Press release, September 2018
Casa Botelho has opened its newest bespoke concept space at the Augustus Brandt store in Petworth, West Sussex. The shared space is an extension of a long-standing relationship between the two luxury emporiums which has also resulted in a collaboration at one of Augustus Brandt’s sister-brands, Decorum Est, on the Kings Road. Bringing Casa Botelho’s masculine glamour, sumptuous tones and modern design to the already established space, customers will be able to see, touch and experience Casa Botelho’s signature style and purchase the brand’s entire collection, including its bespoke furniture and home accessories.
“Casa Botelho has a very strong commitment to quality materials and attention to detail, and Augustus Brandt shares this philosophy. Their designs are made with an artisan touch. We are excited about this new journey and continuing a beautiful relationship with such an inspiring brand,” says Joao Botelho, Creative Director and founder of Casa Botelho.
Since the two brands connected, Casa Botelho and Augustus Brandt have been advocates for each others work for many years. So, when the idea came up about bringing the two brands together under one roof, there was no hesitation. While Casa Botelho’s rich, moody tones compliment Augustus Brandt’s classic, antique designs; Augustus Brandt’s solid wood pieces aesthetically harmonise with Casa Botelho’s modern symmetrical lines.
In Peworth, West Sussex, the Augustus Brandt showroom is housed in a very unique space- a 7,500 square foot, Georgian town house. With the aim of creating a retail destination rather than just another showroom, Augustus Brandt has redesigned and decorated the homes interior to allow customers and guests to experience the furniture in a familiar and ‘real’ setting.
Casa Botelho has transformed one of these spacious rooms into an oasis for the senses with an exclusive combination of the brands signature pieces, including the Martini Tables, Cupid Chaise Lounge, Bacco Armchair, Bacco Side Table, Eros Console, Coffee Table and many more. Designed by Joao himself, the space is infused with all the seductive glamour of which Casa Botelho is known for, creating a luxurious space that doesn’t compromise on character or individuality.
To compliment the designs, Joao Botelho has chosen two artworks from the exceptionally talented, Italian-born photographer, Thomas Zanon-Larcher. The two pieces selected are from Zanon-Larcher’s narrative series, Nora, which is based on the Norwegian play, “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen. Shot in Oslo and London in 2006 and shown at The Wapping project the same year, each of the two works on show is the last available in an edition of seven.
Zanon-Larcher’s narrative works are a cycle of photographic stories, in which nothing is staged formally. Working closely with performers as if shooting a film, the artist sets up role plays, with the sets often a street or a public place. Shooting at the precise instant when the essence of an unfolding drama can be captured in a single frame, the images often capture the protagonist’s isolation, often fixing moments of introspection and solemnity.
Zanon-Larcher’s ongoing interest in performance, artifice and the construction of the female identity in visual culture, has led to collaborations with fashion greats that include Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander McQueen, Dreis Van Noten, Martin Margiela and Haider Ackermann, amongst others. He has sold exhibitions to major galleries and museums in Tokyo, Warsaw, Milan, Antwerp and London, and his photographs have been published widely.