Lenny Kravitz Turned This Brazilian Coffee Plantation Into an Artist's Retreat

Updated 04/17/19
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Simon Upton for Architectural Digest

There's only one person who could transform an 18th-century coffee plantation in Brazil into a serene artist's retreat fit for escaping reality and connecting with nature. Although you may only associate Lenny Kravitz with his legendary music, the rock star is no stranger to the world of design. In fact, he founded his own company called Kravitz Design 16 years ago (and did a collaboration with CB2) and it's this experience that helped him bring his vision to life when he stumbled onto his latest project.

While in Brazil about 10 years ago, a friend of Kravitz's invited him to see a property in the countryside right before he was set to head back to America. Despite having other plans, Kravitz visited the compound and immediately fell in love. "We got there at night and the next morning I awoke in the most spectacularly lush, beautiful landscape you can imagine," he tells Architectural Digest. "We were nestled in a valley, surrounded by mountains, with waterfalls, cows, horses, monkeys, fruit groves, and vegetable fields—the whole panoply of nature,” the rocker adds.

Kravitz recently opened up his newly renovated home to the mag, and we're so glad that he did. Since that fateful trip a decade ago, Kravitz has been working to transform the sweeping property into his dream home. He describes his vision as "a place to unplug, reset your life, and take the time to be quiet and actually hear yourself," according to AD.

Keep scrolling for a look inside the magical Brazilian retreat. It will have you dreaming of a trip to South America.

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The first time Kravitz visited the property, he ended up extending his trip and staying for six months. During that time, he learned how to ride horses from real cowboys, got a crash course in farming, and reconnected with nature, Kravitz tells Architectural Digest.

Lenny Kravitz Brazil Home
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Kravitz was very hands-on when it came to leading the design process of his Brazilian estate. When he first started, the interiors were highly influenced by colonial times and featured heavy wooden furniture and wallpapers that matched the upholstery. So, Kravitz stripped everything down to its roots and shipped out furnishings that he wanted to incorporate in his new space, including pieces by Brazilian makers like Oscar Niemeyer, Sergio Rodgrigues, and Jore Zalszupin.

Lenny Kravitz Brazil Home
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The final look manages to retain traditional Brazilian elements with modern touches that speak to Kravitz's personal design tastes. "The pace down here is slow, so I had a chance to live with everything and see how I interact with it," he tells AD. "There was lots of freestyling and trial and error in the decorating,” Kravitz adds. Now, it's a place for Kravitz and his friends, family, and collaborators to visit for a respite for reality in a gorgeous and inspiring location.

Head to Architectural Digest for the full tour.

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