Monthly Archives: February 2012

‘Mocho’ stool by Sergio Rodrigues

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Designed by Sergio Rodrigues in 1954, the Mocho stool takes aesthetic and functional cues from a traditional cow-milking stool.  The Mocho features a seat and legs sculpted out of solid Beech, shaped in Rodrigues’ signature bulbous form, which is itself inspired by an indigenous club. the Mocho is a playful, simple, yet remarkably beautiful piece that complements any interior.

Image credits: 1.Mocho stool by Sergio Rodrigues; 2. Original sketch for the Mocho stool by Sergio Rodrigues.

Sergio Rodrigues shop in shop LA

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ESPASSO SERGIO RODRIGUES LA

The West Coast’s first Sergio Rodrigues shop-in-shop, featuring a full range of furniture by the iconic Brazilian designer, featuring an extensive selection of re-editions.  The shop marks a return to the West Coast for Sergio Rodrigues after 40 years, having opened Oca
showroom in the late 1960s in Carmel, California.

Public Opening: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Image credit: !960’s magazine ad of Sergio Rodrigues’ Mole armchair

Alexandre Herchcovitch at New York Fashion Week – Fall/Winter 2012

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In a sunny winter afternoon at the Standard Hotel, fashion designer Alexandre Herchcovitch’s fall/winter 2012 runway show brought a much welcomed ray of golden light to the often layered, heavy and dark winter shows.  With a palette of mostly golds and earth tones, Herchcovitch’s winter dresses conjure a structured femininity with sensual and easy lines that utilize the nature of the collection’s eclectic materials  to reinterpret classic silhouettes.  In the couturier’s signature material approach, new fabrics are created by layering and fusing of diverse fabrics. The show-stoppers consisted of delicate dresses made from layers of several different types of gold lace, conveying a whimsical and warm winter attitude. The soundtrack, which included a remix of Kate Bush’s Babushka, furthered the sun-kissed journey into a realm of fantasy and poise.

Image credit: All images by ESPASSO.

‘Quilombo’ desk and sideboard and ‘Zumbi’ chaise by Arthur Casas

Quilombo Desk - Arthur Casas

Quilombo Desk - Arthur Casas

Quilombo Sideboard - Arthur Casas

Quilombo Sideboard - Arthur Casas

Zumbi Coffee Table - Arthur Casas

Zumbi Coffee Table - Arthur Casas

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Made of reclaimed wood and wrought iron, Arthur CasasQuilombo sideboard and desk and Zumbi chaise are savvy updates on colonial utilitarian farm furniture. Their simple and geometric lines, in contrast with the reclaimed wood and artisanal touches, such as the beveled drawers, result in unpretentious, yet distinguished pieces, appropriate for a number of different ambiences and uses.

Image credits: 1. Quilombo desk by Arthur Casas; 2. Quilombo sideboard by Arthur Casas; 3. Zumbi chaise by Arthur Casas.

Original song from animated feature ‘Rio’ nominated for the 2012 Oscars

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The blockbuster animated feature Rio, directed by Carlos Saldanha, got together some of biggest names from Brazil and the US to pen and perform the movie’s soundtrack. Nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category, the song Real in Rio, united two of Brazil’s most prolific songwriters; Sérgio Mendes, whose songs have charted international top ten lists in every decade since the 60’s – exemplified in his most recent success, a collaboration with The Black Eyed Peas – and Carlinhos Brown, perhaps the most noteworthy songwriter and cultural export from Bahia in the past 20 years, whose Timbalada movement brought international attention to a new genre of contemporary regional music from Bahia-a genre even Michael Jackson has used as a source of inspiration and collaboration. The soundtrack also includes Bebel Gilberto’s beautiful rendition of her uncle’s, Chico Buarque, Samba de Orly and a track performed by will.i.am & Jamie Foxx.

Image credits: Jesse Eisenberg, Bebel Gilberto, Jamie Foxx, Rodrigo Santoro, Carlinhos Brown, Anne Hathaway, Sergio Mendes, Jermaine Clement, Taio Cruz, Will.i.am e Carlos Saldanha.

‘Lina & Gio: The Last Humanists’ at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London

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The exhibition Lina & Gio: The Last Humanists, opening on February 25th at the Architectural Association School of Architecture  in London, examines the collaboration between architects and designers Lina Bo Bardi and Gio Ponti in Italy, prior to Bo Bardi relocating to Brazil in the 1940’s.  Bo Bardi’s most famous works, which include the Museum of Art of São Paulo, The Sesc Pompéia complex and the Glass House, continued a legacy towards a humanist movement first present in Ponti’s work. Among other concerns, the humanist approach involved the manifestation of a socio-cultural consciousness through architecture.

In addition to sketches, film footage, writing and other artifacts, the exhibition also includes a selection of commissioned photographs of Bo Bardi’s  São Paulo buildings, by Barcelona-based photographer Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre.

