• Archive for: August, 2016

    Environmentally friendly furniture and traditional handmade craftwork—all with an obvious Brazilian identity—made the inauguration of the High Design Home & Office Expo an instant success.   Among the more than a hundred individual events incorporated in the fifth Design Weekend in São Paulo between August 10 and 14, a...

    The ForMóbile exhibition for suppliers of the Brazilian furniture industry took place in São Paulo at the end of July. The highlights were: Acrylic Day: A series of lectures about acrylic demonstrated the properties of acrylic sheets, bonding techniques and how furniture can be made more varied and desirable when...

    In competition with 76 other design agencies, São Paulo-based studio Chelles & Hayashi won the task of designing the relay torch to be used during the Olympic Games. They responded to the responsibility of representing national identity through design by creating a torch that exemplifies Brazil’s diversity. The torch...

    This year’s Olympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro, were staged in a venue that mimicked the gorgeous valleys along Brazil’s coastlines. Designed by AECOM, the park was situated on a triangular, lagoon-side peninsula in the city’s Barra da Tijuca district. Of the 15 stadiums arranged among winding pathways, three were...

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    Andrei Speridião designs connections. He moves beyond and between fabrication, technology, interactive objects and conceptual exchanges, developing innovative networks of people and things using digital thinking. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. The Brazilian designer was raised by a designer mother who...

    Oscar Niemeyer’s futuristic concrete swoops and curves set a distinct mood back in the ’50s, when, in 1956, the president moved from Rio de Janeiro, founded by colonial rulers, to the new capital, Brasilia. With around 600 buildings completed by the time he died in 2012 at age 104, the country is renowned for its...

    Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1978, Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine grew up in a household in which names like Oscar Niemeyer, Lúcio Costa and Sergio Rodrigues were frequent guests. These childhood encounters, combined with the influences of his father, José Zanine Caldas—a world-famous landscape designer, model...

    Award-winning Brazilian designer Jader Almeida has a passion for forms and materials. Growing up in manufacturing capital Santa Catarina and working in a furniture company from the age of 16 taught him about properties of materials and size of supply. ArchiExpo spoke with Almeida about his Clad chair and Twist table,...

    Occupying its own dock on the sweeping Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro’s new Museum of Tomorrow—opened in December—makes a bold statement in both name and design. It was envisioned by Santiago Calatrava, who told ArchiExpo he intended to create a building that “interacts with the very special relationship the city has...

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