As part of NYC X DESIGN, 2013, at the landmark Terminal Stores building in Chelsea, NY, the third edition of the WantedDesign event featured installations, workshops, film screenings and a conversation series, along with various international design exhibitors.
Earlier today, as part of the conversation series, Paul Clemence, Contributor Editor, Metropolis, moderated the conversation The Growing Voice of Design in Latin America with Sebastian Ocampo (Mexico), Jacqueline Terpins (Brazil), Guillermo Parada /GT2P (Chile) and Carlos Junqueira/ESPASSO. Sponsored by Ligne Roset, supported by Metropolis Magazine, and hosted by Grimshaw.
Paul Clemence’s insightful interview with Claudia Moreira Salles, for the Metropolis blog, on her career’s 35th anniversary, new book and retrospective show in New York City’s ESPASSO showroom. The interview also sheds light on Salles’ trajectory, inspirations, and her views on the current state of Brazilian design.
Last Thursday ESPASSO NY opened the first solo exhibition of Claudia Moreira Salles in the US, unveiling several new pieces by one of the most important Brazilian designers working today. The complete exhibition will be on view until June 2nd, and exemplifies Salles’ refined and thoughtful practice that combines her technical and artistic expertise to blur the line between function and beauty. Drawing from industrial and organic materials, minimalist forms and traditional Brazilian woodwork techniques, some of the exhibition highlights include the sculptural Deslocado and Tangente benches, employing solid woods, limestone and concrete, the interactive Bilhas and Limalha coffee tables, and the beautiful and impressive Cancan and B1 dining tables, among other new standout pieces, as well as contemporary classics from her career as the Cubo Libre coffee table and the Cosme Velho armchair. Salles also signed copies of a new monograph on her work published by BEI Editoras, with a forward written by Karen Stein.
ESPASSO and publishers BEĨ EDITORA are pleased to announce the launch of the new book CLAUDIA MOREIRA SALLES, which celebrates the work of one of Brazil’s leading contemporary furniture and interior designers. The launch coincides with the opening of the first solo exhibition, outside of Brazil, of Claudia’s latest pieces, taking place at ESPASSO. The exhibit opens May 17th and will be on view until June 2nd.
CLAUDIA MOREIRA SALLES is the second book to survey her work and features text by Claudia describing select pieces created between 2005-2013. It also includes a forward and interview with Karen Stein, where Claudia discusses her creative process.
Claudia is recognized as one of the most important Brazilian designers working today. She recently collaborated with the Gagosian Gallery on its inaugural presentation in Brazil, designing a sculptural exhibition and booth that highlighted the gallery’s major works as part of the ArtRio fair. Her designs have also been featured in Brazil’s leading cultural centers including Convívios at Firma Casa, Paralelogramos at the Baró Galeria and the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo, as well as the Paço Imperial and Casa França Brasil in Rio de Janeiro.
“Claudia Moreira Salles is a true original, whose unique and thoughtful approach to design continues to inspire and influence many people today. ESPASSO is honored to be partnering with BEĨ EDITORA to launch its new book and exhibit Claudia’s latest pieces, so that others can familiarize themselves with the work of Brazil’s leading designers,” said ESPASSO’s owner and curator Carlos Junqueira.
Designer and entrepreneur Etel Carmona, founder of Etel Interiors, opened her very first shop 20 years ago. Since then Carmona singlehandedly has been responsible for the re-edition of some of the most seminal and recognizable Brazilian mid-century design by Modernist masters such as Jorge Zalszupin, Gregori Warchavchic and design group Branco & Preto , and the high-end production of pieces by some of the most important contemporary Brazilian architects and designers, including Carlos Motta, Claudia Moreira Salles, Arthur Casas, Lia Siqueira, Isay Weinfeld and Etel Carmona herself. With incomparable craftsmanship, utmost attention to details and certified woods, the pieces from Etel Interiors transcend their beauty and function, as they also represent the rich legacy and history of Brazilian design.
In celebration of their first 20 years, today, May 7th, the Etel Interiores showroom in São Paulo will open an exhibition featuring iconic pieces from the Etel collection from the past 20 years, paying special hommage and unveiling new re-editions pieces by master Jorge Zalszupin. The exhibition will also announce the highly anticipated launch of re-edition pieces by Anna Maria e Oscar Niemeyer, further establishing Etel Interiores as the most comprehensive site for Brazilian Modern and contemporary design.
ESPASSO is incredibly happy and proud to have partnered with Etel Interiores since it first opened, sharing the best of Brazilian design to the world, and will soon launch the new Zalszupin re-editions as well as the incredible pieces by Anna Maria e Oscar Niemeyer.
Congratulations Etel Interiores!
Carlos Junqueira and ESPASSO were the subject of a 4-page feature on the April issue of Hall – quarterly publication of ABIMAD, the Brazilian Contemporary Home Furnishings Association.
Beautifully handcrafted at Carmona’s esteemed atelier in São Paulo, the Maria Preciosa is available in a variety of FSC-Certified woods, and exquisite marble tops.
Video of the tribute to Oscar Niemeyer that took place yesterday at the Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters, NY, featuring a keynote address given by architecture critic Paul Goldberger; Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, and United Nation’s Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon also spoke in memory and celebration of Niemeyer
Yesterday at the United Nations Headquarters, NY, a tribute paid hommage to the life and work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012). At the General Assembly Hall a keynote address was given by architecture critic Paul Goldberger, where Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, and United Nation’s Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon also spoke in memory and celebration of Niemeyer. A set of reproductions of Niemeyer’s drawings was displayed at the Delegate’s Entrance Gallery, where a lively reception also took place.