The House That Lina Built: Dining with Dior in SP
Any excuse is a good excuse to visit the Casa de Vidro, Lina Bo Bardi’s masterpiece in residential architecture, which has to be my favorite spot in São Paulo. But yesterday was twice as nice, with the house of Dior’s invitation, in collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental, promising a magical evening.
With decorations reminiscent of Dior’s latest catwalk show (flowers, flowers, and more flowers) and many a Brazilian “Lady Dior” walking around with the latest looks, things couldn’t get more glamorous. And when we sat at the gorgeous table, laid for seventy people, chef Thierry Marx, from the Mandarin Paris, amazed us, once again, with a divine menu.
I was thrilled to discover the link between the fashion house and Bo Bardi: The Italian-born but Brazilian-by-choice architect had been chosen by Mr. Christian Dior to produce the set design for his first-ever show in Brazil, in 1951, at the MASP (the modern-art museum, which Bo Bardi consequently redesigned in a different location and is now one of São Paulo’s greatest landmarks, along with her residence).
It was not my first time at the Casa de Vidro, as we did a shoot there two years ago with my husband, for Style.com/Arabia, in which I used a selection of my favorite Brazilian designers. It seems like great architecture and great fashion are bound to be together.
For more information, visit www.institutobardi.com.br.
Photos: Courtesy of Paola de Orleans e Bragança