That Lenny Kravitz still looks great at the age of 55 is no secret, but did you know that his mansion in Brazil looks at least as good? The American singer bought a farm about eight years ago after falling in love with the region. Earlier this year, he presented his dream home – which he designed himself – for the first time to the outside world.
Ten years ago, after Kravitz's tour in Brazil was over, he wanted to return home, but a friend put a stop to it. He invited him to visit a house on the countryside. ‘Go on an adventure’ was what Kravitz thought and so he woke up the next day in the most spectacular, lush and beautiful landscape he could imagine. In the middle of a valley, surrounded by mountains with waterfalls, cows, horses, monkeys, fruit trees and vegetable fields, he lost his heart to Brazil. His short excursion took on a life of its own. One night became a week, one week became a month and one month eventually became six months. “I’d never felt more calm, peaceful, and closer to God. It was a magical time. I thought, I’m done with the hustle and the bustle. I’m going to be a farmer,” Kravitz said in a previous interview. Dreams always come to an end in favour of reality and Kravitz returned to his life of touring and making music. Yet Brazil was still in his mind. Two years after his unexpected adventure, he bought the almost 1,000 hectare farm that had once made him feel so free and equipped it completely until it really became the home of his dreams. It became a refuge for family and friends where art and nature are in harmony with each other. The mansion is surrounded by 19th century Portuguese colonial-style farmhouses and outbuildings, part of which Kravitz converted into guesthouses and others into a gym, a pool house and a recording studio. When he bought the property, it consisted of very dark structures. Old-fashioned colonial-style wallpaper and heavy wooden furniture dominated the rooms. He then decided to remove and light up everything and to improve the sanitary and electrical installations. It's no surprise that Kravitz drew up all the plans for his dream house himself. About sixteen years ago, he founded his own design agency, Kravitz Design, with which he designed lobbies and suites for hotels in Miami, Las Vegas and Toronto. In addition, he also developed many products ranging from furniture to wallpaper and ceramic tiles. He even designed a camera for Leica and a watch for Rolex. In the New York neighbourhood of Nolita, a new apartment building is currently being constructed under the supervision of Kravitz. Just to give you a glimpse of his design practices.
One night became a week, one week became a month and one month eventually became six months.
Furnishings by Brazilian masters on the order of Oscar Niemeyer, Sergio Rodrigues and Jorge Zalszupin in combination with classic Brazilian tiles and other local elements pay homage to the farm. Kravitz's artist friends were allowed to make their own contributions on some of his walls and he too left his mark on his mansion. “I was looking at a wall one night and felt it needed something. So I started painting huge triangles. I like triangles!” He once said. For the furniture, he resolutely chose pieces from the middle of this century. Names like Warren Platner and Eero Saarinen appear several times in the characteristic, exuberant interior. The glamorous accent is given by the vintage Paco Rabanne wallpaper and the Kawai grand piano. One on which we are all too happy to lie down on to listen to his beautiful piano playing!