Attending Jonathan Darby’s solo show at London’s Signal Gallery last week reminded me of the movie, City of God. This clichéd perspective of the living conditions of a Brazilian slum was fuelled by how the gallery was set up to resemble your “typical” Rio favela by decorating the environment as such.
With contemporary design and a bohemian air, Olga Olsson’s bikinis are sexy and boast ethical credentials, too. Designer Ruth Ferguson’s stay in Brazil introduced her to the fairtrade project supporting cooperatives of women seamstresses in the favelas.
Sao Paulo designer Andreia Chaves created these extraordinary ‘invisible shoes‘, which are made from a ‘faceted mirrored surface allowing the shoe to reflect different angles of the environment around it thus camouflaging itself with its surroundings’.
The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project involved fourteen countries around the world filling crates with the best of their local nightlife and exchanging their country’s crate with another. We were there all the way, following Australia’s involvement. And the final stage, with Brazil and Australia swapping crates, was a beauty! As this video attests.
It’s not often that art is shown making a huge difference in peoples lives, but every now and then, it really does. And nothing makes me happier than to see creativity being used to help better one’s own community. Especially when the end result is as cheerful as project Tudo de Cor para Santa Marta.
While researching my end of year trip to South America, I stumbled across a cute little historical town in Brazil called Paratay. Apparently it’s known for its 19th century colonial architecture, but I can’t tell you a thing about that. I’m too busy imagining what my life would be like if I called this palatial beach house my casa. Maybe I’d be a Brazilian swimwear designer and use the beachfront pool to host collection launches. Or perhaps I’d dabble in some sort of illicit trade, making the boat-only access more of a necessity than a luxury.
I was lucky enough to be invited to Sydney’s Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange party, where Brazilian nightlife from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro was joyfully brought into Sydney for a big crowd of competition winners. The party featured Brazil’s best, including electric performances from the samba sounds of Rhythm Brazil, before the dancefloor exploded with Bonde do Rolê blasting the crowd with incredible energy and catchy beats. When Rolling Stone picked Bonde do Rolê as one of ten bands to watch as far back as 2006, they were onto something.
If you’ve ever thought about trading everything in to go and live in a hut on a beach somewhere, then you need to read on. Close your eyes and imagine a place worth relocating for, a place where you could truly embody the South American’s passion for life; somewhere where you wouldn’t let life pass you by in a blur of back-to-back meetings and traffic jams. Open your eyes to Pousada Água de Côco.
A high-energy urban arts scene is emerging in Brazil’s biggest metropolis, making the ‘concrete jungle’, as the city is known, one of the ‘coolest’ places in the world right now. Exploring the relationship between art, architecture and skate, the Matilha Cultural Gallery (Cultural Pack) in the center of São Paulo is hosting the exhibition, Destroy and Create, until September 3.
Kidnappings, murder, high level corruption and ear reconstruction are all part of life in Brazil’s Sao Paulo. The best documentaries cover all angles of a story, and here, nobody has been left out. The police, the government, potential victims and actual victims, a kidnapper, along with a plastic surgeon, the guy who makes bullet proof cars, and a frog farmer all get screen time. It’s a fascinating look into the endemic corruption that’s part of Brazil’s government, and the way the poor are driven to crime.
Brazilian designer Mauricio Arruda created these environmentally friendlier storage units that are fitted for the plastic storage crates found in Brazilian markets rather than wooden drawers, thereby requiring less wood and allowing owners to reuse old crates in a more aesthetically pleasing way.
As a baker by trade, these Toast It bread shaped trivets from the Brazilian design studio, Oiti, have resulted in immediate clambering through Google Search in an unsuccessful attempt to make these my own. Looking more like a delicious Loaf made up of perfectly sliced and packaged Whole Wheat, the temptation is strong to top them with butter and jam instead of a cup of tea. Anyone interested in a breakfast of Tea and Cork?