Carlos Motta outdoor Timbó Line equips an Amazonian Luxury Cruise Ship

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Outdoor deck of Aria cruise ship, featuring Carlos Motta's Timbó chaise and bench.

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Aria luxury cruise ship sailing the Amazonian rivers

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Aria luxury cruise ship sailing the Amazonian rivers

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Off-vessel expedition on the Amazonian river

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Outdoor deck of Aria cruise ship, featuring Carlos Motta's Timbó chaise and bench.

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Dining room of Aria luxury cruise ship

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Boutique of Aria luxury cruise ship

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Outdoor Jacuzzi at Aria luxury cruise ship

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Timbó bench by Carlos Motta

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Tmbó chaise by Carlos Motta

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For the past few years Acqua Expeditions has offered luxury river cruises on the Amazon, taking guests to explore one of the most spectacular regions in the world.  In each of the 16-cabin luxury Aria cruise ship, guests can enjoy the forest over a panoramic window, as the craft also features a dining room and bar, boutique, and a stylish outdoor deck featuring pieces from Carlos Motta‘s Timbó outdoor line.  Provided activities include piranha fishing, swimming with pink dolphins in daily off-vessel excursions, deep into Amazonia’s snaking tributaries.  More info here.

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Modernist Encounter: The Furniture of José Zanine Caldas at Rino Levi’s Casa Olivo Gomes

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N armchair, c. 1950's, by José Zanine Caldas at the Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi.

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H armchair, c. 1950's, by José Zanine Caldas by José Zanine Caldas at the Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi, featuring detail of tile mural by Roberto Burle Marx.

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Vintage chaise and ottoman, c. 1950's, by José Zanine Caldas Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi.

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Vintage armchair, c. 1960, by José Zanine Caldas at the Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi.

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Vintage armchair, c. 1950's, by José Zanine Caldas by José Zanine Caldas at the Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi.

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi, featuring tile mural by Roberto Burle Marx.

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H armchair, c. 1950's, José Zanine Caldas.

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I dining chair, c. 1950's, José Zanine Caldas.

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X stools, c. 1950's, José Zanine Caldas.

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N armchair, c. 1950's, José Zanine Caldas.

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi, featuring tile mural by Burle Marx

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Casa Olivo Gomes by Rino Levi, 1951, interior, original photo

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi, original plan

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Architecture and interior design Brazilian magazine Casa Claudia Luxo photographed the classic furniture of José Zanine Caldas, designed in the 1950′s, set against the Casa Olivo Gomes: a modernist house in São Paulo’s inland town of São José dos Campos designed in 1951 by seminal Brazilian architect Rino Levi.   The house is a marker in Levi’s oeuvre, who was one of the main exponents of modernist architecture in São Paulo, redefining the city’s urban landscape.  The Casa Olivo Gomes site also features tile murals designed by famed Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx, in his signature aesthetic that combines modernism and tropicality.  The spread unites 3 distinct seminal names in Brazilian modernism and proves their work not only to be still relevant today but as innovative and refreshing as it was when they were originally created.  Featured furniture includes  José Zanine Caldas’ H and N armchairs, I dining chairs and the X stools, originally designed in the 1950′s. These and other of Zanine Caldas’ re-editions are available exclusively in the US at ESPASSO.

Etel Interiores: The Constantine Mosque by Oscar Niemeyer

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Oscar Niemeyer, sketch c. 1960's

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Oscar Niemeyer, sketch for the Seddik Ben Yahia auditorium, also known as the 'open book' auditorium at Mentoui University in Constantine, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer, c. 1960's

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Mentoui University in Constantine, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy

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Seddik Ben Yahia auditorium, also known as the 'open book' auditorium at Mentoui University in Constantine, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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La Coupole stadium at the Citè Olympique in Algiers. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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University of Constantine, Algeria by Oscar Niemeyer

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Garden near the library offices at the Mentouri University in Constantine, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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Interior of the stadium of Mentouri University in Constantine, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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Courtyard at University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene, Bab-Ezzouar, Algiers, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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A walkway at the at University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene, Bab-Ezzouar, Algiers, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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A Lecture Hall at the Mentouri University, in the city of Constantine. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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Entrance of a lecture hall at the Mentouri University, in the city of Constantine. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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On view through April 23rd at the Etel Interiores showroom in São Paulo, is the exhibition Oscar Niemeyer: Mesquita de Constantina (Oscar Niemeyer: Mosque of Constantine).  The exhibition displays Niemeyer sketches from the 1960′s of the architectural projects he projected in Algeria, such as the Constantine University campus, founded in 1969.  Niemeyer fled Brazil in the early 1960′s, after the country’s military takeover, exiling in France, during which period he spent time in Algeria, leaving his handprint in several architectural projects in the country.  Niemeyer recalls Algeria in the late 1960′s/early 1970′s:  “I liked Algeria very much, the occurred metamorphosis, the conquered freedom.  This I felt on the euphoria and smile of their people, until recently oppressed and humiliated.  The pleasure of victory was found everywhere.  In the busy cafés, in the streets and city squares…”

 

Vogue Brasil: Living – Fine Mixture

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Vogue Brasil - The Home of Barbara Jalles. Detail of Diz armchair by Sergio Rodrigues.

