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Carol Gay

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.

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