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.
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Stephen Milioti announced the much anticipated ESPASSO launch of new furniture re-editions signed by Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalsuzpin, on today’s Currents section of the New York Times. To celebrate the launch, ESPASSO will be opening the exhibition Compasso, on May 14th, introducing for the first time in the US pieces by the two masters who were integral in forming a Brazilian modernist identity. Included within the 20+ pieces to be launched and exhibited is Niemeyer’s spectacular Rio rocking chaise, made from lacquered wood and caning, whose curvilinear lines is a wonder to marvel, and exemplary of Niemeyer’s lyrical forms. “It is not the right angle that attracts me. Nor the straight line. Rigid. Inflexible. Man made. What attracts me is the free and sensuous line. The curves I see in my country’s mountains. In the sinuous course of its rivers. In the clouds. In the body of my beloved woman. The universe is made of curves. The curved universe of Einstein.” – Oscar Niemeyer. More info on the Compasso exhibition here.
Known as being a “sculptor of monuments”, Oscar Niemeyer has been praised for being one of the greatest architects of his generation. Most famous for his signature use of abstract forms and curves which is exemplified in the Rio Chaise Longue.
A classic, timeless piece, the Rio chaise was designed in collaboration with his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer in 1978 and is made from curved compressed laminated wood lacquered in black with Brazilian artisan wicker work.
Much like his architecture, Niemeyer’s limited furniture designs celebrate the beauty of the female form and geographical elements of Rio de Janeiro.
The Rio Chaise Longue is available for the first time at the London ESPASSO showroom at 19 Greek Stree.