Category Archives: Arthur Casas

ESPASSO unveils its newly expanded Miami gallery

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Carlos Junqueira + Ronald Sasson MIA
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2017 marked ESPASSO’s 15th year promoting the best of Brazilian design in the United States.

Due to a consist increase in demand for Brazilian design in Florida, ESPASSO felt it was time to expand its Miami gallery.

In the first week of December, ESPASSO celebrated the special milestone and the official re-opening of its newly expanded Ironside location with a brunch where designers Arthur Casas, Rodrigo Ohtake and Ronald Sasson were present to present their exclusive new pieces.

Our special thanks to the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami for their support with the event.

Saraiva Bookstore by Arthur Casas

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Saraiva bookstore, Rio de Janeiro, by Arthur Casas. Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and detail of Beto armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Saraiva bookstore, Rio de Janeiro, by Arthur Casas. Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Beto armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Saraiva bookstore, Rio de Janeiro, by Arthur Casas. Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

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Saraiva bookstore, Rio de Janeiro, by Arthur Casas. Beg armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Children's section at Saraiva bookstore, São Paulo, designed by Arthur Casas.

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Children's section at Saraiva bookstore, São Paulo, designed by Arthur Casas.

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Children's section at Saraiva bookstore, São Paulo, designed by Arthur Casas.

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Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

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Beg armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Beto armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Brazilian architect Arthur Casas designed the latest Saraiva bookstore in Rio de Janeiro. In it whimsical details, such as color-coordinated books, co-mingle with Casas’ clean and minimal aesthetic and with iconic Brazilian furniture, as the Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Beg armchair by Sergio Rodrigues. Casas had also designed the children’s section at the Saraiva bookstore in São Paulo, earlier in the year, complete with a rainbow-carpeted ramp.

Studio Arthur Casas wins 1st place for Brazil’s Pavilion at Milano Expo 2015

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First place - Brazil Pavilion, Milano Expo 2015 - Studio Arthur Casas. Image Courtesy of Studio Arthur Casas.

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First place - Brazil Pavilion, Milano Expo 2015 - Studio Arthur Casas. Image Courtesy of Studio Arthur Casas.

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First place - Brazil Pavilion, Milano Expo 2015 - Studio Arthur Casas. Image Courtesy of Studio Arthur Casas.

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First place - Brazil Pavilion, Milano Expo 2015 - Studio Arthur Casas. Image Courtesy of Studio Arthur Casas.

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First place - Brazil Pavilion, Milano Expo 2015 - Studio Arthur Casas. Image Courtesy of Studio Arthur Casas.

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First place - Brazil Pavilion, Milano Expo 2015 - Studio Arthur Casas. Image Courtesy of Studio Arthur Casas.

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First place - Brazil Pavilion, Milano Expo 2015 - Studio Arthur Casas. Detail featuring Carlos Motta's Asturias armchair. Image Courtesy of Studio Arthur Casas.

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First place - Brazil Pavilion, Milano Expo 2015 - Studio Arthur Casas. Image Courtesy of Studio Arthur Casas.

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Studio Arthur Casas was announced 1st place winner of the competition for Brazil’s pavilion at the upcoming Milano Expo 2015, opening May 1st.  Featuring Casas’ trademark use of vegetation and louvered façades – both for aesthetic and environmental concerns – the proposed pavilion follows the Expo’s theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, seeking to target the great issues of global sustainable development.  More about the Milano Expo 2015 here.

The New York Times – The Rio de Janeiro Home of Alex Lerner by Arthur Casas

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Alex Lerner's Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casa. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Alex Lerner's Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casa. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Alex Lerner's Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casa. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Alex Lerner's Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casa. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Alex Lerner's Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casa. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Alex Lerner at his Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casas. Photo by Gilvan Barreto.

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Alex Lerner's Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casa. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Alex Lerner's Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casa. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Alex Lerner's Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casa. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Alex Lerner's Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casa. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Alex Lerner's Rio de Janeiro home designed by Arthur Casa. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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In today’s Great Homes and Destinations section on the New York Times, Elaine Louie spotlights the Rio de Janeiro home of Brazilian television host Alex Lerner designed by Brazilian architect Arthur Casas.  The house, flanked by Rio’s spectacular and iconic landscape, was designed with Lerner’s desire of living the same way he does when in vacation, often in St. Barts, when at home. Check out entire article and slideshow here.

