Giraffe chair Lina Bo Bardi 
Instituto Bardi 

Lina Bo Bardi

the Italian architect, designer, 

scenographer, artist, 

who lived and worked mainly in Brazil, 

is recognized fully in her home country 

of Italy and consequently the whole of Europe,

since she is the recipient of 

the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement 

in memoriam of the 17th International Architecture 

Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

that  opened  May 22, 2021 

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The acknowledgment was recommended by Hashim Sarkis, 

curator of the Biennale Architettura 2021, 

and approved by the Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia.

In recommending this award, Hashim Sarkis 
expressed the following motivation:

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«If there is one architect 
who embodies most 
fittingly the theme 
of the Biennale Architettura 2021, 

it is Lina Bo Bardi. 

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Her career as a designer, editor, curator, 
and activist reminds us of the role of 
the architect as convener and importantly, 
as the builder of collective visions. 

Lina Bo Bardi also exemplifies the 
perseverance of the architect 
in difficult times whether wars, 
political strife, or immigration, 
and her ability to remain creative, 
generous, and optimistic throughout.

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Above all, it is her powerful buildings 

that stand out in their design and in the way 

that they bring architecture, 

nature, living, and community together. 

In her hands, architecture becomes truly a convening social art.»

Just as one example, the design of the São Paulo Museum 

MASP click to see my visit at MASP

is exemplary in its ability to create a 

public space for the whole city, 

to create spaces inside that are flexible 

and to be open to experimental and more inclusive 

exhibitions such as Bo Bardi’s own exhibitions. 

The titles of these exhibitions alone, 

“The House as Soul,” “The Dignity of Architecture,” 

and “The Hand of the Brazilian People,” 

illustrate very strongly the power 

of architecture to bring people together.

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The Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement is a long overdue recognition for an illustrious career straddling between Italy and Brazil, for re-enlivening the role of the architect as an enabler of society, 

and for a woman who 

simply represents 

the architect 

at her best.»

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The becoming of Bucha


            When I understood that this cucumber cousin     
           holds the sponge I have seen in bathrooms
            all over I decided to grow Bucha in our pergola.  

Bucha or Luffa cylindrica   was first described by 
Carl von Linné , but received the name  
from Johann Jakob Roemer.

Said and done. Bucha growing in the pergola.   
All plants  gave fruit apart from the  one that were cut 
down  by misstake (I hope) by our  Gardiner...  

When the Bucha is fully grown and ripe   
it is harvest time. 

The seed pod  just inside the green  peel is 
what we want to harvest unharmed. 

The seed pod is then cut open and washed clean
and all the seeds are removed . 

After drying in the sun and  cleaned again  the magic
 sponge material is ready to be used. 

My thought was to create a new shape  
using  pieces of the
 Bucha seed pod as well  
as well as whole  ones. 

Working at the veranda at Casa da Ilha
 I  stocked up on dried Bucha seed pods. 

By sewing the pieces of the Bucha together  with a  
green organic cotton tread I am starting to   learn  what  this
 sponge material is capable of.

I like sewing by hand and used a simple 
type of stitching that 
secures with  knots for durability. 

Sometimes sitting in the garden 
on a blanket stitching. 

A new form is slowly being born. 

A hat type of shape. 

The cut pieces of the Busha I  
will use  as well. 
No waste of any kind  preferably. 

A hat shape (or a sea urchin?) 
that I was born I  
want to   build a stand  
or  you  could call it a hanger  
attached with LED light this   Busha 
hat will become a  luminescent  
hat or we can call it a lamp. 


Really in love with 
this organic material 
and the possibilities 
it has.   

Bucha at sun set. 

Bucha in the morning. 

Hat is Chapéu in  Portuguese, 
could be a good name. 

Bucha - Chapéu seen from 
above or from underneath 
if you hang it in your ceiling. 

Time to cut the green thread or 
umbilical cord if  you may. 

The becoming of Bucha. 

The workshop  on the 
veranda where I  
have been cutting ,
 sewing and creating. 

I mean is it not fantastic 
what you 
can create from 
organic materia, 

To create interior products with no negative 
impact on our planet is the idea. 
This is a good suggestion so far. 

Stay in touch! 




EARTH 🌍 DAY 2021

Celebrating with EARTH NEWS 
- the ”zero-waste house by Mario Cucinella Architects & WASP in Ravenna, Italy that proposes a new form of 3 D printed house made from raw EARTH 🌏 mass-produced, biodegradable housing according to London based Icon Magazine. 

Let’s celebrate the waters&oceans of our planet the coming 365 days. After having my worst worries confirmed by @seaspiracy we owe about 71 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water. To care about our oceans is caring about our selves. We are all made of water. 
Let’s keep it that way. Together. 

#earthday2021 @earthdaynetwork


Life in Brasil > The week in Penedo

The front and back of the bamboo sofa structure leaning against the veranda wall. 

We talked about in for almost a 
year and this week it 
came to pass : 

Our Bamboo Furniture Workshop. 

After cutting and drying 
the bamboo, 
Carpenter Rick Viola 
have started the work 
with a rustic sofa. 

the veranda roof of Casa da Ilha

The fresh vegetable market
by the river
in Resende is
open on sundays. 

 Tomate de Arvore or Tomatillo 
and Jilo are new for me. 
There are a lot of new tastes and textures to try.   


Masked outside the tiny Airport. 

We came by an old airport 
from the 1940
 in the middle 
of Resende 
that is used mostly 
for small 
private planes and 
sky divers of all kinds. 

Airport from the 1940´s in Resende. 

Every week there is a 
new flower or plant 
I discover in the 
garden at Casa da Ilha

Bastao do Imperador or Torch Ginger has become a favorite to photograph..

The Garden here at Casa da Ilha 
is huge
 and there is always 
something new to discover. 

Tomate de arvore on the black ceramic plates outside the
kitchen veranda where the pumpkins grow. 

Bamboo Furniture Workshop at Casa da Ilha.

When the sofa structure is ready 
I will enforce the joints with sisal 
rope more for design reasons, 
is the idea. 

We will see how that 
will work out.

Started the Textile, Color and Details Update textile face
 with hanging the just made curtains at 
Hotel Pequena Suecia on wednesday 
evening in 30 degrees celsius was a good workout. 

Hanging curtains at 330 cm height

The terrace at Blekinge room 13

Blekinge room 13 at Pequena Suecia

By simplifying the color choices and creating a painted headboard with a wooden frame. A new back pillow was constructed along with the semi bed cover and new curtains to match. 

Our first room is a test to see what strategy to use in the coming over individual designed 20 rooms we will update slowly but surely. 

Room Blekinge 13 Pequena Suecia

An open fireplace in the bedroom. 

Room Blekinge has a living 
room and a bedroom as well as a 
small roofed terrace and a mini garden. 

Bucha in a bamboo basket

The veranda is where the 
action is but 
manage to lounge anyway. 
most of the time...

Bamboo connection

A week with work at the hotel as well as learning so much about bamboo is really a dream come true. I am so lucky to have found work here in Brasil that I love to do.

 Below you see Bucha pods that have been 
cleaned at the lay in the sun to dry. 
In the shade at the veranda you see the 
Bamboo result of our Furniture Workshop.

If I can create what I would like from this 
sponge material that Bucha is I 
am going to be very content. 

The plan is to make a 
type of organic pendant  
design using Bucha 
as the main material. 

Stay in touch 

Wishing you a good 
week from Penedo, 


Bucha drying in the afternoon sun.