ESPASSO New York has just received a brand new piece by Brazilian designer and architect Carlos Motta. The ultra-comfortable Java armchair is made from reclaimed Peroba Rosa wood molded laminates, wrought iron and leather upholstery complete with brass nails. Combining a rustic and clean design, the Java is representative of Motta’s progression in his sophisticated and laid-back attitude.
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Young Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine has captivated attention worldwide with his straightforward and elegant design for the past 10 years. Designing in two distinct lines of production: one favoring small, or unique, editions of solid wood furniture made from reclaimed native Brazilian woods, reminiscent of his father’s work (seminal modern designer José Zanine Caldas), counterposed with a more industrial line that employs varied industrial materials (sheet metal, plastics, methacrylate, etc.), Zanini has recently introduced a line of home-accessories. Manufactured by renowned Brazilian design firm Riva and sold in the US exclusively at Espasso, Zanini utilizes stainless steel to compose a few new functional pieces – pitcher, salt and pepper shaker and pizza slicer – that follow his strong lines and angles and innovative appeal.
ESPASSO is excited to launch the office version of the iconic Paulistano armchair, originally designed in 1957, by Pritzker prize laureate, Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Designed in 1985 the Paulistano Office Chair was developed by Brazilian creative group Nucleon 8, and features adjustable seating height and casters, for complete functionality. The Paulistano Office Chair is available in the US exclusively at ESPASSO.
ESPASSO NY just received stunning vintage pieces from Brazil! Included are a much sought after pair of Martin Eisler’s armchairs ca. 1955, with Eisler’s signature delicate metal frame and wooden arm inserts, a spectacular pair of armchairs by Rino Levi, ca. 1960 and an original Mole sofa by Sergio Rodrigues. Freshly arrived are also a pair of unattributed 1960’s vintage chairs, reminiscent of Lina Bo Bardi’s or Sergio Rodrigue’s slouchy lines and ease. Desirable for their uniqueness and historical relevance, ESPASSO continues to bring to the US the legacy of Brazilian modernism through original furniture pieces by some of Brazil’s most celebrated designers. Continue reading
Just in time for Summer it is just natural that Carlos Motta‘s recent hit Rio dining chair would receive an outdoor version, seeing the piece celebrates the sunny and vibrant atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro with its famous beaches, mountains and effervescent outdoor culture.
With weather-proof acrylic seat and back, the new outdoor Rio dining chair will charm any open air setting! The frame of the Rio is made from FSC-Certified Eucalyptus and smartly complements the eye-catching acrylic seat and back, which are available in cheerful primary colors and in stylish ‘candy color’ pastels.
As an hommage to the Cidade Maravilhosa (nickname Brazilians tenderly refer to Rio by – translating to ‘marvelous city’) Motta encapsulates the “…sweetness, beauty, salty air, and joy of the cariocas” in the functional, versatile and playful design of the Rio chair.
Suited for the outdoors the Tajá line is available in a natural wood finish and in 5 vibrant colors and includes a dining chair, armchair, settee and bar stool, made from FSC-Certified Eucalyptus.
With native woods, lively colors, flair and ease, the Tajá line shares some of the Brazilian outdoor culture and joi de vivre while bringing Rodrigues’ signature forms and iconic design to be enjoyed alfresco!
Known as being a “sculptor of monuments”, Oscar Niemeyer has been praised for being one of the greatest architects of his generation. Most famous for his signature use of abstract forms and curves which is exemplified in the Rio Chaise Longue.
A classic, timeless piece, the Rio chaise was designed in collaboration with his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer in 1978 and is made from curved compressed laminated wood lacquered in black with Brazilian artisan wicker work.
Much like his architecture, Niemeyer’s limited furniture designs celebrate the beauty of the female form and geographical elements of Rio de Janeiro.
The Rio Chaise Longue is available for the first time at the London ESPASSO showroom at 19 Greek Stree.
ESPASSO NY just received several stunning vintage pieces from Brazil! Included are a much sought after pair of Martin Eisler’s Costela armchairs, 1955, armchairs by Percival Lafer, ca. 1960, a pair of Jean Gillon’s incredible Amazonas armchairs, 1960, amidst several other one-of-a-kind, mid-century gems. Desirable for their uniqueness and historical relevance, ESPASSO continues to bring to the US the legacy of Brazilian modernism through original furniture pieces by some of Brazil’s most celebrated designers.
Martin Eisler (1913-1977) was an Austrian designer and architect who moved to South America in the late 1940’s, basing his practice out of Brazil from the 1950’s on, where he collaborated with the design company Forma to produce some of the most distinguishable furniture at the height of mid-century modernism in Brazil.
Percival Lafer came from a lineage of furniture designers, as he took over his family furniture company, the seminal Lafer and Co., in the 1960’s. His designs were always evident of innovation, as Lafer was known to apply state-of-the-art techniques to his stylish furniture design.
Romanian born Jean Gillon (1919 – 2007) immigrated to Brazil in 1956 where he identified local materials and techniques to expand his vocabulary as a designer. Gillon’s Jangada and Amazonas armchairs, while riffing on the materials and techniques of Brazilian fishermen, epitomizes the aesthetics of Brazilian modernism.
Originally designed in the mid-1960’s for the lobby of Brasilia’s Itamaraty Palace, which houses the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, Sergio Rodrigues’ Parati chair was an instant hit due to its modern, seemingly floating, design and ultra comfort.
Named after the city of Parati, a preserved Portuguese colonial getaway where the gold rush of the 1700’s led to the construction of its historical Gold Trail, Rodrigues’ atelier is reissuing the Parati armchair and ottoman after a 40-year hiatus in solid Beech, available in 5 finishes, and sold in the US exclusively at ESPASSO.
The timeless classic Paulistano chair, designed in 1957 by Paulo Mendes da Rocha (2000 Mies van der Rohe Prize and 2006 Pritzker Prize honoree) gains a much anticipated outdoor version.
Originally part of the Athletic Club of São Paulo, one of Rocha’s seminal brutalist projects, and comprised of a single bent piece of steel, the Paulistano’s special outdoor frame is made of carbon steel with a high durability black and, for the very first time, white paint.
Complete with a slipcover made of 100% cotton canvas weaved in Paris (toile de Vosges) with special waterproof, rot-proof and stain-proof treatment, the outdoor Paulistano is bound to complement any outdoor setting, from pool side to terrace to mountain estate, with its classic and extremely comfortable design.
Along with its original indoor version, part of the MoMA NY collection, the Paulistano chair is readily available at ESPASSO.