It all started in Barcelona, Spain, where Mariana Betting Ferrarezi and Roberto Hercowitz completed masters in furniture design at IED and at Ecodesign, Elisava. In parallel, the duo decided to open the studio Em2 Design, developing furniture and other desirable objects, before returning to Rio de Janeiro in 2006. Mariana Betting Ferrarezi and Roberto Hercowitz produce innovative designs, conceptual traits and personality in their work and utilise a range of different materials, technologies and styles. They see their work more as an opportunity to explore curiosity than as a strategy. Mariana and Roberto seek to develop pieces that excel in both their beauty and functionality, complementing the interaction between the piece and user, whilst retaining Brazilian traditions and cultural identity.
Architect, designer and artist, Carlos Motta has been producing exquisite furniture and design pieces for more than 30 years. Drawing his design inspirations from residences and other more unlikely sources such as farms and restaurants, the execution of his projects is completed by a group of highly talented and creative artisans. Wood is the most commonly used noble material, both in his architectural designs and the development of his furniture.
The universe of Design has some golden figures and Bernardo Figueiredo is one of them. Formed in 1957, by the former National Faculty of Architecture (current Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ), Bernardo Figueiredo from Brazil began to make furniture during his student days. In the early 1960s, as an architect, he spent some time as a collaborator at Oca, a joint store, gallery and laboratory of ideas founded by Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) in Rio de Janeiro. Together they have developed research on furniture and prefabricated houses. But soon he decided to found his own studio, the Chica da Silva, by which he launched a line of residential furniture. It was at this time also that he had the opportunity to meet and live with Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-1992), a pioneer in furniture design in the country, whose influence was decisive in Bernardo's career. In a period of 6 years, he developed about 80 drawings, some palatial furniture, such as for the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia. Bernardo Figueiredo died on May 24, 2012.
Lattoog works 100% through solid partnerships with suppliers from several states in Brazil and because of this model of production structure, there are no limits to the choice of materials used as defined by Leonardo: we are not specialised in joinery or locksmithing - we are specialized In good design and good ideas.
Leandro Garcia graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning from Universidade do Grande ABC in 2001. He went on to collaborate with designer Marcelo Rosenbaum between 2003 and 2006 and with the award winning architect Isay Weinfeld from 2006 to 2009, before opening his own office Garcia Architecture and Designs. Leandro's sought after designs reflect his passion 'sophistication and simplicity'.
Maria Emilia Rodrigues
Maria Emilia Rodrigues graduated in Industrial Design from FAAP (1992) and in Interior Design from the Pan American School of Arts. Maria has been working in the area of decoration and design for 18 years. Maria has worked on a number of major design projects with a range of large retailers and manufacturers in the sector.
Flavia has graduated as an architect from FAUUSP and with a Master’s degree MA Product Design from the Royal College of Art in London. She works as a designer since 2001 with the development of furniture and objects both in partnership with the industry and independently. She received prizes, among them the Design Awards of the Brazilian House Museum, the IF Product Design Award and the Design Hall and participated in several exhibitions in Brazil and abroad.
Folco and Andrea
The partnership of Andrea Radice and Folco Orlandini to do projects together was an important union of two very equal of two very equal and contemporaneous very different people with a passion for true design "what can create emotion with a union of function and aesthetics" a design which can withstand time.
He has been specializing in furniture design since his graduation from Santa Ursula University in 2003. All language and architectural symbols have been translated into furniture design for the purpose of creating original and functional pieces.
Fernanda Brunoro was born in São Paulo where she grew up and started her career. She lived in Italy for 5 years and she worked with internationally recognized professionals such as Patricia Urquiola. The most important projects that she was involved included the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona, Cosas exhibition in Valencia (Spain), the shop concept for Somma in Harrods and some projects for Molteni. She currently lives in London to further enhance her career and she works in a respected architectural office as an interior designer. Fernanda has been developing high-quality products which consider function, well-being, comfort, social conviviality, sustainability and usability. Usually, her projects convey a relative simplicity with special attention to detail. The influence of her Brazilian origin has a direct effect on the style of the majority of her work.