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Vogue Brasil - The Home of Barbara Jalles. Del Rey armchair by Jorge Zalszupin; detail of Janete side table by Sergio Rodrigues and Almicar de Castro artwork.

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Vogue Brasil - The Home of Barbara Jalles. Diz armchair by Sergio Rodrigues, Petalas side table adn Del Rey armchair by Jorge Zalszupin.

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Del Rey armchair by Jorge Zalszupin, Diz armchair by Sergio Rodrigues and Petalas side table by Jorge Zalszupin

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Del Rey armchair by Jorge Zalszupin

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Diz armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Petalas side table by Jorge Zalszupin

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Janete side table by Sergio Rodrigues

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Vogue Brasil visited the home of architect, and ambassador of Missoni Home in Brazil, Barbara Jalles.  In a mixture of pop and tradition, Jalle’s home reveals her keen ability to elegantly combine contemporary and modern furniture, family heirlooms and artworks.  In the mix, Jorge Zalszupin‘s Del Rey armchairs and Petalas side table co-mingle with Sergio RodriguesDiz armchair and Janete side table along artworks by contemporary painter Renata Egreja and seminal neo-constructivist Almicar de Castro.

Vik Muniz at Sikkema Jenkins & Co, NY

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Vik Muniz, New Car, Album, 2014 Digital C-Print

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Jetliner (Postcards from Nowhere), 2014 Digital C-Print

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The exhibition Album of new works by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz opened this past Thursday, April 10th, at Sikkema Jenkins & CO, NY.  Continuing his technique of constructing images out of the sum of (or pieces of) multiple objects – notably his famous sugar portraits, or his recomposition of art masterpieces with trash – here Muniz takes a nostalgic approach as the piecemeal of rearranged bits and pieces of old, yellowed photographs, documents, letters, postcards and other sentimental ephemera renders photo album staples as a portrait of a bride and groom and of children in a classroom.  More info here.

Salone Internazionale di Mobile, Milano 2014 – Rio + Design

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Rio+Brasil presentation at Salone Internazionale di Mobile 2014, Milan, IT.

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Anil armchair by Zanini de Zanine. Rio+Brasil presentation at Salone Internazionale di Mobile 2014, Milan, IT.

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Grampo coffee table by Fernando Mendes. Rio+Brasil presentation at Salone Internazionale di Mobile 2014, Milan, IT.

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Sapão armchair and stool by Fernando Mendes. Rio+Brasil presentation at Salone Internazionale di Mobile 2014, Milan, IT.

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Xibô and Fernando armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues. Rio+Brasil presentation at Salone Internazionale di Mobile 2014, Milan, IT.

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Grampo coffee table by Fernando Mendes.

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Anil armchair by Zanini de Zanine.

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Fernando armchair by Sergio Rodrigues.

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Currently on is the Salone Internazionale di Mobile 2014 in Milan, Italy.  Starting in 1961 the fair is the definite and most established design fair in the world, uniting international exhibitors in a global benchmark for the Home Furnishing Sector.  Amid its thousands of international exhibitors the presentation Rio+Design, at Spazio Textile – Opficio 31, Vila Tortona 31, highlights furniture by Rio de Janeiro-based designers, including several pieces by Fernando Mendes – such as the playful Grampo coffee table and Sapão armchair, and a few created in collaboration between Mendes and his uncle Sergio Rodrigues - as the Fernando and Xibô armchairs.  Rio+Design was curated by the Conselho Consultivo de Design (Design Advisory Council) which includes young Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine, who also showcased his own work as his solid wood Anil armchair.  Check out more info here.

New York Post: Design Mind Q&A – Campana Brothers

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Campana Brothers installation view of their exhibition at Frieman Benda Gallery in 2013.

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David Kaufman, for the New York Post, interviewed Brazilian design extraordinaire duo Campana Brothers.  The most recognizable name in contemporary Brazilian design, the Campanas told Kaufman about their latest collaboration  with Brazilian shoe brand Melissa – the Fitas shoe collection and in-store installation at the Melissa Galeria NY in Soho – their inspirations, processes and the importance of Brazilian aesthetic and culture in their work.  Read interview here.

