Hélio Oiticica in New York City: Babylonests, Cosmococas, and other Projects at the Threshold of Art, Cinema and Architecture – a one-day symposium bringing together international curators, artists and scholars to focus on the various projects the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica designed during his nearly eight-year stay in New York City (1971-78). The symposium will take place on November 1st, 12:30–6pm, at Columbia University, 612 Schermerhorn Bldg. Check here for more information.
For the first time the winners of the Retail Design Institute’s International Store Design Competition are featured in RDI Media’s much-sought-after book series, Stores of the Year. Gracing the cover of its 19th volume, and the winner of this year’s Store of the Year, is the stunning Mistral Wine Shop in São Paulo designed by Studio Arthur Casas. Check out more info on the publication here.
Wish Casa visited Carlos Motta‘s atelier, documenting the sophisticated and informal atmosphere that also reveals Motta’s approach as a designer. Housing his office, showroom and wood shop, Motta’s atelier is located in the trendy Vila Madalena neighborhood in São Paulo, wherein for the past 30 years he has created sketches and prototypes for most of his furniture designs. Check out slide show in its entirety here.
New York Magazine’s October 28th issue highlights Zanini de Zanine‘s Espasso armchair in their Best Bets column. Designed exclusively for ESPASSO, the Espasso armchair finds an innovative silhouette in a comfortable and functional design. Made in NY, the Espasso armchair is exemplary of Zanine’s forward-thinking and clean approach.
Isay Weinfeld designed the first Livraria da Vila bookstore in 2007 in São Paulo’s Cidade Jardim neighborhood. Ever since several other branches have sprouted throughout the city, including the 18,000 sq.ft. Livraria da Vila at the JK Iguatemi mall, which was just awarded at the German Design Awards 2014.
Lifestyle and decor Brazilian magazine Wish Casa visited Lissa Carmona and shares photos of her elegant São Paulo home in its October issue. Lissa Carmona is the CEO of the esteemed Etel Interiores, founded by her mother Etel Carmona and the definite reference in high-end Brazilian modern and contemporary furniture. Carmona’s house, within a condominium projected by architect Luiz Fernando Rocco, finds a simple, clean and sophisticated interior design in a personal, functional and approachable atmosphere. With Lia Siqueira and Marina Linhares signing the home’s interior project, selected pieces include modern gems such as Jorge Zalszupin‘s iconic 1950 JZ tea trolley, Branco & Preto‘s 1950 Aranha coffee table (both re-editions by Etel Interiores) and Flavio de Carvalho FDC1 armchair, also designed in 1950. Contemporary pieces include Claudia Moreira Salles‘ São Conrado sofa, Lia Siqueira‘s Livre desk, Arthur Casas‘ Arquipelago coffee table and Etel Carmona’s Vila Rica sideboard, all crafted at Etel Interiores.
Design and architecture curator and writer Consuelo Cornelsen spotlights the ingenious works of Brazilian furniture designer Zanini de Zanine in the current issue of the trimestral lifestyle magazine One. Contextualizing Zanini’s work to that of his father José Zanine Caldas’ pioneering carpentry, Cornelsen identifies the legacy carried through and also hails Zanini to be a key voice representing the new generation of Brazilian designers.
Sergio Rodrigues designed the Diz armchair in 2002 and it has quickly become a contemporary classic. The ergonomic armchair graces the suites at the boutique Hotel Fasano in Rio de Janeiro and since September the Diz can be also seen at Louis Vuitton’s pop-up shop L’Aventure on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, provided by ESPASSO. The pop-up shop focuses on Louis Vuitton’s luggage and travel products and lifestyle and will be open through December.
The neighborhood of Higienópolis in São Paulo has traditionally been grounds for architectural gems from turn-of-the-century mansions to the modernist residential edifices that emerged thereafter. Within São Paulo’s agitated urbanscape Higienópolis manages to feel like an intimate and secluded residential neighborhood surrounded by lush vegetation and localized commerce. Prolific and noted Brazilian architect Arthur Casas built his architectural studio headquarters there and highlights his favorites spots in Higienópolis for the ‘experiential travel guide’ AFAR. Amid his picks Casas spotlights contemporary art gallery Galeria Vermelho, projected by Pritzeker prize laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the city-block sized Parque Buenos Aires, and the Museu de Arte Brasileira, São Paulo (MAB). Check out Casas’ complete list here.
Check out images of Zanini de Zanine‘s solo exhibition and of the lively opening that took place last Thursday at ESPASSO NY. The exhibition marks the introduction of Zanine’s masterful work to the ESPASSO collection as two new pieces designed by Zanine were launched: the sharp Espasso armchair, he designed exclusively for the occasion, and the candle holder Escoras, manufactured by esteemed home accessories brand Riva. During the opening an insightful talk between Zanine, award-winner designer Paula Dib and architect and activist Edgard Gouveia Jr., took place, focusing on contemporary cultural productions that engage in a social and/or ecological approach. The talk was mediated by Paulo Lima, as part of the Trip Transformadores initiative.