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Open House NY – 15th Edition

ESPASSO is proud to announce that it will be one of the sites opening for Open House New York on October 14, 2017.

We will be hosting two open dialogue talks from 1pm-2pm with architect Matthew Bremer from Architecture in Formation.

OHNY is an annual weekend-long event, where normally off-limits sites and attractions in New York open their doors to the public for one weekend only.

Visitors will be able to see more than 200 locations throughout the eventful weekend. From historic buildings, architectural masterpieces and landmarks to the best New York attractions, this is the perfect opportunity to explore and celebrate New York’s history and architecture.

ESPASSO N. Moore will be open from 11am – 6pm on Saturday, October 14.

We look forward to seeing you here!


38N. Moore Street

TriBeCa, New York

TriBeCa Art Night, Wednesday September 27

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ESPASSO NY and ESPASSO Annex/ Luciana Brito – NY Project will be open from 6-8pm on Wednesday, September 27, to welcome visitors who will be following Tribeca Art+Culture Night tours and venues.

We would like to invite you to join the two tours that will be passing by ESPASSO Annex and ESPASSO NY.

The first tour starts at 6:30pm from ESPASSO Annex/ Luciana Brito – NY Project (186 Franklin St.) and will be a guided tour by design curator Aiden O’Connor which will focus on the relationship between art and design.

The second, which starts at 7:00pm from Cheryl Hazan Gallery, will be guided by curator Jasa McKenzie and will explore how facets of design can be applied to fine art.

Tribeca Art+Culture Night is a quarterly local festival that celebrates culture at large in Tribeca. This urban festival is specifically designed to embrace the diversity of creative expressions from drawing to design to crafts and much more. The event brings NYC’s community together around exhibitions, performances, talks and workshop.

For more information, please visit Tribeca Art+Culture Night website

We look forward to seeing you!

Open Studios night at ESPASSO London

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On September 07, ESPASSO London celebrated the Open Studios evening at Netil House. Visitors found a world of creativity and surprises – from designers to architects, fashion designers to musicians – where visual installations, sample sales, photobooths and more were available for visitors to explore.

ESPASSO London welcomed our visitors with live music and Leblon cachaça drinks.

MoMA, NY – Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities


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Hong Kong. Map Office + Network Architecture Lab.


Mumbai. Urbz + Ensamble Studio/MIT - Poplab.


TOKI mass housing development, Istanbul. 2014. Photography by Atelier D'Architecutre Autogérée.


Lagos. Nlé + Zoohaus/Inteligencias Coletivas.


Morro do Alemão, Rio de Janeiro, 2012. Photograph by Pedro Rivera, RUA Arquiteto

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On view through May, 2015 is the exhibition Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacitiesat MoMA, NY, curated by Portuguese architect Pedro Gadanho. The exhibition foresees social and economical concerns of urban centers, challenged by overpopulation, scarcity of resources and the inequality of current urban development. “In 2030, the world’s population will be a staggering eight billion people. Of these, two-thirds will live in cities. Most will be poor. With limited resources, this uneven growth will be one of the greatest challenges faced by societies across the globe. Over the next years, city authorities, urban planners and designers, economists, and many others will have to join forces to avoid major social and economic catastrophes, working together to ensure these expanding megacities will remain habitable. To engage this international debate, Uneven Growth brings together six interdisciplinary teams of researchers and practitioners to examine new architectural possibilities for six global metropolises: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.”

100 Years of Lina Bo Bardi


Casa de Vidro, São Paulo by LIna Bo Bardi, 1951.


Casa de Vidro, São Paulo by LIna Bo Bardi, 1951.


Interior of Casa de Vidro, São Paulo by LIna Bo Bardi, 1951.


Lina Bo Bardi seated on her Bowl armchair.


MASP (São Paulo Museum of Art), by Lina Bo Bardi; completed in 1968.


MASP (São Paulo Museum of Art), by Lina Bo Bardi; completed in 1968.


MASP (São Paulo Museum of Art), original scketch by Lina Bo Bardi.


Interior of MAM, Bahia (Modern Art Museum of Bahia), Lina Bo Bardi, 1963.


Interior staircase of MAM, Bahia (Modern Art Museum of Bahia), LIna Bo Bardi, 1963.


SESC Pompéia, São Paulo by Lina Bo Bardi. 1977.


SESC Pompéia, São Paulo by Lina Bo Bardi. 1977.


SESC Pompéia, São Paulo by Lina Bo Bardi. 1977.


Indoor pool at SESC Pompéia, São Paulo by Lina Bo Bardi. 1977.


SESC Pompéia, São Paulo by Lina Bo Bardi. 1977.


