This past Monday in São Paulo’s Pacembú neighborhood, architect Arthur Casas hosted a lively birthday dinner party for ESPASSO’s Carlos Junqueira. With a guest list that brought together a faction of cultural producers that define the contemporary architecture, design and art scene in Brazil, the setting of the party may have indicated their modern legacy: Casas’ home is a 1943 residential project by seminal Brazilian architect João Batista Vilanova Artigas, one of the founders of the Escola Paulista, architectural movement that counterposed the Escola Carioca and its smooth curves (typified by Oscar Niemeyer), by embracing exposed concrete, simpler lines and play with volume. Check out images of the evening and of Casas’ São Paulo home.
Released online this week on V Magazine, The New World of Lina Bo Bardi is a digital short that re-imagines and pays homage to the expansive production of Lina Bo Bardi. Described as ‘A commercial for the brain of Lina Bo Bardi’, Pierre Alexendre de Looz writes the accompanying article and hints at the rising interest on Bo Bardi, who is the subject of a retrospective in the works at MoMA, NY. The video was made by Ouida Angelica Biddle, Nicolau Vergueiro (yours truly) and João Rosa, with original soundtrack arranged by DJ Total Freedom that retells excerpts of Bo Bardi’s 1951 essay Bela Criança. Read full article and watch video here.
São Paulo was all abuzz this past weekend with the 2nd edition of DW! Design Week 2013. Several design events took over the city but none as impactful and fresh as MADE – Mercado, Arte, Design.
With the keen eye of Waldick Jatobá, MADE’s curator and art director, identifying concept-driven Brazilian and international practices, MADE served as a dynamic platform that showcased the interplay of design and art, as seen in the fair’s installations and program, and the context in which these practices may exist and thrive. This interplay is evident in the featured works of Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans, selected by MADE as Designer of the Year, as well as in the site-specific installation by NY’s collective Snarkitecture and the multimedia bench conceived for the fair by architecture firm bARST.
MADE also exhibitied Coletivo, a presentation of limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces of independent productions by such designers as Onda Project: Zanini + Bonaguro, Carol Gay, Bruno Simões and Alex Mulligan, among others, and participating galleries such as São Paulo’s Firma Casa and Dpot, Rio’s Memo and Luciana Caravello, and NY’s Friedman Benda launched new pieces from their collection.
The 4th installment of the design and business fairCasa Brasil took over the Southern Brazilian city of Bento Gonçalves these past few days, uniting intergenerational exhibitors, a lecture series and new design from Latin America.With aims to provide a convergence for designers, manufacturers and retailers in Latin America, the fair’s diverse program saw the showcase Sergio Rodrigues + Fernando Mendes, exhibiting re-editions and new pieces by Brazilian design Master SergioRodrigues and by his nephew and disciple Fernando Mendes, as the event’s lecture series included international design figures such as Belgium Bertjan Pot, Brazilian Zanini de Zanine, who also introduced new pieces from his atelier, and Italian Paolo Ulian. A definite hub for the world of Latin American design, the fair also awarded new designs such as the standout Sopro armchair by Alfio Lisi.
This Thursday evening – Aug. 15th at 8pm – multimedia Brazilian art collective Chelpa Ferro will present the performance Maué Metal at Union Square Park in NY.
Comprised of renowned artists Luiz Zerbini, Barrão e Sérgio Mekler, Chelpa Ferro‘s work challenges notions of sound art by mixing found material and tech equipment in installations and live performances that find the sonic integrity within the formality of objects. Maué Metalproposes a possible encounter of the Maué – an indigenous Brazilian tribe – with Metal – as in the music genre – promising an unexpected dynamic visual soundscape.
ICCo’s (Instituto de Cultura Contemporânea, São Paulo) Daniel Rangel curates the annual Brazilian night, under the name of art.br, as part of the Summer Night Series organized by Arte Institute, NY.
Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-1992) was born in Portugal into a family of woodworkers, and immigrated to Brazil in the late 1920’s. Shortly upon arriving Tenreiro starts to work at design firm Laubisch Hirth, and in the early 1940’s establishes his own design ateliers in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Developing a distinct style that combined European modernist vernacular with Brazilian materials, such as Jacaranda wood and caning (forgotten materials which he brought back into vogue), Tenreiro ‘s pieces have become synonymous to the classic sophistication of, and arguably founding, mid-Century Brazilian Modernist design.
With a dynamic attention to the curves, textures and volume that solid woods provide, Tenreiro was a true virtuoso who also dedicated his prolific practice to other disciplines outside furniture design. Paintings and drawings emerge as early as in the 1940’s, as his intricate wooden wall reliefs from the 1970’s are emblematic of his progression as a woodworker.
Presently on view at ESPASSO NY, and available for purchase, are graceful original examples of Tenreiro’s oeuvre, such as his seminal 1942Levearmchair, the Curved Backarmchair from 1960, theCurved High Backdining chair from 1949, and his famous 1947 Rocking Chair, among other Tenreiro modern classics.
(There is) Always Something is an updated look at the world of Brazilian Cultural Production and its increasingly important place in the world. From the unique perspective of cosmopolitan Brazilians, (There is) Always Something aims to connect its readers with the best of Brazilian art, architecture, design, music, cinema and other disciplines . The result is both a communicative deepening of ESPASSO’s 10 year representation and dissemination of some of the best contemporary Brazilian architects and designers.