Posts Tagged ‘ Brazilian ’

Skateboarder’s Self-Portraits Highlight São Paulo’s Architecture


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Skateboarding expert and photographer Fabiano Rodrigues takes some really interesting self-portraits as he flips and grinds his way through São Paulo on his board. Unlike other action photography self-portraits, though, Rodrigues shares the spotlight with his surrounding setting. The landscape and architecture is as much the subject as he is, if not more so. His anonymous figure is an accessory to the towering structures that cut across the image and fill the frame. With his captivating artistic vision, it’s hard to believe that photography came to Rodrigues as a secondary passion. The Brazilian multi-talented artist first gained interest in photography while skateboarding professionally and posing for other photographers. Eventually his fascination with the medium grew, causing him to take a camera in his own hands and experiment with self-portraits using a Hasselblad camera and remote control. What he’s managed to accomplish since 2010 is a brilliant portfolio full of dramatically monochromatic shots of himself gliding in, around, and across the magnificent architecture of his city.

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Baitogogo by Henrique Oliveira


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Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s striking new installation “Baitogogo” has now opened at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The complex “network of organic materials” sees existing concrete and plaster pillars transform midway into contorted and intertwining organic material reminiscent of the Amazon rainforest. The piece is typical of Oliveira’s work, which often uses materials from the Brazilian urban landscape such as wood taken from fences surrounding and blocking access to construction sites. Through these materials, Oliveria aims to highlight the organic growth of São Paulo’s favelas as well as the “endemic and parasitic nature of these constructions.” Inspiration is also drawn from medical textbooks and studies of physical pathologies such as tumors.

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Carioca Cruising


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Carioca Cruising is the latest editorial photographed for the winter-spring issue of 10 Magazine. Brazilian beauty Aline Weber dons offbeat looks in Christian Anwander’s colorful images taken at a car wash. Stylist David Vandewal selects standout looks from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Celine, Friends & Associates and Acne. A bold eye by makeup artist Sil Bruinsma and wet tresses by hair stylist Andre Gunn complete the quirky ensembles.

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Contemporary JPGN Residence, Brazil


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Brazilian architectural practice Danilo Matoso Macedo have completed the JPGN project. Completed in 2012, the contemporary property belongs to a young couple in Brasília, Brazil. This contemporary Brazilian property looks onto Lake Paranoá, with the monumental area of the city on the opposite bank. According to the architect: “The contemporary house was almost fully elevated on stilts at the edge of the height permitted by law, allowing the desired view over the roofs of the neighbours. The property belongs to a young couple without children, the basic programme (room, office, bedroom, kitchen and service area) was distributed only at the top level, facilitating rapid paths everyday, more frequent when children are small. The indoors were arranged to prioritise the vision of the landscape, now converted into a central motif of the project – reverence complemented by a ‘panoramic deck’ provisions freely on the cover slab.

Contemporary-Property-Design-Brazil-08 In order to avoid the ceiling topping due to elevation of the main block, the ground floor was treated with staggered landfills. The garage is an intermediate level, along with a service equipped with hoists and installing temporary employee in order to hide the vehicles for users from the balcony above. A small two-bedroom flat was designed for future occupation of stilts, second family life, in which the children would demand more independence – Early prediction of execution by the client in the first moment of the work, providing functional autonomy to the area leisure and allowing its use for any guest. It opens directly to the view the room, the office, and the double bedroom – mediated by a balcony – and indirectly the kitchen connected to the dining room for large sliding panels. The integration between these two environments is enhanced by continuous bench, topped by a set of adjoining cabinets and windows that open yet frontal view of the street.
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Converse x Oscar Niemeyer Collection


American shoe company Converse has launched a new limited edition collection inspired by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s work. The 104-year-old modernist architect, whose iconic buildings include the Cathedral of Brasilia, reworked five classic styles for Converse, which also reached its 104th birthday this year. The trainers, which have a subdued palette of cream and white with dashes of red, are said to be inspired by Niemeyer’s famous quote about curves:

“It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve – the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman.”

The footwear collection consists of the following sneakers: Chuck Taylor All Star Hi, Chuck Taylor All Star Oxford, Chuck Taylor All Star Chukka Boot, Skid Grip Oxford and also the iconic Jack Purcell.

Alessandra Ambrosio


Brazilian fashion model Alessandra Ambrosio has unveiled Victoria’s Secret’s latest Fantasy Bra, this year worth 2.5 million dollars. The push-up ‘Floral Fantasy’ bra features gems handset by Long Island, New York’s London Jewelers, and includes amethysts, sapphires, rubies and diamonds, as well as a removable 20-carat white diamond in the center.