Monthly Archives: January 2012
The latest edition of Rio Fashion Week, January 2012, featured a large scale exhibition and celebration of iconic furniture designer and architect Sergio Rodrigues’ vast oeuvre. Calling attention to some of Rio’s hippest cultural producers, Rio Fashion Week Curator, Mari Stockler, and her curatorial team organized an interactive arena in which the public could sensorially “converse” with some of Rodrigues’ pivotal designs. Through witty installation solutions, such as the yellow-fabric covered station containing the seminal Mole armchair with speakers narrating some of the piece’s background stories, the exhibition allowed a welcomed, intimate bond between spectator and work. The event also announced the upcoming Instituto Sergio Rodrigues, currently in development.
Image credit: 1 -3: Fernando Mendes de Almeida, exhibition details; 4: Alexandre Durão/G1, Sergio Rodrigues at the exhibition
For over four decades Brazilian poet Augusto de Campos has created some of the most interesting post World War II poetry to come out of South America. Famous for his poemas concretos (concrete poems), his work challenges genres by combining poetry and design, resulting in captivating visual writing. Numerous of these festive and polemic poetic representations have been recently published in an anthology of Campos’ work, Poètemoins Anthologie, by French publishing house Les Presses du Réel, which transcribes some of his poemas concretos to the French language.
Image credits: Viva Vaia, Augusto de Campos, 1979; Augusto de Campos and Julio Plaza
Poemobiles, 1974, photo: Bettina Brach; Book cover – Augusto de Campos, Poètemoins – Anthologie, Les Presses du Réel
Thirty years after Carlos Motta designed the São Paulo chair, a ubiquitous find in interiors all over Brazil, Motta introduces his newest design, the Rio chair. Inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s “sweetness, beauty, salty air, colonial buildings and its inhabitant’s exuberant joy,” the Rio chair’s playful, unpretentious, and functional design continues Motta’s commitment to cultural and environmental responsibility. The Rio is available in FSC-certified Eucalyptus or Teak woods with an option of colored laminates made of recycled plastic bottles. Introduced at Casa Cor Rio de Janeiro (Brazil’s premier architecture and interior design fair) in November of 2011, the Rio chair is now available exclusively by ESPASSO in the US.
Image credits: 3. Courtesy of Casa Cor
One of the founders of the Brazilian modernist Neo-concrete art movement, Lygia Pape’s (1927-2004) work represents a critical shift experienced by Brazilian contemporary art beginning in the 1960’s. Focused on creating new artistic languages, Pape’s work seeks to conflate art and everyday life. Some of her most important works, such as the Livro do Tempo (Book of Time) 1961-1963, are currently on display as part of Pape’s exhibition Magnetized Space, in London’s Serpentine Gallery, through February 19th.
Image credits: Lygia Pape Installation view, Magnetized Space, Serpentine Gallery, London © 2011 Jerry Hardman-Jones; Lygia Pape Installation view, Magnetized Space, Serpentine Gallery, London © 2011 Jerry Hardman-Jones; Lygia Pape Installation view, Magnetized Space, Serpentine Gallery, London © 2011 Jerry Hardman-Jones
During Absolut Vodka’s branding trip around the world, the spirit brand launched a special limited edition bottle of ABSOLUT RIO, designed by Oskar Metsavaht, creative director of the Brazilian fashion house, Osklen. To promote ABSOLUT RIO, Metsavaht also produced a larger than life 3-D projection on the waters of the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, a lagoon that sits in the middle of Rio’s southern zone, creating a bombastic happening. A portion of the funds will be donated to the Brazilian Coast Recovery Project.