Lenny Kravitz grew up being transported—physically and metaphorically—in Cadillac cars. “My grandfather always had Cadillacs. He swapped them out every few years,” said the musician, composer, photographer, actor and AD100 designer vf during a recent visit to Metro Detroit. “He was a hard working man, worked five jobs and grew up in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. But Cadillac was his thing. And he stacked us all in the back, like five or six kids, and he got us out of Brooklyn. He wanted to introduce the children from the neighborhood to art, museums, theater and sports. So the Cadillac was his vehicle to get us all in and expose us to all these wonderful things.”
Kravitz was once again in the back seat of a Cadillac at the famous Eero Saarinen “Design Dome” vehicle viewing stage at the General Motors Technical Center. But this wasn’t one of the gas-guzzling Sedan de Villes or Fleetwood Broughams of his youth. It was the all-new, battery-powered, zero-emission Celestiq sedan, the brand’s forthcoming flagship. The hand-built Celestiq is expected to cost around $300,000. And the price will go up from there, thanks to the wide range of material customizability available to almost any interior – fabrics, woods, leathers, metals and carbon fiber can be individually selected and perforated, etched or 3D printed to customer specifications.
Given Kravitz’s personal history, this notion of a top-of-the-line electric Cadillac — particularly one as long as the brand’s snorting Escalade SUV, with a bulbous hatchback profile akin to a Syd Mead fantasy — seemed anathema at first. “When I got here it was a bit unnerving because it’s such a futuristic vehicle. And I’m really into classics, vintage cars and lines,” he said. But he warmed up. “As I’ve spent more time with the vehicle, I see that it really respects the heritage.”
As part of his collaboration with Cadillac on the launch of the Celestiq, Kravitz will work with them to specify his own custom version of the electric vehicle Michael Simcoe– Vice President of Global Design at General Motors – and his team. Kravitz already has some ideas. “I think this car will go to Paris where I have my house,” he said.
Like most of his interior designs, his home in Paris is very eclectic. “It had a lot of African art mixed in with a more European sensibility,” Kravitz said. And he plans to take a similar approach to the car’s interior. His mood board so far includes exotic woods with strong patterns mixed with colors like camel and chocolate and caramel. For the exterior, Kravitz says he tends towards a color that “would look kind of black in the dark, but it’s really a rich brown with a little bit of metal flake.” A bit of dimension.”
Unsurprisingly, he’s a bit nocturnal for someone who was wearing giant sunglasses and head-to-toe black leather during our interview. “I’m a day person too, but I come alive at night. That’s when I feel most creative,” he said. So he imagines this motorless electric sedan as a silent chariot through the City of Light. “I want it to be some kind of night vehicle that drives through the streets of Paris. I want it to just float there at night. And I only go where you can park it right in front.”
Kravitz says he has never owned a car in the 15 years he has had his place in Paris and instead navigates the city on Triumph Bonneville motorcycles. But he has cars at his other current homes, including his estate in the Bahamas – near where his maternal grandfather was born. He spent the pandemic there composing three forthcoming albums.
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2022/10/lenny-kravitz-builds-out-a-futuristic-dollar300000-electric-cadillac Lenny Kravitz Builds Out a “Futuristic” $300,000 Electric Cadillac