Sergio Rodrigues: 1927 – 2014

Sergio Rodrigues
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Sergio Rodrigues original drawing

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Sergio Rodrigues original drawing

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Sergio Rodrigues original drawing

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Sergio Rodrigues original drawing

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Sergio Rodrigues original drawing

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Sergio Rodrigues and Carlos Junqueira at the launch of Rodrigues' 'Chifruda' armchair iat ESPASSO NY

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Sergio Rodrigues, Carlos Junqueira, Carlos Motta and Arthur Casas

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Sergio Rodrigues celebrating his birthday at ESPASSO NY

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Sergio Rodrigues in his Rio de Janeiro atelier.

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Sergio Rodrigues at ESPASSO NY.

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Oscar Niemeyer and Sergio Rodrigues

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Vintage 'Mole' armchair ad

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Sergio Rodrigues with a miniature 'Mole' armchair

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Candangos Auditorium armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues. Archival image.

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Le Corbusier and Sergio Rodrigues

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Kim Novak seated at Sergio Rodrigues' 'Mole' armchair

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Sergio Rodrigues and Juscelino Kubitschek

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Sergio Rodrigues and his 'Mole' sofa photographed in Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro by Otto Stupakoff.

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Sergio Rodrigues original drawing

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Sergio Rodrigues

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“My dear friend Sergio Rodrigues passed away yesterday…  Along with his genius and unique creativity what I will miss the most is his sense of humor, compassion and his friendship. I feel very lucky and blessed to have had him in my life.  Até breve Chefe!”

-  Carlos Junqueira

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Elle Decor – Ahead of the Curve: Oscar Niemeyer’s Marquesa Bench

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Marquesa bench by Oscar Niemeyer at ESPASSO NY.

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Marquesa bench, detail, bu Oscar Niemeyer

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Marquesa bench by Oscar Niemeyer at the Palacio do Planalto - the official presidential workplace in Brasila. -

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Marquesa bench original drawing by Oscar Niemeyer

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Oscar Niemeyer‘s spectacular Marquesa bench is spotlighted in the September issue of Elle Decor’s What’s Hot – Dispatches From World Design feature.  Representative of Niemeyer’s signature curves, which conjure the sinuosity of Rio de Janeiro’s mountainous landscape and sensual women, here the forms also play on of the classic scrolled arms of stone roman benches.

The Short Films of Isay Weinfeld

A series of short films by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfled have been recently made available, each being uploaded every two weeks in the app IW Filmes.  Isay Weinfeld’s spectacular shorts give virtual tours of some of his most visionary and celebrated architectural projects, with highly choreographed camera work and accompanying hand-picked score. The films reveal the architectural sites atmospherically, as it also points to Weinfeld’s early, awarded career as film-maker before becoming one of the key voices in contemporary Brazilian architecture.  “The idea to make these films came from my passion for cinema and music.  It’s my work as an architect seen through my filmmaker’s gaze.” explains Isay.

Bamboo Magazine Celebrates 60 years of Sergio Rodrigues’ Mocho Stool

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Mocho stool by Sergio Rodrigues

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Mocho stool by Sergio Rodrigues

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Sixty years ago Sergio Rodrigues designed his first piece of furniture, marking the beginning of a celebrated career as designer and architect while branding Brazilian mid-century aesthetic along the way.  That piece was the Mocho, which Rodrigues took inspiration from a traditional three-legged milking stool for its form and function. Playful, practical and unique, the design of the Mocho stool signals at signature elements that Rodrigues’ pieces would become famous for, making it a classic piece in the history of Brazilian design, available in the US and Europe exclusively at ESPASSO. Brazilian design magazine Bamboo did a feature on the Mocho on their current issue, celebrating the commencement of a new design era led by good-humored Rodrigues.

The Consulate General of Brazil in New York Exhibits Photographic Work by Eliseu Cavalcante

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Eliseu Cavalcante, photograph from Esperança Terena series, 2013

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Eliseu Cavalcante, photograph from Esperança Terena series, 2013

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This Wednesday, August 13th from 5 – 6pm, the Consulate General of Brazil in New York will host a viewing and cocktail reception for the exhibition Esperança Terena, a photographic project by Eliseu Cavalcante that documents Brazil’s indigenous Terena community. The exhibition will be on view through October 10th. Check here for more information.

