OSCAR NIEMEYER

Oscar Niemeyer (born December 15, 1907) is a Brazilian architect specializing in international modern architecture. He is a pioneer in exploring the formal possibilities of reinforced concrete solely for their aesthetic impact.

His buildings are often characterized by being spacious and exposed, mixing volumes and empty space to create unconventional patterns and often propped up by pilots. Both lauded and criticized for being a “sculptor of monuments”, he has been praised for being a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generation by his supporters. His works include public buildings designed for the city of Brasilia, and the United Nations Headquarter in New York City.

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KELLY WEARSTLER

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Kelly Wearstler is a distinguished interior designer and tastemaker best known for her enchanting take on interiors and the luxury lifestyle. As the visionary behind her eponymous studio, Wearstler has primed the lifestyle and design experiences for international and domestic resorts and hotels, including the Viceroy properties in Santa Monica, Palm Springs, Miami and, most recently, Anguilla; the Tides in Miami Beach as well as a re-design of the Avalon and Maison 140, both in Beverly Hills, CA. In addition to international resorts and hotels throughout the United States and the Caribbean, Wearstler has designed select offices, restaurants, retail environments and residences for a high-profile and celebrity clientele.

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ARTEMIDE

 The Artemide light has never been solely a function of seeing, or an opportunity for formal experimentation with lamps as objects. For more than forty years, Artemide has aimed to propose light as a companion to people, as a source of physical pleasure and mental comfort. Artemide has done so, with different work group…s, searching through the whole design process, starting with a declaration of values – The human light.

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VITRA

The Vitra Home Collection is not an interior design system or a homogeneous product line which promotes a uniform style. Rather, Vitra regards the furnishing of one’s home as a process of collage – a gradual assemblage of products and objects. This is not the same as a coincidental accumulation of things, rather it is …a conscious arrangement that grows and changes with regard to both content and style, according to the owner’s individual preferences and circumstances

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CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE

Christian Liaigre designs set the standard for timeless luxury in indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, and textiles. Design inspirations range from the French modernists to equestrian living to strong Asian influence. Liaigre’s juxtaposition of indigenous materials and flawless design began the clean and classically modern aesthetic so en vogue today.

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KARTELL

Kartell Furniture is effectively a manufacturer of plastic furniture & lighting. They mainly work with polycarbonate and polyethylene. Kartell mainly work with the creative influences of world renowned creative designers such as Philippe Starck.

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DOROTHY DRAPER- Palace Quitandinha, Petropolis- BRAZIL

This place was beautiful! Built in 1944 by Joaquim Rolla, it was the largest casino-hotel facility in South America at the time, featuring Norman style architecture and a Hollywood-like interior atmosphere.

The Norman style was typical of the glitzy European casinos of the pre-WWII period, while the interior is redolent 1940’s US movies. It is no wonder that the decoration was carried out by celebrated Hollywood interior decorator Dorothy Draper.

Encompassing an area of 538,000 sq. feet, Quitandinha was designed to be the “Brazilian Capital of Gambling”. Marble restrooms, crystal-studded chandeliers, a lighting system powerful enough to illuminate a city with 60,000 inhabitants and vast halls for up to 10,000 people at a time.

The arched roof of the Mauá Hall ranks as the largest in the world, with its nearly 100 ft. height and 164 ft. diameter, comparable to the dome of Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. It also boasts a modern 2,000-seat theater with three revolving stages, and an outer lake in the shape of the Brazilian territory with a lighthouse placed in the spot where Marajó Island is geographically located.

Quitandinha Hotel guests comprised millionaires, movie stars, politicians, etc., all seeking the best life had to offer. On May 30, 1946, President Dutra outlawed gambling in Brazil, plunging the glamorous Palace into utter economic ruin. Unable to survive solely as a hotel, its apartments were gradually sold out. As of 1989 it was restored and its common areas are currently rented out for conferences, events, shows and trade fairs.

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Baccarat House + Baccarat Crystal Room, Moscow

If you ever visiting Moscow and want a great tip on DESIGN+FOOD, I would suggest you to visit the Baccarat House and Baccarat Crystal Restaurant, I had there one of the most memorable meals of my life, exquisite food along with unexpected and amazing interior design by Mr. Philip Starck. There is also another one just like it in Paris,  Museam+Restaurant.

Check it out, hope everybody enjoy it.

http://www.a212.com/2009/02/restaurantlounge-baccarat-house-cristal.html

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CAMPANA BROTHERS + LACOSTE

Campanas Lacoste super limited edition men

The special edition t-shirts were produced in cooperation with Coopa-Roca, a sustainable development from Rio de Janeiro providing work to women in the Rocinha neighborhood. Besides the lizard-bugs polos, the most amazing signature piece from this cooperation is the Sumer Limited Edition Polo made only from Lacoste logos in a lace-like appearance. The Campana brothers are nowwadays the most famous Industrial Designers from Brazil. They are well know across the world. They are considered a gold mine for Edra, as Philip Starck is for Kartel.

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This is Arthur Casas new take on the iconic Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe.

Arthur Casas is a very famous Brazilian Architect and Interior Designer, he became know in the US after designing the “World Bar” across from the UN Building in lower manhatan. Check his work out at

www.arthurcasas.com

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