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Μια ξεχασμένη φυτεία καφέ μετατράπηκε στην υπέροχη έπαυλη της Εδέμ του Lenny Kravitz

  14/05/2019 14:40
Μια ξεχασμένη φυτεία καφέ μετατράπηκε στην υπέροχη έπαυλη της Εδέμ του Lenny Kravitz

Μια ξεχασμένη φυτεία καφέ μετατράπηκε στην υπέροχη έπαυλη της Εδέμ του Lenny Kravitz

  14/05/2019 14:40

“Είναι ένα μέρος που σου επιτρέπει να “βγεις από την πρίζα”, να επαναπροσδιορίσεις την ζωή σου και να πάρεις τον χρόνο που χρειάζεσαι για να μείνεις για λίγο ήσυχος και να μπορέσεις πραγματικά να ακούσεις τον εαυτό σου”. Έτσι περιγράφει το 1000 στρεμμάτων κτήμα του στην βραζιλιάνικη εξοχή, ο βραβευμένος με Grammy Αμερικανός τραγουδιστής, Lenny Kravitz.

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Κρυμμένη κάπου στα βραζιλιάνικα δάση αυτή η πρώην φυτεία καφέ έμελλε να γίνει, εκτός από το αγαπημένο design project και το ησυχαστήριο του Kravitz, ο οποίος εδώ και 16 χρόνια έχει την δική του εταιρεία σχεδιασμού και είναι υπεύθυνος για την σχεδίαση αλλά και την διακόσμηση δεκάδων ξενοδοχείων και χώρων τέχνης σε μερικές από τις μεγαλύτερες πόλεις του κόσμου. Χτισμένη τον 19ο αιώνα, η φυτεία αυτή είχε λίγο αλλάξει τα τελευταία διακόσια χρόνια, ώσπου ήρθε ο Αμερικανός καλλιτέχνης για να φέρει τα πάνω κάτω, χωρίς όμως να την κάνει να χάσει τον μοναδικό χαρακτήρα της.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As both a musician and a designer, @lennykravitz has crafted an extraordinarily idiosyncratic vision that fuses disparate genres, periods, styles, and influences. In the 16 years since founding @kravitz_design, he has fashioned public spaces and suites for hotels in Miami, Las Vegas, and Toronto and developed products ranging from furniture and door hardware to wallpaper and ceramic tile. But one of his most intriguing personal projects has been the ongoing reimagining of an 18th-century Brazilian coffee plantation outside Rio de Janeiro. The sprawling property encompasses a veritable village of 19th-century Portuguese colonial-style farmhouses and outbuildings, some of which Kravitz converted into guest quarters, a gym, a poolhouse, and a recording studio. He began his renovation efforts simply by lightening and brightening the existing structures. Furnishings by Brazilian masters on the order of Oscar Niemeyer, Sergio Rodrigues, and Jorge Zalszupin, along with classic Brazilian tiles and other local flourishes, pay homage to the site. In characteristically exuberant style, Kravitz added an array of midcentury furnishings—including pieces by Warren Platner and Eero Saarinen—along with custom pieces from his namesake design firm and glamorous accents such as vintage @pacorabanne wall hangings and a @kawaipianos clear-acrylic grand piano. Kravitz also invited artist friends to visit and make their own contributions, notably several foliate murals adorning the walls, like the one by @muraljedi pictured in the master suite above. But for Kravitz, the ongoing renovation is less about newfangled aesthetics than preserving the spiritual energy of his remote oasis: “This farm, this land, they have a life force all their own. You can’t fake that with design.” A pair of wood chairs by @zaninidezanine flank a Willy Rizzo lacquered cocktail table in the bedroom. See more of the property through the link in our profile. Photo by @simonuptonphotos; text by @mayer.rus; styled by Kirsten Mattila

