Designer Tom Ford’s Contemporary London Townhouse

by hookedonhouses on October 20, 2009

tom-ford-photoFashion designer Tom Ford’s sleek and contemporary townhouse in Chelsea, London, is on the market for £8.5 million (which converts to about $13 million U.S. dollars). He once said, “If I lived in a one-room hut, every piece of grass that made the roof would be lined up in the right way.” Seeing this house makes me believe him!

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Ford revitalized the Gucci fashion label in the 1990s when no other designer wanted to touch it. In 2004 he left Gucci and YSL to start his own fashion house: Tom Ford.

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He’s known for his love of modern architecture and has commissioned houses from the Los Angeles firm of Marmol Radziner, the Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza, and the Japanese architect Tadao Ando.  (Source.)

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In an interview on CNN, Ford said he likes to “kick back mostly in my kitchen or my bedroom.”

The kitchen is sleek and modern and looks sterile enough to perform surgery in, should the need arise. I don’t think crumbs are allowed in here. Ever. So put that bag of chips away.

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He also says he likes to work on his laptop in his bedroom, sitting up in bed with his dogs beside him. He’s “insane about having enough lighting,” but I don’t see much evidence of it here:

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After so many of you complained that Julianne Moore’s townhouse was “too cold” for you, I can just imagine how you’ll respond to this one {grin}. What I like about it is that it reflects Tom Ford’s style so perfectly (in some rooms, the reflection is literal).

Thanks to Nathan of Laurel Street for telling me about this listing on the Aylesford International website.

Go to Celebrity Houses for links to other famous pads like Betsey Johnson’s Pink Penthouse and Rachel Zoe’s Hollywood Home.

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Nathan October 21, 2009 at 2:09 am

I like every room but the kitchen. Julianne Moore’s kitchen is much nicer.

The Blushing Hostess October 21, 2009 at 4:35 am

When can I move in? Those dark, lush rooms are right up my alley!
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Abby October 21, 2009 at 7:33 am

I see the beauty in it, but I could never live in place like that. I can’t believe he has dogs. Dogs are messy and this house doesn’t seem to lend itself to being messy.

Annie@A View on Design October 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

wow – that is a “wow” house isn’t it! I wonder if he decorated it himself, or an interior designer led the way… probably him – very masculine
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LaurelStreet October 21, 2009 at 8:27 am

It’s the penultimate bachelor pad, isn’t it?
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christy October 21, 2009 at 8:39 am

Wow I usually like modern – but I don’t think I like even one room in this place! Very interesting to look at. I’ll take my chips and go home now! ha!
.-= christy´s last blog ..Foo-tastic =-.

Cathryn October 21, 2009 at 9:15 am

Frigid. Can anyone seriously picture a fun gathering around that dining table. I can’t. Why pick a beautiful building with so much exterior character and then make it so boring on the inside?

Julie October 21, 2009 at 9:15 am

I usually can appreciate rooms even if I don’t like them, but I had such a strong reaction to these rooms – I hate them! They’re like dark shiny holes, and I feel trapped just looking at them. I’d even go so far as to say they seem slightly sinister. The only good part of the house is the exterior.

Amy October 21, 2009 at 9:40 am

Oh, wow! It’s nice that it reflects him but I can’t imagine living there. I wonder if he has a big enough following that someone would buy it just because he lived there and designed it? My kids would have a blast for about an hour and there would be fingerprints *everywhere*. That would be funny.
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rachel October 21, 2009 at 10:38 am

someone needs a 3 year old & 1 year old to liven up his home! i’ll volunteer mine… : )
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Amanda @ Serenity Now October 21, 2009 at 10:53 am

Well, it is very clean. ;) If he invited us over, he’d probably have a heart attack after Michale Byrd tried to lick his coffee table. I can certainly see the beauty of the design, but it’s too dark for my tastes. :)
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Struggler October 21, 2009 at 11:11 am

What a lovely exterior and what a disappointment the inside is for those of us who are human! Cathryn really sums it up with ‘frigid’. I find it very hard to believe dogs live there and would hate to be a guest, for fear of nudging something out of its place. I bet even the spiders are too scared to spin any webs.
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Jackie W. October 21, 2009 at 11:51 am

Can you imagine the fingerprints of a toddler trying to walk along those SS walls ?

