Wallpaper’s Born in Brazil launch party, New York

 Brazilian furniture gallery party launch
The party took place in specialist Brazilian furniture gallery, Espasso, which features works from the early 20th century to the present day
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As the design world descended on New York for the ICFF, Wallpaper* kicked off the action with a party to celebrate the launch of its Born in Brazil issue. Leading lights of the art, fashion and design community gathered at specialist Brazilian contemporary furniture gallery, Espasso, for the event, held in association with the country's top chain of luxury shopping centres, Iguatemi.

Guests, including a cohort of Brazilian models and Wallpaper* cover girl Ana Beatriz Barros, mingled among furniture by the likes of Carlos Motta in Espasso's converted Tribeca factory space. In keeping with theme of the issue, they sipped on custom-blended Wallpaper* caipirinhas from Sagatiba and nibbled on authentic Brazilian delicacies, courtesy of Greenwich Village restaurant Berimbau.

The limited edition cover designed by artist, Vik Muniz - featuring a paper cut-out representation of Rio's Vidigal favela - was unveiled for the first time during the party. And musician Nanny Assis treated the throng to an impromptu acoustic guitar session of Brazilian lounge music. It wrapped up a fitting toast to an issue that celebrated the most exciting country on earth.

A group of people at party in brazil

Espasso owner Carlos Junqueira, Iguatemi CEO Carlos Jereissati, Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers and furniture designer Carlos Motta

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Architects at party

Architects, Arthur Casas and Ligia Costa, with Espasso owner Carlos Junqueira

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Models at party

Models, Ana Beatriz Barros and Fernanda Motta, with Carlos Jereissati

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Some random clicks from Wallpaper’s Born in Brazil launch party, New York

Carlos Motta, writer Teri Agins, Carlos Junqueira, Patricia Assui of Iguatemi and Carlos Jereissati

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Party in New York

The party took over two floors of the gallery

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Some famous faces at Wallpaper’s Born in Brazil launch party, New York

Publicist Nadine Johnson, jewellery designer Carlos de Souza, Quin Aluni and fashion designer, Italo Zucchelli

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Models in Wallpaper’s Born in Brazil launch party, New York

Models, Irina Shayk and Alessandra Ambrosio

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Writers have a read of the Born in Brazil issue before the party

Writer, Anthony Hayden-Guest, and Carlos Motta have a read of the Born in Brazil issue before the party

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Models with Carlos Junqueira

Models Alina Nakashima, Carolina Bittencourt, Fernanda Motta, Ana Beatriz Barros and Alessandra Ambrosio with Carlos Junqueira

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Illustrator at Wallpaper’s Born in Brazil launch party, New York

Illustrator, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, and Tony Chambers

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Wallpaper’s Born in Brazil launch party, New York

Rubin Fimoes, Cynthia Ferro, publicist Gina Nanni and writer Glenn O’Brien

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Stylish New Yorkers at Wallpaper’s Born in Brazil launch party, New York

Stylish New Yorkers, including Carolina Bittencourt and Alina Nakashima

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Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms