Monthly Archives: March 2013

‘Diálogo’ – Sergio Rodrigues and Fernando Mendes exhibition

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Sergio Rodrigues and Fernando Mendes seated at the 'Fernando' armchair.

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'Rê', 2013, Fernando Mendes

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'Ventura', 2012, Fernando Mendes

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'Xibô', 2013, Sergio Rodrigues

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'Leif', 1996, Sergio Rodrigues

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'Santos Dumont', 2006, Fernando Mendes

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'Fernando' chair, 2012, Sergio Rodrigues

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'Beatriz', 2013, Fernando Mendes

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'Cuiabá', 1985, Sergio Rodrigues

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Opening on April 4th at Casa Electrolux, in São Paulo, is the exhibition Diálogo which will present pieces by master Sergio Rodrigues and Fernando Mendes, Rodrigues’ nephew and long-time collaborator.  Curated by Sergio Zobaran e Walton Hoffmann, the exhibition unites never-before-seen pieces, new re-editions and prompts an intergenerational dialogue between modern and contemporary design and production vis-à-vis the legacy shared between Rodrigues and Mendes, evident in the utmost craftsmanship and signature aesthetics of the 12 pieces showcased in the exhibition.

Highlights include Rodrigues’ new Xibô armchair, designed in 2013 as a sister piece to his famed Kilin armchair, the re-edition of the Cuiabá armchair, 1985, and the Fernando armchair, 2012, named as an hommage to Fernando Mendes. Mendes also shows some of his new designs such as the  armchair and the Beatriz sideboard, both from 2013, the elegant Ventura armchair, a commissioned piece from 2012, among recognizable pieces from his career like the Santos Dumont and the Aviador armchairs.

All exhibited pieces will soon be launched at ESPASSO, further encompassing the range of both Rodrigues’ and Mendes’ ouvres within the ESPASSO collection.

Right Here, Right Now with Carlos Junqueira – London Design Week 2013

ESPASSO’S founder Carlos Junqueira participated in a panel discussion at the Professional Practice Seminar at the London Design Week 2013, at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.  Focusing on Design in Emerging Markets, with a special attention to Brazil, Junqueira brought  light to the current state of Brazilian economy and its global visibility, and the uprise interest in Brazilian design and culture.

London Design Week 2013 – Focus on Brazil

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Mediator Kate Burnett and panelists Noemi Blager, Carlos Junqueira and Suzanne Trocme at the Professional Practice Seminar, Focus on Brazil - London Design Week 2013

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Noemi Blager and Carlos Junqueira at the Professional Practice Seminar, Focus on Brazil - London Design Week 2013

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ESPASSO’s founder Carlos Junqueira was an invited panelist at yesterday’s Professional Practice Seminar at the London Design Week 2013, at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.  Focusing on Design in Emerging Markets, with a specific  attention on Brazil, the talk also included  architect and curator Noemi Blager, who recently curated the traveling exhibition Lina Bo Bardi: Together, which opened last year at the British Council Gallery, and award-winning writer and designer Suzanne Trocme.