*The next time you want to throw on a little “Say You, Say Me” from Lionel Richie to set the mood, you can also set the table with dinnerware designed by the singer.
The artist on Wednesday hosted a coming out party for the Lionel Richie Home Collection.
“You’re witnessing a duck out of water,” Richie told the intimate gathering at Geary’s Beverly Hills, which will sell the collection alongside brands Rosenthal and Kelly Wearstler.
Designing home accessories, the singer-songwriter explained, was an unexpected move: “You try it, and if it doesn’t work, you try it again. You do it a couple of times and when someone says ‘I think you have something’ — well, you want to get it out into the world. You do your research, you find one idea and then two ideas and you realize — yes, you might be onto something.”
Inspired by Richie’s love of traveling, dinnerware sets ($30 to $80), each with a distinct gold patterned border, are inspired by such destinations as Geneva, London, Milano, Riviera and Versailles. Black onyx highball glasses, and accessories such as a 27-inch-high crystal vase ($1,375) were showcased at the event with cascading arrangements of orchids and buttery English garden roses.
There are also scented candles and picture frames in the collection.
“Most people see the whole building, I see the railing,” Richie said of the attention to detail that went into each piece. “I was always that way — once the songwriting started happening it opened it all up. When I was growing up they didn’t know that ADD was called ‘hypersensitive’ … what it really meant was that you were on the other side looking at the world another way. I don’t see it like it is, I always see something different.”