Monthly Archives: December 2011
Synthesizing the gracefulness of Brazilian mid-century design, with its delicate legs and caned seat and back, the Palhinha dining chair was designed in 1952 by the esteemed design group Branco & Preto. Spearheaded by renowned architects Miguel Forte and Carlos Milan, Branco & Preto’s stylish and understated designs have gained a new appreciation among today’s design aficionados.
Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s brutalist buildings have received worldwide acclaim since as early as the 1950’s, culminating in the prestigious Mies Van der Rohe Prize in 2000 and the Pritzker Prize in 2006. In collaboration with the Brazilian Metro Arquitetos e Associados firm, Rocha’s latest project, the arts complex Cais das Artes, in Vitória, ES, Brazil, consists of a theater, museum, library, auditorium, café and 3,000 sq meters of exhibition space. Suspended above Vitória’s docks, the Cais das Artes continues Rocha’s concerns regarding architecture and its materials relation to their distinct environments.
Images courtesy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha.
Clean yet declarative, Caludia Moreira Salle’s Largo sofa is a comfortable and refined design featuring delicate details, such as butterfly joints and red buttons, that add an artisan contrast to its sharp and geometric frame. The Largo line also offers benches that can double as coffee tables.