After I heard of his death this past Sunday, Lou Reed has been on my mind. I'm not sure what I was looking for initially, but I started looking up house tours that feature works by Andy Warhol (Warhol was the Velvet Underground’s manager, and Lou Reed credited his career to him). What I came to find was that people are continually incorporating Warhol into their homes in creative ways, making work that is so well-known and mass produced feel fresh and interesting.
The way people showcase Warhol reminds me of a great rock n’ roll song: sure, everyone can access it, but it feels like you’re the first one in the world to discover it, like it belongs to you. So, in this albeit left-field way, celebrating the far-reaching influence of the Factory scene on our modern aesthetic is my way of celebrating that scene’s cantankerous troubadour, a man who lived his life in art, Lou Reed.
- Hallie's Whimsical Yet Sophisticated South Loop Loft. Hallie displays her bold "Jackie O" in a beautiful modern loft setting, which is so fittingly Factory.
- Scott's Silver Lake Bachelor Pad.
- Benjamin's DIY Pop Art. This is actually a Warhol-esque DIY that artist Benjamin Purvis created as a display in his kitchen.
- Daymon's Open Plan with an Open View. Daymon's a lucky guy, as this is an original poster from a Warhol-Basquiat show in the 1980s.
- Angie & Josh's Cat and Design Friendly Home. Their home features an incredibly cool skateboard deck created by Alien Workshop, a collaboration between Steve Berra and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
- Laurie's Thrifted Elegance. Laurie's Warhol piece is a photograph of the man himself, a gift to her from friend, photographer Mark Hanauer.
- Chris's 280-Square Foot Mini Modern
- The Craver Compound. I love how the Cravers accentuate the playful nature of Warhol's work by hanging it in their daughter's room.
- James and Mark's Haute Flea Market Style. Not only do James and Mark have a lot of Warhol on display, their space truly typifies the offbeat glam of the whole scene.
- Steve's Uptown Contemporary. Featured are autographs of Warhol and Lou Reed, but also featured in the tour are limited edition Campbell's Soup Cans Steve purchased at the Warhol Museum.
- Dina's Vibrant and Eclectic Home.
- Jen and Moi's Hilltop Hideaway. The contrast between Warhol's "Marilyn" and this "Swiss Family Robinson" (their term) setting is delightful.
- *Not a house tour but definitely worth checking out, as Fong crafted a whole Warhol-style kitchen makeover: Warhol Kitchen by Jonathan Fong.
PS - What's your favorite Lou Reed or Velvet Underground song?
(Image credits: Katie Guard; Gregory Han; Benjamin Purvis; Heather Blaha; Mat Sanders; Ashley Poskin; Jacqueline Marque; Janel Laban; Marcia Prentice; Alison Gilbert; Jonathan Fong)