For our new collection, ATLANTICA, I invited Brazilian designer Antonio Da Motta to design a limited collection of furniture and lighting expressing the company’s values of craftsmanship and material innovation. The collection made its debut this week at Fuori Salone in Milan.
Sapucaí Chandelier in gold mica and stainless steel is named after the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
Antonio’s background in fine art and architecture infuse a confident referencing of inspirations that are both painterly and sculptural with the collection. Antonio and I have been speaking for several years about doing a collection together. We share a real connection and deep appreciation for noble materials such as shagreen, straw marquetry and natural lacquer and I’m always interested in moving the materials, designs and craftsmanship towards a contemporary vibrancy. The movement and curvilinear nature of the designs pays ode to Antonio’s Brazilian background and the great modernists of his homeland such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lúcio Costa and Roberto Burle Marx. The designs, in their exquisitely surfaced exuberance, are masterful in their structure while being personal and sensual in line and tone.
Roberto Burle Marx's gardens are oftened referred to as tropical paintings.
The famous promenade of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro designed by Roberto Burle Marx forms a giant abstract painting.
Tijuca Nightstand in ebony straw marquetry, patinated brass trim and custom cast pulls. Anigre veneer chevron top and shelf brings graceful movement to this sophisticated piece.
"What attracts me is the free and sensual curve. The curve that I find inthe mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman." -- Oscar Niemeyer
Copan Credenza has curving concave drawer-fronts and rounded corners, hand-blown crystal handles and bronze patina cast legs. The surface is covered with natural chocolate parallel lines shagreen and koto veneer.
Leaving Brazil after training in interior design, Antonio traveled to Philadelphia where he spent the next years studying painting, stage design and interior architecture (University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Barnes Foundation). His interior work was later honed with private residential clients seeking excellence in custom furniture design in tandem with his panache for crafted materials of great character. For some years Antonio worked in New York as a senior designer under Bill Sofield (Studio Sofield NYC). His work as a designer is a synthesis of all he has studied and observed and the collaboration with Alexander Lamont is a fascinating and vibrant opportunity to explore the confluence of two thoughtful creators.
The interior of the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavillion, headquarters of the Bienal of São Paolo since 1957. Niemeyer is noted for having said, "I think architecture and fine art should come together."
Oscar Desk has distinct lost wax bronze patina cast legs, a hand-polished black lacquer top and horn panel and drawer-front with patinated brass frame.
Brasilia's striking Palácio de Alvorada or the "Palace of Dawn" is the official Presidential residence. Completed in 1958 and designed by Niemeyer.
Antonio Da Motta adds: “I was born one year after the foundation of Brasilia. Its iconic architecture was a constant presence during my formative years, its clean modernist lines a stark contrast to the Baroque and Imperial architecture that surrounded me in my native Bahia. Niemeyer’s vision was an ode to nature, his lines alluding the Brazilian landscape and the human body; a reminder that all things are possible, whey you dare to break away from tradition in the pursuit of essential form in all its beauty.”
The framework of Niemeyer's Cathedral of Brasilia that was completed and dedicated in May 1970.
Lucio Floor Lamp, lost wax cast legs that supports a twelve-face hand-polished Peking glass in Amber or White Jade.
Canoas Sconce made from lost wax cast in black patina and pure gold leaf.
Capanema Nightstand is a rounded cabinet with lost wax cast 'leg pulls' with a natural speckle shagreen surface and koto veneer chevron top.
Sapucaí Chandelier brings together mica and stainless steel.
Close up of the Flamengo Screen, seen below, finished in silvered straw marquetry and koto veneer.