by Francesca Muston
Brazil’s colourful and energetic aesthetic is beginning to make real waves in global design trends. Recently relaxed trade restrictions have opened up a rich source of design talent and cutting edge sustainability concepts which have been well-cultivated by and for the local market. The Olympics, the World Cup, designers moving out, international retailers moving in… Brazil is in the spotlight, but it’s changing, so now is the time to visit, before global trade homogenises the intensity of the indigenous design.
Brazilian Baroque, a major exhibition of work by The Campana Brothers opened at David Gill Galleries in London last week.
Combining the sumptuous and decorative Baroque style of the 17th and 18th centuries with the Campana Brothers' own take on Brazilian art and culture, the collection includes a number of new pieces alongside a selection of works first shown at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris last autumn.
"Black has always been my favourite colour - or absence of colour," says Stephen Crafti. The Melbourne based journalist and author of the newly published book Designing with Black describes himself as having always been drawn to black houses, irrespective of the materials they are constructed from - whether they are zinc, timber or simply painted.
If you're planning a weekend break this Spring the Cambridge area now has two new hotel destinations to offer. The House Collection, a new boutique hotel group, have just unveiled their first hotel in the historic cathedral city of Ely and plans are well underway to open a second in Newmarket later in the Spring. Poets House in Ely opened its doors earlier this week. There are 21 elegant and individually styled rooms in sophisticated shades of grey, with freestanding copper baths and Bulgari toiletries. Here's a taste of what to expect.