Category Archives: Carlos Motta

GNT Fashion: Carlos Motta’s Vila Madalena Atelier

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Lilian Pacce interviews Carlos Motta, at his Vila Madalena atelier, for GNT Fashion.

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Atelier Carlos Motta, Vila Madalena, São Paulo.

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Atelier Carlos Motta, Vila Madalena, São Paulo.

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Carlos Motta‘s São Paulo atelier is located in the lively  São Paulo neighborhood of Vila Madalena, a trendy center where many bars, restaurants and shops open and close, reflecting the dynamism of the city.  This was not the case 30 years ago when Motta first moved to the area, then desolate and industrial, to open his furniture atelier.  This week’s GNT Fashion interviews Motta about his atelier in Vila Madalena and his sustainable design production, which utilizes reclaimed woods to creates most of his unique furniture. “I don’t need to cut down a tree.  They are either reclaimed or FSC-Certified (Forest Stewardship Council).  A world forest council; they oversee that the manner in which wood is taken from nature, for our use, is in the most correct way.”  Check out video here.

New Arrival: Java Armchair by Carlos Motta

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Java armchair by Carlos Motta

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Java armchair by Carlos Motta

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Java armchair by Carlos Motta

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ESPASSO New York has just received a brand new piece by Brazilian designer and architect Carlos Motta. The ultra-comfortable Java armchair is made from reclaimed Peroba Rosa wood molded laminates, wrought iron and leather upholstery complete with brass nails.  Combining a rustic and clean design, the Java is representative of Motta’s progression in his sophisticated and laid-back attitude.

A House on a Hill – The Mantiqueira House by Carlos Motta

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta. Deck with Parati armchairs.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta. Deck with Parati armchairs.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta. Deck and Asturias chaise.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta. Interior.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta. Interior.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta.

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Mantiqueira House, Serra da Mantiqueira, São Paulo, by Carlos Motta. Deck with Asturias chiase.

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Design and lifestyle Brazilian magazine Wish Casa featured Carlos Motta‘s hillside country home in the lush rainforest Mantiqueira mountain range in the state of São Paulo.  Designed by Motta, the 3,000 sq. ft. house is on one of the highest areas of the Mantiqueira range – 5,000 feet in altitude- and epitomizes his simple, warm and conscientious design.  Built atop an existing plateau – as Motta explains he would never clear one out, for his practice implements minimal impact on the environment – he built the house using local labor, out of local materials – reclaimed woods, stone and glass.   Untreated wooden decks, verandas and comfortable furniture, such as his Parati and Rio Manso armchairs and Asturias chaise, further integrate the house to its bucolic setting, exhibiting Motta’s rustic and elegant contemporary design and architecture.

Wish Casa – The Atelier of Carlos Motta

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Carlos Motta and master carpenter Toninho. Photo by Paula Brandão.

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The facade of Carlos Motta's atelier in São Paulo.

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General view of the showroom at Carlos Motta's atelier. Photo by Paula Brandão.

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Carlos Motta's recent creation, the Trindade bench. Photo by Paula Brandão.

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Carlos Motta at his office. Photo by Paula Brandão.

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Detail of Carlos Motta's atelier. Photo by Paula Brandão.

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Detail of Carlos Motta's atelier. Photo by Paula Brandão.

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Sketches for a new armchair. Photo by Paula Brandão.

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Vitrine with wood planers and miniature Asturias armchairs. Photo by Paula Brandão.

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Carlos Motta seated at one of his most famed pieces: the Asturias rocking armchair. Photo by Paula Brandão.

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Wish Casa visited Carlos Motta‘s atelier, documenting the sophisticated and informal atmosphere that also reveals Motta’s approach as a designer.  Housing his office, showroom and wood shop, Motta’s atelier is located in the trendy Vila Madalena neighborhood in São Paulo, wherein for the past 30 years he has created sketches and prototypes for most of his furniture designs.  Check out slide show in its entirety here.

Radar Armchair by Carlos Motta

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Radar armchair by Carlos Motta

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Radar armchair by Carlos Motta

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Radar armchair by Carlos Motta

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Radar armchair by Carlos Motta. Original sketch.

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Radar armchair by Carlos Motta. Original sketch.

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Radar armchair by Carlos Motta

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Radar armchair by Carlos Motta. detail.

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Radar armchair by Carlos Motta. detail.

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Affixed on a four-legged oxidized iron swivel base, Carlos Motta’s swift Radar armchair contours the body with its ergonomic wood-slatted seat and back, hand-crafted from reclaimed native Brazilian Peroba Rosa wood.

Riffing on the utilitarian design of a spinning radar, the stylish and functional Radar armchair has been widely acclaimed in the 3 years since it was first introduced in the US at Motta’s solo exhibition at ESPASSO, NY, in 2010.

The Radar armchair has been included in exhibitions at institutions such as MAM (Museu de Arte Moderna), São Paulo; Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba; Design Galerie ZEITLOS in Berlin; Museu do Design e da Moda (MUDE) in Lisbon, as well as receiving the Greenvana GreenBest Award in 2011.

A ‘Rio’ kind of Summer!

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Outdoor Rio dining chair by Carlos Motta.

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Outdoor Rio dining chair by Carlos Motta.

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Outdoor Rio dining chair by Carlos Motta.

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Outdoor Rio dining chair by Carlos Motta.

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Outdoor Rio dining chair by Carlos Motta.

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Just in time for Summer it is just natural that Carlos Motta‘s  recent hit Rio dining chair would receive an outdoor version, seeing the piece celebrates the sunny and vibrant atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro with its famous beaches, mountains and effervescent outdoor culture.

With weather-proof acrylic seat and back, the new outdoor Rio dining chair will charm any open air setting!  The frame of the Rio is made from FSC-Certified Eucalyptus and smartly complements the eye-catching acrylic seat and back, which are available in cheerful primary colors and in  stylish ‘candy color’ pastels.

As an hommage to the Cidade Maravilhosa (nickname Brazilians tenderly refer to Rio by – translating to ‘marvelous city’) Motta encapsulates  the “…sweetness, beauty,  salty air,  and joy of the cariocas” in the functional, versatile and playful design of the Rio chair.

Carlos Motta and the use of reclaimed wood

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Reclaimed wood warehouse in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Reclaimed wood warehouse in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Reclaimed wood warehouse in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Rio Manso line by Carlos Motta

Asturias Armchair - Carlos Motta - Ambience Angra

Asturias armchair by Carlos Motta

Asturias Chaise Outdoors - Carlos Motta

Asturias chaise by Carlos Motta

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Parati dining table by Carlos Motta

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Sustainability, ecological responsibility and conservation are crucial concerns in contemporary design, especially in wood production.

Brazilian art and design have traditionally engaged with the re-appropriation of materials and ideas as resource for its cultural production.  In this canon, an innovative dissemination of Brazil’s rich ancestry is exemplified in the utilization of reclaimed Brazilian woods in the practice of some of Brazil’s leading architects and designers.

The work of Carlos Motta, such as his Asturias, Rio Manso and Parati lines, utilizes stocks of reclaimed native Brazilian wood that sometimes date back as far as to the 1800’s; carrying traces of colonial farms and industrial constructions into the clean lines, relaxed and comfortable high-end attitude of Motta’s designs.  In addition to their distinct appearance, the pieces made from reclaimed wood transcend the function of their designs to include a little of Brazil’s history and regional diversity.