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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!