Architectural Digest Editors picked Espasso’s exhibition “Mole Armchair: 60 Years” as one of the top design happenings from New York’s Design Fairs.
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The current issue of Brazilian home and garden magazine Casa & Jardim features an interview with entrepreneur and designer Etel Carmona, principal at Etel Inteiores, whose passion for wood and heritage of Brazilian furniture design have established her as a precursor in sustainable wood production and, since the 1990’s, singlehandedly responsible for the revival and dissemination of Brazilian modern design. Reissuing furniture lines by masters of Brazilian modern design – Oscar Niemeyer, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues, Gregori Warchavchic, as well as new designs by contemporary designers Claudia Moreira Salles, Carlos Motta, Isay Weinfeld and Arthur Casas, to name a few, Carmona has been involved with the FSC (Forest Steward Council) initiative since its inception, and has established an atelier in the Amazon region with local laborers, to experiment with new woods and their sustainability. Carmona’s commitment to new solutions for harvesting woods doesn’t stop there, since 2009 she has partnered with Dario Guarita Neto and Roberto Waack to start the firm Amata, specialized in controlled forestation and low impact wood production.
Jorge Zalszupin‘s classic JZ tea trolley, originally designed in the 1950’s, was included in this month’s issue of House & Garden UK on their feature Party Carts. The JZ tea trolley re-edition is made from native Brazilian Imbuia wood and steel, hand-crafted at Etel Interiores in São Paulo. The JZ combines modernist lines with ludic elements, exemplary of mid-century Brazilian design.
Amid the ever-growing buzz of Miami during fair season, ESPASSO’s presentation Em Trânsito, at the Shore Club, captivated the scene with never before seen Brazilian design. Exhibited pieces included new re-editions by Sergio Rodrigues, Jorge Zalszupin and Oscar Niemeyer as well as limited editions by Carlos Motta, Claudia Moreira Salles, Etel Carmona, Fernando Mendes and Zanini de Zanine. The effervescent opening and after-party brought many of the exhibited Brazilian designers to Miami, such as Motta, Isay Weinfeld, Salles, Carmona, Mendes and Zanine, as well as a diverse guest list that included co-hosts Carlos Junqueira of ESPASSO, Wallpaper’s Tony Chambers and The Shore Club’s Ziel Feldman, artists Marina Abramovic and Leah Singer, Dave Macklovitc – lead singer and guitarist of Chromeo, DJ Obi Tawil, Osklen’s Oskar Metsavah and Rogerio Fasano, among others. Check more about Em Trânsito here.
The November issue of Wallpaper* features the Brazil Special insert, highlighting Brazil’s “architectural’s innovators, design dynamos and the country’s hottest trends.” The feature showcases the design work of Bruno Jahara, which transforms traditional terra cotta pottery and delicate opal glass into savvy home accessories, as well as the new home accessory line designed by Zanini de Zanine for Riva, which includes a pitcher, pizza slicer and salt and pepper shaker made from stainless steel in his signature angles and lines. The feature also tours a couple of Brazilian residencies, that reconfigure the conventional house layout, designed by architecture firms MK27 and Galeria Arquitetos and Bernardes Arquitetura. The special feature also includes a tribute stamp paying homage to Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) as it also spotlights his colorful Tajá line, in the article about Butzke, the eco-friendly manufacturer that re-edits the Tajá pieces as well as other outdoor lines by Carlos Motta.
Located in Puenta Del Este, in Brazil’s neighboring Uruguay, Fasano Las Piedras is a hospitality complex that combines private homes, hotel bungalows and spa amenities (spa, equestrian center, golf and polo fields, etc.) in 1,185 acres of beautiful open landscape. Gracing this month’s cover of French periodical L’Officiel Voyage and projected by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, in collaboration with Domingos Pascali, the Fasano Las Piedras perfectly integrates with its setting, unobtrusively composing a simultaneously luxurious and rustic site. Weinfeld notes: ‘Upon our arrival for the first land reconnaissance visit, we had no doubt that those buildings and the rustic and unique workmanship element– should be preserved. The detailed study of the program/client brief led us to resort to scattering the units as isolated modules that “landed naturally” on the terrain, just the rocks themselves’.
Brazilian architecture and interior design magazine Kaza featured a Hampton’s beach house projected by New York-based, Peruvian architect Javier Robles, on their September issue. Reflecting the ease, functionality and clean lines of the house and setting, its interiors include a selection of Brazilian furniture and home accessories, both contemporary and modern, such as the re-edition of Sergio Rodrigues‘ outdoor Tajá settee and armchair, originally designed in 1978, the X stools by José Zanine Caldas, re-edition of a 1950’s design and the Dominó magazine holder, Ipanema and Adriana armchairs, all re-editions of mid-century pieces by Jorge Zalszupin. Contemporary home accessories by Claudia Moreira Salles complete the decor, as her Cantante lamp and Castanheira wooden bowl.
Oscar Niemeyer‘s spectacular Marquesa bench is spotlighted in the September issue of Elle Decor’s What’s Hot – Dispatches From World Design feature. Representative of Niemeyer’s signature curves, which conjure the sinuosity of Rio de Janeiro’s mountainous landscape and sensual women, here the forms also play on of the classic scrolled arms of stone roman benches.
Sixty years ago Sergio Rodrigues designed his first piece of furniture, marking the beginning of a celebrated career as designer and architect while branding Brazilian mid-century aesthetic along the way. That piece was the Mocho, which Rodrigues took inspiration from a traditional three-legged milking stool for its form and function. Playful, practical and unique, the design of the Mocho stool signals at signature elements that Rodrigues’ pieces would become famous for, making it a classic piece in the history of Brazilian design, available in the US and Europe exclusively at ESPASSO. Brazilian design magazine Bamboo did a feature on the Mocho on their current issue, celebrating the commencement of a new design era led by good-humored Rodrigues.