Brasil Mania pop-up store in images

Hello! It's been a week already and I cant hardly believe how cool it was. The third edition of "Brasil Mania pop-up store" gathered great energy, people and creativity! Nice meetings about entrepreneurship, beautiful selection of products and the best host ever: the gorgeous Storia Gallery and its founder Emmanuelle Picciolo Gormezano. Launching my brand Lavinia Objetos in such great conditions just got me more and more inspired to move on. I'm very grateful to Isabel Brossolette Branco and Hellen Kupfer-Hass the masterminds behind the web platform Paris Mania. Take a look at the pictures below:

storia gallery
details of the objects at storia gallery
showing my products at the cocktail party
details of the products
details of the products
details of the textiles

Paris coolest tradeshows: Who's Next and Maison & Objet

Hello!

It's been a very exciting "rentrée" for me. I've been setting up my new studio and enjoying my new work routine. September is the beginning of the year (for someone coming from the South Hemisphere it sounds weird!) and there are huge events here in Paris, like Who's Next and Maison & Objet. Fortunately, I had the chance to see them both and get really inspired.

Who's Next/Prêt-à-Porter is the most important Fashion Trade Show in the world. There are more than 2000 exhibitors and you can see from established big brands to fresh new creators coming out of the schools and exposing themselves to the market. All next year trends are there. They have two editions that lasts 3 days, one in January (Autumn/Winter season) and the other one in September (Summer/Spring).

Maison & Objet, which means House and Object, is sooooo big (8 pavilions) that lasts 5 days! It's all about Home Décor and they reorganised everything this year.  I only saw one (huge) pavilion, and, in my opinion, the most interesting, the one called Now!. It has all kinds of products, furniture, lamps, textiles, stationery... displaying what's coming next in Home Déc. Every year they choose a country to promote their best designers. Taiwan was the chosen one this year, they have interesting things but I'm always, always amazed by the Scandinavian designs. Denmark, Sweden, Finland are the best.

The next interesting shows are Première Vision, everything in textiles you can imagine and FIAC, the International Contemporary Art Fair, when the world best galleries get together in the Grand Palais.

Tonight I'll be visiting another show Now! Le Off, part of the Paris Design Week that getting better every year. So now it's time to digest and think about all the information I gathered and keep working.

See you soon!

 What an idea! I had heard about them and finally saw at Who's Next

 What an idea! I had heard about them and finally saw at Who's Next

Stand by Donna Wilson at Maison & Objet, I love the prints

Stand by Donna Wilson at Maison & Objet, I love the prints

Jars Ceramics colour palettes are always gorgeous (M&O)

Jars Ceramics colour palettes are always gorgeous (M&O)

Murano glasses are just so beautiful! (M&O)

Murano glasses are just so beautiful! (M&O)

Happy new studio!

Hello September!

As I posted in my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds I have exciting news! Finally I'll have my own studio here in Paris. "Mon nouveau atelier" is small, cozy and very well located, something that I've been dreaming for a while. I'm sharing the space with a small fashion brand that you'll hear about because they're very talented people. So, dreams can be true when you are grateful to the universe (and your lovely husband!). 

I'll be posting some photos soon. 

Keys to my private paradise creative bubble!  

Keys to my private paradise creative bubble!  

4 Design Blogs that I follow and I think you should too

I've been very busy with my MATS Home Décor course, connecting with amazing artists that I admire and learning A LOT. It can be very stressing and overwhelming but also very inspiring. I couldn't post my homework for Fabric (last week's subject) because I went on a short trip to a beautiful farm with no phone or Internet and I pretty much got disconnected of my daily life. For now, it's clear that I have to build up a strong portfolio if want to go somewhere in my career.

Now I'm back to Paris and my son is on vacations. So, finding time to study, take care of my kids and keep up with my assignments is very challenging. But to be a part of such talented community is a daily gift.

Well, I was planning about this post before I started this course so I can continue with my "sharing knowledge" mood. So, this time is about art/design blogs that I've been following for years that I wanted to talk about! They're a real source of inspiration for me and reading them regularly is how I try to identify what's trendy in the creative world, find about new artists and, if I like a post subject, go deeper in researching. For someone who loves information like me, there's nothing better.

Here they are:

  1. Design Milk: Everything I love - Art, Architecture, Interiors, Products, Home, Jewellery and more. The content is so well selected. I check it daily.
  2. Fubiz: Daily dose of inspiration and contemporary creative culture platform. Very diverse and interesting.
  3. Swissmiss: I really respect what Tina Roth Eisenberg does in sharing content in design, creativity and inspiration. I check it as much as I can and she has a Friday Link Pack full of interesting things to see in the Internet.
  4. Dezeen Magazine: A magazine as they say. I love the way they mix subjects like Architecture, Product Design, Art and Technology. It's very trendy and full of cool content.

