shown, is centered around arched, brick-framed windows that look out at the Empire State Building. The chandelier and leather chairs and ottoman are from ABC Carpet & HomePhoto: Durston Saylor
Sting & Trudie Styler
Sting and his wife, actress and producer Trudie Styler, tapped Lee F. Mindel, of Shelton, Mindel & Associates, and restoration architectAnthony Close-Smith to renovate their early-18th-century London townhouse. Styler requested light, and Mindel delivered. In the living room, where Matisse prints and a Picasso grace the walls, the silk-and-wool rug acts like a photographer’s reflector, spreading light from the windows evenly throughout the space. The low tables are by Yves Klein, the side table is by Diego Giacometti, and the sofa fabric is byHolland & SherryPhoto: Derry Moore
Sheryl & Rob Lowe
With the help of architect Don Nulty and interior designer David Phoenix, actor Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl, built their dream house on the California coast, nestled on four acres near Santa Barbara. “I’ve always been drawn to a historic, East Coast American esthetic,” says Lowe, a Virginia native, who looked to George Washington’s Mount Vernon for inspiration. Adds Phoenix, “Sheryl loves beautiful things and is definitely a collector. She has a very clean vision. ” Pictured: An English dog painting is set over the living room fireplace, while a photograph by Lyndie Benson is above the Dutch secretary; the sisal rug is by StarkPhoto: Mary E. NicholsTO READ MORE About this Article visit: