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pot, Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva 479: the home of Brazilian design - from classic modern-style to contemporary avant-garde. We are in Sao Paulo, one of the largest and most chaotic megalopolis on the planet, in one of the most exclusive residential neighbourhoods of the city, Jardim Paulistano. A project by the entrepreneur Sergio Buchpiguel, Dpot’s extraordinary space is located in an extensive procession of large villas, surrounded by the subtropical green of their gardens that house some of the most beautiful and interesting design showrooms in town. A vital point of reference for Brazilian interior design.

 

the Dpot showroom in Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva

A glimpse of the villa and garden that houses Dpot, the showroom in Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva. The interiors and the exteriors pervade and overlap with one another in a fluid, constant system.

 

With its twenty year-long history and a portfolio with over 400 pieces, Dpot offers an extraordinary overview of the singularity of the Brazilian interior design scene. Opening this second location in 2016 was a near-essential step in order to continue with the research and experimentation underway.
In a captivating miscellany, carefully selected by Baba Vacaro (the creative director since 2004), renowned pieces by iconic modern designers, from Lina Bo Bardi to Sergio Rodrigues, are combined with prominent designers such as Claudia Moreira Salles or Fulvio Nanni as well as the best of the new generations of designers such as Jader Almeida, Alfio Lisi, Fernando Mendes and Rafic Farah & Otávio Coelho. And already, their fresh, young collections share the extraordinary strength of the timeless pieces by the great icons.

 

the iconic Bowl Chair, designed by Lina Bo Bardi in 1951.

Iconic furniture as well as avant-garde collections are put on display in the showroom’s over 1000 sqm. Surrounding the low side table, the iconic Bowl Chairs, designed by Lina Bo Bardi in 1951.

 

It’s thanks to the incredible architecture however that this location is so irresistible. The project has preserved the structure of a pre-existing villa, while the facades and the interiors have been modified to adapt to the building’s new commercial function. It’s designed by one of the most illustrious Brazilian architects, Isay Weinfeld, who tackled his first interior design store. Thanks to preserving the existing spatial layout, the showroom preserves the same inimitable, relaxed and informal feel of the old home and the furniture on display appears to be part of the décor of a real home.

 

Dpot's showroom, sao Paulo, Brasil

A ceiling in different heights creates juxtaposed volumes and areas with a diverse range of moods, from a secluded corner with a sofa to an open-plan space with several seats.

A spectacular spiral staircase leads to the showroom’s mezzanine floor.

A spectacular spiral staircase leads to the showroom’s mezzanine floor.

At floor level, a continuous strip of glass that runs along the entire perimeter of the villa of Dpot

At floor level, a continuous strip of glass that runs along the entire perimeter of the villa creates visual glimpses into the garden from every side. In the centre of the open-plan space, the Bowl Chair by Lina Bo Bardi in sunny-yellow.

the showroom’s garden: an oasis of peace in the congested megalopolis of Sao Paulo.

The exterior of the top half of the façade is clad in concrete slabs, whereas the interior is in wood. The image shows a part of the showroom’s garden: an oasis of peace in the congested megalopolis of Sao Paulo.

 

In this time of tireless research, Dpot has re-edited iconic pieces that by now were out of production and nearly forgotten and “has worked as a radar” to uncover the precious creativity of its country, finding, supporting and manufacturing the pieces by the new emerging designers. It’s not by chance that Dpot is a pilgrimage destination for Sao Paulo’s many design enthusiasts. It’s so bewitching, because the space created by its architecture narrates the story of Brazilian modern design from the fifties to the present day.

 

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Store Infos

Dpot Gabriel
Mobilário brasileiro
Al. Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 479
Jardim Paulistano, Sao Paulo/SP, Brasil
Email: dpotgabriel@dpot.com.br
Web: dpot.com.br

Opening times:
Mon - Fri: 10.00 - 19.00
Sat: 10.00 – 15.00
Closed on Sundays

Photo:
Courtesy Dpot Gabriel
Credits Fernando Guerra

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