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Both as a Grammy Award–winning musician and as a designer, @lennykravitz has crafted an extraordinarily idiosyncratic vision that fuses disparate genres, periods, styles, and influences. In the 16 years since founding @kravitz_design, he has fashioned public spaces and suites for hotels in Miami, Las Vegas, and Toronto and developed products ranging from furniture and door hardware to wallpaper and ceramic tile. But one of his most intriguing personal projects has been the ongoing reimagining of an 18th-century Brazilian coffee plantation outside Rio de Janeiro. The sprawling property encompasses a veritable village of 19th-century Portuguese colonial-style farmhouses and outbuildings, some of which Kravitz converted into guest quarters, a gym, a poolhouse, and a recording studio. He began his renovation efforts simply by lightening and brightening the existing structures. “The interiors were very old-school colonial—matching wallpaper and upholstery, and lots of heavy wood furniture. My first impulse was to clean it all up, strip the wallpaper, weed out the endless armoires, and upgrade the plumbing and electrical,” he explains. Furnishings by Brazilian masters on the order of Oscar Niemeyer, Sergio Rodrigues, and Jorge Zalszupin, along with classic Brazilian tiles and other local flourishes, pay homage to the site. In characteristically exuberant style, Kravitz added an array of midcentury furnishings—including pieces by Warren Platner and Eero Saarinen—along with custom pieces from his namesake design firm and glamorous accents such as vintage @pacorabanne wall hangings and a @kawaipianos clear-acrylic grand piano. “The pace down here is slow, so I had a chance to live with everything and see how I interact with it. There was lots of freestyling and trial and error in the decorating,” he says. In the gallery, pictured above, a pair of leather-and-walnut wingback chairs by Kravitz Design lines hallway. On the left wall is a photograph of Kravitz’s mother, actress Roxie Roker, and a Sergio Rodrigues tauari-wood bench is below.l. See more of the property through the link in our profile. Photo by @simonuptonphotos; text by @mayer.rus; styled by Kirsten Mattila

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At the end of a tour through Brazil, @lennykravitz received a call from a friend inviting him to check out a property in the countryside outside of Rio de Janeiro. The brief excursion into Eden took on a life of its own. One day turned into a week, then a week into a month. “I ended up staying for six months. It was extraordinary. I just dropped out of life, learned to ride horses from the cowboys, learned about farming, and reconnected with nature,” he says. Reality, of course, has a way of intruding on dreams, and Kravitz eventually returned to his life of touring and making music. But Brazil was still in his blood, and two years later he once again heeded its siren call. This time around, he purchased the nearly 1,000-acre spread that had ensorcelled him so completely. The sprawling property encompasses a veritable village of 19th-century Portuguese colonial-style farmhouses and outbuildings, some of which Kravitz converted into guest quarters, a gym, a poolhouse, and a recording studio. He began his renovation efforts simply by lightening and brightening the existing structures. “The interiors were very old-school colonial—matching wallpaper and upholstery, and lots of heavy wood furniture. My first impulse was to clean it all up, strip the wallpaper, weed out the endless armoires, and upgrade the plumbing and electrical,” he explains. Over the years, Kravitz began shipping furniture and art to inhabit the newly freshened rooms. “I just sent containers of things that I like. Some of the pieces worked out beautifully, and others didn’t. The process was very improvisational, like making music. You have to play what you feel. Sometimes it’s about what you don’t play,” he avers. In the living room, an antique pewter candelabra sits atop a reclaimed redwood table from @toddmerrillstudio. A mural by artist @muraljedi wraps the room while a Michel Ducaroy for @ligneroset sofa occupies the corner. To take a tour of the property, visit the link in our profile. Photo by @simonuptonphotos; text by @mayer.rus; styled by Kirsten Mattila

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Φτάνοντας εκεί, αυτό που τραβάει πρώτο το βλέμμα είναι η εκπληκτική βλάστηση που περιβάλλει το κτήμα και τα δεκάδες ζώα που ζουν σε αυτό. Και τα δυο αυτά στοιχεία ο Kρavitz προτίμησε να τα αφήσει σχεδόν άθικτα, αφού αυτά ήταν που αρχικά τον έκαναν να ερωτευτεί το μέρος.

