Kate Watson-Smyth, for the Interiors section of British newspaper Financial Times, reports on the emergence of high-end interiors in Brazil, the growing international visibility of Brazilian designers and architects, and the traditions and trends of Brazilian homes and interiors. Highlighting the Asturias armchair by Carlos Motta, Claudia Moreira Salles‘ Cantante lamp and the Classica Tropical pillow by the Campana Brothers as indicative of Brazil’s home decor style, Watson-Smyth points to Brazil’s booming economy and upcoming World Cup and Olympics (hosted by Brazil in 2014 and 2016) as factors for the country’s current prominance. Check out online article here.
Monthly Archives: March 2014
Celebrated Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld wins the competition for the Areal Hotel InterContinental Vienna complex, announced earlier in the month at the final jury meeting in Vienna. Check out the video interview where Weinfeld tells Manuela Hötzl, for Bulding Blogs, about the project and his idiosyncratic approach. Check out proposed project here.
Tokyo- born architect Shigeru Ban was announced the receipient of the 2014 esteemed architecture Pritzker Prize. With offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York, Ban’s impressive reputation is not only due to his innovative work for private clients, but also to his extensive humanitarian efforts: “For twenty years Ban has traveled to sites of natural and man-made disasters around the world, to work with local citizens, volunteers and students, to design and construct simple, dignified, low-cost, recyclable shelters and community buildings for the disaster victims.” Some of Ban’s celebrated projects include the Curtain House, (1995), Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan; the Naked House (2000), Kawagoe, Saitama prefecture, Japan; Paper Dome (1995), Nantou, Taiwan; the Cardboard Cathedral, (2012–2013) Christchurch, New Zealand and the residential complex Metal Shutter House (2011) in Chelsea, NY, which its penthouse furnishings include several pieces by Brazilian designers – both modern and contemporary – which can be found exclusevely in the US at ESPASSO. Seen in the project are Sergio Rodrigues‘ classic Cantu dining chair, originally designed in 1959, the Parker dining table, from 1978 and his 2002 Diz armchair, as well as Claudia Moreira Salles‘ Pratica desk, Tam Tam side table and a custom version of her striking Domino bench. Check out more about the Pritzker prize and this year’s laureate here.
The Interantional Print Center New York opened this past week the exhibition Contemporary Brazilian Printmaking, uniting fine art print projects by over 15 artists working in Brazil today. Exploring the various techniques, materials and styles that comprise contemporary printmaking, the exhibition showcases a wide range of objects that reimagine the tradition and manipulation of the medium, as put by one of the exhibition’s curators as “an intuitive and fresh approach to the genre.” On view through May, the exhibition was curated by Eduardo Besen, Priscila Sacchettinand and Rodrigo Naves and includes artists such as Nara Amélia, Mônica Barki, Ernesto Bonato, Mauricio Parra, Regina Pinto, Yili Rojas, and Carlos Henrique Soares among others. Click here for more information.
Romanian born Jean Gillon (1919 – 2007) immigrated to Brazil in 1956 where he identified local materials and techniques, expanding his vocabulary as a designer. Starting the reputable Italma Wood Art in 1958, Gillon’s practice epitomizes Brazilian mid-century design by his combining of traditional and modern strategies to produce furniture, textiles and housewares – cachepots, dishes, flatware, buckets, humidors, pipe racks etc.- beautifully carved out of native Jacaranda wood. Taking cues from the aesthetics and techniques from Brazilian fishermen, Gillon’s most iconic pieces, such as the Jangada – a type of fishing raft – and the Amozonas armchair, employ Jacaranda wood and netted rope whimsically proposing the chair as a sailing vessel. On view at ESPASSO NY are a pair of the Amazonas armchairs and a collection of Gillon’s Jacaranda housewares.
Brazilian architecture and lifestyle magazine Bamboo highlighted Claudia Moreira Salles‘ Castanheiras tray in their ‘utilitários’ column. Simple and elegant, the Castanheiras allows function and a warm accent to any tabletop spread. Available in native Brazilian woods Imbuia, Freijó or Sucupira and produced by the renowned ateliers of Etel Interiores in São Paulo, the Castanheiras is available in the US exclusively at ESPASSO.
The cover story of this months’ issue of Casa Claudia focuses on how verandas have become extensions of living rooms in Brazilian apartments, where lively nooks may comport as eating or lounging areas. The article includes a project by Marina Linhares – gracing the cover – featuring Etel Carmona‘s colorful Astania dining chairs and Sergio Rodrigues‘ iconic Diz armchair, as a renovation project signed by carioca architect Paula Neder includes Sergio Rodrigues’ outdoor Tajá stool, originally designed in 1978.
On view through April 27th at MoCA, Tuscon, is Floating Worlds, a survey of video works from 2000 to 2014, by Brazilian multi-media artist Janaina Tschäpe. Floating Worlds marks the first exhibition dedicated solely to Tschäpe’s videos, which are part of the collections at the Centre Pompidou and the Guggenheim Museum. More information here.
Opening this week at the galleries of Caixa Cultural in Rio de Janeiro is the travelling exhibition Design Brasileiro: Moderno & Contemporâneo. Exhibited in 2012 in Berlin, Germany, and then in Lisbon, Portugal, the exhibition unites over 80 pieces from the collection of Raul Schmidt Felippe Jr., curated by the keen eye of young Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine. Evident of the critical and transformative tradition in Brazilian design, the exhibition showcases classic modern pieces by icons such as Sergio Rodrigues, Lina Bo Bardi, Jorge Zalszupin, Oscar Niemeyer, Joaquim Tenreiro, José Zanine Caldas, Aída Boal and Paulo Mendes da Rocha, along a selection of pieces by contemporary designers as Zanini de Zanine, Carlos Motta, Campana Brothers, Rodrigo Almeida, Gustavo Bittencourt, among others.