ESPASSO New York celebrated, on May 22, the opening of “Mole Armchair: 60 Years”, a new exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Sergio Rodrigues’ iconic “Mole” armchair, designed in 1957.
In celebration of its 60th anniversary, sixty limited-edition, made to order, Mole armchair and ottoman are now available to purchase worldwide, and sold exclusively by ESPASSO in the US and the UK.
The exhibit will be open until June 16, at 38 N Moore Street in TriBeCa.
Espasso would like to invite you to visit our gallery on Thursday, March 16 (6-8pm) for the 3rd edition of TriBeCa Art Night. This event promotes the arts in the TriBeCa neighborhood and brings the greater New York city community together around exhibitions, performances, curator-led tours, artist talks and unique workshops.
During Miami Art Basel, ESPASSO celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Stella chair, a beloved piece by design icon Sergio Rodrigues. First created in 1956, Sergio Rodrigues’ “Stella” armchair comes in two versions: with a low or high back. ESPASSO fans might already be familiar with the Stella’s low version, but we are proud to add the first ever re-edition of the high back armchair to our collection this holiday season.
ESPASSO is proud to feature pieces by designers Arthur Casas, Claudia Moreira Salles, Isay Weinfeld and Jorge Zalszupin in a unique exhibition showcasing the best of Brazilian design. A collaboration with CASA VOGUE Brasil and Luminaire Lab during Design Miami.
Design Currents exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be presenting the work of three contemporary designers — Brazilian Zanini de Zanine, Oki Sato of Tokyo, and Faye Toogood of London — who deftly use handcrafted and industrial materials and techniques to create functional yet deeply expressive objects.
Design Currents will be open from November 19, 2016 – March 12, 2017, so be sure to schedule a quick trip to the museum for the unique chance of seeing it in person.
ESPASSO New York celebrated Claudia Moreira Salles’s new exhibit “Fine Tuning”. The show premiered a new line of limited-edition lamps and never-before-seen furniture designed by Claudia. The event also showcased a new book featuring the “Fine Tuning” lamp series.
The LP Table lamps exemplify a balance of complexity and simplicity in the lightness of their structure against their own bold shadows. It is a highlighted piece in the Fine Tuning collection, now showing at ESPASSO NY.
Swiss architecture firm Herzog & De Meuron realized their first project in Brazil, the Arena de Morro, in the Northeastern capital of Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte; a permeable and fully adaptable gymnasium in the low-income community of Mãe Luiza, the building utilizes a large single roof composed in a louvered structure that allows the income of light while preventing rainwater. Introducing a new scale to the area, the main space of the Arena do Morro seats 420 people, and can comport sport games, concerts, events, etc. as it also features multipurpose rooms for classes, changing areas and a terrace overlooking the ocean. Built in replacement of a bare cement filed (with no walls nor ceiling) in the same location, the Arena do Morro stands as a functional symbol for the physical and social activity of the community.
The current issue of Brazilian home and garden magazine Casa & Jardim features an interview with entrepreneur and designer Etel Carmona, principal at Etel Inteiores, whose passion for wood and heritage of Brazilian furniture design have established her as a precursor in sustainable wood production and, since the 1990’s, singlehandedly responsible for the revival and dissemination of Brazilian modern design. Reissuing furniture lines by masters of Brazilian modern design – Oscar Niemeyer, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues, Gregori Warchavchic, as well as new designs by contemporary designers Claudia Moreira Salles, Carlos Motta, Isay Weinfeld and Arthur Casas, to name a few, Carmona has been involved with the FSC (Forest Steward Council) initiative since its inception, and has established an atelier in the Amazon region with local laborers, to experiment with new woods and their sustainability. Carmona’s commitment to new solutions for harvesting woods doesn’t stop there, since 2009 she has partnered with Dario Guarita Neto and Roberto Waack to start the firm Amata, specialized in controlled forestation and low impact wood production.
Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine has just been named Designer of the Year 2015 by Maison & Objets Americas. Born in 1978, Zanini is the son of seminal architect and designer José Zanini Caldas, who worked with Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa, learning and observing first hand the carpentry and design of his father. Zanini also trained with Sergio Rodrigues in the late 1990’s, and completed his industrial design degree, from the Puc-Rio University, in 2002. Over the years his furniture has gone on to be exhibited at major shows in Milan, London, Brussels and Los Angeles. The Museu Oscar Niemeyer and Mercado Moderno in Brazil have recently featured a 10-year retrospective of his work, as Zanini continues to win numerous international awards, and featured on the . Zanini recently has also organized exhibits focusing on modern design for Berlin’s Zeitlos Gallery and Lisbon’s Museum of Fashion and Design and had a solo exhibition at ESPASSO, NY, in the fall of 2013, where he showcased both industrialized pieces, such as his Moeda armchair, and hand-crafted solid wood limited editions, as well as launching the Espasso armchair, designed and sold exclusively at ESPASSO.