Wallpaper Magazine: Kogan awarded “Best new private house 2010”

By , January 28, 2010 3:14 pm

After ranking second at the 2009 Leaf Awards, the celebrated Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan was awarded “Best new private house” at Design Awards 2010 by British magazine Wallpaper* for his Costa Verde house.

Located in a private cove in the region known as Costa Verde, just south of Rio de Janeiro, the stylish summer house of clean lines sits practically on the white beach sand, surrounded by the untouched native greenery.

We are very happy for this award as our mosaics were the glass tiles of choice for this project. At Costa Verde, the infinity pool flanked by a handsome ipe-wood sundeck was finished in ¾”x ¾” Vidrotil glass mosaics, color 409. What is more, the organic texture of our handcrafted mosaics do look great in this setting… just saying…

Our congratulations to Marcio Kogan and his team and thanks for working with Vidrotil!

You can see more at:

Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010

Marcio Kogan Studio

Correction: The mosaic tile color was corrected from 209 to 409

Paulo Werneck in Modernism magazine

By , October 16, 2009 11:52 am

Modernism Magazine - Summer 09This post comes a little late, but we just got our hands on the Summer issue of Modernism magazine last week. Their cover was dedicated to the Werneck House, a fine example of Brazilian modernist architecture of the 1950s.

The house design, a gift that artist Regina Wernek received from Marcelo Roberto — one of three brothers who formed the architecture firm MMM Roberto — is a jewel in terms of all-around sophisticated design. Besides the innovative building process, practically every constructive and decorative detail in the house was designed and made to order, from wall and floor coverings to cabinets and closets, dinnerware and fabrics. At the entrance, the visitor is welcomed by a lovely mural made in Vidrotil glass mosaic tiles by Regina’s father, Paulo Werneck, in 1959. “[The mural] blends the aesthetics of decorative art with the function of a durable and protective exterior,” says Werneck’s grandson and current house owner, designer Gaspar Saldanha. The Werneck House is emblematic of masterful design and understated distinction.


As to the mosaic art of Paulo Werneck (1907-1987), it was informed by the Modernist movement launched in Brazil in the late 1920s. In the words of art historian Carlos Martins, Werneck’s murals can be found in numerous residences and public buildings across Brazil, designed by modernist architects that include Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier, to which they provide a dynamic, complement and distinctive character.

Werneck’s murals have been surveyed as part of the Paulo Werneck Project and can be seen here.

Unfortunately, Modernism magazine does keep older online articles on file, but for more pictures we suggest you check out this blog.

Vidrotil at the Getty Villa

By , September 24, 2009 9:44 pm

Machado-Silvetti Web Site

Machado-Silvetti Web Site

When the Getty Trust commissioned Machado and Silvetti Associates for the redesign and expansion of the Getty Villa in Malibu, CA, one of the major challenges they faced was the harmonization of all buildings and public areas with the existing J. Paul Getty Museum, erected in 1974 as a recreation of a first-century Roman country house.  In the words of design architect Jorge Silvetti,  “It’s a huge property and it was already a landmark.  Our approach to the villa museum building focused on (improving) its classical architecture. This was going to be an exemplary paradigm designed to help the public understand how the Romans lived.”

To this end, instead of replicating Roman architecture, the modernist architects conceived original elements that defined a character for the new Getty Villa and harmonized the otherwise disparate existing structures. In their master plan, they designed a building complex that was to have the original villa at the center and new structures around it, as gateways that deliver the visitor to the old.

The $ 275 million masterful renovation of the villa took twelve years and the collage of old and new involved exquisite combinations of onyx, travertine, granite, sandstone, copper, bronze, wood, glass and striated concrete, both in the new additions and in the restoration of original floors and walls.  On a par with these materials, glass mosaic tiles handcrafted by Vidrotil were used not only to add unique sheen and organic texture on restroom walls across the complex, but also, thanks to their timelessness, to serve as common denominator for the original villa and the architectural additions.

By the way, the museum also has a great collection of antique art… :)

When in the Malibu, CA area, make sure you pay a visit to the Getty Villa. In the meantime, you can check out the Machado and Silvetti’s website.

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