Architect Alessandra Delgado Using her background as an architect, Alessandra Delgado is dedicated to furniture and objects design since 1998. Modernism is a strong influence in her creations carried with functionality and timelessness.
Her personal mission is to share the experience of a passionate drawing, in 100% authoral products. Her office brand, called Alessandra Delgado Design, is based in São Paulo, Brazil, where the creations can be also appreciated at the exclusive store named by the brand.
The exquisite finish defines the straight line furniture of the designer. Since the late 90’s, she has customized its products as well as accompanying the manufacturing process.
One of her great successes is Buffet Lina, a tribute to the modernist traits of architect Lina Bo Bardi, who designed the São Paulo Art Museum, MASP, which opened in 1968 in São Paulo. With the shavings side table, she won the Salão Design Móvel Sul award, 2012, in the removable furniture category for the international market.
Alessandra Delgado also designed the Lina sideboard, to revere this icon of Brazilian architecture. “The piece is inspired by the idea of MASP’s free span”, says the designer. In addition to elegance, functionality is an important feature in your creations, as well as beauty. “A timeless design always remains interesting”, highlights Alessandra.
In general, her features are straight and very light. Nothing about the “weight” characteristic of solid wood or any other material or idea, style, history or fad that leads you to design something that is not modern and practical – which does not mean the absence of quality or good taste. Working with a contemporary and handcrafted touch, her ideas seem to fit perfectly in today’s homes, in a practical, beautiful, well-resolved way, without affectations. And no modulation either: there is a lot of good design and a lot of personality in her pieces.
Easy to recognize her gradual growth in terms of complexity. From the beginning, with very geometric tables, racks and buffets, to the more elaborate pieces that came from last year. Alessandra starts with the use of wood and upholstery to deal with metals to complement and soften her pieces. And from there come the Bruna chair and the Hastes tables, among other furniture with metallic parts. The shapes have changed a little and perhaps become more rounded from now on, that a new era appears in Alessandra’s work. There is already a lot of beautiful things, but there is more to come, for sure.
Recognized as one of the great names in Brazilian design, Aristeu Pires has built over 15 years a strong reputation in the national market. Its furniture is in the main decoration stores in the country and in projects of the most important architecture offices, both residential and corporate.
Back to the industry in Canela, in the Serra Gaúcha, after a year of work in the United States, the designer launched a new furniture collection in early 2016, together with the inauguration of the brand’s concept showroom in Canela.
As a result of the work started in the United States, its first store abroad was also opened, in Chicago, in partnership with an investment group that plans even bigger leaps for the company around the world.
Known as the wizard of chairs, Pires believes in lasting pieces, as a work of art. For this reason, bet on simple and contemporary features in your creations, making them sophisticated. Aristeu Pires believes that functionality is essential in today’s dynamics. In favor of a timeless design that combines with various styles, he proposes the concept of creating furniture that people want to have and that will also last forever.
Passionate about handcrafted woodwork, Aristeu Pires is responsible for striking design pieces through simplicity and lightness. Among many seat creations, the Ylla bench is the one that stands out most in Aristeu Pires’ curriculum. Made with three different woods, imbuia, jequitibá and frejó, the Ylla bench can enter the category created by Aristeu Pires of a piece with “charm without ostentation”, with simple design, but that impresses.
Among her chairs, Claudia’s nominee won the most renowned award in the country, the Design Museum of the Brazilian House Award, granted by the Secretary of Culture of the State of São Paulo. Among other prominent pieces are the chairs Anita, Duda, Juliana and Duda.
Winner of national awards due to his simple, well thought out and well executed designs, Aristeu Pires bets on artisanal woodwork to compose his pieces. Check out this Westwing page a little more about the history of designer Aristeu Pires and find out about his outstanding pieces. Also be inspired by our tips to create varied environments with pieces signed by the artist.
Pires believes in the maxim that a work of art in decoration is one that we carry for life. With this concept, Aristeu Pires won the title of “chairman”. His eponymous company works based on contemporary designs, simple features and sophisticated results. Through his pieces, Aristeu Pires shows that he does not believe in fads and elaborate designs conceived with the concern for ostentation instead of comfort and practicality. Aristeu Pires is respected for his work with lines, creating pieces that go from tables, through benches to benches. Preferring the creation of chairs, Aristeu Pires baptizes them with women’s names.
Our proposal is to apply the design in its entirety. We bring together multidisciplinary talents within creative areas. We walk through product design, commercial architecture – POS and marketing, playing strategic role and generating solutions to the problems brought by the furniture, retail and final consumer companies. We believe that a company’s competitive advantage stems from its ability to anticipate market needs and trends by finding effective responses and creative solutions to ensure business sustainability. Therefore, we are committed to research and new methodologies of work, continuously developing a strategic role with our customers. We drive the growth of furniture industries through design, helping them achieve their best results.
Carol Gay was born in 1976, in São Paulo. Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from Mackenzie University in 2000. She studied Personal Language with the artist Silvio Dworecki (1994-1997); participated in the workshop “A Construção do Objeto”, at MuBE, with designers Fernando and Humberto Campana from 1999 to 2000; attended Sculpture workshop at FAAP, with the Greek artist Nicolas Vlavianos in 2005; and lighting workshop at SENAC, with German designer Tobias Reischle in 2005.
The productive imagery of Carol Gay walks fearlessly through the most remote references: from the wealth of national minerals to a chemistry laboratory, everything can inspire the artist. Carol, inventive, is one of those who rethinks the trivial water dispenser, which creates lighting fixtures using playing cards.
It was in architecture that she immersed herself first, however, her passion for the arts and restless spirit led her to switch to furniture design after a workshop with the Campana brothers. There, she polished her eyes and then added a dose of practical experience to her training working at Tok & Stok. “The possibility of realizing my ideas and creative freedom drove that decision,”she says. Her first piece was a magazine rack made of steel with second-hand plates (sustainability was a concern from the beginning). Today, she dedicates part of his hours to glass design: “I am enjoying the opportunities that blown glass gives me”, she says.
If freedom of creation is her trademark, in the inventive process it is the affective memory that prevails: “I‘ keep ’what awakens my gaze through the streets through photos, notes, drawings. Many memories of my childhood also come to the fore, awakening new ideas ”, she concludes.
She worked as adesigner at Tok & Stok between 2002 and 2004.
She gave workshops at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, and at MuBe – Brazilian Museum of Sculpture – and I.E.D. – Istituto Europeo de Design – in São Paulo, Brazil.
In 2004, 8 young designers from around the world were selected to participate in the workshop “Il vetro temperado per la casa e la ristorazione” at the company Bormioli Rocco, in Fidenza, Italy.
