The floor plan of Cara Delevingne’s home probably looks more like a tabletop board game than a structurally sound blueprint. From a fiery-red poker room to a therapeutic ball pit and walk-in closet for costume party emergencies, every inch of Delevingne’s home appears to be designed with one thing in mind: fun.
The poker room comes with vintage games table. Credit: Laure Joliet/AD
“My work requires me to put on many different hats and costumes,” the 28-year-old told Architectural Digest. “I love slipping into these various characters, so I wanted my home to reflect lots of different themes and moods.”
The mirrored bedframe is a custom piece from Nicolò Bini. Credit: Laure Joliet/AD
But the model’s maximalist approach to design proved useful: The house came partially furnished with an assemblage of dark, “goth-glam” fittings — and Delevingne decided to stick with many of the previous owner’s selections. “It felt wasteful to toss everything out,” she is quoted as saying. “Sometimes sustainability just means working with what you have.”
A fresh lick of paint, some new upholstery and a creative outlook helped the inherited furnishings fit in with Delevingne’s aesthetic. “The big crystal chandelier in the living room wasn’t exactly my thing, so we put a disco ball in the middle of it and added colored lights,” she said. “All of a sudden it feels like me.”
Cara Delevingne, Architectural Digest’s July/August cover star. Credit: Laure Joliet/AD
Architect Nicolò Bini, founder of Line Architecture, helped transform the previously unassuming 1940s residence into Delevingne’s own personal pleasure palace. A property that is said to have hosted Pope John Paul II on his visit to LA in 1987, according to Architectural Digest, is now home to a mirrored ceiling, gold stripper pole, tasseled swing and ankle and wrist restraints, all of which are found in the model’s blush-toned attic pad.
The titillating details should not, however, completely overshadow the house’s day-to-day function, Delevingne said. “It still feels like a home,” she insisted. “There’s a proper dining room and living room and a great kitchen.”
“But it’s also a kind of journey. The deeper in you go, the more treasures you discover.”