W Magazine’s toured art dealer Gordon VeneKlasen’s red brick row house in NY’s Greenwich Village, in their Interiors column. The decor of the place, in a true collector’s fashion, mixes Ming-dynasty ivory, religious reliquaries and contemporary art, as the furnshings themselves also exemplifies VeneKlasen’s attuned eye for truly exquisite items, as seen in the numerous vintage pieces by Joaquim Tenreiro – coffee tables, dining chairs and dining table – that grace VeneKlasen’s living areas. Portugal-born Tenreiro immigrated to Brazil at the age of 22, where in the 1940’s he founded his own furniture-making shop, where he rediscovered various raw materials that had been overlooked in Brazil, like rattan cane and Jacaranda wood, creating what we now know as modern Brazilian furniture. A forerunner, in the truest sense of the word, Tenreiro’s pieces have become highly collectible. Check out some of Tenreiro’s original vintage pieces, available at ESPASSO here, and the full W Magazine article here.
Monthly Archives: February 2014
The name of designer and entrepeneur Etel Carmona has been synonymous with pristine furninture-making for decades. Seeing her atelier, outside of São Paulo, is quite possibly the most comprehensive carpentry in Brazil – responsible for the reissues of the most classic and iconic pieces from mid-century Brazilian design as well as the high-end lines of Brazil’s most celebrated contemporary designers and architects – Carmona’s own designs are also a marvel of their own. Exemplary of her stylish and clean approach and utmost craftsmanship, is the elgant, minmal yet substantial design of the Vogel desk. Available in 3 types of FSC-Certified Brazilian woods – Freijó, Cedar or Sucupira, each available in 4 finishes – the Vogel desk offers a functional design complete with keyboard drawer, option of cable routing/storage feature and filing cabinet. The Vogel desk is part of the Etel collection and available in the US exclusively at ESPASSO.
Etel Interiores single-handedly maintains masterpieces of Brazilian modern design in production, as their esteemed atelier re-edits pieces by luminaries as Jorge Zalszupin, Branco & Preto and Paulo Werneck among others. Etel also reissues the few pieces designed by pioneer modernist architect Gregori Warchavchik, and recently featured his story on their blog, translated below:
In the early 1920’s Brazil witnessed a creative wellspring revolution in the arts. In February of 1922, Anita Malfatti, Mário de Andrade, Oswald de Andrade and many other artists were united at the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo for the Semana de Arte Modern (Modern Art Week). Betting on innovation and originality, they sought to break past paradigms, creating a new outlook on the Brazilian artistic production. Amid such creativity, an embryonic national architecture movement was also born. Within this promising context, Ukraine-born Gregori Warchavchik found space to present his architecture. Known as a Modernist architect, Warchavchik believed that homes should function as machines to live in. In his firm and straight lines, he sought for houses and buildings free from constraints of the past, with an aesthetic that reflected the effervescent culture of the time. In 1928 Warchavchik created the first modern house of Brazil, located at Rua Santa Cruz in São Paulo. Warchavchik was concerned with every detail of his projects, from façade to décor, developing modernist furnishings revolutionary for the epoch. The Banquette stools, GW tea trolley, Circular side table and Leque magazine holder turned into symbols of modern furniture, currently re-edited by Etel Interiores and available in the US exclusively at ESPASSO. Check out original post here.
New York designer Damon Liss and his wife Lisa – partners in the interiors firm Damon Liss Design – opened the doors to their own Tribeca apartment on today’s New York Post Home supplement. The 2,400 sq.ft. condo, in a 19th-century historical loft building (a former factory), took 8 months to renovate after the couple purchased it in 2012. Liss tells the New York Post that he designed the duplex loft with his family in mind, which is evident of his affinity with classic mid-century furnishings. Along a 1930’s Danish armchair, the main living room also features a couple of Brazilian vintage pieces – a 1960’s Martin Eisler armchair and a Scapinelli coffee table – Liss mined from ESPASSO. A long-time ESPASSO client, Liss has used Brazilian contemporary, modern re-editions and vintage pieces in lots of his projects and states: “We use their (ESPASSO) contemporary pieces for a pop of color, their vintage pieces for one of a kind sculptural elements, and their outdoor furniture for our beach projects.” Check out entire article here.
