Espasso Sergio Rodrigues new shop

• October 21, 2011

The first permanent Sergio Rodrigues shop-in-shop, featuring a full range of furniture by the iconic Brazilian designer, including an extensive selection of re-editions available for the first time in the US.

ESPASSO is pleased to announce ESPASSO SERGIO RODRIGUES – the first permanent Sergio Rodrigues shop-in-shop, featuring a full range of furniture by the iconic Brazilian designer, including an extensive selection of exclusive re-editions available for the first time in the US.

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Located inside ESPASSO’s Tribeca gallery, the collection will feature many of Sergio’s most well known pieces, including the Mole armchair, made of wood and upholstered leather cushions supported by leather straps, reflecting his playfulness and wit; the Diz chair, marked by organic undulating lines and a sculptural aesthetic; and the graceful Kilin chair, constructed of a single piece of leather on a wood frame. The range will include sofas, chairs, lighting, stools, and sideboards.

Sergio Rodrigues is considered the ‘father of Brazilian furniture’, and has been an inspiration to so many of the designers who we work with. His furniture represents Brazil in many ways – relaxed, comfortable, sensual and humorous, yet sophisticated and contemporary. It is a privilege to be the first to showcase his work in a dedicated space, and through our reeditions, make many of his pieces available to a wider audience for the first time.

ESPASSO’s owner and curator Carlos Junqueira

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Sergio Rodrigues was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927. In 1955, Rodrigues established the company Oca, which he referred to as ‘a laboratory for Brazilian furniture and handcrafts’. Amongst his most well known works are furniture designed for the Brazilian Embassy in Rome, for UNB (Brasília University) and the Teatro Nacional (the National Theater in Brasília), as well as his  collaborations with Oscar Niemeyer, as the latter’s interior designer of choice for his buildings in Brasilia. He is widely credited for establishing a new paradigm in design, and creating what has become a recognizable Brazilian furniture identity through the creation of iconic pieces of furniture using robust woods like jacaranda, peroba and imbue.

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The opening preview on the evening of October 18th for ESPASSO SERGIO RODRIGUES is a TERSSAS event – a series of exhibitions presented by ESPASSO representing the best of Brazilian design and culture. Curated by Carlos Junqueira and Béco Dranoff – both innovators in their respective fields – this Tuesday night series features a mix of emerging and established artists from a variety of interconnected worlds, including architecture, design, photography, fashion, film and music, all of whom reflect the vibrant culture of modern-day Brazil.

+ About ESPASSO

ESPASSO is the premier design gallery in the US for modern and contemporary Brazilian furniture, art and design objects. Opened in New York in 2002 and Los Angeles in 2004 by Sao Paulo native Carlos Junqueira, ESPASSO is committed to conserving Brazil’s rich 20th Century design heritage and promoting the work of today’s leading designers. The gallery features a highly curated selection of works by mid-century masters Sergio Rodrigues, Joaquim Tenreiro, and Jose Zanine Caldas, re-edtioned pieces by 1950′s architecture collective Branco & Preto, 1970′s icon Ricardo Fasanello, and 1930′s designer Gregory Warchavachic, as well as contemporary designers Etel Carmona, Arthur Casas, Claudia Moreira Salles, Carlos Motta, and architect Isay Weinfeld.

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