In 2006, she was invited to participate in the exhibition ‘Wallpaper Global Edit’, organized by Wallpaper magazine, at the Armani theater during the I Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy. In 2014 she joined the design group (IN) vasao curated by Waldick Jatobá. In the same year, 28 designers from around the world were selected to participate in the Ambiente fair in the Talents area – a platform for rising designers – in Frankfurt, Germany.
In 2016 she joined the designer team at Galeria Nicoli based in São Paulo. She was nominated for the TOP XXI Design Brasil Award created by Arc Design magazine, being among the three finalists in the lighting category.
In 2017, she was nominated for the VII Casa Claudia Award, being among the 3 finalists in the lighting category. Shee has published in several books, the latest publications of the trend setter Li Edelkoort, Bloom Brasil – Saboroso and Bloom Brasil – Fé; Modern Furniture in Brazil by Maria Cecília Loschiavo and Brazilian Design Lamps / Brazilian Design Lamps by Marcelo Vasconcellos and Nada Se Leva. Participates in exhibitions in Brazil, USA, Europe and Asia since 2000. Currently works as a designer and architect in his studio in São Paulo.
Daniela Ziegler, has had her studio since 2000, graduated in Industrial Design – Visual Programming at UFSM, with postgraduate degrees in Product Design, Leader Coaching Management for Results, among other courses, such as print, surface design, branding, sales.
After a season in London with a stint at Saint Martins, he had contact with different aspects of design, which was decisive for a greater focus on the development of projects in the furniture segment. The minimalist design catches my attention, the product becomes unique, simple and discreet, yet attractive and clean.
Brazilian culture is one of the main sources of inspiration that Daniela Ziegler uses to develop her work, whether in design graphic, furniture, interior or prints. Because it is a rich and vast universe, it allows several starting points.
Thus, Daniela researches, delimits a theme and follows the creative process. Fashion is also an influence: shoes, the cut of a dress or the detail of a handbag, usually become a beautiful collection of furniture. “Inspiration is born from what we like and admire most, so it is natural that it comes from these aspects for me”, says the designer.
The conception, however, goes much further. Daniela considers formal functional, aesthetic and factory factors. “It is important that the project has a visual refinement. I like timeless pieces, without the use of fads, as I create quality furniture, which must go through various times in a harmonious way in the environment ”, he considers.
That’s how he developed iconic pieces in his portfolio, such as the Tobel sofa sideboard, from 2015; Bethânia banks, launched this year; the coffee table and sideboard of the Tapajós collection and the entire Legno collection, with pieces of demolition wood, designed in 2012 and which continue to stand out today.
The Tapajós collection was launched at the 23rd edition of ABIMAD, the Brazilian Furniture and High Decoration Accessories Fair, the main event in the segment in Latin America, with excellent acceptance. The collection is a tribute to Brazilian Indians. Both the coffee table and the sideboard have a very stripped-down look because they bring visual lightness combined with the sophistication of freijó laurel wood and leather.
The project was born around the design of the magazine, a kind of hammock arranged on the side of the coffee table. “I already knew that I would use leather to make this project. The way of attaching is very simple, as is the rest of the design of the coffee table, with clean shapes and slightly rounded edges ”, says Daniela about the creation process.
Leather, a starting element of Tapajós furniture, is an element that appears a lot in the pieces signed by the designer, as well as lighter wood – mainly reforested ones, such as freijó and tauari laurels -, raw fabrics and neutral tones. In projects, Daniela usually uses two types of materials, at most. Thus, it is possible to develop pieces the way she likes: clean and dry. “I see that pieces with a simpler design respond better when choosing.
My ingredient is the pleasure of solutions, that is, the path is very important. In it is the search, within the most diverse natures, mixes of materials and countless possibilities of results. Each project is received as a challenge. I work as a thinker, designer. I am pleased to combine shape, colors, intelligence, dimensions and technical refinement in a project that reaches the final consumer ”, reinforces Daniela.
Even working on several fronts of design, it is in the furniture that Daniela is most satisfied. She entered the area shortly after her course return at Central Saint Martins, in London, where she had a lot of contact with this segment. This happened in 2009 and, since then, several projects have been developed for several manufacturing partners – including Tissot Móveis, sold in Ribeirão Preto by the Robusti Group. The first pieces designed by Daniela resulted in a collection consisting of a coffee table, a sideboard and a side table.
The designer’s greatest professional accomplishment, in fact, is related to this. For her, it was surprising when she started designing furniture and seeing success in sales of certain lines, in participation in fairs, with the partners who manufacture her projects and the shopkeepers who purchase the furniture. Today, there are pieces of it all over Brazil, some even abroad. “It is an achievement for a designer to see this real result of the projects that are born from a scribble. I love what I do. Each piece designed, manufactured and which enters the market is a huge satisfaction. ”, Concludes the designer.
A mixed artisan and designer, Domingos Tótora creates furniture from the recycling of cardboard, in Maria da Fé, MG, his hometown. He studied fine arts at the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP) and at the School of Communication and Arts of the University of São Paulo (ECA-USP).
At the time he devoted himself to the fine arts, he printed images on paraffin blocks. He made installations with a mass of cardboard and photographed them. One day, he realized that he could also make objects. Domingos Tótora watches nature with eyes of wonder. The mountains, the plowed land, and the course of the Maria da Fé River hint at the shapes it materializes with cardboard.
Originating from wood, the cardboard returns to its initial form in the hands of Domingos; when it is broken up, it is processed with glue and agglutination derivatives, transforming it into a moldable cellulose mass. The cardboard mass goes into the creation process and is molded in free gesture to become something, whether bank, vase, holder or just parts of a whole. In this way, design and execution come together to achieve sustainability at all levels.
Of unparalleled beauty, its pieces include vases, fruit bowls, centerpieces, and nature-reminiscent furniture such as earth, stones, and tree bark. To the artist, the greatest merit of Brazilian design is not to have a unique identity, is to be multiple – characteristic of a continental country. In each place there is one thing. What appears in the piece is the region with its particularity and ethnic and cultural miscegenation. It makes a very innovative design. Having no set standard allows you to create very new things and opens up infinite possibilities.
Before winning brazilian fans, Tótora debuted at the Maison et Objet fair of 2005 in France. His creations earned him important awards, such as the one conferred by the Brazilian House Museum / SP in the furniture category. In 2011, Tótora was named one of the best professionals of the year by the prestigious London Design Museum.
Original design and formal simplicity. This sentence is the hallmark of the work of two architects from São Paulo, who graduated from Universidade Mackenzie. Flavio Borsato and Mauricio Lamosa went to school together and founded estudiobola sixteen years ago around this concept, creating products with personality and simplicity studied to exhaustion.
A work free from fads and trends requires rigorous research on proportions and finishing in order to provide products with timeless results, which increase the lifespan of the pieces, making them pleasing to the eyes for years. This concept is applied in all estudiobola production, from creating a chair to designing lighting and upholstery projects.
