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14 Brazilian Designers to Watch

The Olympic Games have ended and the media attention has shifted, leaving behind the eternal essence of Brazil: vibrant people, beautiful beaches and, maybe less well known, a great sense of design. Below are fourteen of the most exciting Brazilian product designers to keep your eye on: 

1. Fun and a little retro, Ana Neute’s Guarda-chuva lamp brings to mind a cartoon character, while still luxurious with elegant gold accents. The light can be both direct and a soft ambient light from above.

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2. Similarly playful, a series of red wire benches, Conjunto Parquinho, updates the classic love seat in three iterations. Rodrigo Ohtake fashioned the seating angle and recline of each bench to reflect degrees of love: friends sitting diagonally from each other, lovers sitting side by side, or two people feeling more meditative, willing to give their back to the person sitting next to them.

3. Referencing the Portuguese tradition of decorative tiles and its modern interpretation by Brazilian artist Athos Bulcão, Lurca launched a new line, Blue & Black. The ceramics can be assembled in multiple ways, creating expressive compositions out of seemingly simple geometric shapes.

4. Named after an ant hill, O Formigueiro collective has created an eye-catching furniture collection made from resin, brass and aluminum. Each piece begins with a wildly abstract shape which is made by pouring liquid recycled aluminum into the spidery network of tunnels lurking under an actual ant hill.

5. Inspired by the slow pace of tea rituals, Rahyja Afrange reimagined the tea trolley with Brazilian wood (freijó) and brass or inox. There are hidden spaces to keep cups, as well as energy outlets for electric kettles or recharging modern devices.

6. The duo behind Paelea Brasilis use woven straw to create their products. The lamp and fruit holder, designed by Brunno Jahara, will add a touch of Brazil to homes around the globe.

7. Taking the tropical fruit one step further, Carol Gay’s CaramBola lamp makes direct reference to a star fruit (“carambola” in Portuguese). Each piece is air-blown, so every lamp is unique.

8. Celebrating a material discovered in the Amazon, Andrea Bandoni’s side table, Rubber Soul, features rubber as the central design element, rather than an obscured additive. The bowed strips of natural latex give organic movement to the otherwise stable object.

9. The idea behind the Urbaneza vase was to mimic the incredibly dense built landscape of Brazilian cities and the “skyline” of the rainforest. Nicole Tomazi works with a team of artisans to create the maze of waves from polyester cord (aka tennis shoe laces).

10. A humorous reference to anyone who has hailed a taxi in hot cities, Bianca Barbato’s Taxi creates a cool and comfortable chair from the beaded covers that drivers use to keep from sticking to their seat.

11. Sundays at grandmother’s house are a Brazilian tradition, with large families packed in small places. Inspired by this ritual, Selvvva collective creates pieces such as the Garça planter. The structure makes room for two plants to pile up politely in the same area.

12. One of the most prominent young designers in Brazil right now, Jader Almeida has created the simple and timeless Clad armchair. Its lightness and delicacy is pronounced through the fluidity of the lines and the curvature and smooth surface of the solid walnut. Almeida has a shop-in-shop featuring his iconic pieces at Artefacto, a Miami based-furniture showroom opened in December 2015.

13. While not a creation from a Brazilian designer, the Louie pendant lamp nonetheless made a splash at the Olympic Games as a feature of the Italian Pavillion. The latest creation by American designer David Nosanchuk, the lamp’s shape is derived from a 3D scan of the façade of Louis Sullivan’s Bayard Condict Building skyscraper in New York. Nosanchuk picked out an ornate cornice element above the building’s entry and evolved it into a hanging lamp. The micro LED that provides light is hidden from view.

14. A literal family dynamic is behind Estúdio Prole, a father, son and daughter team. Their multifunctional Caixote side table has a magazine holder underneath. They are a warm mix of suede, copper and wood, a subtle reminder of the endless Summer of Brazil.

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Top Interior Design Of 2016 At Day One Of Inside 2016

This monochrome fashion boutique by Shanwei Weng & Jiadie Yuan/Hangzhou AN Interior Design has won the retail category at this year’s Inside festival awards

Top interior design of 2016 revealed at day one of Inside 2016

1950s-style burger restaurant and a monochrome fashion boutique are among the first category winners at this year’s Inside festival awards.

Aiming to showcase the world’s best interior design, the Inside awards also recognised a project to transform the ground floor of a heritage building into workspaces.

Six more winners will be revealed tomorrow, and each category winner will be put forward for the title World Interior of the Year, which will be selected on Friday.

Dezeen is media partner for both the World Architecture Festival (WAF) and Inside, which are taking place at Arena Berlin in Germany until 18 November.

