Originally designed in the 1960’s by Jorge Zalsuzpin, and named after the Rio de Janeiro beach and the romantic bossa nova songs it inspired, the Ipanema armchair offers a comfortable and smart design as relaxing as the eponymous carioca beach. Hand-crafted out of Brazilian woods, the Ipanema features details such as wooden buttons and leather sling arms, in a versatile design that is bound to enhance any setting. Available in the US exclusively at Espasso, the Ipanema is part of a recent launch of 20 newly re-edited furniture pieces by Jorge Zalszupin that have been out of production since their original launch in the 1960’s; a rediscovered classic!
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The name of designer and entrepeneur Etel Carmona has been synonymous with pristine furninture-making for decades. Seeing her atelier, outside of São Paulo, is quite possibly the most comprehensive carpentry in Brazil – responsible for the reissues of the most classic and iconic pieces from mid-century Brazilian design as well as the high-end lines of Brazil’s most celebrated contemporary designers and architects – Carmona’s own designs are also a marvel of their own. Exemplary of her stylish and clean approach and utmost craftsmanship, is the elgant, minmal yet substantial design of the Vogel desk. Available in 3 types of FSC-Certified Brazilian woods – Freijó, Cedar or Sucupira, each available in 4 finishes – the Vogel desk offers a functional design complete with keyboard drawer, option of cable routing/storage feature and filing cabinet. The Vogel desk is part of the Etel collection and available in the US exclusively at ESPASSO.
Affixed on a four-legged oxidized iron swivel base, Carlos Motta’s swift Radar armchair contours the body with its ergonomic wood-slatted seat and back, hand-crafted from reclaimed native Brazilian Peroba Rosa wood.
Riffing on the utilitarian design of a spinning radar, the stylish and functional Radar armchair has been widely acclaimed in the 3 years since it was first introduced in the US at Motta’s solo exhibition at ESPASSO, NY, in 2010.
The Radar armchair has been included in exhibitions at institutions such as MAM (Museu de Arte Moderna), São Paulo; Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba; Design Galerie ZEITLOS in Berlin; Museu do Design e da Moda (MUDE) in Lisbon, as well as receiving the Greenvana GreenBest Award in 2011.
Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha is most known for his revolutionary Brutalist works that earned him the much-honored Pritzker prize in 2006.
Amid the concrete and glass monumental structure of his seminal 1957 Athletic Club of São Paulo, Rocha created the timeless classic Paulistano armchair to grace the club’s gymnasium. Comprised of a single 17’ bent piece of steel and draped leather or canvas slipcover, Rocha designed the Paulistano armchair with comfort and leisure in mind, and cites both the ‘…weightlessness of an astronaut in outer space, and the laze of the natives lulling on a hammock…’ as inspiration for the gentle sway, ease and minimal lines of his design.
A marker in Brazilian modernism, the Paulistano is now available in a cool charcoal-toned steel base, as an added option to the classic black carbon or stainless steel original, and to the white outdoor Paulistano introduced last year. Part of the collection at MoMA, NY, the Paulistano is truly a 20th century design classic that increasingly captivates attention for over 50 years!
Designed in 1997 by furniture design master Sergio Rodrigues, the two-tone Sonia stool is playful and versatile, as it can be doubled as side table or ottoman. Portable and charming, perfect to be moved around to suit any room’s composition or utility, the Sonia was an instant hit after it was specially designed for, and named after, a longtime patron of Rodrigues. In stock and available through ESPASSO’s online shop.
Jacqueline Terpins is a São Paulo-based artist and designer who has exhibited extensively in Brazil and abroad. With a background in multiple disciplines, such as glass blowing, industrial design and fine arts, Terpins has been commissioned to develop various design objects – perfume bottles, trophies, furniture – with an innovative and elegant approach.
Joining forces with renowned design firm Riva, Terpins developed the Trama line utilizing stainless steel and dark glass – emblematic of Riva’s designs – to compose two elegant trays – square or rectangular – the Trama tea pot and the Trama Tea & Coffee set – which includes a round tray, tea pot, coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl.
In stock and available at ESPASSO’s newly launched online store, the Trama home accessories line blurs the line between beauty and function, simultaneously conjuring art deco and futuristic designs and captivating in its unique, contemporary and sophisticated appeal.
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!
Made of reclaimed wood and wrought iron, Arthur Casas‘ Quilombo sideboard and desk and Zumbi chaise are savvy updates on colonial utilitarian farm furniture. Their simple and geometric lines, in contrast with the reclaimed wood and artisanal touches, such as the beveled drawers, result in unpretentious, yet distinguished pieces, appropriate for a number of different ambiences and uses.
Image credits: 1. Quilombo desk by Arthur Casas; 2. Quilombo sideboard by Arthur Casas; 3. Zumbi chaise by Arthur Casas.
Designed in the 1930’s, Gregori Warchavchic’s pieces in many ways represent the beginning of the Modern era in Brazil. With Art Deco influences, Warchavchic’s use of Brazilian woods and cultural references heighten the elegance and poise of his pieces, all of which continue to offer a fresh take on the modern Brazilian aesthetic.