Globe-trotting CNN anchor Anderson Cooper takes refuge from the 24-hour news cycle in a heavenly tropical compound nestled in the postcard-perfect Brazilian town of Trancoso.

Photography: Simon Upton | Words: Mayer Rus


Anderson Cooper enlisted fashion designer turned hotelier Wilbert Das to build him a vacation home in Trancoso, Brazil. Dubbed Casa Anderson, the estate comprises four buildings. In the main structure’s living/dining room, a vintage Bahian cocktail table mingles with pequi-wood stools and pieces from Das’s Uxua Casa home collection, including the indigo-dyed throw pillows, woven-reed rug, and sectional sofa.

Cooper in the doorway of his Brazilian home.

A corner of the living room features antique window frames; the votive paintings are Mexican, the writing table and chair are antique, and the lamp and vase are vintage.

In the dining area, an assortment of Brazilian devotional oratories and an antique confessional chair are arrayed against a turquoise wall; the ceiling lights and dining chairs are by Uxua Casa, the table is vintage, and the floor is waxed concrete.

Cooper and his partner, Benjamin Maisani, relax with a neighbor’s dogs, Caia (left) and Tim, on the pool terrace, which Wilbert Das lined in tatajuba planks and equipped with an Uxua Casa pierced-metal sconce.

Concrete countertops and shelving complement reclaimed-wood cabinet fronts in the kitchen; the framed artwork is a Ghanaian asafo flag, and the hanging lantern is vintage.

The main cottage’s outdoor dining area is furnished with a mix of terra-cotta pendant lights, a custom-made table, and a pair of antique farm benches.

Cooper reads in one of the tasseled hammocks that grace the property. The grounds were transformed by Wilbert Das in collaboration with Brazilian landscape designer Juliana Favarato.

The property’s free-form swimming pool is set against a backdrop of verdant rain forest.

In one of the two guest bungalows, an Uxua Casa lampshade made from a reclaimed sail hangs above an antique side table displaying a vintage religious print and a ceramic vase by local artist João Calazans.

The structure containing the master suite is partially raised on timber stilts, sheltering an outdoor seating area underneath.

The bungalow’s veranda is outfitted with a sofa, chair, pillows, and sculptural pendant light by Uxua Casa.

A corner of the timber-lined master suite.

Reclaimed peroba planks sheathe the master bedroom, which is anchored by an Uxua Casa four-poster dressed with white linens and diaphanous mosquito netting; the top trunk at the foot of the bed conceals a television.

Designer Wilbert Das converted a hollowed-out tree trunk into an outdoor shower.

A vintage console was adapted as a washstand for a guest bath.

Diaphanous mosquito netting swaddles the bed in one of the guest bungalows.

The master bath’s double shower looks out onto a covered terrace.