Joe Armitage

Joe Armitage and ESPASSO present Symbiosis

Hosted by: Joe Armitage


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Sept. 15, 2021 - Sept. 26, 2021

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Joe Armitage

This showcase, as part of London Design Festival, presents the inaugural lighting collection from Joe Armitage paired with select pieces from ESPASSO’s collection of 20th-century and contemporary Brazilian furniture design.

The show celebrates the renaissance of a unique modernist design movement 70 years on from the creation of the original designs; mid-century, traditional furniture and lighting re-edited for today.

Based on an original lamp created in 1952 by esteemed architect and Joe’s grandfather Edward Armitage, the new lighting collection features table lamps and chandeliers that fuse a contemporary design aesthetic with the distinct form and sculptural references of the original lamp. 

ESPASSO, which works with designers and partners globally to share the spirit of Brazilian design and insert its history and creativity into an international context, brings to the exhibition a curated selection with rich design heritage including pieces by Sergio Rodrigues and Oscar Niemeyer. 

This event marks the second collaboration between ESPASSO and Joe Armitage, the former Design Director at lighting brand Tala, who worked closely with ESPASSO on an exhibition between the two brands for Milan Design Week 2019. 



Founded in 2002 by Sao Paulo-native Carlos Junqueira, ESPASSO offers a highly curated collection of contemporary and modern Brazilian designs valued by clients from diverse locations and cultural backgrounds seeking sophistication and comfort in design. 

The gallery regularly presents a selection of pieces that are hard to find outside of Brazil and/or made exclusively for ESPASSO. Through its unique relationships with some of the best Brazilian architects and designers, it has created a shop-in-shop for Sergio Rodrigues, presented solo US exhibitions by Arthur Casas, Carlos Motta and Claudia Moreira Salles, and showcased works by mid- century masters Oscar Niemeyer, Jorge Zalszupin, Lina Bo Bardi, Ricardo Fasanello, Joaquim Tenreiro, and Jose Zanine Caldas, in addition to contemporary designers Fernando Mendes, Gisela Simas, Rodrigo Ohtake, and Ronald Sasson to name a few. 



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Joe Armitage

Joe Armitage

Joe Armitage is a London-based lighting designer and consultant. He designs contemporary collections that fuse traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. 

His award-winning designs cater for the residential and commercial markets, and have been enjoyed all around the world. With a career spanning architecture, construction, manufacturing and product design, he has a wealth of experience turning ideas into reality. 


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