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.
ESPASSO NY just received several stunning vintage pieces from Brazil! Included are a much sought after pair of Martin Eisler’s Costela armchairs, 1955, armchairs by Percival Lafer, ca. 1960, a pair of Jean Gillon’s incredible Amazonas armchairs, 1960, amidst several other one-of-a-kind, mid-century gems. 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.
Martin Eisler (1913-1977) was an Austrian designer and architect who moved to South America in the late 1940’s, basing his practice out of Brazil from the 1950’s on, where he collaborated with the design company Forma to produce some of the most distinguishable furniture at the height of mid-century modernism in Brazil.
Percival Lafer came from a lineage of furniture designers, as he took over his family furniture company, the seminal Lafer and Co., in the 1960’s. His designs were always evident of innovation, as Lafer was known to apply state-of-the-art techniques to his stylish furniture design.
Romanian born Jean Gillon (1919 – 2007) immigrated to Brazil in 1956 where he identified local materials and techniques to expand his vocabulary as a designer. Gillon’s Jangada and Amazonas armchairs, while riffing on the materials and techniques of Brazilian fishermen, epitomizes the aesthetics of Brazilian modernism.
David Kaufman’s feature on furniture design picks from around the world includes ESPASSO as the definitive outpost for Brazilian design. Highlighted are the Parati armchair, 1963, by Sergio Rodrigues and Arthur Casas‘ 2012 Asa desk.
The world’s second oldest art biennal – after Venice Biennale – the Bienal de São Paulo has opened its 30th installment on view until December 9th, 2012. Housed in the 30,000 sq. m. iconic Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion in São Paulo’s emblematic Ibirapuera Park, designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1957, since its 4th edition, the current Bienal is curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas (chief curator), André Severo and Tobi Maier (associated curators) and Isabella Villanueva (curator assistant).
Titled The Imminence of Poetics, São Paulo’s 30th Bienal takes its curatorial coordinates from “the multiplicity, trans-nationality, recurrence and permanent mutability of artistic poetics” and pulls together 110 established and emerging international artists showcasing a range of never-before-seen works, as well as renowned works of the past; including the documentation of the private performances of Taiwanese artist Tehching Hsieh and the estate of legendary Brazilian outsider artist Arthur Bispo do Rosário, one of the Bienal’s main attractions.