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January 2012

SUNNY
SIDE UP
Brazilian style!

Brazil is going into overdrive…And with its appetite for modernity, emerges a desire to define a new way of life, but not without honouring, in passing, its modern heritage, the luxuriance of its landscapes and the natural penchant for the Bossa Nova!
Enthusiastic, passionate and creative, the sky is the limit in Brazil…

Rio Carnival : February 18th-21st 2012
National dish :
Feijoada
National drink :
Caipirinha, a cocktail of Cachaça and lemon
Music:
bossa nova, musical style born in the end of 50’s
Dance :
Samba, created in the shanty towns of Rio de Janeiro in the early XXth century.

 


Insolito

Text: Marie Le Fort

Inhabitants: 192 376 500
Area: 8 514 876 km²
Coast: 8000 km of beaches
Capital: Brasilia
Official languages: portuguese

 

Decameron Design


Decameron Design

Unsurprisingly, the silhouette of the design store Decameron is covered in the colours of the fluorescent containers, which make up the building. Designed by Paulista architect Marcio Kogan and his team (Studio MK27), the fluorescent piles contrast with the clean lines that usually make up the private homes that he designs: here, we have a colourful industrial mass to accommodate a collection of indoor-outdoor inspired furniture. And what if luxury was air, space and a colourful energy?
www.decamerondesign.com.br

Emiliano


Emiliano

If the trendy young Brazilians have a favourite address on the very fashionable avenue Oscar Freire (the Brazilian equivalent of rue du Faubourg St Honoré), it is without a doubt the Emiliano Hotel. The coolest meeting place in the neighbourhood, it manages to detach itself from traditional clichés and is celebrating its ten years of existence in all its glory, unlike the Fasano. More contemporary, more luminous and less timeless. Upon entry, an airy Lobby Bar gives way to a glimpse of a wall of vegetation lined with an orchid garden: awarded the prize for best interior design several times, this bright space mixes Scandinavian inspired furniture, white tablecloths and Vermelha chairs in gold rope by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Edra. Located on the 22nd floor, the rooftop spa is very strong visually, and includes Japanese baths, Jacuzzis and lounge chairs in shades of brown and pale blue-gray under a sculptural glass grid, which plunges at an angle outward. A hotel in tune with the times.
www.emiliano.com.br

 

 

Kaa restaurant


Kaa restaurant

One thing is certain: We have always been jealous of the Brazilians’ ability to combine architecture and nature, interior décors and exterior atmospheres together, just like this Paulista address designed by Arthur de Mattos Casas. With its long space which hosts a pool and vertical garden of 7000 plants at the entrance, Kaa extends to a series of mahogany tones, gray tile floor and stylish furniture. Cut in half along its length, it is bathed in natural light, on one side, thanks to a huge glass window and heated on the other, by wooden accents. Definitely a place to rendezvous for dinner…!
www.kaarestaurante.com.br

 

 

 

 

 

Las Chicas


Las Chicas

Run by Carla Pernambuco – a key figure of the Paulista culinary scene with his restaurant Carlota – and Carolina Brandão, Las Chicas instantly became THE meeting place for the boho-chic in between shopping sessions. This new address – whose name means “the girls” – proposes, in a buffet style, a lighter take on comfort food, reinventing the feijoada by putting vegetables in the spotlight as well as offering an irresistible house dessert menu. All in a setting cultivated out of quirky touches, with an eclectic mix of plaid tea towel placemats, mismatched dishes, and colourful aprons hanging from the back of the room. A must-see address.
www.laschicas.net.br

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insolito


Insolito

A new wild side is back in fashion, a new gem. Situated two hours away from Rio de Janeiro, at the famous resort of Buzios the Insolito Boutique Hotel is nestled on the hillside surrounded by lush vegetation. In front, the sea directly opposite. Inside, a colourful décor which accompanies 20 inspired rooms, designed by Emmanuelle Meeus de Clermont Tonnerre. Passionate about Brazil, the French designer transformed an old private house into a charming hotel flowing with tropical colours, frescos, and Brazilian art, bringing an artistic dimension to every room. A smart way to revive the cultural modernity of a country-continent.
www.insolitohotel.com.br

 

 

Kenoa – Design Hotel


Kenoa – Design Hotel

A Design Hotel located on the endless beaches of northeastern Brazil, near Barra de Sao Miguel, the Kenoa reveals itself as an eco-chic retreat inspired by nature. The resort, located a few degrees from the equator, consists of 23 villas and suites straight out of the imaginations of Pedro Marques, founder, and Osvaldo Tenório, interior designer: environmentally friendly, they highlight recycled wood and exposed brick, raw cotton and woven baskets, pottery and ceramics. Throughout the spaces, it is a timeless modernist style that reigns, with, as explained by the owner, a passion for unique items, all made to measure for Kenoa.
www.designhotels.com/kenoa


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