Kate Moss moves into interior design with "retro-glamour" holiday home

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Supermodel Kate Moss has become the latest celebrity to launch a design career, creating interiors for a house that forms part of a "luxury second homes" development in the English countryside.

Kate Moss-designed interiors for Yoo

For her foray into interior design, Moss has teamed up with Yoo – the architecture and design company co-founded by property entrepreneur John Hitchcox and prolific French designer Philippe Starck.

According to Yoo, Moss has designed the interiors for The Barnhouse. The £2.5 million five-bedroom house is located in The Lakes – a development of Yoo holiday homes on a 263-hectare estate on a former quarry in the Cotswolds.

Kate Moss-designed interiors for Yoo

"John and I became friends through our love for the English countryside (and the pub)..." said the model. "When he told me about The Barnhouse in the middle of the silver birch wood I was intrigued and then excited to become part of the design team. We have created a luxurious haven in the woods, a perfect place to escape with family and friends."

The house features brick and wood cladding, extensive glazing, a gabled roof and a large raised deck with a private swimming pool.



Inside, five bedrooms are arranged around a double-height living space, with an open-plan kitchen to one side. Among the highlights are the master bedroom, which features a thick grey plush carpet and a mirrored four-poster bed.

Other bedrooms are finished with wallpaper by London brand House of Hackney, based on Victorian designs by William Morris.

Kate Moss-designed interiors for Yoo

A large Wireflow light by Arik Levy hangs in the centre of the living space, where furnishings are upholstered in velvet-like fabrics.

"The kitchen is a prominent focal point featuring indigo blue cabinets with Crittall glass, and old-school brass cup handles, creating an intense and moody atmosphere central to the heart of the home," said a statement from Yoo.

"The kitchen also features a solid concrete island and slate countertop important for intimate family living. This striking twist on old-fashioned decor is extended into the living space with the use of prominent furnishings such as curved deep buttoned velvet Talisman sofas built on brass bases."

Kate Moss-designed interiors for Yoo

Bespoke furniture has been built by David Haddock, a local craftsman who built Moss' dressing room in London. The furnishings include a dining table with matching benches, the steel four-poster bed. A TV cabinet includes a silver thunderbolt, which is an homage to pop star David Bowie.

Moss has also chosen the artwork for the house, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Allen Jones and the model's collaborations with Dinos Chapman and Chris Allen. Yoo said the art helped create "a retro-glamour take on the traditional English home".

Kate Moss-designed interiors for Yoo

"Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, within its own secluded one-acre plot of private woodland, the new five-bedroom home is a retreat away from the bright lights of the city and catwalk scene," said the firm.

"The interiors have been carefully considered by Kate – a displaced glamour within the woods – creating a juxtaposition of traditional elegance and modern design."

Moss has previously designed fashion collections for British high-street retailer Topshop, and has also provided inspiration for a range of designers and artists. Last year, a new champagne glass was modelled on her left breast.

Kate Moss-designed interiors for Yoo

Yoo has worked with a number of celebrity interior designers including Jade Jagger and Kelly Hoppen. Other collaborators have included Marcel Wanders, co-founder of Dutch design brand Moooi.

More and more famous people are dipping their toes into design, with recent examples including musician Lenny Kravitz who unveiled a 1970s-inspired collection of interior products. Kanye West has collaborated on clothing with sports brand Adidas, as has fellow musician Pharrell, who has also designed a chair called The Tank and a fashion collection for G-Star made from ocean plastic. Will.i.am has created a smart cuff, eyewear and a range of objects made from recycled plastic.

Earlier this year, actor Antonio Banderas also revealed his plans to study fashion design in London.

  • jean uffle

    Crédible.

  • Eve

    Like a child painting with colours, cute and nice but honestly not really very good.

  • sorperdida

    Does it come with a sniffing vault?

  • Meme

    Design is a good substitute for narcotics.

  • guisforyou

    Obviously, she’s in to doing lines.

  • Andrew

    She is hot even in a high-visibility vest!

  • Alex O’Connell

    I guess anyone can call themselves a designer these days. Stick to your day job Moss!

    • She is just doing her job as a great marketing icon.

  • Nikki Gu

    It is wrong to call Kate a designer! What she did was DECORATING and it isn’t really good either! The choice of lines was just irony.

    • Richard Montena

      I agree Nikki.

    • Jelena Stojanovic

      Exactly what I wanted to say. Decorating.

  • Marcos Estevan

    Really Brian, this strange woman designs a building with walls, a roof and some windows – what’s that all about? I don’t know Stewie, very strange don’t ya thunk.

  • Marcos Estevan

    Brian I just found out that the woman used to be a model. Really Stewie, what did she model? Plate glass, Brian.

  • Nick

    Philippe Starck must be appalled.

    • Wrong – this is mostly a marketing tool, I think. And Stark is good at that. :)

      • Chris82

        I agree, it’s like because there are no famous designers in the world! So let’s use Kate Moss. If this is where the world is going, which will have a mark up on the price, then shame on companies like Yoo.

  • IDRACULA

    This is just more pop culture invading our lives. As if pop culture icons have some innate abilities to do and comment on anything when in fact they are one-trick ponies. They should stick to the entertainment niche they are good at. Design is nothing more than sport for Moss.

  • marmite

    I just want to cry.

  • Nelson De Sousa

    As they say “everyone’s entitled to their opinion”, but no one has the right to stop people designing or decorating (tuition fees work out what you may call yourself) however they want.

  • Mies

    Since when did Martha Stewart take over Dezeen?

  • stuart

    I’d like to redesign her interior.