‘Focus on Design’ highlights the extraordinary products and outstanding design of a selected country. Insights into the work of different designers show the many facets and the creative range of a region. The special presentation starts in 2020 with Brazil.
Special presentation: Galleria 1
‘With Focus on Design we’ll be paying tribute to important designer nations and many others that may not be quite so well-known yet.’
What’s up, Brazil?
Art, architecture and design from Brazil have their own unique identity. The striking, modernist designs have always had a significant impact on the international avant-garde, but have up to now been relatively unknown outside expert circles. ‘Focus on Design’ presents five acclaimed Brazilian studios that represent the various trends in the country's rapidly developing scene.
Bianca is a self-taught designer who sees herself as an author of furniture and fixtures in elaborate and detailed productions of pieces. They range from limited editions to industrial collections manufactured and marketed by large companies. The materials and techniques form the starting point of her projects. She undertakes detailed research to better understand the different types of raw materials and technologies, ranging from laser cutting to marquetry. Her main influences and inspirations come from a strong curiosity in how things were done in the past. Bianca creates pieces that bring back affective memories, feelings and instincts. Her creations have the power of nostalgia and hospitality – and perhaps a distinctive interpretation of the aesthetic of other times.
Born in 1978 in São Paulo, Bianca opened her studio in 2008 in Rio de Janeiro. Today she lives in São Paulo and her products are sold at 30 outlets throughout Brazil. Here she launches new collections every year. She has participated in several exhibitions and design fairs such as MADE, SP-Arte, Feira Parte, Paralela Móvel and others.
Self-taught designer Rodrigo Almeida has participated in many projects and exhibitions, with individuals as well as collectives, including Endemic in Milan, Entre Nous for Christian Lacroix Maison in the Gallery Patricia Dorfmann in Paris and Poetics of Miscegenation, Fat Gallery in Paris. Some of his works form part of the permanent collection of the National Centre of French Arts (CNAP) and Li Edelkoort’s collection in Paris. Since 2009, he has collaborated with the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan (NABA), where he organises workshops and exhibitions. In Brazil, he develops products on an industrial scale for Brazilian companies such as Vallvé, Nós Furnitures, Dopt, DuPont and others.
Rodrigo Almeida represents several aspects of Brazilian culture, a young mindset with a limited tradition in formal design, but with distinctive historical and aesthetic references stemming from the mixture of races that form the Brazilian people. It is no coincidence that Rodrigo’s design is executed in single edition pieces – therefore closer to an artistic work than a serial product – and is recognised in worldwide exhibitions and museums keen to display Brazilian design and its history.studiorodrigoalmeida.com
Focus on Brazil:
Designers’ Talk on Sunday, 9 February 2020, 13.15 at the Ambiente Academy, Hall 9.1.
The studio was founded by architect Ricardo Innecco and product designer Mariana Ramos. They were born and studied in Brasilia, a city known for its modernist architecture and urbanism.
In 2012, they moved to São Paulo where they worked in major architectural and design studios. In 2015, they started to collaborate under the name RAIN, an independent design studio which focuses on the development of furniture, lighting and utilitarian objects. The studio produces and markets its own pieces together with Brazilian and international design stores and galleries. It is located in São Paulo, in a space that functions as workshop, showroom and also hosts exhibitions of their work. They also cooperate with other brands and in the development of limited editions and installations, in which a strong graphic and sculptural content stands out.
Their work has been featured in magazines such as Casa Vogue, Folha de São Paulo, Dezeen, Designboom, Disegno, Architektur & Wohnen, Sight Unseen, Architectural Digest, Deco Journal China, Milk Magazine and Ignant. In 2018, the electronic magazine Dezeen chose them as one of the “five emerging Brazilian designers to keep an eye on”.estudiorain.com
More than being simply functional, design has the power to assemble history, memories and affective ties. It is this approach to design that guides 41-year-old designer Sérgio Matos from the Mato Grosso state of Brazil. He develops furniture and decorative pieces that are inspired by Brazilian culture and heritage, such as identity, memory and time-honoured traditions. He uses traditional craft techniques to help bring cultural heritage to life in the form of tables, armchairs or lamps. A wide range of narratives, including Brazilian landscapes, folklore events, street fairs and sacred and secular rites of popular religious celebrations come together to provide inspiration and creative aesthetics.
Having completed a product design degree at the Federal University of Campina Grande in 2005, Sérgio Matos has been closely linked to north-eastern Brazil and continues to live and work in the city of Campina Grande in the state of Paraíba. Sérgio opened his current studio seven years ago and has, since then, won many prizes and awards for his designs.sergiojmatos.com
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Jahara studied industrial design at Brasilia University, before moving to Italy for a stint at Venice University of Architecture and two years at Fabrica. This education, mixed with his own “chaotic input of Brazilian design” provides a distinct and multicultural mix of flavours in the Jahara Studio brand. “I believe in this mix, where I can design something that communicates to people all over the world,” he says.
European-trained, Rio de Janeiro-based designer Brunno Jahara is an energetic champion of a fresh new Brazilian design scene. With bright and beautiful products and furniture that speak of Brazil in an international language, he is helping his vast and multicultural country – a place of abundant resources, innovation and craftsmanship – to build its own design identity.jaharastudio.com