Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Atelier Carlos Motta

It's so nice discovering things when you least expect it. We'd mentioned earlier that we stopped into the Steven Alan Bazaar in East Hampton over the weekend. However, we failed to wax on that in reality walked out, not with another reverse seam button-down or one of those fringe scarves that continue to haunt our thoughts, but with a very strong desire to own an easychair by Carlos Motta or at least a place with room enough for even one of his cute cuica chairs. You may be tempted to automatically add Motta to the other endless list of designers who have taken on the chivalric task of reclaiming nature's discarded wood parts to transform them into everyday furniture, fixtures and works of arts. But before you jump to such conclusions, we'd like to point out that Motta has been working with recycled wood since the early 70's when he was living off the coast of São Paulo where he spent the other part of his time surfing and studying to be an architect. Upon establishing his atelier in the late 70's he has expanded his development into furniture, decorative accents and sculpture while continuing in the realm of architecture. He continues to utilize wood that has been swept up onto the shores and banks or leftover from demolition sites. For more info, check out Espasso in TriBeCa, where Motta appears this week. 

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