In 2002, Carlos Junqueira, born in Sao Paolo, was sitting in a Long Island City warehouse staring at a huge room filled with furniture made by his compatriots.
There were floppy wooden and leather chairs made by Sergio Rodrigues, hard-edge modern pieces by Carlos Motta, and simple but elegant dining-room tables from Etel Carmona, who also ran a factory producing objects for other designers. The woods came from the Brazilian forest – strong and natural. The phone, though, never rang. When his friends asked him where he was going, he would say “the space,” which in Portuguese translates to “Espasso,” the name of his business. When Brazilians would come to visit his collection, they would think they were going to Long Island. One brought a sandwich for the long ride, which takes 11 minutes from midtown.
“No one knew where