Travel broadens the mind, or so they say. But it’s not always enough for one’s mind to broaden, as Oscar Wilde might have said: it has to be seen to have broadened. And that’s where souvenirs come into their own.
However, you can forget about tacky keyrings and T-shirts, notebooks and pens, because the boutique and gallery Coletivo Amor de Madre (coletivoamordemadre.com) is taking the genre to the next level with its exhibition #fuiparaspelembreidevc (‘#iwenttoSPandthoughtofyou’), which pays tribute to the city of São Paulo without going the obvious route.
Bringing together design and urban culture, the show’s curator, Olivia Yassudo Faria, and gallery head, Marcia Atala, have invited architects Guto Requena, Marko Brajovic and Mauricio Arruda to produce a series of decorative items inspired by the spirit of the city – on show for a fixed period of time, and on sale too.
‘None of the architects participating in the show are actually from São Paulo,’ says Atala, explaining the concept behind the event. ‘But they’ve chosen to live and produce here, and they want to give something back to the city.’
As well as a range of individual products, the architects have also created a ceramic-and-metal table, a focal point for debates around the event.