Monthly Archives: September 2012

70 years of Tim Maia


Album cover of Tim Maia Racional, 1975


Tim Maia performing in the 1970's


Tim Maia

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One of the most irreverent and iconic figures in Brazilian music, carioca Tim Maia (1942 – 1998) would have turned 70 today. In commemoration of such date, Luaka Bop, record label initiated by David Byrne specializing in world music, is releasing the album Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia, compiling recordings of Tim Maia from the 1970’s

Known as the ‘syndic of Brazil’, Tim Maia was responsible for crossing over soul music to Brazilian rhythms, in a career that produced some of the most emblematic Brazilian hits of the 70’s and 80’s.

Tim Maia’s life and carrer was never short of polemic; for a few years in the mid-70’s he associated with the esoteric doctrine Energia Racional – Rational Energy – that saw the world entering a new developmental phase – the Rational Phase –  which believed  humans were to develop reason (said to be located in the pineal gland) in opposition, and through the balance, of logic and emotion.   During this phase, Maia recorded three seminal albums that spread some of these concepts and are considered by many some of the best Brazilian recordings of the 1970’s.  Fusing soul, samba, pop and psychedelic sounds, many songs from this period are included in the upcoming Luaka Bop compilation, being streamed at its entirety through


Wallpaper*, October 2012, feature on the new ESPASSO showroom in London

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Wallpaper* magazine October 2012

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Wallpaper* magazine October 2012

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Wallpaper* magazine October’s issue feature on the launch of the new ESPASSO showroom in London, at 19 Greek Street.

Casa Vogue Brasil – September 2012

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Casa Vogue Brasil - September 2012

Casa Vogue Brasil announces the opening of ESPASSO’s London showroom.

Lina Bo Bardi: Together, an exhibition examining the work of architect Lina Bo Bardi and her influence in Brazil


SESC building, Lina Bo Bardi, 1977-1982. Courtesy of Lina Bo Bardi: Together at the British Council Gallery.


SESC building, Lina Bo Bardi, 1977-1982. Courtesy of Lina Bo Bardi: Together at the British Council Gallery.


SESC building, Lina Bo Bardi, 1977-1982. Courtesy of Lina Bo Bardi: Together at the British Council Gallery.


MASP, Lina Bo Bardi, 1968. Courtesy of Lina Bo Bardi: Together at the British Council Gallery.


Lina Bo Bardi: Together, exhibition shot. Photo by Ioana Marinescu, courtesy of British Council Gallery.


Lina Bo Bardi: Together, exhibition shot. Photo by Ioana Marinescu, courtesy of British Council Gallery.


Lina Bo Bardi: Together, exhibition shot. Photo by Ioana Marinescu, courtesy of British Council Gallery.


Bowl chair, Lina Bo Bardi, ca. 1950's.


Lina Bo Bardi portrait.

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As part of the The London Design Festival, 2012, the exhibition Lina Bo Bardi: Together, at the British Council Gallery, curated by Noemi Blager, examines the architect’s legacy and influence in Brazil.  Having immigrated to Brazil in 1946 from Italy, Bo Bardi’s work employed a humanist approach she carried since her early collaborations with Gio Ponti in Italy.

Using Brazil as field for her social architectural practice, Bo Bardi was responsible for various iconic projects to this day emblematic of São Paulo’s social and cultural landscape; notably the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, MASP, 1968, which features a 74-meter freestanding open space beneath the museum, and SESC, 1977 – 1982, a cultural and educational project that became the mark of innovation and social transformation in São Paulo.  The exhibition is on view until November 30th.

Arq. Futuro, Brazil – A Forum with the Most Influential Figures in Architecture from Around the World


Carlos Ratti at Arq. Futuro, S.P.


Interview with Zaha Hadid at the Arq. Futuro March, 2012 installment.


Arq. Futuro, S.P.


Tod Williams and Billie Tsien lecturing on Tuesday, September 25th, 2013 at Arq. Futuro, S.P.

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Held in different Brazilian capitals, Arq. Futuro is an ongoing series of lectures uniting the most innovative and active voices in contemporary architecture around the world to engage with Brazilian governmental and civic leaders, architects and students in hopes to shed light to relevant topics in architecture today, ranging from “…architecture and urbanism, the perceived split between the construction of the new and preservation of cultural heritage, the distinction between what are fleeting trends and what has lasting architectural value, and solutions for cities today”.

Held at the Ibirapuera Auditorium in São Paulo, today’s program discussed ‘Technology and the Future of Cities’ and included lectures by, followed by a conversation between, Carlos Ratti  – architect, civil engineer and teacher at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), where he directs the Senseable City Laboratory (a center for studies of the urban environment – from street grids to plumbing and garbage systems – by means of sensors and hand-held devices)  and Thaddeus Pawlowski, who is currently working as an urban designer for New York’s Department of City Planning, where he is responsible for large-scale infrastructure projects such as the redevelopment of the Penn Station and Hudson Yards.

Tomorrow’s program will involve discussions on ‘Public Spaces and Centers for Culture and Leisure’ and ‘Social Housing and Real Estate Projects’ with lectures and conversations by Tod Williams and Billie Tsein, Angelo Bucci, Isay Weinfeld and Alejandro Aravena.

