With Brazilian design emerging as a key theme in the international marketplace for collectible design, Parisian auction house Piasa has collaborated with Rio-based gallery Bolsa de Arte to create a curated sale of design from Brazil, entitled ‘Design do Brasil, 1940-2015,’ taking place on July 7th. The sale combines mid-century modern design masterpieces by Joaquim Tenreiro, Jorge Zalszupin, and Lina Bo Bardi, along with a wonderful selection of contemporary design. We learn that the rich and textured hardwoods, which had come to characterize the roots of modern design in Brazil, still rules in what is created today by such young talents as Ricardo Graham, Flavio Franco, Julia Kranta, and Rodrigo Simão, who revisits the three-legged masterpiece by Joaquim Tenreiro. Recycled and local daily materials are present in today’s design, represented in the pieces by Alfo Lisi, Domingos Totora, and others. Showcasing the grace and ingenuity of Brazilian design, we realize that the new generation preserved the national character of Brazil in contemporary design, the exact same character which was devised by immigrants who brought the philosophy of modernism from Europe during the first decades of the past century, connecting with the locality in a unique and ambitious way.
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