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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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ASID Gives Student Designers an Insider Look at the Industry at SCALE 2019

ASID Gives Student Designers an Insider Look at the Industry at SCALE 2019

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) held its National Student Summit over the weekend in New York City. Students and educators alike dedicated their weekend to three days of programming that kicked off Friday morning and concluded with a closing keynote led by none other than Interior Design editor-in-chief Cindy Allen.

The Summit, like ASID, champions the ability of design to impact lives. For students, this manifests in the Summit’s mission to prepare them for their first professional roles in the design industry, while educators are briefed on timely and relevant topics to explore in their curricula. It’s no wonder that the Summit sold out, with over 400 students in attendance at the Grand Hyatt New York. 

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Students spent Friday morning embarking on their choice of firm and showroom tours; participating firms included major industry players such as: HOKICRAVE, Rockwell Group, Perkins Eastman, A+I, Perkins+Will, NBBJIA, and Interior Design parent company SANDOW. Students also had the option to tour showrooms that included Haworth, Benjamin Moore, Herman MillerTeknionTOTO, and Gunlocke.

Photography by Griffin Shapiro.

Attendees reconvened in the afternoon for a keynote address on the business of design led by ASID CEO Randy W. Fiser. Fiser cultivated a discussion between Benjamin Moore color and design expert Andrea Magno, ICRAVE executive team leader David Taglione, HDR design and brand strategy principal Elizabeth Von Lehe, and Studio O+A design director Mindi Weichman. Together they discussed what each looks for when hiring and recruiting talent, and in turn gave students advice on acing interviews, putting together a stellar portfolio, navigating internships, and finding their true passion in design.

For the remainder of the day, students had their pick of breakout seminars, the ASID National Student Career Fair, and networking time in the SCALE Learning Lounge before the evening’s opening reception at the Humanscale showroom.

Following breakfast on Saturday, attendees began their day at a morning keynote speech from ASID national chair BJ Miller. Miller, who is also founder and principal of the Vision Group and managing director of Indigo Companies, shared her path to becoming a leader in the design industry. Miller advised students on what it takes to develop the path towards leadership regardless of differences in career aspirations. She highlighted the importance of respect for the work and one’s self, along with a desire to win and diligence in cultivating strengths.

Photography by Griffin Shapiro.

After Miller’s morning keynote, students embarked on tours of notable projects that have been recently completed in the New York City area. Locations for the morning tours included the Delos headquarters, Etsy headquarters, and STK Grace. Students then reconvened at the Hyatt for the afternoon keynote. 

Liz Ogbu, founder and principal of Studio O, spoke to the role of design and design professionals in spatial justice issues. She encouraged the up-and-coming designers to cultivate an awareness of social justice as it relates to geography and how designers can bring an awareness of racial justice as it relates to the built environment. Ogbu advocated a shift to doing right by others through design, and creating opportunities for others to move up rather than out.

Following Ogbu’s keynote, students set out on another round of project tours at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and American Copper. Evening pop-ups in the Learning Lounge focused on opportunities for professional development, while breakout sessions on the impact of design explored issues of social justice, the environment, and education. 

On the final day of programming, students and educators alike convened for breakout sessions exploring the practice of design. The conference concluded with a keynote conversation between George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg, moderated by Interior Design editor-in-chief Cindy Allen.

For more from SCALE, check out the keynote conversation between Interior Design’s Editor in Chief Cindy Allen and George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg.

ASID CEO Randy Fiser. Photography by Interior Design Staff.
Photography by Griffin Shapiro.
Photography by Griffin Shapiro.

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