Studio W – Sensuous and Free Curves

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Studio W - Oscar Niemeyer, Marquesa rocking chaise.

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Studio W - Cobogó coffee table by Lia Siqueira; Alta armchair and ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer; Asa desk by Arthur Casas and Saquarema armchair by Carlos Motta.

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Carlos Motta, Saquarema armchair

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Arthur Casas, Asa desk

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Lia Siqueira, Cobogó coffee table detail

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Curvilinear forms are a tradition in Brazilian design and are the theme of a spread in this month’s Brazilian beauty and lifestyle magazine Studio W.  Featuring a range of curvy furniture, the spread includes mid 20th century iconic pieces by legendary Oscar Niemeyer, such as the Marquesa rocking chaise and the Alta armchair, as well as contemporary pieces such as the Saquarema armchair by Carlos Motta, Asa desk by Arthur Casas and the Cobogó coffee table by Lia Siqueira.  “It is not the right angle that attracts me. Nor the straight line. Rigid. Inflexible. Man made. What attracts me is the free and sensuous line. The curves I see in my country’s mountains.  In the sinuous course of its rivers.  In the clouds.  In the body of my beloved woman. The universe is made of curves. The curved universe of Einstein.” – Oscar Niemeyer.

Vintage Arrivals at ESPASSO NY

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Unattributed vintage Armchairs ca. 1960's

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Unattributed vintage Armchairs ca. 1960's

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Unattributed vintage Armchairs ca. 1960's, detail

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Vintage Martin Eisler Armchairs, ca. 1960

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Vintage Martin Eisler Armchairs, ca. 1960

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Vintage armchair by Rino Levi, ca. 1960

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Vintage Mole sofa by Sergio Rodrigues

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Vintage Mole sofa by Sergio Rodrigues (detail)

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ESPASSO NY just received stunning vintage pieces from Brazil!  Included are a much sought after pair of Martin Eisler’s armchairs ca. 1955, with Eisler’s signature delicate metal frame and wooden arm inserts, a spectacular pair of  armchairs by Rino Levi, ca. 1960 and an original Mole sofa by Sergio Rodrigues.  Freshly arrived  are also a pair of unattributed  1960′s vintage chairs, reminiscent of Lina Bo Bardi’s or Sergio Rodrigue’s slouchy lines and ease. Desirable for their uniqueness and historical relevance, ESPASSO continues to bring to the US the legacy of Brazilian modernism through original furniture pieces by some of Brazil’s most celebrated designers. Continue reading

SP-Arte 2014

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Le Corbusier, Ozon Opus, 1947 at the booth of Paris' Galerie Zlotowski

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Jeff Koons, Cannonballs, 2014 at the booth of Salzburg's Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery

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Victor Brecheret, O Guerreiro, 1928, at the booth of São Paulo's Dan Galeria

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Luciana Brito Galeria at SP-Arte exhibiting works by Alex Katz.

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Luciana Brito Galeria at SP-Arte exhibiting works by Alex Katz.

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Luciana Brito Galeria at SP-Arte exhibiting works by Alex Katz.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Desmond, 1984 at the booth of NY's Van de Weghe Gallery

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Vik Muniz, Castelo de Areia, 2014 at the booth São Paulo's Galeria Nara Roesler

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South American’s largest art fair, SP-Arte, opened its 10th edition this week in São Paulo, in the iconic Biennial Pavilion building designed by Oscar Niemeyer.  Featuring 137 Brazilian and international galleries, exhibited works range from modern to contemporary as the fair will debut their ‘Solo’ project curated by Inhotim director Rodrigo Maura, showing works from 14 emerging galleries from around the globe: New York’s Henrique Faria, Romania’s Ivan Gallery and Travessia Cuatro from Madrid to name a few.  SP-Arte is establishing itself as a must within the art world’s circuit, as stated by the fair’s executive director Fernanda Feitosa: “As a result of our fair, the country has become a welcome new addition on the global art circuit of curators, collectors, exhibitions and art advisors.”  Proof of that is the ever-growing exhibitors list, which this year includes an unprecedented volume of international galleries and artists, including blue-chip London Gallery Stephen Friedman and NY’s Marian Goodman, alongside established Brazilian galleries such as São Paulo’s Casa Triangulo, Galeria Nara Rosler, Galeria Milan and Luciana Brito Galeria who is showcasing new works by American legendary figurative painter Alex Katz.  Check out more information on SP-Arte here.