Some design awards along this path, such as the Museu da Casa Brasileira Award helped distinguish the work of this duo, which is renowned in the furniture segment for its excellence design and for always linking its work to the search of important commercial results, consolidating relations with companies that produce and resell their creations.
The internal structure has grown over the years not losing the differential that brought them here, objective, sincere and professional service. The figure of the creation duo gave way to a competent professional team that helps place the company and its products in the best and most prestigious furniture and decoration stores in the country, and constantly participate in important national and international publications in the segment.
Estudiobola is currently envisioning other horizons and challenges, sharing its design expertise with the customer in its own premises. A warehouse in an old factory houses the furniture store for internal and external use, lamps, pictures and upholstery with exclusive and unique designs. And since April 2019 the brand has one more address in the city of São Paulo.
A space it´s worth visiting for its industrial exhibition concept, but mainly to be received by special team and see all this history applied in its products.
Fábio Zogaib, Designer of furniture and lighting, trained in fine arts and Design by FAAP – Faculdade Armando Alvares Penteado – SP – Brazil. Currently in ZOGAIB DESIGN – furniture design and lighting, with contemporary design using techniques of overlapping and composition of various materials: wood, microtextured paint, laminate with water-based varnish, leather, natural fibers.
Sergio and Jack Fahrer are designers that complement each other! They create, diverge, contest, research new materials, most of which are unusual and sometimes never used in the creation of furniture. The pieces created by the duo definitely make a difference in the daily lives of those who choose them for a residential or corporate project.
The look and ears of the experience with the different careers are materialized in the pieces created by the Fahrer brothers. In constant innovation, the brothers Sergio and Jack Fahrer translate, in each item, the repertoire they have conquered during the years of direct work with furniture design, but also their passions for various cultural activities, including fashion and music.
Sergio and Jack Fahrer have ideas that complement each other, that create, diverge, contest, and realize. They love to study and research new materials, most of which are unusual or never used in the creation of furniture. The pieces born from all this passion definitely make a difference in the day-to-day life of those who choose them for a residential or corporate project.
Twenty years of history in Brazilian authorial design, with a showroom in Vila Madalena, in São Paulo, 47 points of sale in Brazil and four abroad – Paris, London, Milan and Orlando. The Fahrer brothers have accumulated dozens of national and international awards. And as one of the most striking features of the work, the patented curved wood brings personality to the products. All of this combined with sustainable raw materials that are unprecedented in the market.
The duo’s contribution to the history of Brazilian and international design is recorded in books such as Retro & Vintage Design by Braun Publishing, “Design Brasil – 101 Years of History” (Brazil, 2010), “20 Brazilian Designers: The Most Influential Today ”(Brazil, 2011),“ IF Award ”(Germany, 2007 and 2009) and Decor Year Book (Brazil, 2007, 2009 and 2010).
In 2008, 2007 and 2006, the pieces were awarded: Toá chair, Aero seat and Cariaí armchair as “Top One” by the London magazine “IdFX”. The Cariaí armchair was compared to the architectural lines of the Masp and its free span, designed by Lina Bo Bardi.
In 2008, The Toá chair was awarded “Top One” by the London magazine “IdFX” for ergonomics and design. The special furniture of Hotel Unique, in São Paulo, was created by the duo. The lobby has Victoria benches between the designer’s armchairs, selected by architects Ruy Ohtake. The furniture of the SESC’s comedies are also created by the duo, who are not only present at SESC Pompéia, which preserves the entire design of Lina Bo Bardi.
Founded in 1996 by architect Ilse Lang, FARO DESIGN edits and distributes the colletion of her authorship at the FARO SHOP, in Porto Alegre, in show next to other national and international labels. We design focusing in simplifying solutions, with open eyes to our regional materials and culture, seeking for creating objects capable of generating identification and attachment for their intrinsic quality , independent of ephemeral trends. Our collection became full of pieces that turn, stack and stretch accomplishing their function. We take care of the mechanisms in order to make this interactive character become playful, connecting people to things through the side of playfulness. These efforts were recognized with national and international awards including our work in many expositions on brazilian design here and abroad.
I began my professional career as a designer at the age of 16, at that time designing clothes. Eighth daughter, money was counted to go out at night and have better clothes. Years later, in 1996, already married and with two of my three children already born, I changed the fashion by the interior design. I did my first course in the Club of decorators in Rio de Janeiro. A few years later, I majored in interior design. We then set up, myself and a group of friends, in a mansion in Petrópolis, a multibrand. In this co-working, Caroline Simas, my sister-in-law, and I executed interior projects. That’s when I started designing furniture, fixtures and objects for my clients. I have an enormous passion for wood, buying wood from the local demolitions. The peroba do campo and the pinho de riga were the available woods, all taken from old Petropolitan mansions. In 2009, I moved to London and majored in product design and furniture joinery at Central Saint Martins, one of the world’s leading design schools. In the last class when I presented my final project I asked my teacher what should improve on my drawing, the answer was short but powerful, “you are ready for the market”. So, at that moment, with the children already adapted, I decided to open my company (ORIGINAL PRACTICAL DESIGN LIMITED) and dedicate myself totally to my creation.
Born in Caxias do Sul / RS, Guilherme Wentz holds a degree in product design from the University of Caxias do Sul and began his career in the Riva brand before opening his own studio. At his debut, he received important awards, such as the IDEA Brazil, Brazil Design Award and the international IF Design Award. With a studio based in São Paulo since 2014, Guilherme collaborates with important names of the national industry, besides his work as art director of Decameron. Under the age of 30, in 2013, he won the industry’s top award, the IF Product Design Award in Hannover, Germany, with his debut collection, K, compposed of fruit bowl and platter.
At the same time, he won the IDEA Brazil Awards, Brazil Design Award. In 2016, he was named “America’s Rising Talent” by Maison & Objet in Miami, and has pieces for sale at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art in the United States and launched his own brand, WENTZ, for authorial production. During Design Weekend 2019, Guilherme, who is the winner of the 2017 Casa Vogue Design Award, opens his first store, located in Jardins, neighborhood of São Paulo city. On August 20th, the new object design, furniture and lighting space was inaugurated, as well as the launch of his e-commerce.
The extreme simplicity of its products brings a very sophisticated concept and complex elaboration. The basic pieces seem improvised and there is the appeal and luxury of his work. Some of the reasons that led him to switch from business school to design were experiences he had at the time of direct contact with nature and new values he began to pursue, such as simplicity and a more casual lifestyle. This is the concept he takes for his work, believing that everyday objects can directly interfere with people’s relationship with their home and the way they live. Sophistication can be the result of some aesthetic rigor and extensive work in cutting parts and developing production processes.
La Central and Eva were the first two chairs that he had the opportunity to design. Even with different materials, it has in common the main goal of minimizing the materials and shapes of the product while maintaining strength and comfort. Brazilian design has developed a lot in recent years and we are living a very important moment of transformation, as the industry and the market are more interested in authorial design.
