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Vanilla Ice, Lighting Designer

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What, were his other pursuits not working out or something?

What does Robert Van Winkle, otherwise (virtually always) known as Vanilla Ice, know about home design? A lot, apparently, a fact we admit was previously unbeknownst to us. Since 2010 he’s found success as host of DIY Network’s “The Vanilla Ice Project,” a reality show in which he capitalizes on his hidden property developer talents: He and a team of contractors remodel a 7,000-square-foot Palm Beach mansion room by room. With show collaborators Capitol Lighting, a New Jersey-based retailer, he launched a new collection last month at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the new hub of groundbreaking architecture and design), Dezeen reports, comprising two walls lamps and two chandeliers in polished nickel or vintage brass, priced from $250 to $1400.

Is this an indication of the rising cool factor of home design? Where fashion or art were once the go-to disciplines for celebrity crossover, now housewares appear to reign. We can now furnish an entire room with Brad Pitt’s art deco furniture, Justin Timberlake’s rug design, and Pharrell’s sexually suggestive chairs, adding up to one “Sweet Master Suite” (Vanilla’s words, not ours). [Dezeen, DIY Network]


— Janelle Zara

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