Arq. Futuro will hold subsequent programs in Minas Gerais, on November 6th and 7th, and in Rio de Janeiro on April 3rd and 4th, 2013.  The whole series will be streamed live, archived and available to the public in several formats that will include a digital book publication.  Check out full programming and live streaming here.


Arthur Bispo do Rosário at V&A Museum, London


Arthur Bispo do Rosario, Fights 1938-1982. Photo © Rodrigo Lopes


Arthur Bispo do Rosário 'Alvo 627, Orfa' Coleção Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea/Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro


Arthur Bispo do Rosário 'Miss Brasil' Coleção Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea/Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro.


Arthur Bispo do Rosário 'Vela Roxa' Coleção Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea/Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro


Arthur Bispo do Rosário 'Vinte e um veleiros' Coleção Museu Bispo do Rosário Arte Contemporânea/ Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro

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80 works from legendary Brazilian outsider artist Arthur Bispo do Rosário (1909-1989) are displayed through October 28th, 2012, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The prolific practice of Bispo do Rosário was almost entirely realized in isolation while residing at a psychiatric hospital in Rio de janeiro, where he was diagnosed paranoid-schizophrenic.  Utilizing diverse discarded materials and objects he collected at and around the institution – shoes, buckets, fabrics, bottle caps, etc. –  Bispo do Rosário’s ouvre intuitively revisited Duchamp’s ready-mades and looked ahead at Arte Povera while unfolding his own personal narrative, from his early days at the Brazilian Navy to his anticipation of Judgment Day.

Taking shape of ceremonial manteaux, scepters, taxonomy displays, etc., many of Bispo do Rosário’s pieces are adorned with elaborate embroidery, executed with thread extracted from his institutional uniform.

The exhibition also features the documentary The Prisoner of Passage, in which psychoanalyst Hugo Denizart, at the request of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, investigated living conditions at the hospital Colônia Juliano Moreira.  There, Denizart shifted the subject of his documentary when encountering Bispo do Rosário and his artwork, and introduced the wonderful and complex world of Arthur Bispo do Rosário to the world.

A major collection of Bispo do Rosário’s work is also presently featured at the 30th Bienal de São Paulo until December 9th, 2012.

ESPASSO London opening at 19 Greek Street


ESPASSO façade at 19 Greek Street.


Designer and architect Carlos Motta, Lissa Carmona Tozzi, designer Etel Carmona and ESPASSO's Carlos Junqueira. Image © Oliver Rudkin.


ESPASSO's Carlos Junqueira, Gaio Hungria and designer and architect Arthur Casas. Image © Oliver Rudkin.


Songwriter/producer Mr. Hudson and Wallpaper's Tony Chambers. Image © Oliver Rudkin.


Lissa Carmona Tozzi and 19 Greek Street's Marc Peridis. Image © Oliver Rudkin.

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This past Wednesday Carlos Junqueira of ESPASSO, Tony Chambers of Wallpaper* magazine and Marc Peridis of 19 Greek Street hosted a lively party celebrating the opening of ESPASSO at 19 Greek Street, the new 6-story design hub in Soho, London.

The opening gathered many local designers, architects and personalities, as well as several of ESPASSO’s own, such as Etel Carmona, Arthur Casas, Carlos Motta and Isay Weinfeld, commemorating the fist ESPASSO gallery in Europe.




ESPASSO UK opening

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ESPASSO at 19 Greek St; Diz armchair by Sergio Rodrigues. Photo by Kate Elliott.

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ESPASSO UK. Zumbi chaise by Arthur Casas, Mineira dining table by Etel Carmona, Jecker dining chair by Etel Carmona, Cantante lamp by Claudia Moreira Salles, Astania dining chairs by Etel Carmona, Caju coffee table by Carlos Motta and Jararaca flatware set grand chest by Arthur Casas. Photo by Kate Elliott

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ESPASSO UK at 19 Greek St. Photo by Kate Elliott.

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ESPASSO UK at 19 Greek St. Cantu high dining chair and Mole armchair and ottoman by Sergio Rodrigues. Photo by Kate Elliott.

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ESPASSO UK at 19 Greek St. Kilin and Voltaire armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues, JZ tea trolley by Jorge Zalszupin and Aranha coffee table by Branco & Preto. Photo by Kate Elliott.

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ESPASSO UK at 19 Greek St. Photo by Kate Elliott.

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ESPASSO UK. Asa desk by Arthur Casas, Siri bench by Claudia Moreira Salles, Sabre and Asturias armchairs by Carlos Motta. Photo by Kate Elliott.

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ESPASSO UK. Kilin and Voltaire armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues. Photo by Kate Elliott.

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ESPASSO UK. Photo by Kate Elliott.

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ESPASSO has just launched its new showroom at 19 Greek Street, Soho, London.

Opening to the public on September 13th, ESPASSO will present exquisite design pieces across two floors of the design gallery, 19 Greek Street – a new hub in London for craft, excellence and sustainability in design.

ESPASSO will bring to the UK the works of the designers it has become celebrated for in the US. Onsite will be exquisite works from the mid-century masters Sergio Rodrigues and Jorge Zalszupin, future classics by contemporary designers Carlos Motta, Etel Carmona, Arthur Casas, Claudia Moreira Salles, and Isay Weinfeld, as well as iconic re-edition pieces by Branco & Preto. Sitting alongside this main collection will be a selection of vintage pieces that will further highlight the heritage and importance of Brazilian design and culture.