Bottega Veneta‘s project entitled “The Square”, a journey to discover the world’s cultures through art, which inspires dialogue and instills curiosity, celebrating local artists and artisans, continues.
After stops in Dubai in 2022 and Tokyo, the Italian fashion house this time lands in Brazil, specifically in São Paulo, paying homage to the naturalized Italian-born Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, and her Casa de Vidro.
The Casa de Vidro was Lina Bo Bardi’s first ever building project, nestled in the lush vegetation of the Morumbi neighborhood in São Paulo, it was the architect’s residence until her death in 1992.
Achillina Bo aka Lina Bo Bardi, was born in Rome in 1914 and, after graduation began her career in Gio Ponti’s studio. She moved to Brazil in 1946 along with her husband Pietro Maria Bardi, where she became a Brazilian citizen in 1951, the same year in which she finished the construction of her first building as an architect, precisely the Casa de Vidro.
She would become one of the most influential personalities of Brazilian modernism, and would also be a prolific artisan making jewelry, costumes, furniture and stage sets throughout her life.
“It is truly inspiring to meet here with artists of different generations, different disciplines, and from all over Brazil to celebrate the legacy of Lina Bo Bardi and the richness of Brazilian culture. Bottega Veneta is synonymous with timeless style. With The Square São Paulo, we recognize how Lina’s ideas and aesthetics remain relevant today, a testament to the capacity for change inherent in design and culture”, these are the words of Bottega Veneta Creative Director Matthieu Blazy.
The initiative, personally supervised by Blazy and curated by Mari Stockler, will be structured in four thematic paths that will then be further explored in as many four volumes, brought together in a limited edition box set.
Within the structure, other works created by other contemporary Brazilian artists will be placed alongside the architect’s creations in a dialogue between the past, present and future of the South American country’s creativity and culture.
The Casa de Vidro opens its doors to the public today, May 26, and will be open to visitors until June 3.