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New Arrivals – ESPASSO London

Black alta chair and ottoman by Niemeyer
PO-801 new arrival London
Java chair at Espasso stairs copy
Rio Manso chair Carlos Motta
Favela 14_016 Casa LPA ZC_068.tif

Favela 14_016 Casa LPA ZC_068.tif

Vermelha Armchair by Campana Brothers - London
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ESPASSO London just received a new exclusive collection!

Included in their new arrivals selection are the iconic Alta chair by Oscar Niemeyer and the classic PO-801 by Jorge Zalszupin. Contemporary Brazilian designer Carlos Motta is also represented by his unique Java and Rio Manso chairs. The highly-desired Campana Bothers’ Favela and Vermelha armchairs are also on display. 

Known for their uniqueness and historical relevance, ESPASSO continues to bring to London the legacy of Brazilian design through original furniture pieces by some of Brazil’s most celebrated designers


Carlos Motta and the use of reclaimed wood


Reclaimed wood warehouse in São Paulo, Brazil.


Reclaimed wood warehouse in São Paulo, Brazil.


Reclaimed wood warehouse in São Paulo, Brazil.

Rio Manso - Carlos Motta

Rio Manso line by Carlos Motta

Asturias Armchair - Carlos Motta - Ambience Angra

Asturias armchair by Carlos Motta

Asturias Chaise Outdoors - Carlos Motta

Asturias chaise by Carlos Motta

Parati Table - Carlos Motta - Ambience (2)

Parati dining table by Carlos Motta

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Sustainability, ecological responsibility and conservation are crucial concerns in contemporary design, especially in wood production.

Brazilian art and design have traditionally engaged with the re-appropriation of materials and ideas as resource for its cultural production.  In this canon, an innovative dissemination of Brazil’s rich ancestry is exemplified in the utilization of reclaimed Brazilian woods in the practice of some of Brazil’s leading architects and designers.

The work of Carlos Motta, such as his Asturias, Rio Manso and Parati lines, utilizes stocks of reclaimed native Brazilian wood that sometimes date back as far as to the 1800’s; carrying traces of colonial farms and industrial constructions into the clean lines, relaxed and comfortable high-end attitude of Motta’s designs.  In addition to their distinct appearance, the pieces made from reclaimed wood transcend the function of their designs to include a little of Brazil’s history and regional diversity.