Alex Pall is one half of the Grammy-winning electronic band The Chainsmokers. Two years ago, he purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills. Since then, he has been decorating the space with the assistance of Peti Lau, an interior designer from New York.
In June, The Wall Street Journal profiled some of the design choices he has made. The house is a bungalow from the 1930s with an open layout and slate floors. Ms. Lau followed the lead of the house’s historic architecture and Mr. Pall’s own preferences.
Ms. Lau changed the industrial feel of the master bedroom to a space that felt more like an escape. She decorated the room in muted gray and white colors and emphasized the room’s piano. The dining room has an ’80s vibe with bright red and orange colors, a neon rainbow light box, and graffiti-like wallpaper. In the bathroom, Ms. Lau made only a few cosmetic changes. She took out the plastic tiles on the ceiling and painted it a rich black.
If the design of Mr. Pall’s house feels eclectic, it’s befitting a DJ whose background is in mixing electronic beats. Together with his band mate Andrew Taggart, The Chainsmokers occupy a new space in the electronic and dance music world, one that’s more personal and less hidden behind loud, catchy sounds. The pair have collaborated with artists like Halsey and Coldplay to articulate some of their catchiest songs. “Closer” is a duet between Mr. Taggart and Halsey about a relationship between two millennials that flourishes after years apart. “Something Just Like This,” performed with Coldplay, describes a man who feels like a superhero when he’s in love.
In a 2016 interview with Interview Magazine, Mr. Pall and Mr. Taggart describe how they came to achieve this unique sound. Mr. Pall began DJing on the side until he decided to make it his full-time job. Mr. Taggart had taken an interest in electronic music while in college. They met when Mr. Pall’s band mate in The Chainsmokers left and Mr. Taggart stepped in.
The two are ambitious and have spent several years dedicating themselves to carving out a space in the music scene. Their most recent album, Sick Boy…Side Effects, was released in 2018.