Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld is working on his first New York City project: a residential condominium commission in the heart of West Chelsea, NY, overlooking the High Line. Surrounding a lush garden, the condominium takes the name of Jardim, the portuguese word for garden, and will include 36 new luxury condos, with private gardens, along amenities such as parking, indoor pool, gym, massage room, children’s playroom, private storage, and bike storage. Centaur Properties and Greyscale Development Group bought the through-block site, between 27th and 28th streets and Tenth and Eleventh avenues, last year for $45 million, amid several other rising projects, including a Zaha Hadid structure located right next door. Check out Jardim‘s teaser site here.
Earlier in the month the 2014 Bienal de São Paulo opened, housed in the iconic modernist Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, designed by Oscar Niemeyer and originally built in 1957. Titled How to (…) Things That Don’t Exist, the 2014 biennial unites international curators Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv, and divulges the possibilities of art to create new language, objects and rhetoric. On view through December 7th, check out the Bienal de São Paulo’s full list of artists and programs here.
Design, art and antique retail website 1stdibs paid a tribute to Sergio Rodrigues, in memory of the ‘father of Brazilian modern design’ who passed away earlier this month at the age of 86. Greg Cerio composed the homage, gathering quotes about the whimsical icon from such personalities as Lowery Stokes Sims, curator at the Museum of Arts & Design, NY, Christian Larsen of the Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami and ESPASSO’s Carlos Junqueira. Check out entire article here.
Tomorrow, Friday, September 26th, from 7 to 11pm, as part of award-initiative Trip Transformadores, the documentary Dominguinhos, on the life of the eponymous iconic northeastern Brazilian accordion player and composer, will be screened for the first time in the US at the Standard Hotel High Line, NY. Following the screening will be a pocket show of singer Mariana Ayder, musician Duani and Dominguinhos’ disciple Mestrinho, who will be performing songs Dominguinhos made famous. Marking the third consecutive year Trip Transformadores presents an event and mission to the New York public, the evening will also present brief documentaries on a few of this year’s Trip Transformadores award recipients. Learn more here.
Jardim Botânico, the first US retrospective of Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes opened on September 19th at Pérez Art Museum, Miami. Exhibited are works Milhazes produced over the last 25 years, attesting to the development of her colorful and ornate large-scale abstract paintings. Inspired by popular culture, both high and low, Milhazes combines motifs of disparate sources – graffiti, lace patterns, carnaval, food packaging, colonial design, etc. – onto decorative planes that also decipher facets of Brazilian culture. Check here for more information.
Located in Puenta Del Este, in Brazil’s neighboring Uruguay, Fasano Las Piedras is a hospitality complex that combines private homes, hotel bungalows and spa amenities (spa, equestrian center, golf and polo fields, etc.) in 1,185 acres of beautiful open landscape. Gracing this month’s cover of French periodical L’Officiel Voyage and projected by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, in collaboration with Domingos Pascali, the Fasano Las Piedras perfectly integrates with its setting, unobtrusively composing a simultaneously luxurious and rustic site. Weinfeld notes: ‘Upon our arrival for the first land reconnaissance visit, we had no doubt that those buildings and the rustic and unique workmanship element– should be preserved. The detailed study of the program/client brief led us to resort to scattering the units as isolated modules that “landed naturally” on the terrain, just the rocks themselves’.
Opening today, September 19th, at the International Center of Photography, New York, is the exhibition Genesis, the third long-term series of photographs by internationally renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. Genesis is the result of an eight-year worldwide survey, bringing together more than 200 spectacular black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples—raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environment and climate change. Curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado, the exhibition will be on view through January 11th, 2015. Check out more on the exhibition here.
Brazilian architecture and interior design magazine Kaza featured a Hampton’s beach house projected by New York-based, Peruvian architect Javier Robles, on their September issue. Reflecting the ease, functionality and clean lines of the house and setting, its interiors include a selection of Brazilian furniture and home accessories, both contemporary and modern, such as the re-edition of Sergio Rodrigues‘ outdoor Tajá settee and armchair, originally designed in 1978, the X stools by José Zanine Caldas, re-edition of a 1950′s design and the Dominó magazine holder, Ipanema and Adriana armchairs, all re-editions of mid-century pieces by Jorge Zalszupin. Contemporary home accessories by Claudia Moreira Salles complete the decor, as her Cantante lamp and Castanheira wooden bowl.
Check out images of the ESPASSO booth at the IDA Design Fair that happened in Rio de Janeiro this last week, in conjunction with the ArtRio Fair 2014. For the first time participating in a fair in Brazil, ESPASSO exhibited vintage and limited edition pieces, some unveiled especially for the fair. Highlights included the never-before-seen Concreto bench by Claudia Moreira Salles, one-of-a-kind Trindade bench by Carlos Motta, limited edition Vazada armchairs and Almofada lamp by Zanini de Zanine, recenlty launched Grude armchair by Fernando Mendes, and the limited re-editions of Sergio Rodrigues‘ Chifruda armchair and Oswaldo Bratke‘s eponymous dining chair.
From September 10th to the 14th, the first installment of IDA Rio – International Design and Art fair, will take place, concurrent to the one of the most important art fairs in South America, Art Rio. For the first time participating at a design fair in Brazil, ESPASSO will exhibit a booth at IDA Rio, with one-of-a-kind and vintage pieces by some of Brazil’s most esteemed contemporary and modern designers. Along the exhibited pieces is a new, one-of-a-kind bench by Claudia Moreira Salles, the Grude armchair by Fernando Mendes, Trindade bench by Carlos Motta as well as vintage original pieces by Sergio Rodrigues, Jorge Zalszupin, and the re-edition of the Oswaldo Bratke dining chair. Check out more info about ESPASSO’s booth here.