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Baba Vaccaro, our dear fellow Brazilian designer, heads the third season of the show “Casa Brasileira”, aired on cable televsion channel GNT.

The show deals with architecture and the Brazilian way of living according to the most accomplished architects in the country. Each show presents the home of a famous client of these architects in order to illustrate their concepts.

The first episode went on air July 27th. Don’t miss the second episode on August 2nd, featuring architect David Bastos!

Today the exhibition #fuiparaspelembreidevc completed one month and we can say it is quite a hit.

The Nóize Chairs, Estudio Guto Requena’s contribution to the São Paulo-inspired initiative, were not only widely publicized both nationally and internationally but also occasioned many nice compliments and acquaintances.

If you still haven’t heard of the Nóize Chairs, check out the images and conceptual video below!

 

 

The Nóize Chairs developed by Estudio Guto Requena were digitally conceived from the merge of sounds captured in the streets of São Paulo and Brazilian design icons.

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Lina na Santa Efigênia Chair

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Lina na Santa Efigênia Chair

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Lina na Santa Efigênia Chair

The Girafa chair by Lina Bo Bardi, Marcelo Ferraz and Marcelo Suzuki; the Oscar chair, by Sério Rodrigues, and; the São Paulo chair, by Carlos Motta were digitally modeled in 3D, in a faithful reproduction of its physical model.

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The original Girafa Chair, by Lina Bo Bardi, Marcelo Ferraz and Marcelo Suzuki

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The original Oscar Chair, by Sérgio Rodrigues

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The original São Paulo chair, by Carlos Motta

Programmed in the computer software Processing by Estudio Guto Requena, the digital models were deformed through its fusion with audio files collected in three peripheral locations of São Paulo: Grajaú, Cidade Tiradentes and Santa Ifigênia. The result is a manifest-chair, which instigates reflection beyond the act of sitting.

 The digital file which resulted from this process was sent electronically to a 3D printer located in Belgium. Upon completion the chairs were sent to Brazil.

City voices, suburban noises and the resonance of concrete deconstruct Brazilian design landmarks in pieces which value a design process over their mere aesthetics result.

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A rendered image of our Carlos Motta na Cidade Tiradentes Chair.

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A rendered image of our Sérgio Rodrigues no Grajau Chair.

São Paulo is a beautiful city. Non-obvious, complex, diverse, multiracial, improvised, surprising, ironic, tolerant towards different peoples, beliefs and cultures – a patchwork filled with hidden beauties. Falling in love with it is a matter of survival.

The three pieces developed by Estudio Guto Requena for the exhibition seek to assimilate the beauties of São Paulo, especially those which are off circuit. They constitute a digital experimentation of noises, deconstruction and mixing through the new possibilities brought to us by new digital technologies.

Estudio Guto Requena is honored to present its newest design!

Tomorrow evening the Nóize Chairs will be brought to public, in the context of the design and art exhibition #fuiparaspelembreidevc (#ihavebeentospandthoughtofyou) with fellow architects Maurício Arruda and Marko Brajovic.

The Nóize Chairs merge Brazilian design icons to the sounds of the streets of São Paulo. Curious? Come check it out!

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Crístian and Sofia, Básico furniture collection

“We ask ourselves what’s the basic need, where does it begin, what’s the closest to us. If you take the Chilean landscape and its prime material, you can end up with an object, with something. So it’s more a question of cleaning and making something simple from that material, something that emphasizes the relationships between objects and materials.”

Raúl Domínguez, The Andes House

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The Andes House team

Raúl Domínguez, Sofía Domínguez, Cristián Domínguez. The work of Chilean siblings of “The Andes House” has caught Estudio Guto Requena’s attention due to its sharp and skilful manipulation of simple materials such as pine and wicker.

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Las Doce Collection

The Andes House was featured twice at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milano (2011 and 2012). It is constantly cited, alongside Si Studio, Pro2 (to name a few great Chilean young designers), as one of the most remarkable creative groups in the country.