As a new country and an area that is beginning to be further explored, Guilherme believes that there is a long way to learn to explore different production processes, further improve the quality of Brazilian production and, especially, to reach new levels of design discussion, linked to people’s behavior, as we clearly see in the work of European designers. Outside Wentz, the production of limited edition pieces for galleries has been increased, aiming to design new typologies of products for houses, in partnership with the national industry.
Awarded as Next Generation Designer of The Year 2017 by Wallpaper* and Officine Panerai, Gustavo Martini was born in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. As he has lived the majority of his life there, Martini has a strong sense of connection with the city in which he believes combines two contrasting worlds: the metropolis with all the chaos and vertical grey landscape together with the surrounding rain forest and hidden waterfalls. His creations explores these contrasts and carries these mixed realities. By working with a strong identity, he has being known by his ability to produce either products or art installations worldwide. His greatest passion is to create, with complete freedom of expression. Martini explores concepts, forms and volumes to create a stripped experimental language that creates an unique style that can be easily recognized.
After completing a Master graduation at Istituto Marangoni where he also became the design school I’M ambassador. On his lasts accomplishments we find collaborations with Giulio Cappellini, the exhibition of his first sculpture in Venice Arsenale, participation in Art dealing markets like Piasa and special location such as noble Floridi Doria Pamphilj family palace and also presented an installation for Alcantara company in the renowned MAXXI museum in Rome.
Gustavo is a highlight of the new generation of creatives from Brazil. He has created for many national and international brands and recently launched a collection with chair and buffet for the new design brand signed Arti.
Currently living in Milan, Gustavo has a degree in Industrial Design from PUC-Rio and a master’s degree from Instituto Marangoni. He was awarded by Wallpaper magazine as “Next Generation Designer of the Year”. He was invited to exhibit at the Brazilian Art Fair in Miami Art Basel and later, at the MAM design store.
Martini spends days exploring concepts and ways to create the “stripped-down experimental language for his projects”. These include the metropolis of Rio with all the chaos and gray landscape along with forests and beaches. With great authenticity, it has the capacity to produce conceptual objects or products for large-scale production.
For Gustavo, living with different people and places inspires and drives his work. “Each designer uses his own repertoire to build a unique language. My creations are designed by a Brazilian, manufactured by Italians and exported to the world ”, explains the designer. This way of producing results in pieces with collective appeal, which incorporate aspects of multicultural identity. “They bring proximity and reveal changes in behavior.” In the collection The Groove, inspired by the city of Rio de Janeiro, Gustavo explores the relationship between urban and natural landscapes. “Beaches and parks are social equalizers and bring people together in an authentic way.”
INDIO DA COSTA A.U.D.T is an office with over 40 years of experience developing high impact projects for ARCHITECTURE, URBANISM, DESIGN AND TRANSPORT. A multidisciplinary strategic-creative nucleus, made up of designers, architects and city planners supported by various specialists. Innovation is the driving force in the development of all projects. A methodology that combines different techniques, such as ethnographic research, workshops and interviews with consumer and stakeholder groups, integrating marketing, R&D and commercial, generating creative solutions aimed at meeting consumers’ wants and needs.
A commitment made to its clients for the commercial success of the projects. Born in Rio Grande do Sul, architect and urban planner Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa, 80, one of the most influential names in the area in Brazil, carries in his curriculum the signature of stunning residences that integrate with respect to the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Today, he is in charge of the office, in partnership with his son, designer Guto Indio da Costa, and participates in various committees and councils focused on cities and architecture. From chairs to computers, and fans to yachts, the ability to work in different proportions and functions marks the portfolio of Rio de Janeiro’s Guto Indio da Costa.
The mix of news that comes out of his clipboard just proves it. In the streets of São Paulo, the new bus stops are a project of his own. Considering the different regions of the city, he designed four types of shelter. Financial centers, such as Paulista Avenue, receive a high-tech model; historical regions, a more minimalist version, which barely interferes with the urban landscape.
Thus, from micro to macro, from shelves to street furniture, the designer follows in his search for contemporary solutions for products for private or collective use. With dozens of national and international awards and mentions, Indio da Costa is undoubtedly one of the most important object design offices in the world.
Itens is a Brazilian design company specializing in lighting. The brand, founded in 2016, seeks aesthetic, cultural and contemporary references in order to promote and elevate young designers by investing in tasteful designs, impeccable quality in its raw material and competitive prices.
“Itens is a Brazilian design company specializing in lighting. The brand, founded in 2016, seeks aesthetic, cultural and contemporary references in order to promote and elevate young designers by investing in tasteful designs, impeccable quality in its raw material and competitive prices.
“We observe multidisciplinarity as a focus, research and development of concepts and styles. Items is a brand that is born from contemporary issues, with a review and research work on several aspects of Brazilian design – ”defines Mariana Amaral, founder and curator of Itens.
The baroque, modernist object, music, plastic arts and crafts are sources of transposition and aesthetic updating of the designers team of itens that encode this information in an international and timeless language. New designs, new languages, a new positioning, are the new “items” that arrive to enrich the universe of the house.
Ana Neute, Marcelo Caruso and 80e8 are some of the designers who exclusively develop lighting fixtures for the collections of itens. The company’s catalog encompasses several collections, bringing together more than 50 pieces in its portfolio and several finishing options.
Itens also has a special projects sector, which creates and develops exclusive and customized pieces, which vary according to the needs and desires of each client. This same sector also serves the corporate market, restaurants, hotels, as well as renowned architecture offices.
Since its creation, the brand has shown its keen eye for contemporary design and has won over 40 points of sale throughout Brazil. He also participated in large shows and exhibitions, such as SP-Arte, international exhibitions, in Italy and in the United States and reached the finalist in important awards in the country.
With only 16 years old, in 1997, Jader Almeida started working in a furniture factory in Chapecó / SC, where he went through practically all sectors, such as assembly, machining, transformation, prototypes, templates and preparation of dossiers and datasheets. At 18, he joined the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at UnoChapecó.
In 1999, Jader was already participating in discussions about new products. He sketched the first traces even before studying architecture at UnoChapecó. The first pieces he created were a table and a bar trolley, which are still a market success. In 1999, when he was already part of the furniture development team of this same factory, he participated in the development of a furniture collection that caught the attention of LinBrasil director Gisèle Schwartdburd.
In 2001, he joined the company team.
In 2004, at the age of 23, Jader was hired as a designer and creative director of Sollos by businessman Claudio Frank. In the early years, the designer made significant changes to the factory, which adopted a hybrid system in which CNC machines do the part machining, and the finishing is done manually. Since 2004, he has been developing products for industries, having as main partner the Sollos brand, also from Santa Catarina.