Teatro Oficina, São Paulo by Lina Bo Bardi, 1982.


Ladeira da Misericórdia Housing and Commercial Complex by LIna Bo Bardi Salvador, 1987–88. Interior.


Lina Bo Bardi original sketch

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December 5th marks the 100th birthday of legendary architect Lina Bo Bardi (December 4, 1914, Rome, Italy — March 20, 1992, São Paulo) with celebrations, exhibitions and programs around the world commemorating the legacy of one of the most unique and radical architects of the 20th century.  Lina Bo Bardi immigrated to Brazil in the late 1940’s, after collaborating closely with Gio Ponti, and being the deputy director of seminal Italian architecture magazine Domus.  In Brazil Lina further developed her unique approach in architecture, favoring a social impetus rather than aesthetics, following the humanist concerns from Ponti.  Lina projected some of the most iconic, impressive and monumental architecture in Brazil – such as MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia and SESC,  as well as other more intimate and community-based projects.  Programs celebrating Lina Bo Bardi’s centenary include: Lina Bo Bardi 100 – Brazil’s alternative path to modernism, at the Architekturmuseum der TU München (Pinakothek der Moderne), Munich, Germany; Lina Bo Bardi born in Rome in 1914, at the Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; Centenário de Lina Bo Bardi – Tempos Vivos de uma Arquitetura, at Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Brazil; La architettura politica di Lina Bo Bardi, at Galeria Nacional de Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Lina gráfica at SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, and Lina Bo Bardi em Uberlândia (Lina Bo Bardi e o Triângulo Mineiro) at the Paróquia Divino Espírito Santo, among other programs around the world.  Check the official Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi site for a full list of events and information.

MAD Museum, NY: New Territories Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America

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Moeda Armchair by Zanini de Zanine.

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Chiachio & Giannone, Ciudad Frondosa (2011-2012)

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DFC, Casual Dinnerware (2013), Orange Crush Fiberglass Wall Console (2013), Rosario Mirror (2013)


Design da Gema, Stray Bullet Chair (2011)

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Rodrigo Almeida, Servant Lamp from Slaves Series (2013)


Ernesto Oroza, Alamar from the series Architecture of Necessity (2005)


Lucia Cuba, Artículo 6, from the series Artículo 6: Narratives of gender, strength and politics (2012-2014)


Studio Swine, Cactus Light (2012)

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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.

Gilded Holiday at Paul Kasmin Gallery


Marcia Grostein With You Alone, 2014 Resin, aluminum and LED lights


Marcia Grostein With You (Silver) and Not With You (Gold), 2014. Resin, aluminum and LED lights


Marcia Grostein With You (Silver) and Not With You (Gold), 2014. Resin, aluminum and LED lights


Iván Navarro Eclipse Clock, 2014. Aluminum, LED lights, acrylic and glass


Rashaad Newsome Fitted Crown, 2011. Leather and jewelry


Marcia Grostein With You Alone, 2014. Resin, aluminum and LED lights

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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.

Campana Brothers: Wood at Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden


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Brazilian design duo extraordinaire the Campana Brothers will open the site-specific room installation, Wood, at Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden, on November 2nd.  Inspired by nature and composed of straw and wood, Wood marks the first exhibition of the Campanas in Sweden, which will extend to a program of workshops and lectures during the run of the exhibition.  “We have moved into the nature and the message is to let nature take back its rightful place among the people,” says Humberto Campana. Check here for more info.

Ernesto Neto, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany

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Contemporary Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto will open the exhibition Haux Haux of his celebrated work at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany, on October 26th.  Known for creating installations that render imaginary environments that confound viscerality, architecture, scale and notions of interior/exterior, the exhibition will present interactive installations and sculptures from Neto’s oeuvre and will also debut a video realized especially for the exhibition. Check here for more info.



31st Bienal de São Paulo

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Yael Bartana, "Destruição do Templo Salomão"


Thiago Martins de Melo, "Martírio"


Installation by Bolivia's Mujeres Creando collective.


Anna Boghiguian, "Cities by The River"


Voluspa Jarpa, "Histórias de Aprendizagem"


Marta Neves


Juan Carlos Romero , "Violência"


Éder Oliveira, "Untitled"

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Virginia de Medeiros, "Sergio e Simone"


Nilbar Güres, "Overhead"

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Earlier in the month the 2014 Bienal de São Paulo opened, housed in the iconic modernist Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, designed  by Oscar Niemeyer and originally built in 1957.   Titled How to (…) Things That Don’t Exist, the 2014 biennial unites international curators Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren  Sagiv, and divulges the possibilities of art to create new language, objects and rhetoric. On view through December 7th,  check out the Bienal de São Paulo’s full list of artists and programs here.