Inside J Balvin’s luxury homes in Colombia

Written by Ananda Pellerin, CNN

Latin music famous person J Balvin is thought for his daring type — together with his mixture of streetwear and couture, and his ever-evolving hair coloration. But he likes to maintain issues extra subdued on the inside design entrance.

“When it comes to the places I live, I definitely take a less-is-more approach,” the Grammy Award-winning artist mentioned in the newest concern of Architectural Digest. “A house should be a place where you can rest your spirit. I’ve tried to create places that feed my soul, not my ego.”
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J Balvin at his Colombia residence Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest

Gracing this month’s cowl, Balvin (full identify, Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin) known as on the abilities of design agency 5 Sólidos to create two dwelling areas in his native Columbia: a loft in bustling Medellín, and a rural retreat in Llanogrande, 30 minutes exterior of town.

His option to champion homegrown expertise is in conserving along with his wider assist for Colombian and Latinx creativity, which he typically expresses to his followers on social media.

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J Balvin has an impressively giant assortment of sneakers — a few of that are saved in this closet at his residence in Llanogrande, Colombia Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest

“Honestly, I could have called anyone in the world. But I chose 5 Sólidos because they are based right here in Medellín,” Balvin informed AD. “I love their young spirit and their passion. Latinos have beautiful taste, and we understand the meaning of lifestyle.”

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A non-public pool that opens to the skin, and a sculpture by KAWS at J Balvin’s house in Medelliín Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest

Balvin’s tranquil nation retreat is located in a jungle panorama and prominently options planes of French oak, streamlined Scandinavian-style furnishing and Japanese design thrives — together with framed linen doorways and bonsai vegetation.

Adding a recent contact, the properties characteristic artwork by Josh Sperling, Takashi Murakami and road artists KAWS and WhIsBe. A glance inside one of many closets at Llanogrande reveals greater than a splash of coloration — in the type of 850 or so specimens from Balvin’s sneaker assortment.
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J Balvin on the duvet of Architectural Digest Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest

The metropolis house has a personal pool that may be opened to the outside, whereas the inside uncovered ceiling and concrete flooring echo a quintessential loft aesthetic. “I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of a New York loft — the original loft,” Balvin mentioned. “This is my man cave, a place where I can vibe with art and architecture, the things I love.”

An enormous identify in reggaeton — a hybrid type influenced by dancehall and together with components of hip hop and Latin American music — Balvin’s common music movies are watched by thousands and thousands on YouTube. But having thrown himself into the design course of, he’s now dreaming of initiatives that might permit him to additional imprint his aesthetics. “It would be amazing to create special hotels of fine art and style,” he mentioned. And, maybe, ample room for these with equally spectacular shoe collections.

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