From 2007 onwards, he signed the authorship of the products designed by the brand. In the following year, the today acclaimed Bossa chair was selected to compose the collection of the Brazilian House Museum in São Paulo.
Also in 2008, he graduated as an architect and urban planner from Assis Gurgacz College.
In 2009, the first recognition took place at awards in Brazil.
In 2010 he was awarded for the first time by an international organization with an Idea Award for Linna armchair and an IF Product Design Award for Clip shelf.
In 2013, Jader joined the team of designers of the German brand ClassiCon.
In August 2014, during the São Paulo Design Weekend, the book “Jader Almeida, the timelessness of drawing” was writen by Adélia Borges, published by Editora C4.
In September 2015 began marketing its products in London and Paris, in partnership with the London label The Conran Shop. In December of the same year, he opened an exclusive space in Miami, United States.
Linna Armchair Chair
Licce Armchair Chair
Specialized in solutions that, through design, modify the user’s relationship with products,
Intervento works in the development of projects for industrial products. Located in the furniture hub of Bento Gonçalves, it has been consolidated by its assertive work and able to monetize positive results for its partners.
In seven years of experience, he has included in the portfolio names like Altero, MasuttiCopat, Akeo, Meber Metais, Telasul, Omega Viratto, Casa de Pedra, among others. Its multidisciplinary team has professionals who combine technical qualification and practical market experience.
Creating paths of prosperity for companies, through innovation, is the firm’s big bet – which seeks to expand the possibilities for the future of its clients with differentiated approaches. This exercise follows a methodology that comprises three central stages: the Desirable, from the point of view of the user and the market; o Viable, considering the company’s business intentions; and Practical, which assesses the technological condition.
Together, these points converge towards innovation and belong to a universe that synthesizes the conjugation of essential verbs such as defining, researching, generating ideas, testing prototypes, selecting, implementing and learning. This context characterizes Design Thinking, a model of thinking about design from the user’s perspective, with a focus on innovation.
Design is the process that transforms a need into a product solution for the market. When thinking about this concept, they increasingly understand the fact that professionals working in this area need to be able to get involved in the different stages of the production process. It is no longer viable for a project to be conceived without the concern of later stages, such as its applicability in everyday life.
This is Intervento’s line of action, in which the desirable, the viable and the feasible go together. The point of view of the user and the market, the company’s business intentions and the assessment of the technological condition are taken into account in the enterprise that believes in this tripod with a focus on innovation. The Intervento’s professionals try to get involved in all these steps, in a certain way at the same time, thinking as a whole.
The product designer Juliana Desconsi signs innovative projects, which are recognized for conquering important awards in brazilian and international scenario: Innovation Award from FIMMA Brasil 2013, Salão Design Casa Brasil Award 2013, Design Award from the Museu da Casa Brasileira, House & Gift Design Awards (2013 and 2014) and IDEA Brasil are some examples.
The designer accumulates experience of more than a decade in the area of product development. She has a degree in Product Design (Caxias do Sul University, 2006), post-graduate and master in Design (Uniritter / Ritter dos Reis University), with a monograph in the cognitive psychology and research on Design Thinking area – references that assist her in the planning and creating differentiated products. Juliana is the founder and director of Intervento Design, specialized in developing solutions for companies in many different segments.
With a degree in architecture and fine arts, Juliana Llussá draws and follows the production of Llussá Collection step by step. The creative process incorporates the rationalization of production processes through the technical knowledge of machinery and raw materials. Exploring the properties of solid wood, the company uses traditional joinery techniques to develop contemporary furniture. Based on the analysis of the daily use of furniture, its design is formal and functionally innovative: it explores the beauty and poetry of straight lines. Her company, involved in issues concerning the environment, acquires woodcommunities certified by FSC and companies that have an authorizationthe Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) to sell wood. The names of the pieces are a tribute to the designer’s Catalan origin.
Katia and Morgana Moraes Studio has operated in Brazil with architecture, interior and furniture design. The company bears the name of the sisters and partners, Katia Moraes, interior and furniture designer; and Morgana Moraes, architect. The main feature of the pieces they create is a design that merges aesthetics and timelessness. The Athos Table is inspired by the Sculptural Wall, work by Brazilian artist Athos Bulcao, which lies in the Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Brazil, in Brasília, the capital of the country. It was created by Katia and Morgana Moraes Studio in honour of the artist and it has the support of Athos Bulcao Foundation (www.fundathos.org.br). The collection consists of three tables: a lacquered in olive green colour, the other white with cobalt blue and the third is Ironwood blade, all with glass tops. The Athos Table has a contemporary design and conveys a feeling of sophistication, as well as integrate Fine Arts to furniture.
Larissa Batista is a designer, specializing in the furniture industry. Born in Porto Alegre, with a product design background, she creates projects that seek to translate her innovative style. Among her creations, countless works have already been highlighted and exhibited in major decoration events.
LATTOOG is more than just a name, more than an acronym of the owner’s surnames. Behind the brand are the binding forces of architect Leonardo Lattavo and designer Pedro Moog. Both have united two different yet complementary academic backgrounds, two pluralistic experiences and visions of the world, to offer an innovating experience in furniture design and architecture. What was once but a hobby1999 until 2003, one of many creative activities among painting, drawing and sculpting, ended up becoming the duo’s main occupation in 2004. One year later, at the launch of their first furniture collection in São Paulo, the name Lattoog surges along with a mark, the company aims to make the best of both worlds, use the newest techniques and technologies available on the market, and combine them with the traditional craftsmanship, artistic and human aspects of Brazilian culture, turning this into its distinguishing characteristic and mark of excellence.
Architect and urban-planer graduated from the university “Universidade do Grande ABC (UniABC)”. He collaborated with two important Brazilian offices, receiving several national and international prizes. At first he worked with the designer Marcelo Rosenbaum and then with the renowned architect Isay Weinfeld. Nowadays, he directs his own studio, Leandro Garcia, which develops residential, commercial and institutional architecture projects, and also interior and furniture design.
Knowledge, creativity. Respect, commitment and dedication. Forty-five years old, of which twenty are dedicated to the making of design and architecture. An intense production. Restless and curious. His vast background allows him to move through the universe of creation (graduation in Visual Arts, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Architecture and Urbanism – Master in Visual Arts).
In his broad client list, projects stand out for colleges, banks, decoration stores, bars, restaurants, night clubs and others. Also highlight for residential projects in Goiânia and several squares. His designs include the designs of Sedna Lounge, Royal, Café de la Musique, Saccaro, Época Decorações, Maxim’s and others. Author of several major brands such as Maxim’s, Primetek Computers and Quasar Dance Company.
Constantly, his work has been published in national and international newspapers, magazines and books, having been cover or featured in articles frequently. Critic and contributor to several local magazines. His last major publication is the book Leo Romano, in which the architect shows nineteen projects on 130 pages of an exclusive and deluxe edition. Featured in all searches by local and national associations.
