São Paulo was all abuzz this past weekend with the 2nd edition of DW! Design Week 2013. Several design events took over the city but none as impactful and fresh as MADE – Mercado, Arte, Design.
With the keen eye of Waldick Jatobá, MADE’s curator and art director, identifying concept-driven Brazilian and international practices, MADE served as a dynamic platform that showcased the interplay of design and art, as seen in the fair’s installations and program, and the context in which these practices may exist and thrive. This interplay is evident in the featured works of Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans, selected by MADE as Designer of the Year, as well as in the site-specific installation by NY’s collective Snarkitecture and the multimedia bench conceived for the fair by architecture firm bARST.
MADE also exhibitied Coletivo, a presentation of limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces of independent productions by such designers as Onda Project: Zanini + Bonaguro, Carol Gay, Bruno Simões and Alex Mulligan, among others, and participating galleries such as São Paulo’s Firma Casa and Dpot, Rio’s Memo and Luciana Caravello, and NY’s Friedman Benda launched new pieces from their collection.