A.B. Biagi at Espasso

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Brazilian gelataria A.B. Biagi, with shop in Nolita, is now serving sorbet and gelato at ESPASSO! For the month of August, A.G. Biagi’s ice-cream cart will be parked at ESPASSO’s TriBeCa showroom, offering Brazilian-inspired flavors, such as chocolate brigadeiro, Romeo and Julieta (guava and ricotta) and açai and banana, to cool off with this Summer!

Casa Vogue Brasil – A Contemporary and Rustic Beach House

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Areia house in Trancoso, BA, Brazil by Debora Aguiar.

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Areia house in Trancoso, BA, Brazil by Debora Aguiar. 'Asturias' armchair by Carlos Motta featured.

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Areia house in Trancoso, BA, Brazil by Debora Aguiar.

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Areia house in Trancoso, BA, Brazil by Debora Aguiar.

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Areia house in Trancoso, BA, Brazil by Debora Aguiar. Outdoor featuring Asturias rocking armchair by Carlos Motta.

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Areia house in Trancoso, BA, Brazil by Debora Aguiar.

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Areia house in Trancoso, BA, Brazil by Debora Aguiar.

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Areia house in Trancoso, BA, Brazil by Debora Aguiar.

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Areia house in Trancoso, BA, Brazil by Debora Aguiar. Details of 'Oscar' dining chair by Sergio Rodrigues and 'Rio' rocking chaise by Oscar Niemeyer

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Areia house in Trancoso, BA, Brazil by Debora Aguiar. Details of 'Rio' rocking chaise by Oscar Nimeyer.

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Rio rocking chaise by Oscar Niemeyer

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Asturias armchair by Carlos Motta

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Maria Preciosa side table by Etel Carmona

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Mole armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Oscar dining chair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Located in the famous beach town of Trancoso in Bahia, Brazil, architect Debora Aguiar created a contemporary beach house by integrating modern and rustic elements onto the paradisiacal setting. Replete with comfort, simplicity and elegance, the interiors of the Areia house showcase a mix of Brazilian modern and contemporary design favorites, such as Oscar Niemeyer‘s Rio rocking chaise, Sergio Rodrigues iconic Oscar dining chairs and Mole armchair, Carlos Motta‘s outdoor Asturias armchairs and Etel Carmona‘s beautiful Maria Preciosa side tables. Check out entire slideshow and article here.

Brazilian Design at Louis Vuitton Cancun

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Louis Vuitton Cancun boutique featuring M1 sofa and M3 armchair by Branco & Preto and Maria Preciosa coffee table by Etel Carmona

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Louis Vuitton Cancun boutique featuring M1 sofa and M3 armchair by Branco & Preto and Maria Preciosa coffee table by Etel Carmona

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M1 armchair by Branco & Preto

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M3 sofa by Branco & Preto

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Maria Preciosa coffee table by Etel Carmona

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Modern and contemporary Brazilian furniture pieces make part of the elegant interior design of the Cancun Louis Vuitton boutique. Selected for the project are re-editions of Branco & Preto‘s M3 sofa and M1 armchair, both originally designed in 1950, and the beautiful Maria Preciosa coffee table by Etel Carmona.

 

 

Interior DesignTells the History of Brazilian Design

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Paulistano armchairs by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Petalas coffee table by Jorge Zalszupin

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Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

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Vintage Martin Eisler armchairs and Duas Cores coffee table by Branco & Preto

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Cantu dining chairs by Sergio Rodrigues

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Cantu dining chairs by Sergio Rodrigues

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Cantu dining chairs by Sergio Rodrigues

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JZ desk by Jorge Zalszupin and Cantu High dining chairs

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France and Brazil-based architecture and design firm Triptyque have created a clean and professional atmosphere for the Milbank law offices in São Paulo, that carry the rich history of Brazilian design through the selected furniture and objects. Featuring vintage pieces and re-edition of modern classics, the interiors highlight Sergio Rodrigues’ Cantu dining chairs Jorge Zalsuzpin‘s Petalas coffee table and JZ desk, Branco & Preto‘s Duas Cores coffee table and Paulo Mendes da Rocha iconic Paulistano armchairs, alongside vintage Martin Eisler armchairs and an Oscar Niemeyer desk. Check out this and other Triptyque project here.

Isay Weinfeld at 1:1000

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Argentinian architecture periodical 1:1000‘s current issue is dedicated to the impressive work of Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld.  Surveying some of his most important works, the issue reveals Weinfeld’s elegant and straightforward sensibility and impeccable attention to details.  Read more here.