Monocle magazine’s current issue feature Design Directory Spring Summer 2014 interviewed Carlos Junqueira, principal at ESPASSO, inquiring upon his favorite ESPASSO’s pieces and the uniqueness of Brazilian design. Among his picks are Isay Weinfeld‘s playful Toto bar cart, Carlos Motta‘s Radar rotating armchair and Sergio Rodrigues‘ iconic Mole armchair.
The current issue of French design and lifestyle magazine The Good Life dedicated an article in their Good Design column, to the history and resurfacing of modern and contemporary Brazilian design. Starting with an overview of the founders of modern Brazilian design, and a highlight of an iconic piece of furniture from each of their oeuvre - such as Sergio Rodrigues’ Mole armchair, Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s Paulistano armchair, the Bowl chair by Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer’s Rio rocking chaise and Jorge Zalszupin‘s Veronica armchair. The article also highlights some celebrated names in contemporary design and architecture: Claudia Moreira Salles, Carlos Motta, Arthur Casas, Hugo França, Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan, and a round-up of some of the contemporary editors and curators who presently reissue and craft Brazilian design, such as designer and entrepreneur Etel Carmona, whose esteemed São Paulo-based ateliers reissue classic pieces by Zalszupin and Niemeyer, among works by other influential Brazilian modernists, as well as producing the high-end furniture lines of Weinfeld, Salles, Casas and Motta.
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.
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.
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 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 Rodrigues‘ Diz armchair and Janete side table along artworks by contemporary painter Renata Egreja and seminal neo-constructivist Almicar de Castro.
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.
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.
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.
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.