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SIDE GALLERY  Side Gallery presents Latin American design masters & international contemporary design 〰️ Barcelona 〰️ ▪️info@side-gallery.com ▪️+34 931 621 575

Cuban-born furniture and interior designer Clara Porset is best known for Modern designs inspired by the local traditions of Mexico, her adopted homeland.

Educated in New York at Columbia University's School of Fine Arts, as well as in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Sorbonne, and the Louvre, Clara Porset traveled widely in Europe.
Porset returned to Cuba in 1932, and began working professionally as an interior designer, designing for both private and public contexts. Always committed to education, she gave many lectures with the goal of educating the Cuban public about the principles of modern design. Porset quickly rose to prominence, however, her career was interrupted when her support for and participation in the Cuban resistance movement led to political exile.

Clara Porset was fascinated and inspired by Mexico's craft traditions, and began looking to traditional forms in order to create designs that would meld modernity with local tradition. Indeed, she is perhaps best known for her variations on the butaque, a low, graceful chair with a long history in Mexico.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors within Mexico, she also gained recognition abroad. In 1940 she won a prize in MoMA´s Organic Design for Home Furnishing contest, and in 1946 Artek-Pascoe exhibited and sold her work in New York.
Side Gallery will host an exhibition with her fabulous pieces coming next 2019, being the first one held in Spain from this designer. Stay tuned! #love #art #design #sidegallery #claraporset

Featuring exquisite and unique design pieces by masters Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier, Side Gallery launches new exhibition starting this fall. Pieces like famous “Chaise longue” designed in 1978 by Niemeyer and even his armchair “Alta” will be exhibited until end of December.
Bookcase “Type1” and Le Corbusier’s famous cabinets will in exhibition as well.
Don’t miss out! #love #art #design #lecorbusier #niemeyer #sidegallery

Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernandez Announced as the 2018 Design Miami/ Visionary Award Recipients.
The annual award is given to creative talents across all areas of design including designers, curators, architects, and luminaries whose significant contributions to the field offer a tangible and lasting impact on the world around us.
Fernández and Reyes’s exhibition encompass a retrospective of works that address some of the fundamental concerns of our time and facilitate intimate human exchanges that have become rare in this digital age. Key works on view include Reyes’s Metate chairs, Disarm (2008), as well as his textile works and the duo’s collaborative works.
Tripod series, manufactured by Pedro Reyes exclusively for SIDE GALLERY is inspired on Mexican tribal objects, using the three-leg principle from pre-Columbian time adapting it to his modern designs. Material in these sculptures further the careful attention to ancestry. Volcanic stone was an integral role in the shaping of Mexico’s landscape and its deep connection to the diet of its inhabitants, used for millennia to grind corn in metates and molcajetes, the traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle.
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Side Gallery is thrilled to collaborate with Fundación Juan March in their new exhibition Lina Bo Bardi: tupí or not tupí. Brasil, 1946-1992 starting this October 5th until January 13th, 2019 in Madrid.
This exhibition, curated by Mara Sanchez Llorens, is the first to be held in Spain on the fascinating figure of Lina Bo Bardi (Rome, 1914 - São Paulo, 1992). Almost 350 works will be collected, including drawings, paintings, photographs, objects, sculptures, documents and pieces of handicrafts, many of them never seen outside their country of origin.
The show features important pieces from the Side Gallery archives and collection, and it is conceived as the continuation of the one that the Fundación Juan March devoted to Tarsila do Amaral (2009), which focused on Brazil in the 1920s and 1930s, aiming to present this artist from the three most important geographical points of her activity (São Paolo, Salvador de Bahía and north-east Brazil) and through her work, to "recount" the artistic and cultural scene in Brazil in the second half of the 20th century.
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Bookcase Manufactured by Le Corbusier being exhibited at Side Gallery. Oak veneered wood, oak and painted wood. Unite d’Habitation. Marseille, 1946 – 1952.
Le Corbusier began experimenting with furniture design in 1928 after inviting the architect, Charlotte, to join his studio. His cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, also collaborated on many of the designs. Before the arrival of Perriand, Le Corbusier relied on ready-made furniture to furnish his projects, such as the simple pieces manufactured by Thonet, the company that manufactured his designs in the 1930s.
In 1928, Le Corbusier and Perriand began to put the expectations for furniture Le Corbusier outlined in his 1925 book L'Art Décoratif d'aujourd'hui into practice. In the book he defined three different furniture types: type-needs, type-furniture, and human-limb objects.
He defined human-limb objects as: "Extensions of our limbs and adapted to human functions that are type-needs and type-functions, therefore type-objects and type-furniture. The human-limb object is a docile servant. A good servant is discreet and self-effacing in order to leave his master free.
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At a certain point of this action movie protagonists Agnès and Adrien drive in their rocambolesque quest to find a rare statuette to Brasília. Rather than being mere settings, the modernist architecture of this utopia city designed to shape a new identity for Brazil, become co-protagonist.
Adrien is often framed contemplating the landscape, running or cycling around it, climbing buildings to escape the hit-men running after him. Partially completed modern structures create distinct shapes around him, giving a further sense of dynamism to his action and the impression that this new and strange partially built city in which the main characters move, is a dream being moulded out of the red rugged earth.
It's only when you rewatch the film and pay more attention to the various scenes shot in that you wonder if the late Oscar Niemeyer, the architect who designed those iconic buildings, shouldn't have been maybe mentioned in the film credits as "accidental" set designer for this movie.

