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ESPASSO at Los Angeles Contemporary 2013

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VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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Opening night at the VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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Opening night at the VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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Opening night at the VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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Opening night at the VIP lounge at Art Los Angeles Contemporary provided by ESPASSO, with furniture by Carlos Motta and Taidgh O'Neill

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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

www.artlosangelesfair.com

January 25-27, 11am–7pm.

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Original Sketch of Chifruda armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Sergio Rodirgues seated at his Chifruda armchair

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Kim Novak seated at Rodrifues' Mole armchair in 1966

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Houzz’s Cathy Lara’s Sergio Rodrigues feature, looks at the resurgence of his design, the recent openings of his shop in shop at both ESPASSO NY and LA and the design of his Chifruda armchair. Check out the article here.

 

Sergio Rodrigues ESPASSO LA shop in shop

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The West Coast’s first Sergio Rodrigues shop-in-shop, featuring a full range of furniture by the iconic Brazilian designer, including an extensive selection of re-editions

 Public Opening: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ESPASSO is pleased to announce the opening of its new Sergio Rodrigues shop-in-shop in the Los Angeles, California gallery on Tuesday, March 20th.  The shop will be the only store in the country, alongside ESPASSO’s New York location, that sells authentic re-editions of the iconic Brazilian designer’s celebrated furniture. This will be the second Sergio Rodrigues collaboration under the direction of ESPASSO owner and curator Carlos Junqueira. The opening coincides with WestWeek, Pacific Design Center’s world-renowned weeklong design trade event, featuring lectures, showroom programs, product introductions, and book signings, attracting thousands of design professionals.

Located inside ESPASSO’s Los Angeles gallery at 8687 Melrose Avenue, the new shop-in-shop will feature many of Sergio’s most well known pieces, including the Mole armchair, made of wood and upholstered leather cushions supported by leather straps, reflecting his playfulness and wit; the Diz chair, marked by organic undulating lines and a sculptural aesthetic; and the graceful Kilin chair, constructed of a single piece of leather on a wood frame. The range will include sofas, chairs, lighting, stools, and sideboards.

“Sergio Rodrigues is considered the ‘father of Brazilian furniture’, and has been an inspiration to so many of the designers who we work with,” said ESPASSO’s owner and curator Carlos Junqueira. “His furniture represents Brazil in many ways – relaxed, comfortable, sensual and humorous, yet sophisticated and contemporary. It is a privilege to be the first to showcase his work in a dedicated space, and through our re-editions, make many of his pieces available to a wider audience for the first time.”

The shop marks a return to the West Coast for Sergio Rodrigues after 40 years, having opened Oca showroom in the late 1960s in Camel, California.  Rodrigues was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927. In 1955, he established Oca, which he referred to as ‘a laboratory for Brazilian furniture and handcrafts’.  Amongst his most well known works are furniture designed for the Brazilian Embassy in Rome, for UNB (Brasília University) and the Teatro Nacional (the National Theater in Brasília), as well as his collaborations with Oscar Niemeyer, as the latter’s interior designer of choice for his buildings in Brasilia. He is widely credited for establishing a new paradigm in design, and creating what has become a recognizable Brazilian furniture identity through the creation of iconic pieces of furniture using robust woods like jacaranda, peroba and imbuia.

All images by ESPASSO.