Image credits: Drawing for MASP, São Paulo Museum of Art, Archives Institute Lina Bo and P.M. Bardi, São Paulo, Brazil; 2-4: Sesc Pompéia complex designed by Lina Bo Bardi, São Paulo, Brazil; The Bardi House, a.k.a. Glass House, 1951 designed by Lina Bo Bardi, São Paulo, Brazil.

Gregori Warchavchic line

Leque Magazine Holder - Gregory Warchavchic

Leque Magazine Holder - Gregory Warchavchic

Circular Table - Gregory Warchavchic

Circular Table - Gregory Warchavchic

Banquette - Gregori Warchavchic

Banquette - Gregori Warchavchic

Original interior by Gregori Warchavchik

Original interior by Gregori Warchavchik

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Designed in the 1930’s, Gregori Warchavchic’s pieces in many ways represent the beginning of the Modern era in Brazil. With Art Deco influences, Warchavchic’s use of Brazilian woods and cultural references heighten the elegance and poise of his pieces, all of which continue to offer a fresh take on the modern Brazilian aesthetic.

Image credits: Leque magazine holder, Circular side table and Banquette stool by Gregori Warchavchi; Original interior by Gregori Warchavchi featuring the Banquette stool and the Circular side table.

Roberto Burle Marx at Rooster Gallery

Tablecloth by Roberto Burle Marx

Tablecloth by Roberto Burle Marx

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Considered one of the most influential landscape architects of the 20th Century, Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) has produced many interdisciplinary works, which push the boundaries of his vision into various genres.  From January 26th to March 4th, Lower East Side’s Rooster Gallery will exhibit Marx’s fine art, including 12 compositions of indian-ink on paper, and the show stopper Tablecloth — a 12-foot-long cotton tablecloth Max designed for a friend’s dining table.  The piece further reveals Marx’s continuous contemplation of forms, which is also ubiquitous in his landscape.  Immortalized in some of the most iconic landscape architecture in Brazil, such as the Flamengo Park, and the Copacabana Promenade, Marx’s work has become an indispensable element of Rio de Janeiro’s visual culture.

Image credits: Augusto de Campos,  Tablecloth, 1985, fabric paint on cloth, 141 x 59 inches; Roberto Burle Marx, Garden Design Saenz Peña Square Plan, Rio de Janeiro, 1948. Gouache on paper, 24 3/8 x 40″ (61.9 x 101.6 cm); Roberto Burle Marx, Copacabana Promenade Plan, Rio de Janeiro, 1974; Bruno Veiga, Calçadão 2, photo; Bruno Veiga, Calçadão, photo.

Casa da Rua Santa Cruz by Gregori Warchavchich

Casa da Rua Santa Cruz by Gregori Warchavchic

Casa da Rua Santa Cruz by Gregori Warchavchic

Casa da Rua Santa Cruz by Gregori Warchcavchic

Casa da Rua Santa Cruz by Gregori Warchcavchic

Casa da Rua Santa Cruz by Gregori Warchavichic

Casa da Rua Santa Cruz by Gregori Warchavichic

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Projected in 1927 and built in 1928 by Gregori Warchavchic, the Casa da Rua Santa Cruz, in São Paulo, is considered to be the first modernist home built in Brazil.  After immigrating to Brazil in 1923 from Russia, via Italy, Warchavchic designed the house, and all its furnishings, with a modern function in mind.  Featuring a car garage, smaller bedrooms and more convenient kitchen facilities, the Casa da Rua Santa Cruz attests to the pre-war and the Industrial Revolution’s affect on domestic life, as Warchachvich once stated that a residency is a “… machine to live in.”  Recognized as a historical landmark in 1980, the site is now part of the Museu da Cidade de São Paulo. The Gregory Warchcavchic furniture line is reissued by the atelier of Etel Carmona in São Paulo, and available exclusively at ESPASSO.

Image credits: 1 and 2: © Pedro Kok; 3 and 4: Museu da Cidade de São Paulo archive.

Square Nine Hotel by Isay Weinfeld

Square 9 Hotel facade

Square 9 Hotel facade

The Square 9 Hotel reception desk

The Square 9 Hotel reception desk

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Hotel Square 9 bedroom

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Promoted as Belgrade’s first world-class luxury concept hotel, the Square Nine Hotel, designed by Isay Weinfeld, offers a sophisticated alternative to the city’s numerous chain hotels.  Located in the historic center of Belgrade, the hotel includes a sun-washed 18-meter lap pool, and, as Weinfeld describes, an “… interior design [that] applies materials such as stone, bronze mirrors and wood cladding, both light and dark colored, resulting in a very cozy ambiance and the most elegant atmosphere.”   Wallpaper included the Square Nine in its short list of  2011 Design Awards, and Spark! honored it with the 2011 Concept Award as well as the 2011 Good Design Award.

Image credits: All images courtesy of Square Nine Hotel. 1. Square Nine Hotel facade; 2. Square Nine Hotel chick-in desk; 3.Square Nine Hotel suite; 4.Square Nine Hotel suite, featuring Mucki bench by Sergio Rodrigues.