Tag: design awesomeness
Oh no. Today is the last day of our Brazil Week guys. Are you sad? No? Well – you should be. But before you go off drowning your sorrows in pear cider and carbohydrates, we still have a fair bit of hot Brazilian action to get through. Hooray! So without further ado, please make some noise for Part II Round-up of Smokin’ Hot Brazilian Architecture.
With his incredibly prolific portfolio in architecture, sculpture, furniture and design, the late Oscar Niemeyer truly left his mark on Brazil, and the world. Living a fruitful life until the age of 104, the Brazilian architect is considered one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture and was hailed as one of the greatest architects of his generation. In his lifetime he created more than 500 buildings, continuing to work until shortly before his death in 2012. In the sprit of Brazil week, today we celebrate some of Oscar Niemeyer’s most beautiful and iconic modernist buildings from around the world.
Brazilian design has a long and rich history that has produced many classics – classics, that have made Brazilian Furniture and Design industry world-famous. Today we give you an overview of some of the most iconic and classic Brazilian furniture pieces. Our selection of products consist of pieces from leading designers and the great masters such as Sérgio Rodrigues, Jorge Zalszupin, Campana Brothers, Martin Eisler, Oscar Niemeyer and many more.
We know, we know – every freaking design blog and website out there seems to be rounding up Brazilian Architecture because of The FIFA World Cup 2014 currently in it’s finals week in Brazil. Ours is a little late because it took just a liiiiitle bit of research. You see, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the amazing design and architecture, both historic and current, and bring you a whole week of awesome Brazil related content. I guess you could say we are literally giving you The Full Brazilian all week. Ouch! Except this one won’t hurt, and it’s completely appropriate for all age groups.
While Australia and a bunch of other places have firmly embraced the concept of McMansions, people in many other countries around the world have continued to live in small spaces for centuries. From Europe, to Asia and South America, small spaces aren’t even considered to be “small” – they are simply a perfectly acceptable way to live. I realise I might be taking a simplistic view here, and I’m certainly not suggesting everyone should rush off and downsize – ability to live well in a small space is dependant on a number social and economic factors, where the city amenities in themselves play a huge part. But it all starts from us, our attitudes, and a willingness to adopt a different way of thinking, which might just allow us rediscover the freedom a small space can offer by freeing us from all the “stuff”. And of course – my personal favourite – injecting a health dose of really clever, multifunctional, GOOD design. Amen!
Within the iconic Cité radieuse in Marseilles designed by Le Corbusier, Apartment N°50 was scrupulously protected in its original 1952 state, classified as a “Historic Monument” in 1995. It opens regularly to the public during the summer months to exhibit the work of a few of the most talented contemporary international designers within this outstanding space. A short series of scenographic installations has been realised over the years; Jasper Morrison (2008), Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (2010) Konstantin Grcic (2012), and now for its fourth session, the French designer Pierre Charpin.