Where can you find a single restaurant serving authentic Japanese sushi , Brazilian churrasco , and Italian parmigiana? In São Paulo, the largest city in South America and, quite possibly, the craziest , most fascinating melting pot on earth in which there are more Italians than in all of Rome, as well as the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan!
It is a cacophony of architectural styles. Self described “humble architect of the third world” Marcio Kogan said:
“We don’t need to be concerned about environmental coherence, it is total chaos, the most absolute chaos. In this city, the world’s ugliest , which overflows energy, vibrant like no other, loved and hated, anything that is projected will be totally integrated into the city.”
Some say São Paulo’s beauty and vitality thrive on its apparent disorder. In contrast to the master-planned city of Brasília, São Paulo appears to have sanctioned a zoning free-for-all. It became the permanent beloved home to famed architect Lina Bo Bardi and others who left Europe following WWI I.
Bo Bardi designed the iconic Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), where Guilherme Wentz ’s Post-Tropical Vase was selected for its Collector Club.
The Japan House Culture Center, designed by 2018 Interior Design Hall of Fame Inductee Kengo Kuma, opened in São Paulo near the famed Japanese district of Liberdade where, akin to Niemeyer ’s works in Brasí l ia, he incorporated a brise soleil façade. The WENTZ brand was launched here—the apex of the old, the new, and the yet to be.