In celebration of São Paulo-based Luciana Brito Galeria’s participation at the Armory Show 2014, Carlos Junqueira and Luciana Brito hosted a lively dinner party at the ESPASSO Tribeca showroom. For the event, a selection of artworks by seminal Brazilian modernist Waldemar Cordeiro and a wall installation by contemporary Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum were on view at ESPASSO, encapsulating the presentation of Luciana Brito Gallery’s booth at the Armory art fair and contextualizing their work within contemporary and modern Brazilian design.
As the Armory Show opened their annual art fair in NY this week, the participating Brazilian galleries flaunted a range of works evident of the ever-growing Brazilian art market and scene. São Paulo’s Luciana Brito Galeria united two disparate figures in the Brazilian art scope – the wonderfully innovative and rarely seen works of Brazilian multi-disciplinary and quintessential modernist Waldemar Cordeiro (1925 – 1973) paired with works of contemporary conceptual artist Ricardo Basbaum. Across the hall, Galeria Nara Roesler exhibited a selection of multi-generational Brazilian artists – Vik Muniz, Lucia Koch, Raul Mourão and a mesmerizing wall piece by Abraham Palatnik. ESPASSO provided the furnishings for both booths, further contextualizing the contemporary and modern link represented in the artworks within Brazilian design. While Roesler’s booth paired Carlos Motta‘s lively Rio dining chair, designed in 2011, with Ricardo Fasanello’s 1970′s Ciranda and Sergio Rodrigues‘ 1988 Mac side tables, the booth of Luciana Brito Galeria also featured Motta’s Rio dining chair along Isay Weinfeld‘s IW dining table from 2006, vintage 1970′s CIMO armchairs and the re-edition of Gregori Warchavchic’s beautiful Revisteiro side table, originally designed in 1930.
Interior designer Tara Bernard’s London apartment was featured on magazine Living Etc. The stylish apartment, complete with view to the River Thames, sports contemporary art and furniture, vintage pieces, and a lot of cozy sitting spots including a Linley armchair and a pair of the iconic Kilin armchair originally designed in 1973 by Sergio Rodrigues, provided by ESPASSO.
London silk tie maker Drake’s opened their first shop in 1977 and have recently moved their headquarters from Clerkenwell, London to an industrial building in Hoxton, renovated by architects Hawkins\Brown. The new setting includes their factory and ample shop, which features the classic Paulistano armchair in its stylish decor. Truly a 20th century design classic and part of the collection at MoMA, NY, the Paulistano was originally designed in 1957 by Prtizker prize laureate Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who attributes the inspiration of the armchair’s gentle sway, ease and minimal lines to the ‘…weightlessness of an astronaut in outer space, and the laze of the natives lulling on a hammock…’ Check out entire article here.
W Magazine’s toured art dealer Gordon VeneKlasen’s red brick row house in NY’s Greenwich Village, in their Interiors column. The decor of the place, in a true collector’s fashion, mixes Ming-dynasty ivory, religious reliquaries and contemporary art, as the furnshings themselves also exemplifies VeneKlasen’s attuned eye for truly exquisite items, as seen in the numerous vintage pieces by Joaquim Tenreiro - coffee tables, dining chairs and dining table - that grace VeneKlasen’s living areas. Portugal-born Tenreiro immigrated to Brazil at the age of 22, where in the 1940′s he founded his own furniture-making shop, where he rediscovered various raw materials that had been overlooked in Brazil, like rattan cane and Jacaranda wood, creating what we now know as modern Brazilian furniture. A forerunner, in the truest sense of the word, Tenreiro’s pieces have become highly collectible. Check out some of Tenreiro’s original vintage pieces, available at ESPASSO here, and the full W Magazine article here.
The name of designer and entrepeneur Etel Carmona has been synonymous with pristine furninture-making for decades. Seeing her atelier, outside of São Paulo, is quite possibly the most comprehensive carpentry in Brazil – responsible for the reissues of the most classic and iconic pieces from mid-century Brazilian design as well as the high-end lines of Brazil’s most celebrated contemporary designers and architects – Carmona’s own designs are also a marvel of their own. Exemplary of her stylish and clean approach and utmost craftsmanship, is the elgant, minmal yet substantial design of the Vogel desk. Available in 3 types of FSC-Certified Brazilian woods – Freijó, Cedar or Sucupira, each available in 4 finishes – the Vogel desk offers a functional design complete with keyboard drawer, option of cable routing/storage feature and filing cabinet. The Vogel desk is part of the Etel collection and available in the US exclusively at ESPASSO.
