Monthly Archives: May 2014

Architonic – Daily Tonic: Rio Rocking Chaise by Oscar Niemeyer

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Detail of Rio rocking chaise by Oscar Niemeyer

Architonic highlighted Oscar Niemeyer‘s Rio rocking chaise on their Daily Tonic feature. Launched on May 14th, and available in the US exclusively at Espasso, the Rio rocking chaise was launched along Niemeyer’s Alta armchair and ottoman and the spectacular Marquesa bench . Check out article in it entirety here.

Photographer Leonardo Finotti Documents the New Brazilian Soccer Stadia for the 2014 World Cup

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Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil. Project by CPG Arquitetos. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Stadium Arena das Dunas, Natal, RN, Brazil. Project by Populous. Photo by Leonardo Finotti

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Stadium Castelão, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil. Project by Vigliecca & Associados. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Beira-Rio Stadium, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. Project by Hype Studio. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Needless to say Brazil is all abuzz with the upcoming 2014 World Cup, commencing less than a month away. As controversies surround World Cup expenditure and the social movement against this kind of expenses in a developing country, many are also speculating whether the stadia being erected for the Cup will be completed in time. Architecture photographer Leonardo Finotti documented these arenas, offering a peek at the most interesting projects for the World Cup 2014.  Check out entire slideshow of images here.

 

O Globo: Nimeyer and Zalszupin in New York

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Brazilian newspaper O Globo announced the opening of Compasso, the exhibition marking the launch of newly re-edited furniture by Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin at ESPASSO NY.  Both masters’ pieces are evident of the unique curves and forms exemplary of Brazilian mid-century design. Check out article here.

Dezeen Magazine: Espasso Launches Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin Furniture Re-editions

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Circa bench by Jorge Zalszupin

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Circa bench, detail, by Jorge Zalszupin

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Alta armchair and ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer

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PO 801 Armchair by Jorge Zalszupin

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Rio rocking chaise by Oscar Niemeyer.

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Rio rocking chaise, detail, by Oscar Niemeyer.

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Brasiliana sofa, back, by Jorge Zalszupin

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Design and architecture blog Dezeen featured the Espasso launch of the new re-edition furniture by Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin, introduced to the public in the exhibition Compasso at the Espasso New York showroom. The featured highlighted such pieces as Niemeyer’s spectacular Rio rocking chaise and his Alta armchair and ottoman, and Zalszupin’s Brasiliana sofa – an homage to Niemeyer’s Brasilia, the 801 armchair Circa bench.  Read article and view slideshow here.

Aperture Magazine: The São Paulo issue

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Cover of Aperture Magazine Summer 2014 - The São Paulo Issue. Photo by Caio Reisewitz, Casa Rua Santa Cruz, 2013

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Rafael Mattar of SelvaSP, Saravejo Night Club São Paulo, 2013

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Barbara Wagner, Águia Dourada, 2010.

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Barbara Wagner, Cambinda Brasileira, 2009 and Águia Dourada, 2010.

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Regina Silveira, Enigma 4, 1981

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Jonathas de Andrade, Tongue , from the series Educação para Adultos, 2010

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Mauro Restiffe, from the series Oscar, 2012

Claudia Andujar, Untitled from Xicrin-Kayapó, 1970 and Urihi-a, 1974.

Claudia Andujar, Untitled from Xicrin-Kayapó series, 1970 and Urihi-a, 1974

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View of São Paulo and Copan Building, 2013. Photograph by Tuca Vieira.

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Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (Unilabor Chair), 1954-55

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Renowned New York-based photography magazine Aperture, dedicated their entire summer-2014 issue to photography coming out of São Paulo. The São Paulo Issue gathers mid-20th century to contemporary works from disparate artists and approaches. Reproduced in the magazine are the 1950’s photograms by seminal multi-disciplinary modernist Geraldo de Barros, 1980’s conceptual photography by the likes of Regina Silveira and Hudinilson Urbano Jr., along contemporary works by Mauro Restiffe – a spread of his 2012 series Oscar, documenting Oscar Niemeyer’s funeral in Brasilia, with accompanying text by Rodrigo Moura, Barbara Wagner’s documentarist portraiture of Maracatu performers and the didactic Education for Adults project by Jonathas de Andrade. Gracing the issue’s cover is the landscape photography of Caio Reisewitz, who has his first major solo show currently on view at ICP, New York.

Revista RG: Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin exhibition in New York

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Lifestyle Brazilian magazine RG gave a nod to the ESPASSO exhibition Compasso, that launched in the US new re-edited furniture design by two Brazilian modernist masters: Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin.  Check out article here.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha Exhibition on Trienalli de Milano

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Paulistano Athletic Club, São Paulo, Brazil by Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Casa Francisco Malta, 1963. Photo: Leonardo Finotti.

