Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Olympics aren’t all that’s rockin’ in boho Brazil

Brazil is mad for boho home decor, and while athletes from around the world jockeyed for gold in Rio, Brazilian designers strutted their stuff inland at São Paulo Design Week, which wrapped up Sunday. Here’s a peek at just some of the designs and the designers who introduced products. 


Brunno Jahara 


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Jahara Studio

Jahara’s Paleae Brasilis collection is a collaboration with fellow carioca fashion designer Ana Voss. The collection includes nine objects made from native Brazilian straw and solid brass. It includes the lighting and basket shown here, as well as hats, shoes and bags. A chair is in the pipeline for next year.


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Jahara Studio

Jahara’s Neorustica collection melds scrap wood into carnival-worthy case goods.


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Jahara Studio

Neorustica also includes these colorful pendants of mixed materials.


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Jahara Studio

Jahara has a flair for lighting, and his Samba collection combines his love of country with his love of repurposing. What boho mama or papa could resist these? I’m picturing one over an island in my kitchen.


Humberto da Mata


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Humberto da Mata

A Brasilia native, architect da Mata favors repurposing, too, and his Louceiro collection of tables is made from various plates mounted on ethereal brass frames.


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Humberto da Mata

Da Mata’s Cloud collection includes these fun seating choices, as well as similarly woven throw pillows in bright Brazilian colors.


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Humberto da Mata

And how about this for boho fun? A glove-rimmed mirror and a cute little stool made of the same!


The Campana Brothers


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Campanas

The São Paulo-based siblings' Cangaço collection references decorative leather clothing worn by Brazilian Cangaceiro bandits—outlaws and folk heroes of the 19th century. It includes the storage pieces shown above… 


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Campanas

...as well as a variety of seating options, two of which are show here, and…


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Campanas

…this funky mirror, which I have a serious crush on at the moment. Each piece in the collection has been produced in a limited edition of 25.


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Campanas

Their even-newer line of outdoor furniture, Estrela, is inspired by the Brazilian Bolacha do Mar, a local relative of the starfish. On this table, the recurring star motif is laser cut in metal.


Jader Almeida


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Jader Almeida

Almeida is first a woodworker, and oh how he puts that wood to work! I can’t help but think I’d write better blog posts at this desk. Maybe I should contact him and see if he’s up for a test drive?


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Jader Almeida

His designs favor clean lines and beautiful grains.


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Jadar Almeida

And he likes to think of himself as picking up where the midcentury modern designers left off.


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Jader Almeida

I favor his line of littles. They seem alive to me—bodies dancing to a bossa nova beat!


Ines Schertel


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Ines Schertel

Schertel, an architect by trade, left São Paulo to live on a farm in São Francisco de Paula, deep in the south of Brazil, where she saw creative possibilities in the wool sheared off her husband’s sheep flock.


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Ines Schertel

All her designs are done by hand, from production to material fabrication, using an ancient wool friction technique from Central Asia.


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Ines Schertel

The resulting textile is then used to create pillows, stool seats, containers, baskets, coverlets, and many other objects with a contemporary boho feel.


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Ines Schertel

I’m in love with these two footstools, which, like the Almeida littles, seem alive to me. Woolly critters from a boho planet!


Leo di Caprio (not related to the actor) 


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Leo di Caprio

The half-Brazilian, half-Italian designer with the Hollywood name introduced this Ziggy cabinet at São Paulo Design Week. 


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His hanging shelf in this room hones a new edge on its midcentury modern feel.


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And I love the multicolored vintage globes grouped over the dining table.


Zanini de Zanine 


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Studio Zanini

Trained as an industrial designer, Zanine started out producing furniture in solid wood repurposed from columns, beams and stakes scavenged from old houses, AND, as shown here, skateboards.


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Studio Zanini

In 2005 he began working with industrially produced parts—wood from controlled origins, various materials such as plastic, methacrylate, metal parts, and other industrial products. This chair also seems alive to me—with head, torso, arms and legs, resting quite comfortably.


In my mind, these designers have done The Girl from Ipanema proud. What say you?



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