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Business card from Lina Bo Bardi for Studio Bo e Pagani, No 12, Via Gesù in Milan where she begun working with Carlo Pagani, before moving to Brasil in 1946.
Bo Bardi also collaborated with architect and designer Giò Ponti on the magazine Lo Stile – nella casa e nell’arredamento. In 1942, at the age of 28, she opened her own architectural studio, but the lack of work during wartime soon led Bardi to take up illustration for newspapers and magazines such as Stile, Grazia, Belleza, Tempo, Vetrina and Illustrazione Italiana. Her office was destroyed by an aerial bombing in 1943. From 1944-5 Bardi was the Deputy Director of Domus magazine.
Once in Rio, where she was received by the IAB (Institute of Brazilian Architects), Bardi quickly re-established her practice in a country which had a profound effect on her creative thinking. She and her husband co-founded the influential art magazine Habitat. The magazine's title referenced Bardi's conceptualization of the ideal interior as a “habitat” designed to maximize human potential.
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By the mid-20th century, Latin American designers were aware of the international developments in architecture and design but at the same time were creating living environments in accordance with the cultural customs of the individuals using them. Sheltered from the overall destruction of World War II, Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela entered an expansive period of economic growth in the late 1940s and 1950s, which resulted in the modernization of the city and the extended application of international visual vocabularies.
Although each country had unique social, political, and economic specificities, modernization was fervently embraced as a vehicle for progress, and design was endorsed as an agent for development. Under these conditions, change started at home, and the domestic environment became a laboratory for experimenting with modern ideas.
Cristina Merchan, Tecla Tofano, and Maria Luisa Zuloaga de Tovar, all Venezuelan ceramists are amongst its principal exponents, just to name a few.
Cristina was initially trained as a painter, and later became known for her ceramics. Her work was shown internationally throughout her lifetime, including solo exhibitions at the Museo de Bellas Artes, Henriette Gomès gallery in Paris and at the Museu de Cerámica in Barcelona. Her later works consisted mainly of ovoid vases, glazed and fired at high temperatures. Merchán is distinguished by her glazes of subtle tonal variations that are laid over surfaces alternately smooth, textured, or incised with simplistic geometric patterns. Her personal collection of works is now housed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Louvre in Paris.
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Good architecture delights as much as fine cinema. The stylish L'Homme de Rio (That Man From Rio, 1964), directed by Philippe de Broca, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Françoise Dorléac was directly inspired by Hergé's The Adventures of Tin Tin, which subsequently inspired the Indiana Jones saga.
Most notable is the film's wide-spanning frames, set upon architect Oscar Niemeyer's futurist city Brasília. The UNESCO city was still being built during filming in 1962, creating an "accidental" and opportune film set.

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Geraldo de Barros, double day bed, one of our newest acquisitions now available at www.side-gallery.com. Geraldo de Barros (Brasil, 1923-1998) started his artistic career with paint but his restless spirit drove him to play with different artistic paths, becoming a multifaceted artist in the Brazilian scene. His achievements were earned by his greatest virtue: photography, becoming one of the pioneers of the abstract photography and also the main exponent of the Concretism in the Brazilian Avant-garde.
He was also active as a furniture designer from the mid 50’s (Unilabor) until the end of the eighties (Hobjeto), deeply involved both in the function of design and in the social structure of the economy he was actuating in.
Until his retirement in 1989, de Barros designed and projected in-numerous furniture lines in this industrial manner and even built a personal workshop in the factory in order to project and create his last painting series in Formica.

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Roberto Burle Marx was more than the peerless landscape architect who revolutionized the garden aesthetic. He was also a consummate artist whose innovations drew on a wide range of cultural and natural references.
His nearly 3,000 landscape projects in 20 nations ranged from the gardens of the Organization of American States headquarters in Washington to a redesign of Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, from the gardens of the Unesco headquarters in Paris to a tropical garden under glass at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.
A self-taught botanist, Burle Marx designed his first garden for the house of Lucio Costa, who was later one of the architects of the Ministry of Education and Health building in Río de Janeiro. Among the many important commissions for gardens that followed were those for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasilia, the Brazilian pavilion at the Brussels International Exposition of 1958, and the Parque del Este of Caracas, Venezuela. In 1962 he designed Flamengo Park, a 300-acre expanse of reclaimed land along Rio de Janeiro’s waterfront. He did landscaping for the UNESCO Building, Paris, the U.S. Embassy, Brasília, the Iranian Embassy, Brasília, and the International Airport in Rio de Janeiro.
Besides his landscape gardening, Burle Marx was a painter and a designer of jewelry, fabrics, and stage sets.

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Through the 19 works created by Lina Bo Bardi, among which, due to their popularity, it is probably inevitable to cite the House of Glass (the Bardis' home), the MASP (São Paulo Art Museum) and the SESC Pompéia Factory, this books provides the keys to understanding her architectural legacy. Using the texts of each project Olivia de Oliveira, the guest editor, composes a multifaceted discourse about the work of Lina Bo Bardi that enables us to contextualize and understand it in all its architectonic, cultural, political and social complexity.

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