The Creative Retreat of Alex Pall

Grammy-winning musician Alex Pall is better known as half of the DJ duo Chainsmokers. Becoming successful in the music industry, especially in the DJ genre, involves innovative collaborations that touch its listeners and keeps them eager for more. The songs the Chainsmokers release are either written entirely or with significant input from Pall and Andrew Taggart, the other half of Chainsmokers. The life experiences put into their songs feel genuine, because they are, and their fans love it. To feed his creative soul, Alex Pall can merely head home to his LA retreat.

Alex Pall would surprise many who enter the Hollywood Hills home he purchased two years ago. With an image of being a hip and modern music artist, you might expect white walls and minimalist design. Instead, his eclectic home is an unusual mix of eras and styles that shocks the senses. Being welcomed into “Chateau Mooshu” (Pall’s dog) featured on a marquee sign in the entry starts the show.

Pall’s 1930’s home had separate renovations in the 80’s and 90’s. When Alex moved in, he felt very at home with the odd spaces. Peti Lau, a New York City designer, was hired to expand on the pieces he already owned. The completed rooms are individually unique, yet the whole house feels cohesive.

The springboard for the design was Alex Pall’s collection of contemporary art. People may not associate Pall with fine art, but his appreciation for the artwork’s bold colors and exciting themes began his collecting. Featured throughout his house, this provides points of rest and contemplation for the viewer.

The ingenious design scheme can be summed up by walking through the 1980’s-inspired kitchen where graffiti-look walls balance with neon lights, a farmer’s table, and crystal chandeliers. Throughout the house you find striking colors, art from across the world and designs pulled from every decade. It feels chaotic, yet serene at the same time.

No wonder Alex Pall and the Chainsmokers keep evolving. Having an open mind and taking in the world around him keeps the ideas fresh so that he can put them into his music.

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