Etel Interiores single-handedly maintains masterpieces of Brazilian modern design in production, as their esteemed atelier re-edits pieces by luminaries as Jorge Zalszupin, Branco & Preto and Paulo Werneck among others. Etel also reissues the few pieces designed by pioneer modernist architect Gregori Warchavchik, and recently featured his story on their blog, translated below:
In the early 1920’s Brazil witnessed a creative wellspring revolution in the arts. In February of 1922, Anita Malfatti, Mário de Andrade, Oswald de Andrade and many other artists were united at the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo for the Semana de Arte Modern (Modern Art Week). Betting on innovation and originality, they sought to break past paradigms, creating a new outlook on the Brazilian artistic production. Amid such creativity, an embryonic national architecture movement was also born. Within this promising context, Ukraine-born Gregori Warchavchik found space to present his architecture. Known as a Modernist architect, Warchavchik believed that homes should function as machines to live in. In his firm and straight lines, he sought for houses and buildings free from constraints of the past, with an aesthetic that reflected the effervescent culture of the time. In 1928 Warchavchik created the first modern house of Brazil, located at Rua Santa Cruz in São Paulo. Warchavchik was concerned with every detail of his projects, from façade to décor, developing modernist furnishings revolutionary for the epoch. The Banquette stools, GW tea trolley, Circular side table and Leque magazine holder turned into symbols of modern furniture, currently re-edited by Etel Interiores and available in the US exclusively at ESPASSO. Check out original post here.
New York designer Damon Liss and his wife Lisa – partners in the interiors firm Damon Liss Design – opened the doors to their own Tribeca apartment on today’s New York Post Home supplement. The 2,400 sq.ft. condo, in a 19th-century historical loft building (a former factory), took 8 months to renovate after the couple purchased it in 2012. Liss tells the New York Post that he designed the duplex loft with his family in mind, which is evident of his affinity with classic mid-century furnishings. Along a 1930′s Danish armchair, the main living room also features a couple of Brazilian vintage pieces – a 1960′s Martin Eisler armchair and a Scapinelli coffee table – Liss mined from ESPASSO. A long-time ESPASSO client, Liss has used Brazilian contemporary, modern re-editions and vintage pieces in lots of his projects and states: “We use their (ESPASSO) contemporary pieces for a pop of color, their vintage pieces for one of a kind sculptural elements, and their outdoor furniture for our beach projects.” Check out entire article here.
Brazilian artist Maria Lynch just completed her artist residency at New York’s RU – Residency Unlimited -”…an artist-centered organization dedicated to producing customized residency formats to support the creation, presentation, and dissemination of advanced contemporary art through strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions.” Marking Lynch’s completion at RU the exhibition titled ‘This Exhibition Has Everything To Go Wrong’ opens this Thursday, February 20th, also featuring works by Lynch’s fellow artists-in-residency Manon Harrois from France and Barcelona-based Avelino Sala. On view through March 15th, the exhibition proposal is curated by Marina Noronha and organized by RU, and it will be re-configured weekly for its duration, as it “…starts as three solo shows and progresses weekly into a group show.” Additional information here.
Tonight, February 19th, AIA NY, at the Center for Architecture, will host the lecture ‘Paulo Werneck: Brazilian Muralist.’ Participant in founding a modernist Brazilian aesthetic, Werneck’s colorful mosaic murals adorned official, residential and business buildings in Brazil throughout the 1940′s – 1970′s, including seminal projects as Oscar Niemeyer’s Hotel Brasilia Palace, 1958, Palácio de Itamaraty, 1970, the Federal Senate headquarters in Brasilia, 1978, as well as creating the iconic murals for Niemeyer’s early Pampulha complex project, completed in 1943 – which received international acclaim as it was part of the ‘Brazil Builds’ exhibition, at MoMA, NY, in the same year. Invited guest lecturer, NY-based designer and Werneck’s grandson Gaspar Saldanha, will address Werneck’s influential practice and how his design legacy informs Saldanha’s current adaptations of his grandfather’s renowned murals in architecture and furniture design projects. More info on the lecture here.