Actor Will Smith and his lovely wife Jada Pinkett-Smith cover the September 2011 issue of Architectural Digest.
There’s also a great family portrait of the couple alongside with their two star kids Willow,10, and Jaden, 13, along with Smith’s 18-year-old Trey from a previous marriage.
The issue features Will and Jada’s sprawling Malibu, California crib.
The power couple opens up about creating their ‘spiritual home’ with stunning mountain views and gives fans a look inside their never-before-photographed nine-bedroom estate.
Will, 42, gushes to Architectural Digest magazine that the layout of the 25,000sq ft house has been designed with no ‘dead ends… to create an infinite cycle that represented what Jada and I hoped for our love’.
The Smith home, designed by architect Stephen Samuelson, includes a plethora of hand-crafted elements, ensuring an intimate and bespoke feel. And Samuelson reveals the sprawling pad takes inspiration from various cultures, from Persian, Moroccan and Spanish to Southwest America.
The living room (above) includes a 1930s copper lantern from Downtown, columns wrapped in jute rope, a pair of ’60s Brazilian rosewood chairs (at left) from Noho Modern, custom-made lounge seating (at right) upholstered in a Rose Tarlow leather, wing chairs covered in kilims and leather, and a beige silk area rug by Hokanson.
“Everything needed to be done by hand,” Will says. “We wanted to feel the love and labor that went into every piece of this place.”
“For Will and me this home was always a spiritual endeavor,” Jada says. “We’re very earthy, organic people. We wanted to create a family retreat, something made by hand and as natural as possible, something that ties back to the land.”
The bedroom terrace has pendant lights by Tom Dixon from Twentieth Art and Design, drum tables by Studio JRM, and cushions covered in Donghia, Holly Hunt, and Perennials fabrics.
‘Whatever it becomes, the craftsmanship will always represent our union and the love of our family.’ ~ says Jada.
Will calls the lake gazebo his favorite spot: “Answers come to me out there,” he says.
For such a large home, the 25,000-square-foot house has a surprising sense of intimacy; animated by the craftsmanship on display and the spirit of the celebrity power couple that live here with their children.
It was fellow actor Gene Hackman, Will’s costar in the 1998 thriller Enemy of the State, that initiated the Philly native’s decision to migrate out west.
“Gene loves Santa Fe,” Will says. “He has a house there, and he always talked about it. And then Wild Wild West came up, and we were shooting outside of Santa Fe. So I thought, Let me go see Gene’s house.”
Will admired what he saw. “I just loved that adobe flavor and feeling.”
Will and Jada have several homes spotted across the globe, including ones in Miami Beach, Stockholm and Philadelphia.
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Check out the full article at Architectural Digest.