Espasso Annex, the latest venture from Espasso founder Carlos Junqueira, is a gallery dedicated to showcasing vintage and limited edition Brazilian furniture. In addition, the Annex has forged a collaboration with Sao Paulo’s Luciana Brito Galeria – one of the leading art galleries in Brazil. As part of Luciana Brito’s New York Project, three curated exhibitions will be presented throughout the next twelve months.
Espasso Annex was created as a compliment to nearby Espasso, to meet the growing demand of its customers for vintage and rare furniture by its roster of acclaimed Brazilian designers. The new location will allow the original Espasso, and its locations in Los Angeles, Miami and London, to expand upon its exclusive collection of contemporary designers, including re-edition furniture and accessories.
186 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday-Saturday: By appointment only
ESPASSO NY just received stunning vintage pieces from Brazil! Included are a much sought after pair of Martin Eisler’s armchairs ca. 1955, with Eisler’s signature delicate metal frame and wooden arm inserts, a spectacular pair of armchairs by Rino Levi, ca. 1960 and an original Mole sofa by Sergio Rodrigues. Freshly arrived are also a pair of unattributed 1960’s vintage chairs, reminiscent of Lina Bo Bardi’s or Sergio Rodrigue’s slouchy lines and ease. Desirable for their uniqueness and historical relevance, ESPASSO continues to bring to the US the legacy of Brazilian modernism through original furniture pieces by some of Brazil’s most celebrated designers. Continue reading
Romanian born Jean Gillon (1919 – 2007) immigrated to Brazil in 1956 where he identified local materials and techniques, expanding his vocabulary as a designer. Starting the reputable Italma Wood Art in 1958, Gillon’s practice epitomizes Brazilian mid-century design by his combining of traditional and modern strategies to produce furniture, textiles and housewares – cachepots, dishes, flatware, buckets, humidors, pipe racks etc.- beautifully carved out of native Jacaranda wood. Taking cues from the aesthetics and techniques from Brazilian fishermen, Gillon’s most iconic pieces, such as the Jangada – a type of fishing raft – and the Amozonas armchair, employ Jacaranda wood and netted rope whimsically proposing the chair as a sailing vessel. On view at ESPASSO NY are a pair of the Amazonas armchairs and a collection of Gillon’s Jacaranda housewares.
Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-1992) was born in Portugal into a family of woodworkers, and immigrated to Brazil in the late 1920’s. Shortly upon arriving Tenreiro starts to work at design firm Laubisch Hirth, and in the early 1940’s establishes his own design ateliers in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Developing a distinct style that combined European modernist vernacular with Brazilian materials, such as Jacaranda wood and caning (forgotten materials which he brought back into vogue), Tenreiro ‘s pieces have become synonymous to the classic sophistication of, and arguably founding, mid-Century Brazilian Modernist design.
With a dynamic attention to the curves, textures and volume that solid woods provide, Tenreiro was a true virtuoso who also dedicated his prolific practice to other disciplines outside furniture design. Paintings and drawings emerge as early as in the 1940’s, as his intricate wooden wall reliefs from the 1970’s are emblematic of his progression as a woodworker.
Presently on view at ESPASSO NY, and available for purchase, are graceful original examples of Tenreiro’s oeuvre, such as his seminal 1942 Leve armchair, the Curved Back armchair from 1960, the Curved High Back dining chair from 1949, and his famous 1947 Rocking Chair, among other Tenreiro modern classics.