Wallpaper recently featured the BT House, a project by São Paulo-based architect Guilherme Torres, also his own home. Combining traditional and modern Brazilian architectural elements, a key feature of the BT House is the brise soleil façade and walls – an Eastern-style woven panel, traditional in Portuguese architecture – while the house’s furnishings include modern iconic pieces such as Sergio Rodrigues‘ Mole armchair and Oscar dining chair, as Carlos Motta‘s Timbó chaises complete the poolside outdoor area. Check out entire article and slideshow here.
Monthly Archives: December 2013
Architecture writer Raul Barrenech exposes the Itaipava, Rio de Janeiro, 8,200 sq. ft. vacation house, projected by Miguel Pinto Guimarães Associated Architects, on the current issue of Interior Design. Luxurious yet straightforward, artwork and furnishings survey Brazilian modern and contemporary styles while contextualizing the house within the tradition and innovation of Brazilian design. Included are Sergio Rodrigues‘ iconic 1957 Mole armchairs and sofa, his 1956 Oscar armchair, contemporary custom pieces and Astania dining chairs by Etel Carmona along with pieces by Zanini de Zanine and an impactful site-specific installation by renowned Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, while Carlos Motta‘s Asturias and Timbó armchairs grace the outdoor areas. As Barrenech puts it ‘Pinto Guimarães’s selection of Brazilian design underscores his multilayered embrace of the house’s cultural and physical contexts.’ Check out entire article and slideshow here.
The London apartment of Tara Bernerd, founder of London-based architectural and design firm Tara Bernerd & Partners, was showcased on the current issue of lifestyle and decor magazine Lonny. In a Norman Foster designed, central London building, the ample 2-bedroom apartment is evident of Bernerd’s clean and sophisticated style driven by art, comfort and a subdued palette, with a pair of iconic Sergio Rodrigues‘ Kilin armchairs as key pieces in the living-room. Check out entire article and slideshow here.
Zanini de Zanine opened the doors of his atelier for the current issue of Monocle, revealing his methodology, materials and processes of choice and his intrinsic relation to wood, due to his growing up watching his father, seminal furniture designer and woodworker José Zanine Caldas, bring some of the most seminal pieces in Brazilian design to life.
Janelle Zara interviewed Isay Weinfeld, for Artinfo, at the day of his solo exhibition opening at ESPASSO, NY. Weinfeld talked about the unexpected pieces of the exhibition, his 40-year career and the new iPhone app ‘IW’ to come out in December, which will launch a total of 80 project-based films Weinfeld realized on some of his most visionary and celebrated architectural projects in Brazil. Check out interview and slideshow in its entirety here.
Art Basel Miami 2013 is again taking over the art world as it provides a nice excuse for a summer weekend during winter. At the booth of the renowned Sean Kelly Gallery, NY, pieces from acclaimed contemporary artists as Kehinde Wiley, Laurent Grasso, Antony Gromley, Marina Abramovich and Mariko Mori, can be seen, as well as two Dinamarquesa armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin provided by ESPASSO.
December 5th would’ve marked the 99th birthday of architecture legend Lina Bo Bardi. To honor the occasion, Storefront for Art and Architecture presented a video inspired by Bo Bardi’s work, The New World of Lina Bo Bardi, created by Ouida Angelica Biddle, Nicolau Vergueiro and João Rosa, with live musical accompaniment by Hisham Bharoocha. In the lively event personal messages to Lina were broadcasted at the Storefront TV Studio, as it kicked off Bo Bardi’s upcoming centenary.
Award-winning architecture photographer Paul Clemence and writer Robert Landon will launch and sign copies of their new book Here/After: Structures in Time during Art Basel Miami Beach / DesignMiami 2013. Continuing his investigation on the (im)permanence and the poetics of the relation between architecture, photography and time, for Here/After Clemence focuses his lens on some of the world’s most iconic buildings by Frank Lloyd, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Mies van der Rohe, Oscar Niemeyer, I.M. Pei, and Jean Nouvel, among others. Clemence’s sensibility captures vignettes of these architectural sites, paying special attention to their patterns and fluidity in which through both sublime and quotidians moments are revealed. “Buildings may be static, but our experience of them never is… They are subject to perpetual flux as the eye (and lens) move through three dimensions.” writes Landon. Book signing and launch on Thursday, December 5th at 6pm,“Inventory04: Time” Exhibit, 93 NE 40th Street in Miami Design District.
In the current issue of Italian design and architecture magazine Interni, Albrecht Bangert interviews Brazilian furniture designer Claudia Moreira Salles about her celebrated career, use of reclaimed and industrial materials, and her poetic approach. Check out full interview and slideshow here.
The third solo exhibition of Brazilian artist Marepe at Anton Kern Gallery opened in Chelsea, NY, last month. The exhibition continues Marepe’s poetic investigation through the formal manipulation of everyday, ready-made objects where bicycles, plastic baskets and wheelbarrows are transfigured into works that reveal romantic narratives and contemporary totems, speculating upon the monumentality of quotidian life. The exhibition is on view through December 14th, for more information visit Anton Kern Gallery.