From the beginning of their partnership in 1991, Luciana Martins and Gerson de Oliveira have been creating design pieces that, according to the curator, journalist and professor of design history, Adelia Borges, "have a formal quality, usability and a dose of humour". There strikingly beautiful pieces offer a counterpoint to bold designs throughout homes and dwellings.
Maria Candida Machado
In 1955, Maria Candida Machado graduated in architecture from the Pontifical University of Campinas and specialized in industrial design at the Università Internazionale dell’Arte in Florence, Italy. Over the years, she has dedicated herself to the design of products (chairs, tables, dressers, lamps, etc.), with attention to detail and the deliberate search for timeless elegance. Wood is the most frequent raw material in its production. In 2013, her work was published in the book "Movel Brasileiro Contemporaneo", edited by Fundacao Getulio Vargas.
Kay Thoss focuses on authenticity, functionality and sensational quality. The art historian and former design scholar of the Bauhaus-University Weimar understand himself as an author-designer and believes that design is a form of applied art. Kay's furniture is clearly influenced by his study in art history, specifically, minimal and conceptual art. He seeks to understand the present through design. Through the use of clear colours and patterns, simple lines and harmonious combinations of form and colour, Kay aspires to a high level of perfection. It is his contention that maximum expression can be achieved through reduced elements and his work seeks the union between elegance and the contemporary lifestyle with the principles of minimalism and the concepts of art to achieve a final result of strong personality.
Fernando studied Industrial Design and Architecture and worked for seven years with designer-architect Sergio Rodrigues. With Sergio, he accompanied the manufacture of numerous furniture and the construction of prefabricated houses in wood: the best learning for a young designer-carpenter.The taste for carpentry is also in the veins of Roberto Hirth, graduated in industrial design. His grandfather was one of the owners of Laubisch-Hirth, the most important furniture factory in Brazil in the years 20-50, where masterminds like Tenreiro worked.
Camila Fix and Flávia Pagotti Silva, two product designers with independent trajectories, both with international training, experience in the market, awards and exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, came together to discuss ideas, concepts and design. The exchange of ideas began more than ten years ago when Camila was a curator of an object brand and invited Favia to create products. The tuning occurred from the first moment. In 2011 they decided to launch a line of furniture together, from this partnership was born Fixtti, a brand that proposes to create products that are unique
Located in Porto, Portugal, the Gud studio was established by designers Alexandre Kumagai and Paulo Neves. Gud, designs and develops objects for international furniture brands, seeking beauty in the truth of shapes and creating objects that aim to speak through their culture and memories, trying to make the most of the materials and paying the utmost attention to detail.
Ivan Rezende, a Rio de Janeiro architect born in 1956, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, with a university degree in the PhD course at the University of Navarra, Spain. Since 1982 he coordinates Ivan Rezende Arquitectura, where he develops projects in the area of architecture and product design. In addition, he works in the academic area and is currently a professor of the Business Management for architecture and interior design offices at FGV management (Fundacao Getulio Vargas). He has been invited to attend congresses, seminars, lectures and exhibitions in countries like Angola, Argentina, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, USA, Netherlands, Italy, Mexico and Panama.
Rafael Miranda is a Brazilian born naturalised Italian. He graduated at Istituto Europeo di Design, with a master degree in industrial design at Scuola Politecnica di Design. Since 2004, Rafael has specialised in designing luxury goods and has been awarded some of the world’s most important design awards, including the Red Dot Design Award and the International Design Award. Rafael has produced designs for a number of luxury brands including Versace, Valentino, Ferragamo, Bertolucci, Bulova and Schuster and has also produced one off bespoke designs for clients including Richard Branson. His work has been featured in a range of publications including Vogue, Elle, Interni & O Globo and Corriere Della Sera.
