SPRING SUMMER 2018
CASA DE VIDRO I: THE GARDENS
Caroline Trentini photographed in the gardens of Casa de Vidro
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL PAVAROTI
WORDS BY BARBARA CASASOLA
In 1951 Lina Bo Bardi designed Casa de Vidro, or Glass House, as her family home in what was then the remnants of the Mata Atlantica, the original rainforest surrounding São Paulo.
Bo Bardi is a towering figure in Brazil and while I was growing up, she represented the kind of woman I wanted to become. At a time when design and architecture was dominated by men, she was an exception. Like me, Bo Bardi was half Italian and half Brazilian. This mix informed her work and helped to create an entirely new visual language that integrated Italian rationalism with more non-linear Brazilian forms of expression. We see these two worlds come together in her iconic Glass House, where she sought to create a space that would seamlessly integrate domestic living with the natural world. In her own words:
"The aim was to intensify a connection with nature, using the simplest possible means, in order to have the minimum impact on the landscape ... This house represents an attempt to achieve a communion between nature and the natural order of things ... " Lina Bo Bardi.
In this, the first of a two-part series at the Glass House, we explore the wild gardens of the house. Here, the amazing Caroline Trentini is wearing Spring Summer 2018, a mix of stretch-knitwear and suiting, all made in Italy with only the very best materials.