Brazilian artist Maria Lynch just completed her artist residency at New York’s RU – Residency Unlimited -“…an artist-centered organization dedicated to producing customized residency formats to support the creation, presentation, and dissemination of advanced contemporary art through strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions.” Marking Lynch’s completion at RU the exhibition titled ‘This Exhibition Has Everything To Go Wrong’ opens this Thursday, February 20th, also featuring works by Lynch’s fellow artists-in-residency Manon Harrois from France and Barcelona-based Avelino Sala. On view through March 15th, the exhibition proposal is curated by Marina Noronha and organized by RU, and it will be re-configured weekly for its duration, as it “…starts as three solo shows and progresses weekly into a group show.” Additional information here.
Tonight, February 19th, AIA NY, at the Center for Architecture, will host the lecture ‘Paulo Werneck: Brazilian Muralist.’ Participant in founding a modernist Brazilian aesthetic, Werneck’s colorful mosaic murals adorned official, residential and business buildings in Brazil throughout the 1940’s – 1970’s, including seminal projects as Oscar Niemeyer’s Hotel Brasilia Palace, 1958, Palácio de Itamaraty, 1970, the Federal Senate headquarters in Brasilia, 1978, as well as creating the iconic murals for Niemeyer’s early Pampulha complex project, completed in 1943 – which received international acclaim as it was part of the ‘Brazil Builds’ exhibition, at MoMA, NY, in the same year. Invited guest lecturer, NY-based designer and Werneck’s grandson Gaspar Saldanha, will address Werneck’s influential practice and how his design legacy informs Saldanha’s current adaptations of his grandfather’s renowned murals in architecture and furniture design projects. More info on the lecture here.
The Wexner Center of the Arts, at the Ohio State University, has been presenting a multi-disciplinary survey of Brazilian arts – films, visual arts, dance, music – in the initiative Via Brasil dedicated to bringing “innovators from a complex and dynamic nation” to an American audience, supported in part by a $782,000 grant awarded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
With the exhibition on view through April 20th, visual artists include Laura Belém, Gisele Camargo, José Damasceno, Vânia Mignone, Odires Mlászho, Adriana Varejão, a site-specific installation by Lucia Koch and the debut of a multimedia installation by Jonathas de Andrade, documenting a horse-cart race he staged in his hometown of Recife – Koch and de Andrade are recipients of the Wexner Center Artist Residency Awards in visual arts. Among the documenteries shown in the film program are Gabriel Mascaro’s ‘Housemaids’, Ricardo Dias’ ‘Faith: The Earth Giveth, The Earth Taketh Away’ and Cesar Oiticica Filho’s ‘Helio Oiticica’, a documentary on his uncle and seminal Brazilian visual artist. Performing arts program includes dance performance of Brazilian dance group Companhia Urbana de Dança, a concert by noted Brazilian singer Criolo and a special performance of the avant-world band Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits. Check out entire list of events and schedule here
The current issue of architecture and design Brazilian magazine Wish Casa rounded up 6 prolific architects and interior designers as the top professionals working in their field in 2014. The feature reveals a residential project by each architect/designer, written by the high-profile client whom each project was designed for: TV personality Alex Lerner wrote on architect Arthur Casas, who designed Lerner’s Rio residence, artist Adriana Varejão reveals her house designed by Lia Siqueira, as fashion authority, Vogue Brazil’s Constanza Pascolato writes about her house, projected by Dado Castello Branco. Highlighted within each project are iconic Brazilian modern and contemporary pieces, available in the US exclusively at ESPASSO. Furnishings include Jorge Zalszupin‘s incredible Petalas coffee table and his most recent Veronica armchair, as well as pieces by Claudia Moreira Salles – her elegant Cosme Velho and São Conrado armchairs and Fresta dining table, and Etel Carmona‘s 22 dining chair, Maria Antonieta coffee table, Camargo sideboard and Mineira dining table.
Madrid-based architecture magazine Arquitectura Viva featured an article on Isay Weinfeld‘s 360˚ building in São Paulo. The 360˚ Building stands out from other São Paulo residential buildings as it avoids the traditional stacked apartments, offering a looser layout that allows for each unit to have an outside area more like a courtyard than the usual terraces – a ‘Babylon of courtyards’ – ” …in this building sixty-two dwellings are arranged around real courtyards, conceived as bona fide domestic spaces, spacious and open to light and air…. Distributed in the tower’s twenty floors, the courtyards form aesthetic voids between the living units.”