Karen October 21, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Wow. To each his own. I, agree, the outside is beautiful and the inside is shockingly cold. I want to grab a big, thick, colorful sweater and wrap up in it.
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PlantingOaks October 21, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Oh gosh, those stainless steel walls. It’d be like living in an industrial walk in refrigerator. Frigid indeed!

It looks like somewhere a bond villain would live. Not that bond villains aren’t incredibly cool, but they also aren’t Real.

Kim @ Everything Etsy October 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

It’s a beautiful home, but not my style. I would love to live in London for awhile…very nice!

Kim
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CelebrityDigsHQ October 21, 2009 at 8:28 pm

This is a hard one! He’s a designer and that means he’s essentially an artist. We like to give artists a lot of leeway for having the vision we lack! Still scratching our heads, though, about the stainless steel walls and ceiling in the first room. Gives off the vibe of an airport lounge. We like the matte black walls like in the dining room — which would have been a great room if it didn’t have all that extra seating. The white table is fab and the chairs and artwork provide a nice contrast. But we’re not digging the shiny reflective black walls in the bedroom. In our view, his house is pretty cold and futuristic looking.
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Nancy Hood October 21, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I love the house, and that surprised me! His bedroom looks cozy to me. Don’t think I’d want to live there permanently, though :) I would yearn for softer materials and overstuffed sofas!
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rue October 22, 2009 at 5:55 am

Good morning Julia :)

When Tom Ford took over Gucci, I was overjoyed. He brought it back and made it “the thing” to wear. I remember Madonna wearing those low slung white pants and that blue shirt as if it was yesterday. Remember the white dress with the little cutout on the side? Pure genius.

Anyway, although the house is cold to me, it reflects his style perfectly, just like you said :)

rue
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Kim October 22, 2009 at 6:49 pm

I have to agree with Julie all the way. I saw the outside and thought the house looked nice, but man the inside is terrible. I don’t like it at all. To me the house looks like a guy’s bachelor pad.

Pamela October 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I’m afraid I would shrivel in there.
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The Countess of Nassau County October 24, 2009 at 10:11 am

It looks like a very expensive orgy palace. Ewwwwwh!
.-= The Countess of Nassau County´s last blog ..The Sunday Stunner – Durango =-.

Freddie October 25, 2009 at 8:53 pm

OMG he has my ebony dining chairs. I wish I didn’t sell them. REGRET.

Nikki M. February 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

His house looks exactly as I imagined it.

danrice56 July 31, 2010 at 6:00 am

The kitchen looks sterile enough to perform surgery in? The whole house looks sterile, and what’s up with that first room? Is that stainless steel? Like living in a mental box.

danrice56 July 31, 2010 at 6:01 am

metal.

Morgan January 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I could see how it is visually striking, but especially for an office. The walls in the second picture look like dark wood paneling and bring me back to around 1983. Kind of odd.. I don’t think black is my first choice for a bedroom. It’s definitely not cozy or comforting. I find the whole house visually stimulating and interesting, but I’d feel like I was in a workspace as opposed to a ‘family home’ space. Which, I guess, is part of the point – it’s more a bachelor/ or single person home.

Steverino September 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Look at that photo of Ford. I bet there are some porn star headshots that aren’t as suggestive! It’s a swank place but I agree with the “frigid” comments. Doesn’t look like anyone actually lives there. Looks like he took the orgy elsewhere.

Actually, speaking of, that reminds me of some interesting art a friend of mine showed me–a female photographer, forget the name, takes photos of porn film sets and then painstakingly Photoshops the people out, so you just see an empty bed or empty water rafts, etc. That’s what this house looks like!

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