Όσο αφορά στο εσωτερικό του σπιτιού, αυτό αντανακλά σε μεγάλο βαθμό και το στυλ του ίδιου του τραγουδιστή, ο οποίος σε καμία περίπτωση δεν είναι μίνιμαλ και διακριτικός. Οι περισσότεροι τοίχοι στο εσωτερικό έχουν βαφτεί στο χέρι από τον Chris Wyrick, με αυτόν της κρεβατοκάμαρας να κλέβει την παράσταση. Μεγάλα ασπρόμαυρα φοινικόφυλλα περιβάλλουν το βίντατζ κρεββάτι του ιδιοκτήτη του, το οποίο χρονολογείται από την δεκαετία του 1960, με κάποιες από τις φθορές του μάλιστα, να είναι εμφανείς και να έχουν μείνει επίτηδες έτσι, ενώ το έντονο πορτοκαλί χρώμα του έρχεται σε τέλεια αντίθεση με το ασπρόμαυρο των τοίχων.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When @lennykravitz purchased an 18th-century Brazilian coffee plantation outside Rio de Janeiro, he began his renovation efforts simply by lightening and brightening the existing structures. “The interiors were very old-school colonial—matching wallpaper and upholstery, and lots of heavy wood furniture. My first impulse was to clean it all up, strip the wallpaper, weed out the endless armoires, and upgrade the plumbing and electrical,” he explains. Over the years, Kravitz began shipping furniture and art to inhabit the newly freshened rooms. “I just sent containers of things that I like. Some of the pieces worked out beautifully, and others didn’t. The process was very improvisational, like making music. You have to play what you feel. Sometimes it’s about what you don’t play,” he avers. Furnishings by Brazilian masters on the order of Oscar Niemeyer, Sergio Rodrigues, and Jorge Zalszupin, along with classic Brazilian tiles and other local flourishes, pay homage to the site. In characteristically exuberant style, Kravitz added an array of midcentury furnishings—including pieces by Warren Platner and Eero Saarinen—along with custom pieces from his namesake design firm and glamorous accents such as vintage Paco Rabanne wall hangings and a Kawai clear-acrylic grand piano (pictured above). “The pace down here is slow, so I had a chance to live with everything and see how I interact with it. There was lots of freestyling and trial and error in the decorating,” he says. To take a tour of the property, visit the link in our profile. Photo by @simonuptonphotos; text by @mayer.rus; styled by Kirsten Mattila

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Two years after @lennykravitz first visited an 18th-century Brazilian coffee plantation outside of Rio de Janeiro, he returned to make it his own. He was determined to maintain the farm’s operations while creating a personal retreat for family, friends, and collaborators, where art and nature could exist in perfect harmony. Kravitz describes it as “a place to unplug, reset your life, and take the time to be quiet and actually hear yourself.” The sprawling property encompasses a veritable village of 19th-century Portuguese colonial-style farmhouses and outbuildings, some of which Kravitz converted into guest quarters, a gym, a poolhouse, and a recording studio. He began his renovation efforts simply by lightening and brightening the existing structures. “The interiors were very old-school colonial—matching wallpaper and upholstery, and lots of heavy wood furniture. My first impulse was to clean it all up, strip the wallpaper, weed out the endless armoires, and upgrade the plumbing and electrical,” he explains. On the lawn, coconut palms shade Mangalarga Marchador horses and Kravitz’s labrador, Neon. Take a tour of the property via the link in our profile. Photo by @simonuptonphotos; text by @mayer.rus; styled by Kirsten Mattila

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Στους υπόλοιπους χώρους του σπιτιού, βλέπουμε παντού δερμάτινους καναπέδες και πολυθρόνες να συνυπάρχουν αρμονικά με τα ξύλινα τραπέζια αλλά και με τα μεταλλικά στοιχεία όπως είναι αυτά των μεγάλων κηροπήγιων που βρίσκονται στο σαλόνι, ενώ τα ασπρόμαυρα πορτρέτα της μητέρας του και οι τοιχογραφίες του Wyrick τα πλαισιώνουν ιδανικά.

Από το κτήμα φυσικά δεν θα μπορούσε να λείπει ένα μουσικό στούντιο, το οποίο πριν πέσει στα μαγικά χέρια του Kravitz, ήταν μια απλή αποθήκη καφέ αλλά και μια τεράστια πισίνα, η οποία μοιάζει ακόμα πιο ειδυλλιακή, έτσι όπως την περιβάλλει η πυκνή, βραζιλιάνικη, τροπική βλάστηση.

 
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