The recipients of the 2014 W award in architecture and design were announced this week in São Paulo, awarding diverse projects in 6 categories (Corporative Architecture, Residential Architecture, Corporative Interiors, Residential Interiors, Public Space and Furniture) as part of an initiative by Insituto São Paulo de Arte e Cultura, the Ministry of Culture and higher education institution FAAP. Claudia Moreira Salles‘ beautiful and sculptural Tangente bench took home first prize in the furniture category, which will be exhibited at FAAP, along the other awarded projects, through December 8th. An exercise in geometry and balance, emphasized by a mixture of the warm, rough surface of the wood, the satiny coolness of the limestone rectangle and the smooth but gravel-studded concrete surface, the Tangente is exemplary of Salles’ simultaneously artistic and industrial approach and sensibility, in an unexpected combination of materials and forms; as Salles describes: “The layout resembled a constructivist composition and I wanted an element that traversed the space”.
The November issue of Wallpaper* features the Brazil Special insert, highlighting Brazil’s “architectural’s innovators, design dynamos and the country’s hottest trends.” The feature showcases the design work of Bruno Jahara, which transforms traditional terra cotta pottery and delicate opal glass into savvy home accessories, as well as the new home accessory line designed by Zanini de Zanine for Riva, which includes a pitcher, pizza slicer and salt and pepper shaker made from stainless steel in his signature angles and lines. The feature also tours a couple of Brazilian residencies, that reconfigure the conventional house layout, designed by architecture firms MK27 and Galeria Arquitetos and Bernardes Arquitetura. The special feature also includes a tribute stamp paying homage to Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) as it also spotlights his colorful Tajá line, in the article about Butzke, the eco-friendly manufacturer that re-edits the Tajá pieces as well as other outdoor lines by Carlos Motta.
The exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America opened this week at the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, investigating on current art and design production tendencies,coming out of Latin America, that deal with globalization and its consequential diffusion of concepts, references, materials and languages. Highlights include the photography and soft sculptures by Peruvian Lucia Cuba, the photographs from the series Architecture of Necessity by Cuban Ernesto Oroza, as well as the furniture design of Brazilian Zanini de Zanine, whose exhibited Moeda armchair reutilizes sheet metal webbings leftover from the production of discontinued 10¢ Brazilian coins. “The term “new territories,” as evoked by Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce, refers to the state of making in today’s globalized society, a phenomenon that has helped to spur a confluence of art, design and craft. The exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America will examine this trend in several distinct cities throughout Latin America, where some of the most pertinent new directions in arts and design are emerging today.” Check here for more info.
Paul Kasmin Gallery’s PK Shop has rounded up some incredible limited edition and one-of-a-kind objects that blur the line between art and design, in a curated selection that will be on view, and for sale, from November 5th to December 23rd. Included are Marcia Grostein‘s inventive sculptural lighting fixtures, made from aluminum, resin and LED lights, that elegantly bear light within its organic and delicate forms, Ivan Navarro’s poetic Eclipse Clock and Rashaad Newsome’s Fitted Crown, a jewel-ornamented leather baseball cap. Check here for more info.
Jorge S. Arango highlighted the JZ tea trolley, originally designed in 1959 by Jorge Zalszupin, on the Design Seen column in the current issue of Robb Report’s . Check out entire article here.
Brazilian design duo extraordinaire the Campana Brothers will open the site-specific room installation, Wood, at Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden, on November 2nd. Inspired by nature and composed of straw and wood, Wood marks the first exhibition of the Campanas in Sweden, which will extend to a program of workshops and lectures during the run of the exhibition. “We have moved into the nature and the message is to let nature take back its rightful place among the people,” says Humberto Campana. Check here for more info.
This Thursday October 30th, a few TriBeCa design showrooms will be open after business hours, offering drinks and showing off their unique collections. Along ESPASSO NY, rug company Carini Lang and Chinese antique shop Abhaya will stay open til 8:30pm, all within a five-block radius from each other.
Contemporary Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto will open the exhibition Haux Haux of his celebrated work at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany, on October 26th. Known for creating installations that render imaginary environments that confound viscerality, architecture, scale and notions of interior/exterior, the exhibition will present interactive installations and sculptures from Neto’s oeuvre and will also debut a video realized especially for the exhibition. Check here for more info.
The latest edition of GQ Brasil highlighted 5 projects in São Paulo that are helping re-define the capital’s residential architecture. GQ’s selections range from intimate and reclusive projects to flashy skyscrapers: while Isay Weinfeld‘s elegant Oito re-imagines the traditions of São Paulo luxury-apartment living in the eight large units hidden behind its minimal metal and austere façade, Spanish architect Fermín Vázquez’ Forma Itaim building houses a much larger number of apartments in a setting resemblant of a luxury hotel, with a colorful façade bound to animate the neighborhood’s somber skyline. Other spotlighted projects include Arthur Casas‘ understated and ultra-comfortable Edifício Único, featuring a beautiful louvered façade, and the Vitra building projected by Daniel Libeskind, listed among the 10 best residential buildings to live in the world on American financial and lifestyle magazine Worth. Check entire article here.
ESPASSO New York has just received a brand new piece by Brazilian designer and architect Carlos Motta. The ultra-comfortable Java armchair is made from reclaimed Peroba Rosa wood molded laminates, wrought iron and leather upholstery complete with brass nails. Combining a rustic and clean design, the Java is representative of Motta’s progression in his sophisticated and laid-back attitude.