Rothko is a São Paulo restaurant inspired by the paintings of Mark Rothko and the passion for gastronomy of Diego Belda. From the rock clubs he owned, Casa Belfiore and CBBAR, to a unique restaurant in the heart of São Paulo’s nightlife, Belda is also a painter but in parallel discovered the world of gastronomy [...]
Marcos Proença was born in Sorocaba but moved to São Paulo in 2001. Over 20 years, he has become one of the most sought-after hair stylists in the luxury market in Brazil and also a pioneer for creating the first eco-friendly salon in the country, launched November 2009. His place offers an unique experience combining [...]
This photographic project, titled Tempus Fugit, was inspired by everyday life in my hometown of Sao Paulo: the rush of the streets at night and the time that just seems to fly by. I used multiple exposures and my own night light to get these shots. It’s a tribute to the flashes of everyday life [...]
This is the first clip from Madrid, the new project of Adriano Cintra of Fame and Marina Vello of Bonde de Role. I have been looking forward to it since one of their earlier collaborations on a cover version of Freak le Boom Boom by Gretchen kept ringing in my ears for a long time. [...]
Pop up stores? Cute, but so last decade. Say hello to The Gourmet Tea, a pop out tea store in São Paulo. Neatly hidden behind what looks like a neon art deco wall when it’s closed, the shop is actually an oversized plywood box that opens up for business by popping out from the wall panels, thanks to some very clever design by Brazilian architect Alan Chu. A hinged flap flips to show the shop sign; the counter is wheeled out, and a door opens to reveal cupboards and shelves of tea merchandise. Wow.
DDB Brazil’s ad campaign for theMASP Art School in Sao Paulo recently received a lot of publicity for spreading out what looks like the dissected bodies of famous artists with their insides done in the style of their art.
Brazilian twins Os Gemeos have been creating some of the most colorful art on walls for decades. In a street art scene where artists are judged by the quality of their stencils, it is refreshing to see Os Gemeos consistently putting up work that is technically masterful and completely unpretentious. Their characters have a playful and fantastical quality, contrasting sharply with the urban decay they decorate in Os Gemeos’ native Sao Paulo. Recently, their transition to gallery work and sculpture has been seen them expand their scope into massive multimedia installations.
The best way to see São Paulo — the sleekest, hippest, and biggest city in Brazil — is from the rooftop bar of the über-modern Hotel Unique, wasabi martini in hand. The Skye bar, with its crimson red pool, funky cocktails, and hip LA vibe, is where the city’s beautiful people go to see and be seen. And then dance ‘til dawn.
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.
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 footwear designer Andreia Chaves blurs the line between art and fashion with her eye-breakingly unique series of shoe designs. Of her work, she says: ‘The fact that I grew up in a chaotic city like Sao Paulo, full of contrasts, being in contact with such diversity and constant exposure to different visual inputs, has inspired me in how I conceptualize my shoes. I can clearly see influence coming from my South American sense of versatility’.