Here are the full details of today’s winning interior projects:


Retail: Black Cant System – HEIKE fashion brand concept store, Hangzhou, China, by Shanwei Weng & Jiadie Yuan/Hangzhou AN Interior Design

This monochrome fashion boutique has a black box at its centre, marking the location of a staircase connecting the two floors.

Other details in the warehouse-like space include fan-shaped handrails, bespoke furniture elements and large mirrors.


Bars and restaurants: Rachel’s Burger, Shanghai, China, by Neri&Hu

Neri&Hu used bold tiles and stainless steel counter to make this Shanghai restaurant feel like a retro American diner.

Envisaged as “a porous space”, the diner has an angular roof that projects over glazed walls, which can be completely folded away. Other details include custom lighting fittings and communal tables with pivoting benches.


Offices: Paramount by The Office Space, Sydney, Australia, by Woods Bagot

This adaptive reuse project involved transforming the ground floor of a heritage building in Sydney into a series of 22 work suites.

Walls are lined with timber, while new materials including tan leather, stone and brass help to differentiate between the new and old sections of the interior.

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Why health-improving homes are the new green, and the designers helping you sleep better than anyone you know

How choosing the right paint, building and furniture materials, air and lighting systems, and even shower head can turn a home into a restorative oasis that contributes to your overall well-being

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 January, 2017, 7:02am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 January, 2017, 5:34pm

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‘Oddness is okay.’ Thomas Heatherwick on the secret to successful urban design

The digital revolution has also driven a revolution in design because it has forced architects to create buildings and spaces with enough appeal to make people shut down their computers, leave their homes and go to them, said Thomas Heatherwick, one of the most celebrated designers of buildings and public spaces.

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Zanaboni, active all over the world as well as in the Chinese market for over 20 years now, two new mono-brand showrooms in China: one in the heart of Shanghai, and one in the ancient city of Nanjing.


Physical by Panorama: 2017 Best of Year Winner for Fitness

Olivia Newton-John’s pop anthem “Physical” from 1981 filled founder Horace Pan’s head as he brainstormed the rebranding of a gym of the same name, and the result, the first mainland Chinese outpost of a Hong Kong chain, is definitely dance-party ready. This was also the firm’s first gym project, so Pan spent hours researching ways to elevate the experience. “If you can exercise at home,” he asked himself, “why even go to the gym?” It has to offer something different. Thus began his idea for a form-follows-function “gym-scape,” where bold design would inspire peak performance.

Physical by Panorama in Shanghai, China. Photography by NG Siu Fung.

The high ceiling of the 21,500-square-foot space meant that he could wrap it in folding, faceted drywall, spray-painted charcoal gray, without compromising the openness. These dark swaths set off sharp-lined fluorescent ceiling fixtures. In the center of the floor, angled planes of red-tinted glass enclose the Spinning room. “The dynamic lines invite people to move,” he explains. Equally energizing is the blue and yellow light projected onto the walls and ceiling. The light show pulsates to a rhythmic beat: the recorded BPM of one of the gym’s personal trainers.

Physical by Panorama in Shanghai, China. Photography by NG Siu Fung.
Physical by Panorama in Shanghai, China. Photography by NG Siu Fung.
Physical by Panorama in Shanghai, China. Photography by NG Siu Fung.

Project Team: Vivian Chan; Wing Chan; Kamen Tsang.

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Lady Bund shines the light on a new dining experience in the Chinese city of Shanghai. Designed by Thomas Dariel, the Asian-fusion restaurant is beautifully set on the 4th floor of Bund 22, a well-preserved building with more than 100-year history standing at the southern end of Zhongshan Road. Built in 1906 in the “Electric Architecture style,” Bund 22 is the only Century-old red-brick building on the bund, a new landmark standing out as an elegant lady in a red dress.

Harmonious Blends

As the building itself harmoniously blends western architecture with Chinese culture, the owners wanted Lady Bund to be a worthy representative of East-West fusion. They therefore invited Thomas Dariel, Shanghai-based French designer, for his well-known talent to bridge and play with both cultures while being firmly contemporary.

Elements of Different Continents

Both Asian and European elements have influenced the Asian Fusion interior and the gastronomic concept. Beyond culture, Thomas Dariel also takes up the challenge to create a space with a strong identity that ought to be as vibrant and embezzling in two very distinctive contexts: lively and cozy restaurant in the daytime, intimate and fancy dining lounge during night.

The design team of Dariel Studio consisted of Julie Mathias, Andreea Batros, Caroline Magand.
Project Manager was Zoey Zhou.

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