Milan Design Week, formally known as Salone del Mobile, is the world’s largest and most important design fair, which takes place in the Italian city. Every April the creative world descends upon the city to see the best living and design concepts from the globe’s most talented designers.
For the first time the historic trade fair will showcase designers from Espasso, a design gallery in the U.S. and U.K. known for their modern and contemporary Brazilian designers. Espasso represents the modernists artists following the 20th century avant-garde pioneers of Brazilian design and architecture, including Bo Bardi, Sergio Rodriguez and Oscar Niemeyer, who ushered in an industry and a way of designing that has been adopted by an entire generation.
Espasso’s upcoming Milan Design Week exhibition titled “Connections” will present crafted Brazilian furniture showcased in a warm, inviting setting. The design aesthetic pin points to mid-century interiors which champion notions of functionality, ease and modern simplicity.
This is your future beauty bar, treatment spa or at home meditation room. The soft elegant lines, organic materials, and ergonomic shapes are realistic, stylish, and très au courant.
Here is a sneak peek from Espasso’s “Connections” exhibition presenting next month at Milan Design Week.
Urca Lounge Chair by Ronald Sasson
The “Urca” lounge chair designed by Ronald Sasson features a multi-layer sheets structure common to pieces designed in the 50’s-60’s. Its sinuous shape embraces a leather cover and pays homage to the iconic hump of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Esfera Lounge Chair by Ricardo Fasanello
The reconstituted “Esfera” swivel chair by Ricardo Fasanello visits the original spherical fiberglass structure from 50 years ago with a plush upholstered seat and back. In the 1970s, Fasanello worked with innovative materials for the time like polyester resin and fiberglass, mixing them with leather, steel and iron.
The “Esfera” captures the mood of the space-age in material, form, and scale. Fasanello’s sculptural piece draws on the influence of pop culture and is marked by a formal, constructive reasoning.
Domino Concreto Bench by Claudia Moreira Salles
The “Dominó Concreto” bench has a rectangular surface with circular indentations which define each seating place solely meant to offer comfort for the bum.
The cylinder placed in the center of the bench is elevated with small iron rods creating a delicate feeling which contrasts the roughness of the concrete. The bench is suitable for both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Rio Chaise by Oscar Niemeyer
A vintage piece originally designed in 1978 by Oscar Niemeyer and his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer, the “Rio” rocking chaise is one of the designers most famous due to it’s curves and sinuous form. This modern rocking chair is handcrafted in black lacquered wood, caning and leather.
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