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Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil. Renovation project by Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Jardim Calux primary school, 1972, São Bernardo do Campo, SP, Brazil

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, James King house, 1972. Photo: Leonardo Finotti.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Estádio Serra Dourada, Goiânia, Brazil, 1975.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Gerassi House, 1970. Photo: Leonardo Finotti.

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Paulo Medes da Rocha, Paulistano Athletic Club, São Paulo, Brazil, 1972.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, 1990.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, 1990.

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Installation shot, Paulo Mendes da Rocha: Technique and Imagination at the Triennale di Milano, 2014.

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Installation shot, Paulo Mendes da Rocha: Technique and Imagination at the Triennale di Milano, 2014.

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Installation shot, Paulo Mendes da Rocha: Technique and Imagination at the Triennale di Milano, 2014.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, plan for Yacht Club.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, plan of Casa Mario Masetti.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Paulistano armchair, 1957.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Paulistano armchair, 1957.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Capela de São Pedro, 1987. Photo: Cristiano Mascaro.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Edifício Jaraguá, 1984. Photo Leonardo Finotti.

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As part of the Trienalli de Milano, the exhibition Paulo Mendes da Rocha Technique and Imagination opened on May 6th, bringing to Italy the work of the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner and one of the greatest figures in contemporary architecture, Brazilian Paulo Mendes da Rocha.  The exhibition puts the architectural works of Mendes da Rocha in their historical context, highlighting a number of recurring themes which illustrate the importance of his work, through the gathering of over 150 vintage photographs, documents, books and period magazines, over 200 drawings and sketches, ten models, digital drawings, contemporary photographs, a series of videos made especially for the exhibition, and a series of Paulistano armchairs. Continue reading

Revista Época: Oscar Niemeyer Pieces Exhibited in New York

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The exhibition Compasso, launching newly reissued furniture pieces by Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin, was featured this week on Bruno Astuto’s column on Brazilian magazine Época.  On view through June 3rd at the NY ESPASSO showroom, the exhibited pieces have been added to the collection of, available in the US exclusively through, ESPASSO.  Check out article here.

The New York Times: Carlos Motta’s Asturias Armchair at a Bahamas Timeshare

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Harbour Island, Bahamas, timeshare beach house projected by Chad Oppenheim, featuring Carlos Motta's Asturias rocking armchair. Photo: Tony Cenicola / The New York Times

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Harbour Island, Bahamas, timeshare beach house projected by Chad Oppenheim. Photo: Tony Cenicola / The New York Times

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Harbour Island, Bahamas, timeshare beach house projected by Chad Oppenheim. Photo: Tony Cenicola / The New York Times

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Harbour Island, Bahamas, timeshare beach house projected by Chad Oppenheim. Photo: Tony Cenicola / The New York Times

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Harbour Island, Bahamas, timeshare beach house projected by Chad Oppenheim. Photo: Tony Cenicola / The New York Times

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Harbour Island, Bahamas, timeshare beach house projected by Chad Oppenheim. Photo: Tony Cenicola / The New York Times

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Asturias armchair by Carlos Motta.

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The New York Times Great Homes and Destinations featured the 3,000-square-foot two-story Bahamas beach house projected by Miami-based Chad Oppenheim and purchased by Debbie and Richard Lawn.  Once the project was completed Oppenheim made an unexpected proposal to the Lawns: “You put up the land and I’ll put up the house,” he told Ms. Lawn. “We’ll share it.” Amid the casual, rustic and simultaneously modern and clean lines of the house and decor, Carlos Motta‘s Asturias rocking armchairs sit atop the outdoor wide set of stairs, reminiscent of a Mayan temple.  Read entire article and slideshow here.

 

Caio Reisweitz at ICP, NY

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Caio Reisweitz, Casa Canoas, 2013.

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Caio Reisewitz, Copacadema, 2009.

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Caio Reisewitz, Ataíde, 2008.

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Caio Reisewitz, Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (Royal Portuguese Reading Room), 2004

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This past Thursday the first major US solo exhibition of Brazilian photographer Caio Reisewitz opened at ICP (International Center of Photography), NY.  Organized by ICP Curator Christopher Phillips, the exhibition surveys Reisewitz large-scale photographs along his newer and smaller photo montages, that explore and integrate Brazil’s distinct natural and urban landscapes through conflating the tradition of photography to the contemporary cut-and-paste manipulation of digital images. Reisewitz has frequently exhibited in South America and in Europe, represented Brazil at the 2005 Venice Biennale, and is represented in São Paulo, Brazil by Luciana Brito Galeria.  More on the exhibition here.