Design Weekend São Paulo: MADE Pop-Up

A design collective's clever transgression of function and materials provoke the rethinking of everyday objects

by Jorge Grimberg Part of many different events comprising Brazil’s second-annual Design Weekend São Paulo, the MADE (Mercado+Arte+Design) pop-up featured an exhibition curated by investment banker-turned-collector Waldick Jatobá. Within MADE were projects of different focuses—including a spotlight on Polish design and an installation by Italians Giorgio and Marco Bonaguro Guazzini, sponsored by Electrolux. But the highlight of the pop-up came from Grupo (in)vasão, a collective …

Martins Cafe

The young Brazilian brand aims to legitimize flavored coffee

Inside the colorful cardboard boxes by Martins Cafe, you’d expect to find retro wind-up toys. However, once you tear off a flap from the robot-printed package you’re hit with the rich smell of ground coffee instead. The unexpected element marks the idea behind the playful presentation of Brazil’s Martins Cafe, a young brand of specialty coffee which comes in five varieties —cardamon, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg …

Ovo

Furniture design described through various thematic lenses in a new book from the Brazilian design duo

by Felipe Meres São Paulo design duo Luciana Martins and Gerson de Oliveira of Ovo have recently released Mobiliário_OVO, a book about their furniture design, iconic objects and art projects. For more than a decade the designers have developed an array of exquisite and clever pieces that are at once elegant, humorous and casual. Instead of choosing to order chapters chronologically, according to the functionality …