Deca 2011 Award and Casa Cláudia 2011 Award. Top 100 Award (KAZA Magazine 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013) as one of the 100 most influential professionals in the national market. Expressividade Award 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 – Outstanding Architect for the whole of his work (winner for all editions of the award). Best Architect in Horizontal Condominiums Award. Keep Walking Award 2010. Several Casa Cor Goiás and Brasilia Awards for Best Environment, Boldest Environment, Best Space for Public Use. He won all the awards in the categories in which he competed, including the Best House Cor Space, Goiás 2013.
The innovation and boldness of the projects he signs, coupled with professional enhancement, guarantee him a market positioning focused primarily on unique aesthetic and spatial concepts, which makes Leo’s work an example of authorship and identity. His inventive quality, plus the talent of his executive project work team, adds value and benefit to both corporate and residential clients.
You could say that Leo is printing his mark. He sensitively maps the present and anticipates the future. More mature, he preserves his daydreams and intuitions. Believe in aesthetics as a path to transformation and happiness.Leonardo Vanetti
The artist Leonardo Vanetti creates some pieces of contemporary furniture to share a feeling of closeness with nature and bring back the interaction between man and wood, recalling the beginnings of civilization.
Brazilian Furniture Designer Marta Manente
Marta Manente is undoubtedly one of the leading names in Brazilian design with international recognition and prominence. Tireless, she is always creating news for several leading companies in the market, such as the Starmobile Estofados de Garibaldi, in Serra Gaúcha.
More than a century ago, her Italian family crossed the ocean carrying only tools for handling wood and earth, as well as seedlings of grape vines. Her dedication, love for art, wood and wine has spanned generations and, over the last years, accompanies the designer through her work, with a nostalgic tone in design exhibitions throughout Brazil and around the world.
The values of their ancestors, rooted in their veins, as well as their typically Brazilian originality are present in every detail of their creations.
With precise design and striking features, this piece mixes all the charm of jequitibá wood with Italian high technology and the striking national terroir of hand woven cotton straw, resulting in a harmonious link between classic and contemporary.
After being part of Be Brasil, at ISaloni in Milan, she went to New York where she participated for the third consecutive year of ICFFNY, the elegant global design platform, presenting five collections, including her most recent creations, the Noce luminaires and, of course, her acclaimed swing Revoar, almost a logo of her work, focused on conceptual and sustainable design for large-scale production.
2018 and 2019 was really busy years for the designer. In September, in a collective of Brazilian designers supported by the Raiz Project, Marta participated in the exhibition “The Brazilian’s sitting”, at the Brazilian Embassy in London. And at the end of the year, in November, she was also present in the debut edition of Interprint’s HUB Festival, expressively at the SANAA Building, a UNESCO world heritage site, in Essen, Germany – a building that combines industrial heritage with modern age , considered a work of architectural art. All of this, after signing a contract with the largest e-commerce in the USA, where it already has a vast collection of her portfolio being sold there: 1STdibs.
And that was it? No. Marta was invited to hold the first Wine + Design Show by creating an open-air Design gallery, among vineyards in the Wine Garden at Vinícola Miolo, during the winter season, from July to September of last year. “This concept was inspired by the European trend of adding wine and design, which together stimulate unique senses to its connoisseurs”, says the designer, who offered visitors of the winery the unusual experience of exploring the beautiful garden of the winery contemplating and experiencing its construction.
Frigga Sede Table
Puff Barra Ottoman
Considerate as a multimedia artist, art for José Marton transpose the professional boundaries and it is part of his life, or better, it’s his life. In 1995, Marton founded Marton+Marton, repositioned in 2013 to Marton Estúdio, that works with creative economy, in the segments of architecture, scenography, design and art solutions. In 2001, he created a system of striped methacrylate, and in 2011, created the second brand of furniture, square m©
NDT design was established 22 years ago in a small town in the state of Sao Paulo with 15,000 inhabitants in the heart of Brazil. The company is currently has its headquarter in Boca Raton, Florida. It is the company’s vision that, even as people become increasingly more sophisticated, they still cherish and enjoy the simple things in life, such as a homemade cake by grandma or nice dinner parties with friends and family. The company strives for their products to help in creating these pleasant moments for people so they can enjoy the simple things in life.
NOEMI SAGA ATELIER is a Brazilian product brand created in 2013 by Nomina Design. In addition to aesthetics and functionality, NOEMI SAGA ATELIER seeks a greater emotional connection between people and products. Research on arts, history, trends and cultural expressions are important sources of inspiration.
The basis of responsible design with a focus on production processes, better use and reuse of materials are present in branded products. The Atelier combines new materials and technologies with traditional techniques to create unique furniture-art.
Noemi Saga is the founder of Nomina Design and creative director of NOEMI SAGA ATELIER. Graduated in Literature with specialization in graphic design, interior design and jewelry design, completing her training with an MBA in Luxury Management with extension at Essec, Paris.
nolii :: is an architectural, interior and product design studio, founded in 2010, focused on advanced computational systems. Also, produces workshops with schools like IED and LABi.
OF Design was created by designer Odete Formentão, graduated from PUCPR Curitiba and has been in the <furniture market for over 20 years. Always seeking innovation for its products, it seeks inspiration in various world segments, from fashion to cultural, creating new solutions that meet different needs. In 2011 Arthur Formentão Guidolin joined the team, graduated in Design by UCS from Bento Gonçalves, bringing with him a strand for graphic design, expanding the office’s business segments. Today the two generations work their ideas and experiences together, always keeping in mind the principle that good design blends its functionality with its artistic.”
Paulo Alves is nationally known by his works with wood. The architect, graduated from USP-São Carlos, specialized in furniture design and although not only working with wood, he became a sculptor of the tree – a craft that plays with creativity and, above all, with sustainability. In addition to furniture design and special joinery projects, this also translates into the architectural projects he developed in parallel. With just over 20 years of career, Paulo began his career in Lina Bo Bardi’s renowned office.
The Italian-Brazilian artist was not only an important professional influence for Paulo, she was also an inspiration for one of his pieces – the Bo chair, which was the tribute the architect paid to his colleague. And it’s not just the name that has earned references from the artist and architect – the straight lines that mark the armchair’s style are a reference to Lina’s genius in harnessing the materials and their concepts.
The chairs were made in Pinus to compose the interior of the SESC Pompéia theater in São Paulo. Perfect combination, since the chair ended up being part of the building created by his honoree. The SESC Pompéia is part of the list of architectural works left by Lina as a gift to the city. Bo is a chair for everyday use and can also be used as a support, side table and even a nightstand. A light, yet striking piece. Inspired by the culture of Brazil, added to what he learned in Bo Bardi’s office and the art of woodworking, Alves’ work is done especially to compose indoor and outdoor rooms with taste, sophistication and style.
