GQ Brasil: Five Projects That Will Change São Paulo

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Oito building, São Paulo, by Isay Weinfeld

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Forma Itaim, São Paulo, project by Spanish architect Fermín Vázquez

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Edifício Único, São Paulo by Arthur Casas

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Árbol, São Paulo, by Portuguese architect Carvalho Araújo.

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Vitra building, São Paulo, by Daniel Libeskind

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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.

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New Arrival: Java Armchair by Carlos Motta

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Java armchair by Carlos Motta

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Java armchair by Carlos Motta

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Java armchair by Carlos Motta

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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.

Quinta da Baronesa House by Studio Arthur Casas

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Quinta da Baronesa House, Bragança Paulista, São Paulo, by Studio Arthur Casas. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Quinta da Baronesa House, Bragança Paulista, São Paulo, by Studio Arthur Casas. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Quinta da Baronesa House, Bragança Paulista, São Paulo, by Studio Arthur Casas. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Quinta da Baronesa House, Bragança Paulista, São Paulo, by Studio Arthur Casas. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Quinta da Baronesa House, Bragança Paulista, São Paulo, by Studio Arthur Casas. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Quinta da Baronesa House, Bragança Paulista, São Paulo, by Studio Arthur Casas. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Located in Bragança Paulista, town 55 miles inland from São Paulo, the Quinta da Baronesa House, projected by Studio Arthur Casas, was completed in 2012 and seamlessly integrates outdoor and indoor in an airy and ample project that makes use of reclaimed woods and bricks as some of its main materials. “My intention was to have the house unnoticed from street perspective, therefore the rugged topography of the land was important.” reveals Casas. Check out more of the house here.

HGTV Celebrates Sergio Rodrigues

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Sergio Rodrigues at his Rio de Janeiro atelier in 2012. Documented by The Selby.

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Sergio Rodrigues' Rio de Janeiro atelier in 2012. Documented by The Selby.

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Sergio Rodrigues at his Rio de Janeiro atelier in 2012. Documented by The Selby.

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Sergio Rodrigues at his Rio de Janeiro atelier in 2012. Documented by The Selby.

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Original sketches by Sergio Rodrigues. Documented by The Selby.

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Sergio Rodrigues at his Rio de Janeiro atelier in 2012. Documented by The Selby.

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HGTV Decor paid homage to Sergio Rodrigues, pointing at their favorite Rodrigues’ pieces – the Chifruda and Mole armchairs and Mocho stool – and sharing the amazing photoshoot of Rodrigues working at his Rio de Janeiro atelier, documented by The Selby in 2012. Check out entire article and slideshow here.

Ace Hotel Los Angeles

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Ace Hotel Los Angeles rooftop terrace, featuring Carlos Motta's Timbó dining chair

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Ace Hotel Los Angeles rooftop terrace, featuring Carlos Motta's Timbó dining chair

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The renovated United Artists’ marquis theatre, adjacent to the hotel.

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The renovated United Artists’ marquis theatre, adjacent to the hotel.

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Located at the classic United Artists theater in the Downtown Los Angeles Historical Row on Broadway, is the Ace Hotel Los Angeles, designed by Angeleno design firm Commune. As the project retains most aspects of the original 1927 architecture, the impressive original entrance, foyer and magnificent adjacent theater, co-mingle with modern and contemporary designs.   Casual and lively, the hotel’s rooftop terrace includes a pool and view of downtown Los Angeles, boasting an eclectic mix of furniture and decor, including a set of Carlos Motta‘s outdoor Timbó dining chairs, at the poolside dining table.

ESPASSO London Moves Showroom

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ESPASSO London Showroom. Cantu dining chair by Sergio Rodrigues, Rudá and Paxiuba wooden vases by Etel Carmona and Aviador armchair by Fernando Mendes.

ESPASSO London Showroom. Astania dining chairs by Etel Carmona and Rio dining chair by Carlos Motta.
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ESPASSO London Showroom. Dinamarquesa armchair by Jorge Zalszupin, Aranha coffee table by Branco & Preto and Mole armchair by Sergio Rodrigues.

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ESPASSO London Showroom. Dinamarquesa armchair by Jorge Zalszupin

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ESPASSO London Showroom. Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

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We are happy to announce ESPASSO has moved to a new London showroom! Stop by and check out our new location and some exciting new pieces starting on October 13th. ESPASSO London: 3 Netil Lane, Netil House, 1A Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL.

Wallpaper* Pop-Up London Apartment

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JZ tea trolley by Jorge Zalszupin.

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JZ tea trolley by Jorge Zalszupin.

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Cadogan Estates has collaborated with Wallpaper* to create a stunning pop-up apartment in the newly renovated 155 Sloane Street building to showcase the ultimate in modern, stylish London living. The apartment will be open to the public on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October, by appointment only, and will include a selection of international contemporary and modern furniture, curated by Wallpaper’s editors, including Jorge Zalszupin‘s JZ tea trolley originally designed in 1959. Tony Chambers, Wallpaper* editor-in-chief, comments, “This project has permitted our talented editors and stylists to express their unique vision and style, normally seen in print, in a real-life setting, right in the heart of London. The end result is an apartment which will surprise, inspire and influence – and do justice to this beautiful Victorian building.”

Centro Cultural do Instituto Ling by Isay Weinfeld

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Centro Cultural do Instituto Ling, Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, projected by Isay Weinfeld.

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Centro Cultural do Instituto Ling, Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, projected by Isay Weinfeld.

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Centro Cultural do Instituto Ling, Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, projected by Isay Weinfeld.

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Due for completion in November of this year is the Centro Cultural do Instituto Ling in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.  Designed by prolific Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, the institute will offer courses in anthropology, art history and geopolitics,  and will also host exhibitions, concerts and performances throughout the galleries of the 35,000 sq. ft., three-story complex.

Saraiva Bookstore by Arthur Casas

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Saraiva bookstore, Rio de Janeiro, by Arthur Casas. Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and detail of Beto armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Saraiva bookstore, Rio de Janeiro, by Arthur Casas. Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Beto armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Saraiva bookstore, Rio de Janeiro, by Arthur Casas. Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

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Saraiva bookstore, Rio de Janeiro, by Arthur Casas. Beg armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Children's section at Saraiva bookstore, São Paulo, designed by Arthur Casas.

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Children's section at Saraiva bookstore, São Paulo, designed by Arthur Casas.

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Children's section at Saraiva bookstore, São Paulo, designed by Arthur Casas.

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Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

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Beg armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Beto armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Brazilian architect Arthur Casas designed the latest Saraiva bookstore in Rio de Janeiro. In it whimsical details, such as color-coordinated books, co-mingle with Casas’ clean and minimal aesthetic and with iconic Brazilian furniture, as the Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Beg armchair by Sergio Rodrigues. Casas had also designed the children’s section at the Saraiva bookstore in São Paulo, earlier in the year, complete with a rainbow-carpeted ramp.

Isay Weinfeld’s First New York Project

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Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld is working on his first New York City project: a residential condominium commission in the heart of West Chelsea, NY, overlooking the High Line.  Surrounding a lush garden, the condominium takes the name of Jardim, the portuguese word for garden, and will include 36 new luxury condos, with private gardens, along amenities such as parking, indoor pool, gym, massage room, children’s playroom, private storage, and bike storage. Centaur Properties and Greyscale Development Group bought the through-block site, between 27th and 28th streets and Tenth and Eleventh avenues, last year for $45 million, amid several other rising projects, including a Zaha Hadid structure located right next door. Check out Jardim‘s teaser site here.