Sao Paulo

Hotel Unique - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Have you ever slept inside a piece of art work? Check in to the Hotel Unique and you’ll understand. Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake is the genius behind the semicircular 6-floor building. So many design hotels are cool once you’re inside but from outside they often look like nothing special. Unique Hotel is a complete experience that starts even before you get inside. The lobby is a huge as the nave of a cathedral.

Poko Pano by Paola Robba

The Amazon Forest, one of the regions of greatest biodiversity in the world, with its magnificent flora and fauna, was the inspiration for Brazilian stylist Paola Robba to develop Poko Pano her spring-summer 2012 collection. Not only did the beautiful nature prove itself to offer an abundance of creative stimulus, but the local cultural traditions provided fuel for the design of the collection. Poko Pano’s environment friendly clothes and accessories were made in partnership with native communities and matched fashion and sustainability by reverting part of the gains to projects of improvement in these population life conditions.

Hotel Emiliano - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Review and Photos by the Cobrasnake My stay at the Emiliano hotel in Sao Paulo was out of this world. The energy of the hotel is fantastic. When I checked in I was greeted by an amazing staff that spoke great English, they offered me a drink as I filled out the paper work for my stay. The hotel lobby feels fresh and has great furniture and orchids everywhere. I was escorted to my suite and told about all the features of the room, from the special vegetarian menu, the “toto” toilets from Japan, the DVD catalogue with over 150 titles, and just about everything you could imagine in the mini bar.


A square salt and pepper set called “Murazzo”, designed by Rubens Simões, and a cutlery collection created by architect Arthur Casas, both for Riva are available at The Museum of Modern Art store in New York and online. Riva is one of the most awarded Brazilian brands, specializing in innovative design products using stainless steel and silver. Both collections have received important international design awards. The cutlery set won the Red Dot in 2008 and the Murazzo won the prestigious IF Product Design Award, in 2006.