Modern and contemporary Brazilian furniture pieces make part of the elegant interior design of the Cancun Louis Vuitton boutique. Selected for the project are re-editions of Branco & Preto‘s M3 sofa and M1 armchair, both originally designed in 1950, and the beautiful Maria Preciosa coffee table by Etel Carmona.
France and Brazil-based architecture and design firm Triptyque have created a clean and professional atmosphere for the Milbank law offices in São Paulo, that carry the rich history of Brazilian design through the selected furniture and objects. Featuring vintage pieces and re-edition of modern classics, the interiors highlight Sergio Rodrigues’ Cantu dining chairs Jorge Zalsuzpin‘s Petalas coffee table and JZ desk, Branco & Preto‘s Duas Cores coffee table and Paulo Mendes da Rocha iconic Paulistano armchairs, alongside vintage Martin Eisler armchairs and an Oscar Niemeyer desk. Check out this and other Triptyque project here.
Argentinian architecture periodical 1:1000‘s current issue is dedicated to the impressive work of Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld. Surveying some of his most important works, the issue reveals Weinfeld’s elegant and straightforward sensibility and impeccable attention to details. Read more here.
Bilingual design and lifestyle magazine XOP highlighted Brazilian accessories on their Luxe List feature on this month’s issue. Highlights include Claudia Moreira Salles‘ elegant and unique Cantante lamp and Rubens Simões’ beautiful stainless steel Gioia tea set and Murazzo salt and pepper shaker, both available at ESPASSO’s online shop!
For the Global Style feature on this month’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Giovanna Meneghel, creative director of Editeur, rounded up ‘Brazil’s bold and casual vibe’ in fashion, furniture, art and architecture. Amid her selections, which includes fashion label Isolda, sculptor Erika Verzutti and the paradisiacal Pousada Picinguaba hotel in the state of São Paulo, Meneghel spotlights Sergio Rodrigues‘ whimsical and comfortable Katita dining chair. Check out complete feature here.
As part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors dance and music Summer event, in conjunction with this year’s Brasil SummerFest, award-winning documentary A Batalha do Passinho, directed by Emilio Domingos and produced by Julia Mariano, will have its US premiere along a series of related events introducing the contagious carioca dance and culture craze to an American audience. Opening last night, with a lively and interactive dance performance following the film’s screening, the dancers will also be performing again on July 24th and 26th at Lincoln Center, as the film will be screened again on August 2nd. A must-see! Check out schedule here and more about the Passinho phenomenon here .
Brazilian photographer Eliseu Cavalcante traveled to the land of the Terena tribe in July 2013, documenting the daily lives of its members, shortly after they reclaimed the Esperança farm site, located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, which the Terenas have been trying to recover since the end of the war with Paraguay in 1870. As the photographer’s main focus is to bring attention to the land conflict involving Brazil’s indigenous tribes, the body of work reveals the tribe’s struggle, the innocence of their children and the faith and syncretism of the community. Presently shown at ESPASSO, NY, is a selection of photographs from this body of work, on view through August 10th. Check out more information about the project here.
Completed in 2013, the Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita e José Mindlin library, a project signed by Eduardo de Almeida e Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb located in the campus of the University of São Paulo (USP), houses the collections that bibliophile José Mindlin donated to USP, consisting of over 50,000 volumes. The 235,000 sq. ft. library complex includes a cafeteria and auditorium and takes inspiration on reputable international libraries such as Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Bibliothèque Saint Geneviève in Paris. The library’s interiors are furnished by an array of Brazilian-designed pieces, from modern to contemporary, illustrating some of the most iconic designs and designers from Brazil. Included are Sergio Rodrigues modern classics Mole armchair and sofa and Vronka armchair, along side his most recent design the Diz armchair from 2002; Jorge Zalszupin‘s iconic Vintage bench, from 1955, and Petalas coffee table, from 1962, and the last piece he designed, the Veronica armchair from 2010 also grace the library’s interiors as do contemporary fixtures such as Carlos Motta‘s Flexa, Guaiúba and Radar armchairs and Vitória dining table, and Claudia Moreira Salles‘ São Conrado sofa and armchairs.
The 4th installment of the vibrant Brasil SummerFest started this past weekend, offering a diverse line-up of Brazilian musical acts across multiple venues in New York. Founded and programmed by Petrit Pula – GM of Nublu – and co-curated by Béco Dranoff, Brasil SummerFest has become the largest and most important music event outside of Brazil “focusing on the richness and diversity of Brazil’s music culture.” With a special attention to contemporary artists in Brazil’s music scene, such as singer Bárbara Eugenia, and bands Forroteria and Baianasystem (both who mix regional and electronic sounds), the festival also showcases established musical luminaries such as the effervescent Baby do Brasil, singer songwriter Lenine and Brazilian musical royalty Bebel Gilberto. The festival this year also counts with the performance and screening of dance-documentary A Batalha do Passinho in conjunction with Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival. Check out entire program here.
Design and lifestyle Brazilian magazine Wish Casa featured Carlos Motta‘s hillside country home in the lush rainforest Mantiqueira mountain range in the state of São Paulo. Designed by Motta, the 3,000 sq. ft. house is on one of the highest areas of the Mantiqueira range - 5,000 feet in altitude- and epitomizes his simple, warm and conscientious design. Built atop an existing plateau – as Motta explains he would never clear one out, for his practice implements minimal impact on the environment – he built the house using local labor, out of local materials – reclaimed woods, stone and glass. Untreated wooden decks, verandas and comfortable furniture, such as his Parati and Rio Manso armchairs and Asturias chaise, further integrate the house to its bucolic setting, exhibiting Motta’s rustic and elegant contemporary design and architecture.