I have in my Feed reader many others more and I'll be soon sharing them. I hope you like it.

Wasn't I right to disconnect? I could not resist to share this amazing view.

Wasn't I right to disconnect? I could not resist to share this amazing view.

Imprimerie du Marais

If there's one thing that I'm crazy about is paper and print process. Yesterday, I had the chance to visit a Print Company called Imprimerie du Marais, located in the heart of the coolest quartier in Paris. 

What they do is pure art. Really, each step of the printing production is taken with so much care and love that the results couldn't be more striking. They are masters in silk screen, offset, embossing, foiling, binding for invitations, brochures and stationery for famous brands like Kenzo, Chloè, Dior... If you're looking for quality this is the place to go.

They also work with great design studios that keep pushing them to challenge themselves to create the most amazing products. Melody, the Communication Director, kindly gave me a gift that I couldn't love more! A box with 8 notebooks, each one designed by a different studio, illustrator or graphic designer, that I can't stop staring, touching and get inspired. A collector's piece that you can see below.

What I liked most about this visit is the perfect combination of the high technology printing process with the handmade touch. It gave me many ideas and perspectives and to keep moving on. I hope we'll be partners in many projects very soon. 

Take a look of the textures and foiling in the cards!!!!!

Take a look of the textures and foiling in the cards!!!!!

The box!

The box!

The gorgeous notebooks that came inside the box

The gorgeous notebooks that came inside the box

Studio setups

Many years working from home lead me to wish to get out and have my own private space. My atelier, my bubble, the place I can concentrate and the everyday home tasks don't overcome my work time. While planning, searching THE place and day dreaming, I set up pocket studios. This is what I learned with Urban Sketchers: anywhere can be a studio. You just have to see and draw... no procrastination allowed! 

This setup was at the dinner table in Porquerolles, a very beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, South of France.

This setup was at the dinner table in Porquerolles, a very beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, South of France.

My dinner table always turn into a pocket studio.

My dinner table always turn into a pocket studio.

Designing products

It's been a while I wanted to develop my own line of products featuring my prints, patterns and drawings. Actually this is my main goal for this year. I'd love to find nice manufacturers here in France to develop locally a small home décor collection. I wish we had here a Maker's Row style website, it would be easier to make prototypes (or echantillons in French) and some factory sourcing... Maybe it exists and I just need to find it.

As you see below, I already tried some prototyping. The only one I didn't like at all is the notebook, unfortunately the quality of the prototype wasn't as good as I expected. I'll be trying other things soon! 

entre-tanto

entre-tanto, that means in english meanwhile, was one of the best experiences I ever had in my life, professional and personal.

When I lived in Rio, in 2007, me and my best friend and great artist Cila MacDowell opened an art gallery/concept store/multimedia studio in Copacabana.

Our mission was to expose and develop new Brazilian artists and to explore the limits of what's called the "grey area", the intersections between art, design, fashion and video. In the first floor we had our gallery and show room. We could mix furniture with fashion with photography and jewellery, a real playground. 

In the second floor we worked in our studio. Cila is an amazing video artist, she collaborated with famous scenographers in multimedia opera concerts, now she's a teacher at the Art Department at the University in Rio.  I could offer my services as a graphic designer. We both worked together as the curators of our space and we loved to write together.

entre-tanto last 3 amazing years and we did from fashion events to performances, from product development to contemporary art exhibitions. Today I'm very proud to share an image gallery that works as a memoir and a homage to the people who believed and enjoyed this adventure with us. 

I'll be forever grateful. Great times!


Launching (finally) my website

I'm so excited about this website... And very happy you're reading this FIRST post! Blogging is something pretty new for me and I'll be writing, or at least, trying to write in English, just because is the universal language. 

I've been working as a graphic designer for 20 years now and I had never, ever displayed properly my work. You can only find it in the websites of the few communication agencies that I worked for. Anyway, my career is something that simply happened (I have a BFA degree that took me a long time to complete, but that's another story...) and taking care of it, organising my portfolio, sharing my work and showing it to the world is something that I decided to do it right now... 

Turning 40 causes this kind of (r)evolution! 

Trying new experiences, improving my skills and connecting with people interested in Art in general is few of my goals with this website. Please feel free to make comments and suggestions. A website is something that's always improving and I'll be adding new work and features (like signing up for a newsletter) really soon.

Little by little you'll get to know me better... Enjoy it!