Lavish celebrity homes aren’t a surprise. But we certainly did more than a double take at hip hop mogul Aubrey “Drake” Graham’s opulent residence. Better known as Drake, he offered Architectural Digest an inside look at his mansion in his hometown in Toronto, Canada.
Dreamt up by Canadian interior designer Ferris Rafauli, the aesthetic is a contemporary spin on the Beaux Arts architecture, which dates back to the 1830s and is characterised by order, symmetry, formal design, grandiosity, and elaborate ornamentation. Interior design aside, Rafauli had a hand in designing many of the bespoke furnishings.
In the interview with Architectural Digest, Drake said, “Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years. I wanted it to have a monumental scale and feel. It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong.”
Among other astonishing spaces inside the home that the musician has dubbed The Embassy, is a 3,200-square-foot master bedroom, a NBA-sized basketball court as well as an opulent yellow lounge that Ferris Rafauli described as “modern Art Deco”, and which has made a cameo in his music videos “When to Say When”/“Chicago Freestyle” and “Toosie Slide.”
The most remarkable features here are a futuristic Venini-glass sunburst chandelier, and a foliated ceiling with concentric backlit hexagonal panels envelope in Alcantara faux suede.
In the “Great Room” with a 44-foot-high ceiling, sits a bespoke Bösendorfer concert grand piano designed in collaboration with Rafauli and famed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
Hanging overhead is a magnificent lighting sculpture, an iteration of Lobmeyr’s iconic Metropolitan chandelier. The original design was created by Hans Harald Rath for the Viennese maker in 1963 to decorate the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Decked with over 20,000 hand-cut Swarovski crystals, the glittering fixture is the second largest installation of its kind in the world.
Drake’s 3,200 sq ft bedroom is just as spectacular, furnished with a bed that weighs a ton, and bearing a headboard accented with an antique mirror and channel-tufted leather. A whiskey-and-champagne bar sits on the other side. The nightstands feature mother-of-pearl inlays, and the bedding features Alexander McQueen hummingbird tapestry from The Rug Company. Drake’s extensive wardrobe, sneaker collection, and precious Hermes Birkin bags amassed over the years are housed in a double-storey wardrobe.
Of his palatial home, Drake shared, “I think the house shows that I have true faith in myself to take on this task when I was just 27 and see it through. I also think the house says that I will forever remain solid in the place I was born.”