First Published 22 February 2016
Above and below: new works by Zanini de Zanine to be shown in Paris in March.
Brazilian 20th century design is an established category for collectors that is increasing in appeal as these collectors and more and more enthusiasts look for pieces that are minimal and organic but perhaps not as obvious as the names that have lead the market for 20th century design.
This past week Artsy published an article on the upcoming 12th edition of the Sao-Paolo International Art fair, which will feature a section on design for the the first time this year. They report that each of the 23 design galleries represented are from Brazil. There is a rich history of design that is intertwined with the movements in the United States and Europe while remaining true to its roots thus revealing a group of work with a unified narrative about the development of Brazilian form. From 20th century icons such as Oscar Niemeyer to the Campana brothers, a contemporary duo who have exhibited in museums such as MoMA in NY and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris Brazilian design brings a sensual aspect to Modernism.
Julie Lasky (Deputy Editor of the New York Times Home section and writes the column The Details in the NYT on new design) also reported on Brazilian design this week for the Wall Street Journal. In it she identifies the growth of dealers such as Espasso (NY, LA, London and soon Miami) and demand for this narrative calling Brazilian design “A sexier take on Eames.”
A book on entitled “Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture,” by Aric Chen with an introduction by Zesty Meyers is due for release from Monacelli Press in March. The book is co-published by R & Company (co-founded by Meyers) who have been dedicated to sourcing Brazilian design for over 10 years now.
In Paris James Gallery, located in the Marais has been gaining recognition for their promotion of Brazilian design. Their next exhibition, which opens in late March, presents exciting new work by Zanini de Zanine, grandson of Jose Zanine Caldas the great Brazilian architect. Two of these works are pictured above.
Chaise Longue, 1947, Joaquin Tenreiro, Jacaranda, Woven Cane, 183cm x 71cm x 75cm
James Galley in Paris often presents this type of masterpiece. This work is really worth experiencing in person.
Brass Sushi Buffet, 2011, Humberto and Fernando Campana, 55 × 200 × 40 cm
“Translating the Brazilian identity into design is the most important challenge for us,” Humberto told the Guardian, reflecting on their practice. Known for the color and playfulness of their work that reveals stories of Brazilian culture.
This is a photo you might have seen if you have been with us for a while. It’s a sumptuous Niemeyer Alto armchair and ottoman that we sourced to place in a private California home. (This is the before photo.)
Next time you’re in Paris we invite you to book a meeting with us about your design goals! We listen and can guide you to the most exciting design: arranging gallery visits, meetings with designers and focused tour of Les Puces.