Herzog & de Meuron’s interiors for 56 Leonard tower revealed

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Dezeen Magazine offered a peek at the amenity spaces available to residents moving into Herzog & de Meuron’s newest skyscraper in Tribeca, New York. The reading room features Sergio Rodrigues’ “Diz” armchair.

The private facilities, also designed by the Swiss architects, span 17,000 square feet (1,5880 square meters) across the ninth and 10th floors of the 60-storey building at 56 Leonard Street.

Work on the skyscraper completed earlier this year. Its stacked form, which houses 145 residences, has resulted in comparisons to wooden block game Jenga.

The tower is topped with 10 penthouses, while one corner of the ground level appears to be supported by a bulbous mirrored sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor.

Photo courtesy Dezeen and Photographer Alexander Severin

Tribeca Art Night

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Espasso would like to invite you to visit our gallery on Thursday, March 16 (6-8pm) for the 3rd edition of TriBeCa Art Night. This event promotes the arts in the TriBeCa neighborhood and brings the greater New York city community together around exhibitions, performances, curator-led tours, artist talks and unique workshops.

Espasso Hosts Brunch to Celebrate Stella, Etel and Giz

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During Miami Art Basel, ESPASSO celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Stella chair, a beloved piece by design icon Sergio Rodrigues. First created in 1956, Sergio Rodrigues’ “Stella” armchair comes in two versions: with a low or high back. ESPASSO fans might already be familiar with the Stella’s low version, but we are proud to add the first ever re-edition of the high back armchair to our collection this holiday season.

Design Currents: Zanini De Zanine, Oki Sato, Faye Toogood. Don’t Miss It!

 

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Design Currents exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be presenting the work of three contemporary designers — Brazilian Zanini de Zanine, Oki Sato of Tokyo, and Faye Toogood of London — who deftly use handcrafted and industrial materials and techniques to create functional yet deeply expressive objects.

Design Currents will be open from November 19, 2016 – March 12, 2017, so be sure to schedule a quick trip to the museum for the unique chance of seeing it in person.

Fine Tuning

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ESPASSO New York celebrated Claudia Moreira Salles’s new exhibit “Fine Tuning”. The show premiered a new line of limited-edition lamps and never-before-seen furniture designed by Claudia. The event also showcased a new book featuring the “Fine Tuning” lamp series.

The LP Table lamps exemplify a balance of complexity and simplicity in the lightness of their structure against their own bold shadows. It is a highlighted piece in the Fine Tuning collection, now showing at ESPASSO NY.

Arena do Morro – Herzog & De Meuron First Project in Brazil

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron. Photo by Leonardo Finotti.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron.

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Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil by Herzog & De Meuron.

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Swiss architecture firm Herzog & De Meuron realized their first project in Brazil, the Arena de Morro, in the Northeastern capital of Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte; a permeable and fully adaptable gymnasium in the low-income community of Mãe Luiza, the building utilizes a large single roof composed in a louvered structure that allows the income of light while preventing rainwater.  Introducing a new scale to the area, the main space of the Arena do Morro seats 420 people, and can comport sport games, concerts, events, etc. as it also features multipurpose rooms for classes, changing areas and a terrace overlooking the ocean.  Built in replacement of a bare cement filed (with no walls nor ceiling) in the same location, the Arena do Morro stands as a functional symbol for the physical and social activity of the community.

 

 

Casa & Jardim Interviews Etel Carmona

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Etel Carmona interview on Casa & Jardim.

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Etel Carmona interview on Casa & Jardim.

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Etel Carmona interview on Casa & Jardim.

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The current issue of Brazilian home and garden magazine Casa & Jardim features an interview with entrepreneur and designer Etel Carmona, principal at Etel Inteiores, whose passion for wood and heritage of Brazilian furniture design have established her as a precursor in sustainable wood production and, since the 1990’s, singlehandedly responsible for the revival and dissemination of Brazilian modern design.  Reissuing furniture lines by masters of Brazilian modern design – Oscar Niemeyer, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues, Gregori Warchavchic, as well as new designs by contemporary designers Claudia Moreira Salles, Carlos Motta, Isay Weinfeld and Arthur Casas, to name a few, Carmona has been involved with the FSC (Forest Steward Council) initiative since its inception, and has established an atelier in the Amazon region with local laborers, to experiment with new woods and their sustainability.  Carmona’s commitment to new solutions for harvesting woods doesn’t stop there, since 2009 she has partnered with Dario Guarita Neto and Roberto Waack to start the firm Amata, specialized in controlled forestation and low impact wood production.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Bilhas coffee table (detail) by Claudia Moreira Salles