Semana Carlos Motta
September 21–24 marks Semana Carlos Motta, or Carlos Motta Week, with a series of New York events to celebrate the work of the Brazilian architect and furniture designer known for his use of salvaged woods. Beginning with Motta's lecture on sustainability and Brazilian furniture design at the AIA New York Center for Architecture, on Tuesday, September 21, the week moves into the opening for the exhibition “Used and Reused Wood: Furniture by Carlos Motta” at Espasso on Wednesday, September 22. (The pieces were just exhibited at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo.) On Friday, September 24, Motta will give a lecture on tropicalism, sensuality and furniture at Phillips de Pury & Company, ahead of that evening’s opening reception for their September 29 Latin America auction. Coordinated and curated by Adriana Kertzer of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Carlos Junquiera, the founder of Espasso, the events will also include a signing of Carlos Motta: Life as I See It on the opening night of the Espasso exhibition.
“Good design has a social and environmental responsibility,” says Motta, who makes many of his chairs, benches, tables and desks from wood salvaged from demolition sites. “A piece of furniture has to last for a long, long time, because we don’t change how we sit, sleep, eat, write, and so on, so the overall attitude should stay the same.” Motta, who says he likes to design for people who have the same basic needs as he does, calls the use of reclaimed wood in furniture “a simple matter of sustainability.” To follow is a selection of furniture that will be shown at the exhibition.
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