Fabulous genes aren’t the only legacy model and actress Cara Delevingne received from her mother, Pandora. “She used to tell us, ‘If you say you’re bored, then you’re bored,’” recalls Cara, the youngest of the three Delevingne sisters. That core of wisdom has clearly remained – Cara Delevingne is anything but boring, as her private Los Angeles Dome of Pleasure ably attests. The house gives the impression that Saint-Tropez meets Coney Island meets Cotswolds cottage meets Monte Carlo meets butch leather bar. It’s a heady brew, of course, but Delevingne takes it all in hand.
“My job requires me to put on many different hats and costumes. I love to slip into these different characters, so I wanted my house to reflect a lot of different themes and moods, ”explains the shameless voluptuary.
The architect Nicolò Bini of Line Architecture, accomplice of Delevingne in decorative extravagance (see A D, September 2019), successfully fulfilled his client’s mandate. First there is the nature theme, explained in countless design gestures: walls wrapped in a Gucci wallpaper of oversized herons; a massive snake rug in the billiard room and a climbing leopard rug on the staircase leading to the entertainment house on the top floor; a flock of bird sculptures by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante; and a royal ransom in ferns, palms, topiaries and other houseplants.
Then there is the theme of fun and games, represented by a tented poker room; a pretty ball pool; an exhibition wall of wacky hats and a costume room for fancy dress parties; and two trampolines sunk into the ground near the pool filled with floats. “I love the games – charades, beer pong, poker, Cards Against Humanity, tug of war, whatever sounds like fun. When my friends arrive, the house turns into an obstacle course. It’s like an indoor / outdoor playground in Alice in Wonderland,», Observes Delevingne. “If I’m having a bad day, I just jump in the ball pit. You can’t really cry in a ball pool, ”she adds.
The typical English-style white brick residence was built in 1941 for members of the Von der Ahe family, founders of the Vons supermarket chain. A deeply religious clan, the Von der Ahes are said to have welcomed Pope John Paul II to their home during his visit to LA in 1987. It is not known what His Holiness would have done with Delevingne’s vaginal tunnel, a secret passage hidden behind a low, painted panel, which leads from the living room to an adjacent bedroom with bunk beds. One enters the so-called rebirth canal through a soft vulvar sculpture (think Judy Chicago on acid), then crawls out of a round washing machine door suggesting a rectum.