Musicians at Home | Sam Spiegel - Design Bureau

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MODERN MAN Patience has paid off for Spiegel. He spent five years looking for the perfect house to suit his style, then took his time amassing a collection of designer furniture that includes a Roche Bobois Mah Jong sofa, Eero Aarnio Ball and Tomato Chairs, and Flos’ Arco floor lamp.

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Musicians at Home | Sam Spiegel

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

By Aryn Beitz
Photos by Rainbeau Seitz

Sam Spiegel loves making music so much that he spent five years seeking out his A-frame in the Hollywood Hills because he dug the acoustics the classic architectural style created. It’s a must for the mastermind behind the new group Maximum Hedrum and hip-hop duo N.A.S.A.—whose musical collaborations with artists like David Byrne, Chuck D, Tom Waits, Kanye West, Karen O, George Clinton, Method Man, and more were chronicled in the recent documentary N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo. Spiegel, who has also collaborated with visual artists like Shepard Fairey and his brother, filmmaker Spike Jonze, needed a home that not only complements his minimalist design sensibilities, but also is inviting and spacious enough to house a recording studio and his (many) friends comfortably.

AB: We love the classic architecture of your house. Were you specifically looking for an A-frame?
Sam Spiegel: A few years back, I scored a Kevin Smith film called Cop Out with musician Harold Faltermeyer in a rented A-frame in Lake Tahoe. I discovered how great the acoustics are in A-frames and proceeded to spend five years looking for the right place. As soon as I saw this house, I knew it had to be mine—even though it wasn’t on the market yet.

AB: It looks like you’re a fan of classic designer furniture, too. Tell us about some of your pieces.
SS: My brother gave me the white rug for my birthday. For a while, it was the only thing in the room and that’s where people would sit when they came over. I was looking at a bunch of different sofas and went into Roche Bobois one day and fell in love with the Mah Jong sofa. It feels very ’70s style to me and the fabric is so amazing. I’ve always wanted an egg chair with speakers—as far as I’m concerned, it’s the quintessential space-age chair. I also love my Tomato Chair by Eero Aarnio—his work is really fun and inspiring.

AB: Your home is pretty minimal—is it a reaction of your overall design philosophy?
SS: My old house—which also doubled as my studio and office—had gear and equipment in every crevice and built up on every wall possible, so when I moved into this house, I wanted it to be empty for a while so I could create some headspace. I wanted absolutely no clutter. I’ve been slowly adding furniture and art, but I want to take my time collecting the right pieces, rather than just buying pieces for the meantime.

AB: As a musician and performer, how important is personal style to you? Are there musicians whose style inspires you?
SS: I think M.I.A. has a really cool, unique style, and she’s just an inspiring person in general. I also think André 3000 has pretty dope style. Personal style is definitely important to me and influences the people I’m inspired by. Maybe it’s superficial, but at the same time, when I like the way someone looks, it’s appealing to me and makes me more attracted to what they’re all about and the music they make.

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