Fancy a Pinta?

While many eyes will be turned on Brazilian football this Thursday with the start of the World Cup, others will be admiring Brazilian design, thanks to the return of the Pinta London this week.

Cibelle Cavalli Bastos, 'Brasilia' 2013.

Source: Image courtesy of Atekelier Mkd

Cibelle Cavalli Bastos, ‘Brasilia’ 2013.

The showcase, which also launches this Thursday, is now in its third year, and will take over London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre for three days to celebrate industrial design from Mexico and Brazil.

Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers, 'Blooming Branches - BIG' 2013. Chrome
Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers, ‘Blooming Branches – BIG’ 2013. Chrome

Show curator Manuel Díaz Cebrian says, ‘This year’s themes are “Transform to Preserve” and “Design with Identity”. The inspiration behind these ideas is the preservation of native handicrafts and techniques while making the designs relevant for today’s market.’

Among the highlights of the exhibition are furniture pieces form iconic Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer:

Oscar Niemeyer and Ana Maria Niemeyer, 'Rio Chaise' 1978,79.
Oscar Niemeyer and Ana Maria Niemeyer, ‘Rio Chaise’ 1978,79.

It’ll also be good to check out the work of the Campana Brothers, who create furniture pieces inspired by Brazil’s vibrant carnival culture using found objects as materials:

The Campana Brothers, 'Peixe Bench' 1989.

Source: Image courtesy of the artists

The Campana Brothers, ‘Peixe Bench’ 1989.

Other works to look out for include this surreal and beautoifl piece by Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers:

Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers, 'Blooming Branches - Grand' 2013.

Source: Image courtesy of the artist

Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers, ‘Blooming Branches – Grand’ 2013.

The Pinta show runs in parallel to the Fashion and Textile Museum’s celebration of the traditional Mexican rebozo in its Made in Mexico show. The museum has collaborated with Pinta to show at rebozo by Hermilo Lopez Izquierdo at the event.

Anna Bella Geiger, 'Historia do Brazil - Little Boys and  Girls'.

Source: Featured in Pinta Projects, image courtesy Aural Galeria, Alicante

Anna Bella Geiger, ‘Historia do Brazil – Little Boys and Girls’.

Pinta London runs from 12 – 15 June at Earl’s Court exhibition centre, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA

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