Crossing Dumbo: Video Portrait of Richard Velloso of Olga Guanabara

Episode 6: Richard Velloso of Olga Guanabara (
Directed by Orlaith O’Neill
Created by David Castillo
Produced by Blue Barn Pictures, Inc. for DumboNYC on vimeo

In this episode of Crossing Dumbo, Blue Barn Pictures interviews Dumbo resident Richard Velloso, co-owner of Olga Guanabara, a furniture studio in Dumbo at 63 Pearl Street. Olga is named for Richard’s chocolate lab dog, and Guanabara comes from the Tupi-Guarani language (South America), goanã-pará, from gwa “bay,” plus nã “similar to” and ba’ra “sea.” It’s also translated as “the bosom of sea.” Richard talks about his creative work on his custom furniture pieces using wood found on the beach under the Manhattan Bridge.

Crossing Dumbo, a web series of video portraits of artists, entrepreneurs and residents in Dumbo Brooklyn. This is a collaboration between DumboNYC and our talented friends over at Blue Barn Pictures. Different directors from Blue Barn Pictures, a creative content agency, bring their own approach to each interview to create a distinct profile of the person being interviewed and place them within the Dumbo community. The people at Blue Barn Pictures truly love what they do and support the community in a positive way, and for that we’re grateful to have them be a part of Dumbo.

For the Dumbo Art Festival (Sept 23-25) Blue Barn Pictures will open their office into a gallery to showcase Crossing Dumbo. All the Crossing Dumbo participants will be displaying their art and things related to them. Sponsored by Tekserve, they will have with several iPads displaying the episodes along side their art work.


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