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Colección madeinMIMBRE

One of their most notable projects is madeinMIMBRE®, where they designed a line of products made from wicker, generating products in partnership with the artisans and the community of Chimbarongo, a community 150 km south of Santiago, in the VI Region of Chile.

Learn more about The Andes House through their website.

Also, check out these two micro-documentaries on two of their project, “Básico” and “madeinMIMBRE”

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/42630385″>BÁSICO</a&gt; from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/theandeshouse”>The Andes House</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/19223741″>made in MIMBRE</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/theandeshouse”>The Andes House</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Now, feel like learning more about Chilean designers? Check this out.

Ten years ago, a nightclub was founded in the heart of Rua Augusta, São Paulo’s red light district; from then on, dozens of different nightclubs, bars and parties followed; an unplanned cultural reoccupation of the central neighborhoods was on its way.

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Vegas Club at Rua Augusta. By Lalo de Almeida

Parties, happenings, cultural events and performances are taking place in long-forsaken spots of derelict downtown São Paulo, like Minhocão.

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“Agora Vai”, carnival on Minhocão. By Mariana Desiderio

The above-ground expressway which cuts through the heart of the city hasn’t been a favorite for some time; it was hated from the moment it was built in 1971, five meters away from neighboring windows. The well-to-do area became overnight a spot for the lowest depths of São Paulo society.

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Avenida São João before Minhocão
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Present days Avenida São João. By Paulo Liebert

Being the city’s most evident symbol of urban neglect, Minhocão was recently turned into the city’s icon for well-humored protest. It started somewhere between the foundation of “Agora Vai” street carnival, Felipe Morozini’s landmark flowers intervention in 2009 and 2010 documentary film “Elevado 3.5” and its onsite premiere.

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“Agora Vai”; carnival on Minhocão. Via “Aqui há sabiá” blog

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Flowers, by Felipe Morozini
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Premiere of “Elevado 3.5”. Via http://www.elevadotrespontocinco.com.br

Minhocão recently hosted a late-night gourmet food market in the context of Virada Cultural (the city’s major annual cultural event); it was also the pièce de resistance of a cultural festival focused on downtown awareness (Baixo Centro); parties, picnics, grass carpets, mappings, swimming pools. What else will we imagine for São Paulo’s ugly duckling?

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Voodoohop party, during “Baixo Centro” festival. By Pita Uchoa
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Food market during Virada Cultural

Raul Juste Lores, journalist for Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo, recently dedicated an article to the subject. “In a society which counts on its governments for almost everything, the kids who take over Minhocão on Sundays are making public policies with their own feet”.

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“Minhocão needs to be adapted so that we don’t fetishize it (no, it is not a real “park”, nor the São Paulo version of New York’s high line)” says Lores.

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Picnic. By Tiago Queiroz for http://www.estadao.com.br
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Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte. By Jacques Seurat

Is it so? Need we look up to similar urban renewal projects, like the Cheonggyecheon in Seoul or the Central Artery in Boston? Or should we keep up the good work of our party kids? Couldn’t regeneration be in the hands of this new São-Paulo loving, fun-loving generation? It sure seems the most amusing path.

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Picnic. By Tiago Queiroz for http://www.estadao.com.br

Watch the last episodes of Guto Requena’s series on the Milan Design Week for Brazilian television channel GNT.

Stay tuned for some new cool videos in the near future ; )

The fourth episode features great designers Tom Dixon (Tunisia) and Jum Nakao (Brazil).

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Brazilian designer Jum Nakao

Part of the episode is dedicated to to contemporary lighting design.

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Philippe Starck’s “Zenith Chandelier” for Baccarat.

The fifth and last episode features some of our favorite personalities Guto met during Salone week:

Milanese design icon Rossana Orlandi;

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Dutch designer Maarten Baas, and;

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Fellow Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.

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