When I heard about Rob Meyers’ book Behind Closed Doors I was intrigued. The creative director of Clash Magazine has always been intrigued by interiors as his mom was a designer in the 80s and 90s. Meyers was interested in seeing celebrity homes, but not the way we see them in Architectural Digest, how they really look when they are lived in. So he sent several celebs self photographed pictures of his own home along with a note and a disposable camera. He asked them to take pictures of their own space, in their own terms and send back the results. And he got some interesting results!
We are so accustomed to celebs showing off their polished side, even through their instagram feeds, that I expected more “polished” pictures. The homeowners hadn’t seen the pictures they’ve sent back because they sent Meyers and undeveloped camera so they don’t have a chance to reshoot or edit. What is seen in this book is an authentic portrayal of how a few celebs really live.
There are 25 homes of creatives in the book and the range varies a lot. Meyers shares details of Courtney Love’s home as well as Martha Stewart’s home and both may surprise you. I expected to see perfect details with perfect lighting in Martha’s home, and more of a mess in Courtney’s, but that’s not what was shared.
Courtney Love’s closet:
It’s not about capturing a ‘perfect home’, it’s about revealing a personal space, taking those quiet moments and sharing them with myself and a wider audience.
I think the book is wonderful. All of my coffee table books showcase perfectly styled homes and I’m excited to add Behind Closed Doors to my collection.