Monthly Archives: August 2013

Arthur Casas Hosts Birthday Dinner for Carlos Junqueira

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Arthur Casas and Carlos Junqueira.

Arthur Casas, Paulo Lima e Carlos Motta (1)

Arthur Casas, Paulo Lima and Carlos Motta.

Adriana e Romeu Trussardi, Carlos Junqueira e Andrea Junqueira Tovar (1)

Adriana and Romeu Trussardi, Carlos Junqueira and Andrea Junqueira Tovar.

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Carlos Junqueira e Beco Dranoff

Carlos Junqueira and Béco Dranoff.

Carlos Sarli, Juliana Andrade e Carlos JUnqueira (1)

Carlos Sarli, Juliana Andrade and Carlos Junqueira

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Isabella Giobbi e Eduardo Leme (2)

Isabella Giobbi and Eduardo Leme.

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Gisele Schwardsburd e Claudia Moreira Salles.

Fernando Mendes e Renata Aragao

Fernando Mendes e Renata Aragão

Lianna Matheus, Mauro Restiffe,Farnando Laslo e Paulo Lima (1)

Lianna Matheus, Mauro Restiffe,Farnando Laszlo and Paulo Lima.

Lissa Carmona e Ligia Casas

Lissa Carmona and Ligia Casas.

Luisa Moraes, Ana Nasser e Rodrigo Botti

Luisa Moraes, Ana Nasser and Rodrigo Botti.

Marcelo Bratke, Mariannita Luzzati, Carlos e Sibila Motta

Marcelo Bratke, Mariannita Luzzati, Carlos and Sibila Motta.

Paulo Lima e Zanini de Zanine

Paulo Lima and Zanini de Zanine.

Rogerio e Ana Joma Fasano

Rogerio and Ana Joma Fasano.

Scott Mitchen, Carlos Junqueira e Jan Fjeld (1)

Scott Mitchen, Carlos Junqueira and Jan Fjeld

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Rubens Simões.

Virgilio Viana, Carlos Junqueira e Etel Carmona

Virgilio Viana, Carlos Junqueira and Etel Carmona.

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Street facade of Arthur Casas' home, designed by João Batista Vilanova Artigas in 1943. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

View of the garage and the entrance in the background

View of the garage and the entrance in the background of Arthur Casas' home, designed by João Batista Vilanova Artigas in 1943. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

View of the dining room and backyard of Arthur Casas' home, designed by João Batista Vilanova Artigas in 1943.

View of the dining room and backyard of Arthur Casas' home, designed by João Batista Vilanova Artigas in 1943. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

View of the backyard with the dining room on the left

View of the backyard with the dining room of of Arthur Casas' home, designed by João Batista Vilanova Artigas in 1943.

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Arthur Casas' home, designed by João Batista Vilanova Artigas in 1943.

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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.

 

V Magazine / The Video: The New World of Lina Bo Bardi


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.

MADE 2013, São Paulo.

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MADE - Mercado, Arte, Design 2013. Entrance installation by Snarkitecture.

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Site-specific installation by bARST.

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Work of Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans, MADE's Designer of the Year.

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Work of Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans, MADE's Designer of the Year.

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Onda Project: Zanni + Bonaguro.

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Presentation of Fernanda Marques + Mekal + Aperam at MADE, São Paulo.

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Hugo França.

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Passado Composto booth with original works by Joaquim Tenreiro at MADE, São Paulo.

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Work of Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans, MADE's Designer of the Year.

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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.

 

 

Casa Brasil 2013

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Sopro armchair by Alfio Lisi. Awarded at Casa Brasil 2013.

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Sopro armchair by Alfio Lisi. Awarded at Casa Brasil 2013.

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Sergio Rodrigues and Fernando Mendes at Casa Brasil 2013.

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Santos Dumont armchair by Fernando Mendes

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Tonico armchair by Sergio Rodrigues and Fernando Mendes

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Xibô armchair by Sergio Rodrigues and Fernando Mendes.

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ESPASSO's Carlos Junqueira, Sergio Rodrigues and Fernando Mendes at Casa Brasil 2013.

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Bambino chair by Zanini de Zanine

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Balanço armchair by Zanini de Zanine

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Casa Brasil 2013

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The 4th installment of the design and business fair Casa 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.

Chelpa Ferro at Union Square Park, NYC

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Chelpa Ferro © Julio Callado

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Chelpa Ferro, Acusma, 2008. Installation view.

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Chelpa Ferro, Nadabrahma, 2003. Installation view at 26ª Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, 2004. Photo: Barrão.

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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 Metal proposes 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.

The Modern Classic Work of Joaquim Tenreiro

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Vintage Curved Back chair, 1960 by Joaquim Tenreiro

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Vintage Curved Back chair, 1960 by Joaquim Tenreiro

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Leve armchair, 1940 by Joaquim Tenreiro

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Leve armchair, 1940 by Joaquim Tenreiro

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Vintage Rocking armchair, 1947 by Joaquim Tenreiro

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Vintage Curved High Back dining chair, 1949 by Joaquim Tenreiro

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Vintage Curved High Back dining chair, 1949 by Joaquim Tenreiro

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Joaquim Tenreiro's first Rio de Janeiro shop, c.1947

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Original drawing by Joaquim Tenreiro for Laubisch Hirth

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Icons in Brazilian Modern Design: Sergio Rodrigues and Joaquim Tenreiro, 1969.

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Tenreiro oversees the production of a dining chair, 1950.

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Joaquim Tenreiro with one of his wooden wall reliefs, c.1970

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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 1942 Leve armchair, the Curved  Back armchair from 1960, the Curved High Back dining chair from 1949, and his famous 1947 Rocking Chair, among other Tenreiro modern classics.