My home, Willis Wonderland, the down payment of which was made from the first royalty check I received from my 1979 Earth, Wind & Fire hit, “Boogie Wonderland”, was built In 1937 as the party house for MGM Studios. It’s a classic Art Deco Streamline Moderne design. People also refer to it as the Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch, though that Museum officially resides online at awmok.com. Willis Wonderland has appeared in hundreds of magazines and books, including the first post-modern era book written on 1950’s home design, Mid Century Modern, from which the term for the era was coined.
Willis Wonderland is the supreme combo of high art and low Kitsch. The architect, William Kesling, heavily influenced by visions of the impending Atomic Age, combined classic, elegant Deco simplicity with more fanciful, innovative modern style that was to come a decade later. The structure is the perfect shell to house my Kitsch collection. Living inside such a place influences my mindset. I'm at once constantly cheered up by and interested in the environment. And it has the same effect on guests, collaborators, and all who come to work in and on the house. I find out intimate things about them because they relate to something from their past, their spirit is lifted by the colors, or they smile at something silly they see or remember. My mission as an artist is to get to know people and create works of art that relate to them on a primary level. This house brings out the commonality. The high end puts people in a place of design and the low lets them have fun with it.