The artist has a studio in operation in Vila Madalena – a neighborhood in São Paulo that traditionally houses art in its most diverse forms – a space where he creates, leaves his pieces exposed and sells them. Sideboards, bars and buffets – these are some of Paul’s signature furniture examples, perfect for use in lobby, living and dining areas. With the furniture that can store any object that is needed in the decoration and further reinforce the style of the composition.
Vases, ornaments and crockery are some of the items that can perfectly add and be accommodated in any of these furnishings. Cabinets, chests of drawers and servants – these custom designed furniture are the right tips to make a room look beautiful. Not only do they help make clothes right, but they can accommodate TV sets, adornments, and bedside books.
Benches and stools – Benches and stools are ideal pieces for composing indoor and outdoor spaces. In any of the fields in which they are installed, the items help bring more rest and décor to the rooms. Gardens, balconies and balconies are the right areas for receiving furniture.
Chairs, armchairs and chaises – with authentic and unique appearance, the pieces signed by the designer are perfect to bring sophistication, charm and elegance to the composition of the spaces, as well as providing a lot of comfort. Always achieving astonishing results, his mastery of woodworking is the legacy of the masters of modern Brazilian furniture.
Plataforma4 was created with the intention of tuning ideas, adding experiences and proposing new ways of working in design. It is a platform for collaboration and exchange where each designer applies their skills and contributes to the creation process. Plataforma4 was created with the aim of aligning ideas, adding experiences and proposing new ways of seeing and working with design. It is a platform for collaboration and exchange, where each of the designers applies their specific skills and contributes to the creative process as a whole. It is formed by designers Amélia Tarozzo, Camila Fix, Flavia Pagotti Silva and Rejane Carvalho Leite, all with solid individual careers, including participation in several international exhibitions and with award-winning products in Brazil and abroad.
Plataforma4 has been bringing its relationship with industries closer, expanding its performance in the creation process until the launch of products. Participates in all stages of development: from defining a concept, to product designs, with visits to factories to monitor prototypes, defining the language of each collection and its positioning in the market.
Sense of humour, irreverence and the everyday life are the main creative fuels of Quadrante, a Brazilian design studio based in São Luís, Maranhão. With more than 25 years of experience in graphic design and branding, the studio expanded its activities in 2011 to the product design field. “Our signature is joy. We create objects that aim for the subversion of conventional shapes and communicate with the users. Beyond form and function, we work to establish new meanings to the products we create”.
It is in the peaceful midst of the bucolic and inspiring mountains of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro’s highland region, that Ricardo Graham Ferreira – oEbanista, creates and produces his pieces by hand, in a natural way, a true human time. Since 2006, Ricardo has been working on wood almost symbiotically, using traditional and artisanal techniques that he learned during four years of intense study with masters cabinetmakers from southern France and northern Italy.
His choice for “ebanesteria”, or woodworking, a rare craft in the contemporary world, arose from Ricardo’s passion for wood and its endless possibilities. Respect for the material and the pleasure of bringing drawings to life with his own hands, using tropical hardwood acquired from sustainable forest management, or to work with real jewels – the rare reclaimed tropical wood species – comes to the artist from old demilished or other buildings are undoubtedly two of his greatest satisfactions as a professional.
This whole way of life happens alined with a true discourse, lived every day by Ricardo and his family – who lives a few meters away from his workshop – through renewable and sustainable processes that give real freshness in a saturated world by the urgency of virtual time. “The differential of my work is my expression, which had no school. That’s where I use a more intimate knowledge, where individuality takes shape: curves, wood tones, fittings. It is a language, an object-shaped form of communication”, he explains.
Some items in its portfolio have already won the world for their originality and universal language, such as the Sela stool, famous for its perfect ergonomics and at the same time robust and lightweight design. The piece has already traveled the four corners of the world and received important awards. The same stool is manufactured both in his studio and now produced by the traditional Danish furniture maker PP Mobler, known for executing, through his “wood artists”, drawings by Hans J. Wegner, Zaha Hadid, Verner Panton, among others, placing Ricardo’s work alongside world design giants. Like the Aragonez do Serrado Stool, another important piece of Ricardo’s career, inspired by Trovador stool, the Brazilian cerrado and the medieval Spain of Miguel de Cervantes, which is manufactured by Elon Móveis de Design de Petrópolis, also in Rio de Janeiro. The Three Legged chair, another highlight of its collection, has fallen for collectors and lovers of good design.
Time and experience have given rise to Ricardo’s desire to pass on the craft, “I believe that people are interested in my work because it is accessible, in the sense that we realize in it that each of us can do a play with their own. hands, with our own workforce. There are no shortcuts to hands-on learning and people recognize this quality in handmade work, ”adds Ricardo. For this reason, Ricardo gives lectures, chats and courses in Brazil and around the world, sharing his expertise with art admirers.
Industrial Designer graduated from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado and Mechanical Engineer from Escola de Engenharia Mauá, Ricardo Rangel started his career in the automotive industry in the areas of product development and structural analysis. Since 2005 Ricardo directed his career to the product design area and specialized in designing products applied to corporate interior design and architecture.
Renata Rubim Design & Colors studio is the pioneer in Brazil to work with surface design. Our specialties are projects for surfaces of any nature and color consulting for industries and the construction area. The studio has an extensive list of executed projects, ranging from textiles to plastics, ceramics, and papers. We have products in the homes of brazilians throughout the national territory, such as thermoses, tableware, bed linen and appointment books. We also produce carpets, wallcoverings and hardwood floors. Our objectives are to work design in an affordable and environmentally correct way contributing with projects that bring good business results to their customers without harming the environment.
Noted for their simple and strong lines, her pieces are designed with an attention to being unique and timeless. Roberta Rampazzo believes that good design must have form, function, beauty and emotion. In creating a piece, the designer always seeks elements that speak to the user on an emotional level. Aware of her role as a professional, she uses certificated woods and others ecologically sustainable and good quality materials.
Rodrigo Karam has a Masters in Design (UFPR), is a Product Designer (PUC / PR) and a Specialist in Design Management (UTP). Father of David Farms and Husband of Marcia Quintas. Consultant in strategic design and university professor, he is always in line with the main tendencies in furniture, sector that has been working since 2001. He looks for in his creations the essence of the design in line with the expectations of his clients and the market.
Ronald Sasson is a designer and plastic artist, has in detail economy his goal and inspiration. Works with limited edition pieces, and also with industrial design projects, in both areas of activity seeks the same aesthetic standard.
Sérgio Matos was born in Paranatinga (MT, Brazil) and graduated in Industrial Design at the Federal University of Campina Grande (PB), in 2005. During college, he worked as a production supervisor in a packaging industry.
