Travel In Style To The World Cup City

world-cup-style-blog-about-design (ABOVE) This staircase titled “Santa Teresa” is the work of Chilean born artist Jorge Selaron. He designed the stairs for “the people of Brazil”. I find these stairs to be wildly inspiring. I actually want to design a whole space solely based on these stairs. I wonder if Pantone has a set of colors titled Santa Teresa! Here are some pieces that you can wear that reflect the photograph:

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With the World Cup fast approaching (like tomorrow), I decided it’d be the perfect time to put together an inspiring post with oodles of photographs from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil. What I found both beautiful and surprising about these two cities was their eclectic vibe. I know it may sound funny because you’d expect that any city would have an ‘eclectic’ vibe, but I thought of Rio and Sao Paulo as much more classic European and stark modern in design. Instead, I was greeted by some really cool mid-century modern architecture, Gaudi influences, and Mediterranean vibes. One of my favorite shots has to be the photograph looking up the stairs with the city Rio de Janeiro tiled boldly onto the color crazy stairs. Immediately, I thought of Antonio Gaudi and his incredible impact on architecture in Barcelona, Spain. The photograph also got me thinking about bright, bold, funky area rugs. 

These two cities are gems and I’m thinking about taking a trip south to explore them after the World Cup is over. It seems like the perfect city; ocean, mind boggling architecture, history, and fashion-forward locals. While I’m there I might chip off one of those Gaudi-influenced stair tiles (don’t tell anyone)! What do you think of these cities? Have you been here before?

blog-about-design-world-cup-julian-wilson (ABOVE) What a beautiful view! This photograph is looking out at the main hotel drag just off the beach in Rio. Some great hotels to stay at are: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Windsor Atlantica Hotel, Hotel Fasano, Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana.

blog-about-design-world-cup-julian-wilson (ABOVE) Christ the Redeemer is quite the tourist attraction. The statue is 125 ft high and was built in 1931. Until 2010 it was the largest Art Deco Jesus Statue in the world. From the top of the Corcovado mountain, where the statue is located you can take in the beauty of the city. I suggest hanging out there for a bit once you climb up. I wonder how many steps you have to climb?! Here are some pieces that you can wear that reflect the photographs:

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igredia-de-san-jose-blog-about-design-world-cup (ABOVE) Igreja de Sao Jose is a cathedral designed in the Neo-Manueline architectural style.  The Neo-Manueline style was developed in Portugal between the middle of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Basically, it’s Portugal’s version of Gothic Revival architecture. What stood out to me was the use of color and material–very calming and simple, yet effective detailing. The cathedral is not super ornate, it’s just enough. Here are some pieces that you can wear that reflect the photograph:

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cara-vogue-brazil-world-cup-blog-about-design (ABOVE) Hello Cara Delevingne! I’m a huge fan of designer Peter Piloto; which Cara is wearing of course! Piloto’s  clothing reflects the vibrancy and energy of a city like Rio or Sao Paulo. He’s pieces are modern, yet pay homage to classic cuts and shapes. This dress in particular made me think of the Santa Theresa stairs. Here are some pieces that you can wear that reflect the photograph:

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world-cup-rio-blog-about-design (ABOVE) How great is this Instagram photo looking out at Rio’s coastline? You got mountains, forest, beautiful waters, impeccable hotels, and pretty rad views. Staring at this photograph for the past five minutes straight I’m staring to wish I could fly. Yes, I’m random! Here are some pieces that you can wear that reflect the photograph:

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course-surfing-world-cup-blog-about-design (ABOVE) What’s Brazil without a little surfing? I mean come on, the 2014 Billabong Rio Pro took place here! If you’re a surfer or just want to learn when you make your Rio debut, check out: Canal de Camboinhas for beginners, Baixio for advanced surfers, or Arpoador for all levels. I’m totally digging her surf board, it’s got that Navajo-style. Here are some beautiful surfboards to check out: Here, Here, Here. More affordable options: Here, Here, Here. Shop for your beach attire:

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blog-about-design-brazilian-shrimp-soup (ABOVE) What’s the point of visiting a county without experiencing their food? If ya ask me, there’s none! Brazil has a variety of different foods and flavors to choose from. This is a classic Brazilian Shrimp Soup. Check out the recipe on my Pinterest.

rio-blog-about-design-world-cup (ABOVE) I immediately fell in love with this photograph that was shot in Sao Paulo, solely based on the curved building called “Edificio Copan”, designed by Oscar Neimeyer. The building made me think of a wave or a gust of wind. There is something very rigid and structural about this building, yet fluid and light. It’s the perfect architecture juxtaposition. Another really cool piece of architecture is the funnel shaped structure to the right. It made me think of a ship’s funnel. The perfect shot; a wave and a ship, ha!

rio-parque-lage-world-cup-blog-about-design (ABOVE) This is the Parque Lage; a large park that surrounds a prominent Brazilian mansion. The mansion has many distinct Italian architectural influences as it was remodeled in the 1920s by Italian architect Mario Vodrel. However, I can spot a few Arabic influences towards the top of the mansion. I find the beauty of the mansion and the large mountain behind the mansion to make a very majestic shot.

rio-interiors-eclectic-brazil-world-cup-blog-about-design (ABOVE) Chair mania my friends, chair mania! I want all of them, especially the weird ‘belt’, siege green chair in the front left corner.  Overall, this space gives me good vibes. I’m not sure where it was shot, but I wouldn’t mind chilling in this space.

blog-about-design-oscar-neimeyer-world-cup (ABOVE) Architect Oscar Neimeyer is a well known Brazilian architect who designed the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum you see pictured above. Neimeyer was a key figure in the development of the modern architecture movement. I was recently at a water park and I’m not going to lie. The building kind of looks like a big water slide. With that reference in mind, I’ve fallen in love with this building so much more! Here are some pieces that you can wear that reflect the photograph:

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blog-about-design-world-cup-praia-de-ipanema-rio-de-janeiro-brazil- (ABOVE) Back to some more surfing photography. If you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan. I recently purchased this book on surfing and recommend it to any of my surf-fan readers. The path that this surf bro is walking along is very well know, and has been photographed quite a lot, it’s called “Praia de Ipanenema”. The pathway’s geometric shape would make for an awesome wallpaper.

blog-about-design-architecture-modern-brazil-rio-world-cup (ABOVE) One more architecture photo I promise! This building is the Petrobras Headquarters. The building is in the modern Brutalist architectural style. I really like the clean lines of the building and the cutouts ‘punctures’, which create different voids in the structure.

rio Botanical Gardens-blog-about-design-world-cup (ABOVE) A few photographs before I showed you a picture of the Parque Lage specifically by the mansion. This is another photograph of the Parque Lage, except looking out so you can get a better idea of how gorgeous the park is.

rio-blog-about-design-world-cup (ABOVE) In the mood to take a tram in Rio and mountain hop? I can’t imagine how beautiful the view must be from inside the tram! Brazil here I come!

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  • http://www.sparklesandshoes.com/ Kelly

    What beautiful photos, Rio is definitely on my list!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    • http://blogaboutdesign.com/ B.A.D Blog About Design

      Hey Kelly,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      -Brendan

  • Corry Lehmann

    I would have loved to travel to Rio to see the World Cup but since that’s not happening. It’ll be added to my bucket list of places to see in my lifetime!