Casa Cor Rio 2015: Setting trends below the equator.

Last month I was able to visit a traditional interior design event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil called Casa Cor. This event started in 1987 in Sao Paulo and since then it has taken over the whole country and spread across the border to other South American countries. It’s an expensive event to participate in as a guest and exhibitor, but the work done in renovating some historical buildings makes it all worth it. For the designers and manufacturers, it’s a place for launching new products and showing what they can do as professionals.

This year’s choice of venue was quite remarkable. Villa Aymoré, part of a neighborhood called Glória in the city of Rio de Janeiro, was built between 1908 and 1910. It constituted a group of 10 semi-detached houses, typical architecture of the 19th century, in the eclectic style with elegant lines. Those who once lived in those houses were considered to be wealthy. For years these homes went abandoned. It was only in 2010 when Landmark Properties bought the buildings that they started to renovate and retrofit the homes into office spaces.

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Model and plans of the renovation/retrofit project.

I was very pleased to visit the site during Casa Cor this year. Cudos to everyone involved! The carpentry was precise, the artwork was surprisingly good and overall the compositions were great. I had missed Brazilian creativity, colors, and solutions. Bellow are some pictures of the event spaces I thought would best portray the designers talent.

 

 

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