He says he would have given up his profession if he had not participated in a Sebrae Minas Gerais contest in 2007. It was during this period that he received the first prize in the furniture category, thanks to his bank called Ianomâmi.
After this first conquest, Sérgio J. Matos’ interest in the national industry increased and he started to produce new furniture. In 2008, the professional got a scholarship to study sustainable design at the University of Turin, Italy.
The course was not started for lack of a document, but Sérgio remained in the country for a few months. It was then that he decided to send a portfolio to Salão do Móvel, thus guaranteeing his first contact with Marva Griffin, curator of Salão Satélite – an exhibition that reveals young design talents.
Marva invited Sérgio to exhibit at Satellite in 2010. It took just three participations in the event for the designer’s career to take off. With international repercussions, his work drew attention in several regions and is now recognized by the world.
Having been born in a region close to the Xingu indigenous reserve, Sérgio learned to admire the local culture. Curiosity about the diversity of the forest, with its natural materials, made him adopt regional elements in his works. For him, it is important to value aspects such as history, memory, emotional ties and ancestral knowledge of peoples.
More than function, design has the power to shelter history, memory and affective ties. It is from this perception – lined with the essence of Brazilianness – designer Sérgio Matos caters and nourishes the development of furniture and decoration products. All endorsed in the cultural cauldron with mestizo seasoning. The solid foundation of creation puts its feet in regionality, in identity that resists time and preserves ancestral techniques and knowledges. The handmade, with human warmth, stamps the stamp of originality.
Since the opening of the studio’sin 2010 – has won national and international awards and collaborates to strengthen the image of Brazilian design. It opens up routes for the dissemination of knowledge, where the combination of design and handicrafts results in consultations aimed at artisan communities. Each experience generates entrepreneurial opportunities and rescues individual and collective dreams. It also strengthens the belief in the skills inherited from the ancestors and projects self-esteem as fuel to enhance wealth that are at your fingertips, in the palm of your hands.
The brand Sette7 is the achievement of an age-old dream of the architect Vivian Coser. Throughout her career, which started at a young age, Vivian noticed how much she loved to see her ideas being materialized in her projects. Guided by this feeling of affection, she decided to go beyond traditions and create something greater, drawing new cladding styles, studying new colors, patterns, decorative items, and mainly, creating furniture design! Therefore, Vivian Coser, in a partnership with her her sister Erika Coser, creates Sette7. Sette7 is a luxury brand that proposes a distinctive design, reflecting intrinsic features of the artistic identity of Vivian, head of the design. Tables, benches, dressers, consoles, among other pieces composed of carefully selected materials, such as natural wood veneer, metals and leather have been developed and tell the beginning of its history. The pieces feature a peculiar and timeless design carefully thought to combine lightness, quality, durability and movement.
Designer and director of Reboh Design since 1996, Suzanne Reboh develops intense and purposeful unique designs and creative solutions. In recent years dedicated to the authorial creation of products for everyday life, where she expresses her cultural references and affective memories and creates functional products with meanings and history. The concept “design to last”, which supports her projects, responds to the responsibility to bring a product to the world.
Gaduated with honor in Design, collects cases and national and international awards of design in branding and products. Contributed in various Design Exhibitions such as Icograda, IF Hannover Exhibition Award, IF Design Selection 60 Years, IF Design Selection Brazil, Brazilian Design Biennial, Rio + Design, Europalia Brasilian Year in Belgium, São Paulo Brazil Design Week, Brazilian Object Museum, Museu da Casa Brasileira, Design Movelsul Salon, MON Oscar Niemeyer Museum and IED-Instituto Europeo di Design, Design Dialogue Brasil x Poland at MAM RJ-RIO DE JANEIRO Modern Art Museum and Museu Nacional Conjunto Cultural da República – Brasília. His work appears worldwide in publications on design.
Suzanne identifies with natural materials and likes the idea of creating with as little interference as possible, exploring its nature. Its parts make up the minerals: silica and sand, glass and clay. She believes that design is a driver of human and social development: it provokes technological development, acts on behavioral concepts, is part of the cultural construction of peoples, promotes restlessness, questions, offers solutions – uses practically all sciences.
Suzanne Reboh’s talent was born with her, but professional training was the way to open doors and learn the techniques of improvement and mastery of the means. Reboh Design started developing projects for clients, which continues to happen today. The most important change was also to create your own brand, designing products based on observations, desires for improvements, cultural expressions. Design is part of Suzanne and her worldview.
– We don’t, but there is a guy in Brazil who does it like no one else – replied the second European factory sought by a Swiss citizen to develop furniture and design pieces in acrylic. The flattering indication reached the ears of the “guy”, the 48-year-old São Paulo designer Wagner Archela, by the interlocutor himself, confirming the recognition of the trajectory he seems not to take so seriously: of being a magician of acrylic.
Wagner Archela says he dropped out of the civil engineering course to experience his dream of being an artist immersing himself in music. For six years, he played guitar and sang the blues professionally in prestigious places in São Paulo nightlife such as Bourbon Street, Palace and Aeroanta.
In his creative mind, musical sensitivity not only coexists with engineering construction techniques but is harmoniously integrated into his art-fact. From the beginning, he chose synthetic materials as an alternative to using wood, such as Corian Dupont, EVA and especially acrylic, which according to him, “It is a material with impressive characteristics.
The handling of acrylic is similar to carpentry work, its molecular structure also allows for hot molding, casting, polishing and multiple techniques that make acrylic one of the most versatile raw materials available”.
Wagner Archela’s self-taught and unusual training must be the explanation for such a cool design of trends. Wagner always brings elements of descriptive geometry governed by references to his past and to a universe of sensations. Only music as a transitional element between engineering and memory could transform its objects into design, that is, industrial art devoid of unnecessary adornments.
Creator of the prestigious Gisela, acrylic dressing table and mirror that mixes old lines – like grandma’s furniture – with contemporary material. Among the highlights, the pieces made in metachrome – a more elaborate combination based on acrylic – Tina, Nina, Amy and Annie (tall), inspired by names in the music scene, with slender design like bodies dancing and singing.
He points out that the material that characterizes most of his work, acrylic, requires technical mastery and specific technology. This combined with a refined aesthetic sense.
“From an ugly product (the raw material oil), which comes from the bottom of the Earth, I make a beautiful object! This is working in an inverse, unusual way. Unlike those who work with wood, a beautiful material, I shoot beauty of something dead, lifeless “- concludes Archela, who awaits the recognition of his work by the grandchildren of his current clients.
Present at the Milan Salon since 2004 with pieces of furniture, the designer from São Paulo explains the new phase of his career and the factors that encouraged him to create a complete collection of lamps: “The lighting network is better assembled than the furniture network. All my furniture work is handcrafted, but the lighting network has a larger structure and a solid market, which I can compose, without abandoning the furniture one” – says.