Indio da Costa – The “Carioca” Designer

Guto Índio da Costa Guto Índio da Costa, the carioca designer son of a noted architect, completed his industrial design studies at the “Art Center College of Design”. He spent a lot of time studying on the Swiss campus. In 1995, he returned to Brazil and made his first major work. It changed the entire…

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A HISTORY OF BÚZIOS by Fernanda Pompeo Bellucci

Summer of 1980 in Búzios It was the summer of 1980 and Búzios was still a very rustic city with only a few houses. A torrential rain began to fall as my friend Claudia and I walked the dusty red road towards Rua das Pedras. In less than a minute, the road turned into a…

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LEBLON THE MOST EXPENSIVE AREA IN BRAZIL

                  Flávia Amaral Leblon neighborhood Among the 16 townships surveyed by the Fip Zap index, the homes in the Leblon neighborhood in the southern area of Rio have a higher cost per square meter than Rio de Janeiro. In January 2013 the average cost of $20,451 U.S….

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RELAIS&CHATEAUX SANTA TERESA

Relais Chateaux hotel The hotel has an interesting design that blends history with a modern concept. It was erected as a colonial hacienda, and after being restored, it has retained some of the features from the Colonial times of coffee and cocoa.  The contemporary design of renowned artist Sergio Rodrigues has recreated a historical atmosphere…

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COPACABANA PALACE – ELEGANCE AND TRADITION

                        Copacabana Beach   In 1923 when the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro was only a strip of white sand and rocks, entrepreneur Otavio Guinle created a luxurious hotel the famous Copacabana Palace with neoclassical architecture. Ten years after opening, Fred Astaire and…

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RIO DE JANEIRO- ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD

    The city of Sao Sebastiao of Rio de Janeiro was founded by Estacio de Sa in 1565. Its strategic position on the Brazilian coast created the development of its waterfront and commercial timber, and its fishing and sugar cane production, causing a rapid population growth. In the 18th century, the gold discovery of…

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CAMPANA “Cabinet de Voyage”

The “Cabinet de Voyage”, Maracatu, is part of Louis Vuitton’s travel collection “OBJETS NOMADES”. Devised by the famous Brazilian designers and brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana. This limited edition cabinet crafted in the finest materials is made of recycled leather from Louis Vuitton’s workshops, and will be produced in 12 different colors. A version of…

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SÃO PAULO, THE FLAVOR OF THE CAPITAL

FLÁVIA AMARAL PHOTO CREDITS MASSIMO LISTRI   The city of Sao Paulo, which generates half of Brazil’s economy, is the size of the entire United Kingdom and has a larger population than Portugal. The magnitude of São Paulo is based on its territorial dimension and therefore is the third largest metropolis in the world, the…

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