Lenny Kravitz’s design sensibility will be on display with the September 16th premiere of Queen Latifah’s daytime talk show. It is the first TV show set design for Kravitz, 49. It was Jada Pinkett Smith — an executive producer on the show with husband Will Smith who floated the idea of tapping Kravitz after seeing two luxury penthouses he designed at the SLS Hotel South Beach.
A dramatic staircase dominates the modern set with its neutral tones and bold lines on the Sony lot in Culver City. The central interview area is flanked by a DJ booth and a more intimate interview area. Latifah has dubbed the space “the Michelle Obama room” in an aspirational nod to a highly desired guest. While his design inspirations include Frank Lloyd Wright, Karl Springer and Zaha Hadid, he took his cues from Latifah in decorating her set. “Latifah is soulful, elegant, sophisticated yet still street. She’s a woman for all seasons,” says Kravitz.