FFF – Brazil kicking some more goals …

We found this place a few years ago and it has stuck with us.  Without a doubt we know that it’ll do the same to you.  A wondrous feat of architecture and a prime example of design within a complex landscape of sand and water.

Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan designed this spectacular holiday residence in 2009.  Located in one of the hundreds of rocky islands near the colonial town of Paraty, near São Paulo.

The brief:  design a holiday residence which leaves the natural surrounding untouched, not an easy feat given that the residence is built on a plot of 5 acres and surrounded by dense jungle and ocean.  The house extrudes from a mountain, in a chameleon like way forming two concrete boxes which resemble rocks positioning themselves at the bottom of the mountain, genius given the topography of the site.

Access to the main entrance is by boat.  From the sand, a metallic bridge built over a pool of clear water leads you to the lower level of the house.   The façade, of clear glass stares luxuriously over the sea, protected from the sun by Eucalyptus (let’s hear it for home grown wood, right?!).

Not to be left behind, the interior arising from the spectacular exterior architecture is filled with natural light and bears an air of the greats Barragan, Wright and van der Rohe and is littered with mid-century furniture (sorry, we know it’s Furniture Free Friday, give us a break) designed by the likes of George Nakashima, Luis Barragan, Lina Bo Bardi, Sérgio Rodrigues, Joaquim Tenreiro and José Zanine Caldas.

Like all that wasn’t enough, (and here’s the part we really love) Kogan declares part of the influence for the architecture of the house to be from film, from the greats of history, Bergman, Fellini and Warhol.

It’s heaven, right?

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Brazilia (or not)! …

We like to think of ourselves as pretty new-age.  A forward thinking people free form the shackles of the unnecessary political correctness of times past.  Take our former (and soon to be reinstated) hold music for example, should you ever have previously been placed on hold whilst on the line to one of our friends here in the showroom you would have heard the emphatic lyrics of New York band Brazilian Girls’ “Pussy”.  We may not endorse the contents of the lyrics, but it’s a catchy tune nonetheless.

Brazilian Girls is a band which only has one female band member, she’s not Brazilian and the band has never played in Brazil.  This simple sentence could perhaps quite simply sum up Brazilian Girls – they’re a bit wacky but a whole lot of fun.  Their style is cross-genre and is often described as “melting pop”.  All in all, we love em.

What we’re loving today is lead singer (and only female counterpart) Sabina Sciubba’s lead and preview song from her soon to be released first solo album.  The song is titled Toujors (translating from French to English as “Always”) and was released today.

It’s not only the tune that we love.  It’s the cheekiness of Sciubba – very quickly becoming synonymous with her work.   Constantly performing without clothes but often towards covering her body with props (ensuring a close to PG rating!), her knowing and acknowledging secret smile, her ability to draw us into her web of creativity and her injured chicken friend.

Having released the video to YouTube today, it’s a bit of fun to see her interaction on the page with Sciubba already declining a marriage proposal from one finger-on-the-pulse fan by offering an alternative – marrying the poor man’s wife and the songs credits and acknowledgements:

Song written by Sabina, produced by Sabina and Fred Rubens, mixed by Klas Wikberg.
Video by Sabina
Hair and make-up: who needs hair and make-up?

Check out the rest of Brazilian’s Girls’ to tracks on YouTube here.

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A KE-ZU Tribute …

Recently the world said goodbye to a great – Oscar Niemeyer – Brazilian architect who can be credited with much more than just assisting in the birth of modernist architecture. Oscar recently passed just shy of his 104th birthday leaving behind him a repertoire of internationally highly regarded work spanning 78 years including the architecture of the planned city Brasilia (to become Brazil’s capital city), assisting in the UN headquaters of New York City with architectural mentor Le Corbusier and courageous buildings which take pride of place in the Brazilian architectural collection.

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