AFAR – Arthur Casas spotlights Higienópolis, São Paulo.

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Parque Buenos Aires in Higienópolis, São Paulo.

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Brazilian architect Arthur Casas.

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Inside view of Galeria Vermelho, project by Pritzker prize laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

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Instituto Moreira Salles, in Higienópolis, São Paulo.

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Museu de Arte Brasileira in Higienópolis, São Paulo.

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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.

Architectural Record: Urca Penthouse by Studio Arthur Casas

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Urca Penthouse by Studio Arthur Casas. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Urca Penthouse by Studio Arthur Casas. Living room with a view to the Corcovado mountain. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Urca Penthouse by Studio Arthur Casas. Kitchen and dining area. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Urca Penthouse by Studio Arthur Casas. Living room overlooking the Sugar Loaf mountain. photo by Leonardo Finotti

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Urca Penthouse by Studio Arthur Casas. Master bedroom. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Urca Penthouse by Studio Arthur Casas. Upper level outdoor area with sauna, barbecue and Jacuzzi. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Urca Pentahouse by Studio Arthur Casas. Photo Fernando Guerra.

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Urca Pentahouse by Studio Arthur Casas. Photo by Fernando Guerra.

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Tom Hennigan, for Architectural Record, gives a tour of the renovation of a 1960’s Rio de Janeiro penthouse by Studio Arthur Casas.  With an 360˚ view of Rio, many iconic tourist spots can be seen from the penthouse, as Casas explains: ‘In Rio, the landscape comes to you.’

The article touches on the differences between the architecture of  São Paulo and Rio, Casas’ background and the intrinsic relation of the site with its natural environment.  Check out the complete article and slideshow here.

Robb Report Home & Style – Beauty and the Beach

Robb Report Home & Style July/August cover copy. Photo by James Silverman.
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Studio Arthur Casas‘ beautiful residential project in São Paulo coast’s Praia da Baleia  graces the cover of the Summer issue of Robb Report Home & Style.  The 6,200 sq. ft. villa features Casas’ signatures clean geometry, open space and environmental awareness, seen in his use of local materials and ingenious solutions.  Part of the villa’s cooling system is regulated by adjustable louvered Cumaru wood walls and vents, and strategic landscape design: as the grass atop the living room’s roof helps maintain the house cool, provides shade and serves as a lawn.

Casas custom designed several pieces for the villa’s interior, such as the living room sofa and coffee table, interspersed among classic modern Brazilian pieces as Sergio Rodrigues‘ Mole armchair, as an iconic vintage armchair by Jean Gillon accentuates the bedroom.  Full articled can be read here.

Holiday shopping at ESPASSO’s new online shop!

'Trama' tea pot designed by Jacqueline Terpins for Riva.

'Trama' tea pot designed by Jacqueline Terpins for Riva.

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'Trama' tea set designed by Jacqueline Terpins for Riva.

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'Murazzo' salt and pepper shakers designed by Rubens Simões for Riva.

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'Murano' salt and pepper shakers designed by Rubens Simões for Riva.

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'Origami' pitcher by Riva.

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'Potenza' fruit bowl designed by Rubens Simões for Riva.

Jararaca One Hundred Thirty Piece Flatware Set - Arthur Casas

'Jararaca' flatware set designed by Arthur Casas for Riva.

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'Jararaca' flatware designed by Arthur Casas for Riva.

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Knife rack designed by Tadigh O'Neill

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'Marina' wooden bowls by Etel Carmona

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'Governador' bowl designed by Etel Carmona

Fruit bowl designed by Isay Weinfeld
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Just in time for the holidays ESPASSO is launching an online store offering the best Brazilian-designed home accessories!

In stock and ready to ship are a variety of Etel Carmona’s exquisite one-of-a-kind wooden accessories, crafted from fallen native Brazilian woods from the Amazon;  a selection of home accessories designed by renowned architects, artists and designers – such as Arthur Casas and Jaqueline Terpins –  produced by Riva, seminal design company founded by acclaimed industrial designer Ruben Simões; Isay Weinfeld‘s luxurious homeware line; Taidgh O’Neill’s artistic and functional knife racks among other beautiful pieces that are bound to enhance any interior and festivity!