Category Archives: Porto Alegre

At the table with Heloísa Crocco

I got to know Heloísa Crocco and her work through Adélia Borges, whom I met the day before I left to Porto Alegre. I was going to stay in a hotel there, but Adélia called Heloísa to ask if her “wooden box” studio on the outskirts of Porto Alegre, by the Guaíba river, would be free the next 2 days. This is where she welcomes friends, artists and curators there as a sort of informal artists’ residence. Lucky for me, it was free. Continue reading At the table with Heloísa Crocco

At the fair


Having arrived at the Casa Brasil Design around 3pm yesterday, I walked around and inside the fair’s stands, meeting some of the designers and manufacturers. Around 5pm there was a “bate-papo”, or conversation, between the jurors of the Salão Design AwardBernardo Senna,Ademir BuenoGuto Índio da Costa and Maria Helena Estrada. They held a lively debate over their work as jurors, about how they didn’t give out some of the awards in order to elevate the distinction’s level, and didn’t shy from making – especially Maria Helena – rather critical observations to the furniture factory owners showing their products in the surrounding halls. Continue reading At the fair