Alain is an architect and designer and has studied at the University of Buenos Aires and at the School of Industrial Design in Paris. A few years ago in Brazil, his products had confirmed presence in the best furniture companies. By using wood from sustainable management and alternative raw materials, it marks his solid career with the conscious appreciation of responsible consumption. The concept of its design lies in the balanced art-science-economy axis.
Bernardo Senna graduated in product design at UFRJ in 1997. He has worked with the team of the National Institute of Technology since 1995, designing products, equipment and vehicles. After graduation, he helped create the first Brazilian online magazine, the New Concept. Between 2004 and 2006, Bernardo was a coordinator of CentroDesignRio, where he had the opportunity to complete his book 'Momentum Contemporary Design in Rio de Janeiro’. His projects have been published by many important magazines and newspapers from across the world, including the Brazilian magazine, Design Design, Arc Design, Casa Claudia, Casa Vogue, Viver Bem, Duas Rodas, Journal do Brasil and O Globol. Others included the magazines Form and Plugged (Germany); Interiors (Canada); Design Net (Korea); ID (USA); AD (France); Ottagono, Next Exit and Auto & Design (Italy); Axis (Japan); Attitude
(Portugal) and Madame Figaro (Taiwan).
Born in Ribeirão Preto in 1978, in the interior of São Paulo, Amélia Tarozzo graduated in architecture from the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP) in 2000. Her taste for art and architecture has always been present in her life. Since she was a child, Amélia liked to draw, paint and create objects. Her attraction to the wood was genetic, her paternal grandfather had a furniture factory for more than 50 years and as a result, the history of "Furniture Tarozzo" has continuity. In 2004 Amelia started working in a small factory where she became acquainted with the processes of artisanal manufacture of wooden furniture. In her projects, Amelia prioritizes fundamental characteristics for a good design, comfort, ergonomics, innovative aesthetics and responsible use of the raw material. Her work includes contemporary but timeless furniture of pure design, inspired by art, Brazilian culture, the design of objects, architecture and small details of daily life.
Beto & Tuti
The Salvi, Giorgi Architecture and Design has existed since 1991 in Porto Alegre, formed by the architects Beto Salvi and Tuti Giorgi. Their approach to furniture design comes from the notion that design and architecture are complementary and share the same kind of reasoning, and if we think historically, it is a tradition of architects ability to operate on different scales of objects. In 2000, we were included in the product catalogue of Schuster, a brand that interested us in proposing to diffuse the design culture by editing copyrighted products. It is from this time the OScar collection, the creation of Beto Salvi now reissued by Schuster, which had a lot of repercussions: it was published in design and architecture magazines around the world and selected for the shows Brazil designs in Milan at Salone del Mobile 2001; in the Design Biennial of Saint-Etienne 2001 in France and in the first Brazilian Design Biennial, held in São Paulo in 2006. In these 25 years, we have developed many projects in the south and southeast of the country, always with a new design.
Carlos Alexandre has had his studio, Studiocaaa, since 2010. Carlos describes himself as the "natural gaucho of the western border" and is inspired by natural designs and "Brazilianness".
Eduardo graduated from the School of Fine Arts of UFRJ. Eduardo has been working on residential furniture design since 2003. His light and contemporary features have earned him several awards and appearances at important exhibitions in both Brazil and Italy.
The concept of fetish is intrinsic to the products that Carolina Armellini and Paulo Biacchi develop, seeking references and meanings beyond the formal and functional parts. The definition of what is a fetish of the dictionary itself is something that greatly inspires the duo: "fetish. An animate or inanimate object, made by man or produced by nature, which is attributed supernatural power and worship."
Born in the interior of Rio Grande do Sul, son and grandson of carpenters, Henrique Schreiber inherited from his ascendants the passion for carpentry and the materialisation of ideas. Henrique graduated in Industrial Design from the Federal University of Santa Maria, specialising in furniture design at the University of Vale dos Sinos. Since then he has been working in the furniture sector, gaining experience working in all fields of the design and production of furniture.
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