“My dear friend Sergio Rodrigues passed away yesterday… Along with his genius and unique creativity what I will miss the most is his sense of humor, compassion and his friendship. I feel very lucky and blessed to have had him in my life. Até breve Chefe!”
- Carlos Junqueira
Oscar Niemeyer‘s spectacular Marquesa bench is spotlighted in the September issue of Elle Decor’s What’s Hot – Dispatches From World Design feature. Representative of Niemeyer’s signature curves, which conjure the sinuosity of Rio de Janeiro’s mountainous landscape and sensual women, here the forms also play on of the classic scrolled arms of stone roman benches.
A series of short films by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfled have been recently made available, each being uploaded every two weeks in the app IW Filmes. Isay Weinfeld’s spectacular shorts give virtual tours of some of his most visionary and celebrated architectural projects, with highly choreographed camera work and accompanying hand-picked score. The films reveal the architectural sites atmospherically, as it also points to Weinfeld’s early, awarded career as film-maker before becoming one of the key voices in contemporary Brazilian architecture. “The idea to make these films came from my passion for cinema and music. It’s my work as an architect seen through my filmmaker’s gaze.” explains Isay.
Sixty years ago Sergio Rodrigues designed his first piece of furniture, marking the beginning of a celebrated career as designer and architect while branding Brazilian mid-century aesthetic along the way. That piece was the Mocho, which Rodrigues took inspiration from a traditional three-legged milking stool for its form and function. Playful, practical and unique, the design of the Mocho stool signals at signature elements that Rodrigues’ pieces would become famous for, making it a classic piece in the history of Brazilian design, available in the US and Europe exclusively at ESPASSO. Brazilian design magazine Bamboo did a feature on the Mocho on their current issue, celebrating the commencement of a new design era led by good-humored Rodrigues.
This Wednesday, August 13th from 5 – 6pm, the Consulate General of Brazil in New York will host a viewing and cocktail reception for the exhibition Esperança Terena, a photographic project by Eliseu Cavalcante that documents Brazil’s indigenous Terena community. The exhibition will be on view through October 10th. Check here for more information.
Brazilian gelataria A.B. Biagi, with shop in Nolita, is now serving sorbet and gelato at ESPASSO! For the month of August, A.G. Biagi’s ice-cream cart will be parked at ESPASSO’s TriBeCa showroom, offering Brazilian-inspired flavors, such as chocolate brigadeiro, Romeo and Julieta (guava and ricotta) and açai and banana, to cool off with this Summer!
Located in the famous beach town of Trancoso in Bahia, Brazil, architect Debora Aguiar created a contemporary beach house by integrating modern and rustic elements onto the paradisiacal setting. Replete with comfort, simplicity and elegance, the interiors of the Areia house showcase a mix of Brazilian modern and contemporary design favorites, such as Oscar Niemeyer‘s Rio rocking chaise, Sergio Rodrigues iconic Oscar dining chairs and Mole armchair, Carlos Motta‘s outdoor Asturias armchairs and Etel Carmona‘s beautiful Maria Preciosa side tables. Check out entire slideshow and article here.
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.