The U.S. based salon ESPASSO that specializes in Brazilian design from the 20th and 21st
centuries has recently opened a showroom in London. Now, designs by Oscar Niemeyer, Jorge Zalszupin (photo above–a tea trolley designed by him in 1950), Sergio Rodrigues, and others have become a little closer to us.
ESPASSO is pleased to team up with Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2013, in providing unique furniture pieces for the fair’s VIP lounge and Café, by LA-based artist and designer Taidgh O’Neill and renowned Brazilian architect and designer Carlos Motta.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, now in its fourth year, has been rapidly growing as the International Contemporary Art fair of the West Coast, presenting 70 top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world in the 40,000 square feet exhibition venue at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
Within this vibrant context, the fair’s VIP lounge features Motta’s signature, award-winning ‘Asturias’ armchairs, for the first time manufactured in California exclusively for ESPASSO – made from reclaimed Redwood, paired up with O’Neill’s hand- crafted ‘Venice’ armchairs and ‘Florence’ sofa, designed specially for the event. The fair’s Café includes O’Neill’s beautifully crafted and playful ‘Highland Park’ dining tables and chairs, along with his ‘Vernon’ benches.
Highlighted in both Motta’s and O’Neill’s pieces at the fair is a sophisticated relaxed aesthetic that favors comfort and simplicity and utilizes sustainable materials and modes of production as a nod to the Californian lifestyle. As Motta resided in Santa Cruz in the beginning of his career, where he perfected both his woodwork and surfing, the California Redwood ‘Asturias’ line is a natural extension of his practice. O’Neill is inspired by the fractured urban landscape of Los Angeles, taking cues especially from un-permitted residential renovation and do-it-yourself engineering that often characterizes LA.
The Barker Hangar – Santa Monica Airport
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
January 25-27, 11am–7pm.
Great article on ESPASSO on 1stdibs’ Shop Talk feature by Ted Loos, highlighting ESPASSO’s newest London showroom. Check out all ESPASSO pieces available through 1stdibs.com here.
Designed in 1997 by furniture design master Sergio Rodrigues, the two-tone Sonia stool is playful and versatile, as it can be doubled as side table or ottoman. Portable and charming, perfect to be moved around to suit any room’s composition or utility, the Sonia was an instant hit after it was specially designed for, and named after, a longtime patron of Rodrigues. In stock and available through ESPASSO’s online shop.
Manhattan Connection’s Pedro Andrade drops by the ESPASSO showroom in NY and chats with Carlos Junqueira about bringing Brazilian design and art to the American public. Check out interview here.
In depth interview with the ‘father of Brazilian Modern design’, Sergio Rodrigues, in FRAME magazine’s January issue.