Brad Pitt’s latest design project is a music studio at Chateau Miraval



It’s no secret that Brad Pitt is in love with architecture and interior design. The Oscar-winning actor started a furniture collection with Frank Pollaro, narrated a documentary on the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, and built homes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina through his Make It Right foundation. .

Pitt’s latest project is the thoughtful restoration of a recording studio at Chateau Miraval, the wine estate in the south of France that he purchased in 2012 with his then-wife Angelina Jolie. (Last October, in the wake of the couple’s divorce, Jolie sold her 50% stake to a subsidiary of the Stoli group.) Château Miraval is the place where the Pitt’s wine brand, anchored by its famous Côtes de Provence Rosé presented in a voluptuous bottle, is made.

In 1977, long before Pitt got involved, the studio was built by former winery owner Jacques Loussier, himself familiar with the music world through his career as a pianist and composer. Some of the best musicians in the world have recorded there, including Pink Floyd (the band hosted sessions for The wall album), The Cure, Sting, AC / DC and Sade.

Miraval Studios plans to unveil its new look in the summer of 2022. The redesign is a partnership between Pitt and Emmy-winning French producer Damien Quintard (who has worked with artists like Arca, Parcels, Teodor Currentzis and Brian Eno) . Pitt and Quintard met in Paris, hit it off, and were faced with their first major decision: use the existing studio or start from scratch?

Pitt and Quintard.

Photo: Hélène Hadjiyianni

It was the first who coaxed them, especially after discovering that much of the existing equipment was still in working order. Conception came next. “I was amazed at the simplicity of [Château Miraval]. This place aims to give back to nature and to honor the curves of the domain ”, says Quintard. A D, noting that the exterior landscape and natural light will be major factors in the design of the studio. “When you walk into this wildlife sanctuary, you feel like you are part of everything. From olive trees to vines, everything is bathed in light.

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One of the first additions to the studio will be a console designed by Pitt and Quintard with hybrid analog / digital capabilities, a Dolby Atmos system, and enough technology to power the premix of film and TV projects. Recording booths, a room dedicated to housing vintage synthesizers and workstations for editing sound and video will also be included.

The Loussier drum room, which embodies the “legacy of offbeat sound,” will be preserved, and a 3,445 square foot concert hall and 1,000 square foot control room will be added. Another source of inspiration is that much of the original equipment, connected to iconic musicians and albums, will continue to be used.

Quintard says he and Pitt share “a common vision for a recording studio that feels right at home.” And for groups coming from elsewhere, there is a space in a tower connected to the studio to crash, with a swimming pool also at their disposal.

After two decades without hosting musicians, the studio is almost ready to record their next song, over flutes of champagne or glasses of crisp rosé, of course. “With Brad’s eye for design and my appetite for advancements in sound, we’ve built something quite touching and emotional that really binds the recording room together,” says Quintard. “We can’t wait to share more with you! “



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