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Modernist Encounter: The Furniture of José Zanine Caldas at Rino Levi’s Casa Olivo Gomes

Architecture and interior design Brazilian magazine Casa Claudia Luxo photographed the classic furniture of José Zanine Caldas, designed in the 1950’s, set against the Casa Olivo Gomes: a modernist house in São Paulo’s inland town of São José dos Campos designed in 1951 by seminal Brazilian architect Rino Levi.   The house is a marker in Levi’s oeuvre, who was one of the main exponents of modernist architecture in São Paulo, redefining the city’s urban landscape.  The Casa Olivo Gomes site also features tile murals designed by famed Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx, in his signature aesthetic that combines modernism and tropicality.  The spread unites 3 distinct seminal names in Brazilian modernism and proves their work not only to be still relevant today but as innovative and refreshing as it was when they were originally created.  Featured furniture includes  José Zanine Caldas’ H and N armchairs, I dining chairs and the X stools, originally designed in the 1950’s. These and other of Zanine Caldas’ re-editions are available exclusively in the US at ESPASSO.

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