Design

I was speaking to my Brazilian friends about the first piece I wrote for Bossa Brazil Magazine (while thrusting a copy – open at the page of my fashion article – under their noses). The question they all asked was did I mention any of the established Brazilian Designers working in London? No was my answer – because I was highlighting British designers in the article. I hadn’t really considered that there would be many Brazilian luxury fashion designers working in London – extremely uninformed on my part, I would soon discover…  I figured that a Brazilian designer would find…

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Unlike the United Kingdom, Brazil has had a vast number of different coinage over the course of its history. Pound Sterling has been the UK’s official currency since AD928. Athelstan, the first King of England, brought the production of money under the sole control of the Crown. At first, the pound was known as ‘Sterlings’, and silver coins were used as negotiating chips in the Feudal system used by the Anglo-Saxons and the rest of Europe. The first paper money was printed in 1694, thanks to the founding of the Bank of England, and the decimal system was finally introduced…

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When visiting the Ema Klabin Foundation, in São Paulo, members of the public, as well as getting to know the house-museum’s rich collection and its architectural beauty, will also be able to pay a visit to another house-museum, by means of video conferencing. The Ema Klabin Foundation, in Jardim Europa, São Paulo, is promoting, up until 3 September, its Ema Visita visitor’s program. Totems installed in the two house-museums will allow visitors to exchange ideas, see artworks, compare styles and generally find out more about each museum and their contents, thanks to the use of video conferencing. For the first…

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An aluminium sculpture in London’s Royal Botanic Gardens brings to light a global problem: the worryingly increasing rate of extinction of numerous animals and fauna, including bees. In Europe, one in ten species of Bee are threatened by extinction. This is a result of pesticides, parasites and monoculture farming – the practice of producing only one crop at a time. Bees, and pollination, are a fundamental part of the production process of fruits and flowers – we depend on them to help make our produce healthy and attractive. In London’s Botanic Gardens there is an active program of Bee preservation,…

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Instituto Marangoni opens ‘Fashion Bridalwear’ specialism classes in Milan, Paris and London and offers courses in Portuguese. The consultant Luiza Bomeny, for 14 years the official representative of the Marangoni Institute in Brazil, has announced the opening of the inscription process for Fashion Bridalwear, a course which, among other elements, will look at the history and the evolution of wedding dresses across multiple cultures and perspectives, as well as the evolution of certain tendencies and preferences for certain materials. During the three-week course, students will realize a study about how different cultures and social values are behind the main fashion…

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One of the houses in São Paulo’s Vila Matilde neighbourhood gets more than a second look from passers-by: it was designed by domestic housekeeper Dona Dalva, who had in mind something that would be both affordable and practical. Built using concrete blocks and pre-fabricated slabs of reinforced concrete as a means of reducing material and labour costs, the communal areas are all integrated, helping to increase the sense of spaciousness. The structure was designed to make best use of the available space – 4.8 metres of width and 25 metres of depth, and cost a total of R$150 thousand reals…

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When we think of fashion, the British always come to mind. From renowned stylists to stunning models, the Brits have a special touch when it comes to style. What really stands out, however, is the way that certain British women have embraced fashion throughout their lives. Some of them have become so important that their names have left an indelible mark on the fashion world. Lesley Hornby, better known as Twiggy, made her name on the catwalks of the 60s. She was discovered by a photographer at the age of 16 and with her flair and iconic hairstyle still remains…

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Pilot Project – Format The Pilot Plan for Brasília, in Brazil’s Federal District, was drawn up by Lúcio Costa, whose plan won the 1957 urban planning public contest to design Brazil’s soon to be new capital city. Initially, its shape was thought to be based upon that of a cross; it is also commonly compared to an aeroplane. However, there are those, including the late Costa himself, that consider it more similar in shape to a butterfly, rejecting earlier comparisons. National Congress – Some meanings for its distinctive shape The National Congress is one of Brasília’s most famous icons.…

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Jason Oddy will be joined by special guests to explore one of the lesser known but still most significant achievements of the legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and implications of his influence in architecture During the course of his lifetime Niemeyer redefined the interaction between architecture and public space, imbuing the ideas of Bauhaus and Le Corbusier with a radically new perspective. More than once he came up with a way of reimagining both national identity and government, as well as the state as a provider of culture and knowledge. In 1968 the Brazilian was invited by Algeria’s then socialist…

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Carlos Junqueira is a Paulista (from São Paulo) famous for his typically Brazilian designs. His shop, Espasso, enjoyed such success in New York that he decided to take on Los Angeles, Miami and London Espasso, which specialises in modern and contemporary Brazilian furniture, focuses on preserving 20th century design with a modern twist. It’s a space that promotes both modern, upcoming artists as well as older, more established designers. Carlos decided to expand in September in 2012, and has since taken off in Soho, London. The shop has London charm, tall and narrow with five floors, three of which are…

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