Overlooking Lake Lucerne, in Switzerland, is the 618-square-meters semi-detached Kastanienbaum Twin Houses by Lussi + Halter Partner AG. Minimal and stripped to basics, the the two-storey dark grey concrete façade and overhang, and the ‘continuous glass facade on the ground floor makes it possible for the inhabitants to enjoy a direct connection with their surroundings’. Inside, Brazilian design furniture icons are part of the decor, bringing in some warmth and curves to the site; included are Sergio Rodrigues‘ Kilin and Diz armchairs, Mucki coffee table and his Mocho stool – the first piece Rodrigues ever designed in 1954, along the Paulistano armchair designed in 1957 by Pritzker prize laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha.
Monthly Archives: November 2014
The recipients of the 2014 W award in architecture and design were announced this week in São Paulo, awarding diverse projects in 6 categories (Corporative Architecture, Residential Architecture, Corporative Interiors, Residential Interiors, Public Space and Furniture) as part of an initiative by Insituto São Paulo de Arte e Cultura, the Ministry of Culture and higher education institution FAAP. Claudia Moreira Salles‘ beautiful and sculptural Tangente bench took home first prize in the furniture category, which will be exhibited at FAAP, along the other awarded projects, through December 8th. An exercise in geometry and balance, emphasized by a mixture of the warm, rough surface of the wood, the satiny coolness of the limestone rectangle and the smooth but gravel-studded concrete surface, the Tangente is exemplary of Salles’ simultaneously artistic and industrial approach and sensibility, in an unexpected combination of materials and forms; as Salles describes: “The layout resembled a constructivist composition and I wanted an element that traversed the space”.
The November issue of Wallpaper* features the Brazil Special insert, highlighting Brazil’s “architectural’s innovators, design dynamos and the country’s hottest trends.” The feature showcases the design work of Bruno Jahara, which transforms traditional terra cotta pottery and delicate opal glass into savvy home accessories, as well as the new home accessory line designed by Zanini de Zanine for Riva, which includes a pitcher, pizza slicer and salt and pepper shaker made from stainless steel in his signature angles and lines. The feature also tours a couple of Brazilian residencies, that reconfigure the conventional house layout, designed by architecture firms MK27 and Galeria Arquitetos and Bernardes Arquitetura. The special feature also includes a tribute stamp paying homage to Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) as it also spotlights his colorful Tajá line, in the article about Butzke, the eco-friendly manufacturer that re-edits the Tajá pieces as well as other outdoor lines by Carlos Motta.
The exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America opened this week at the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, investigating on current art and design production tendencies,coming out of Latin America, that deal with globalization and its consequential diffusion of concepts, references, materials and languages. Highlights include the photography and soft sculptures by Peruvian Lucia Cuba, the photographs from the series Architecture of Necessity by Cuban Ernesto Oroza, as well as the furniture design of Brazilian Zanini de Zanine, whose exhibited Moeda armchair reutilizes sheet metal webbings leftover from the production of discontinued 10¢ Brazilian coins. “The term “new territories,” as evoked by Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce, refers to the state of making in today’s globalized society, a phenomenon that has helped to spur a confluence of art, design and craft. The exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America will examine this trend in several distinct cities throughout Latin America, where some of the most pertinent new directions in arts and design are emerging today.” Check here for more info.
Paul Kasmin Gallery’s PK Shop has rounded up some incredible limited edition and one-of-a-kind objects that blur the line between art and design, in a curated selection that will be on view, and for sale, from November 5th to December 23rd. Included are Marcia Grostein‘s inventive sculptural lighting fixtures, made from aluminum, resin and LED lights, that elegantly bear light within its organic and delicate forms, Ivan Navarro’s poetic Eclipse Clock and Rashaad Newsome’s Fitted Crown, a jewel-ornamented leather baseball cap. Check here for more info.