As part of this year’s ‘Fuori Salone’ in Milan, the ‘relics’ of the Brazilian Modernism were displayed in a church near the city’s Porta Romana: rare pieces by the so-called ‘Tropical Modernists’ of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The construction of Brasilia and the visionary ideas of architects Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa laid the path for ‘Brazilian Modernism’, which is almost unknown in Europe.
'Brazilian Modern' exhibition at Spazio Miticoro, Milan
When Le Corbusier first visited Rio de Janeiro in 1929, he found Brazil fascinating, but rural and provincial. Although he gave a few lectures, these were reserved for a small, highly educated circle that was able to follow his talks in French. Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer were among these few; they would later come to define Brazilian Modernism.
It was also they who made a stunning entrance with the Brazilian Pavilion for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. This was followed in 1943 by the ‘Brazil Builds’ exhibition at MOMA, which in turn was followed by the touring exhibition in Europe of the same name, which brought developments in Brazil to the attention of architects from the northern hemisphere.
The construction of planned city Brasilia in the 1950s was the high point of Brazilian Modernism: the new town, or rather new capital, can still be considered as the largest building project of all time. But many other well-known and lesser-known modernists worked alongside the internationally renowned architects Costa and Niemeyer, whose work we examine here.
'Kuboletto' by Enzo Palmisciano for Milano Bedding
From ottoman to a bed, from sofa to a chair, from bench to a deck chair – ‘Kuboletto’ is the new multi purpose upholstery the Italian manufacturer Milano Bedding presented during this year’s Salone del Mobile.
In occasion of this year’s Salone del Mobile the German Design Council opened the touring exhibition ‘Design Deutschland 2010’ and showcased 100 new pieces of established German studios and manufacturers next to 23 prototypes of young and upcoming designers. For those who did not have the chance to visit the exhibition in Milan: Next station will be New York from 15 – 18 May at Javits Convention Center during this year’s ICFF.
‘Slot’ by Matthias Ries Design Office is a multi-purpose table composed of a classical linoleum bord and an unreckoned leg construction. Their design provides structural strength in vertical, horizontal and diagonal directions, which additionally helps to strut the table.
'Poke' by Formfjord
The Berlin based designers of Formfjord presented this brand new prototype of a strip light. The elegant case consists of two identical halves of smartly bent sheet metal.
At this year’s Salone del Mobile the Danish manufacturer Cane-line presented a range of beautiful traditionally manufactured rattan furniture designed by the Copenhagen based studio Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen.
You can see, we’ve left no stone unturned in our search for new products and developments during this year’s Milan fair. Have a look at the 8th part of our video reportages. Amongst others it will show you some remarkable extendable table systems by Draenert and Fiam, an introduction of the new chair by Fabio Novembre for Casamania and a short interview with Shin Azumi.
In occasion of this year’s Salone del Mobile the Italian manufacturer Ex.t presented a range of new eclectic objects for the bathroom, all cretated by young international designers. Amongst them the British Alex Bradley who we got to know at the 100%Design in London last year when he presented his leaning mirror for the first time.
‘Lean’ is a multi-functional mirror and storage surface which allows users to hang up towel, bathrobes and clothes.
‘Notch’ is also a piece for temporary storage. The raised back section of the side table and stool provides an area to lay literature open.
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