Thursday Design Bits: Brazilian Design

Culture / Design / Latin America

Brazil is rich in many things, natural resources, music but also design. Below a list of designers and designs to take note of:

The Campana Brothers' first products used scrap and waste materials in design. See for instance the Favela Chair manufactured by Edra and exhibited at the Design museum in London.

Designers of the year by the Design Miami in 2008, the Campana brothers exhibited their latest work at the Gallery Friedman Benda last June in New York. Pieces included Fitas Buffet below

The Campana Brothers became the first Brazilian artists to exhibit their work at the Moma.

Favela Chair


In the early 40s Joaquim Tenreiro adopted a modernist vernacular style with pieces such as Poltrona Leve. One of his best known clients was Niemeyer.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Pritzker winner in 2006, is also a designer. His Paulistano Chair (1957) was originally designed for the Paulistano Athletic Club in São Paulo. The frame is continuous solid steel, welded in a single spot, and wrapped in a hide of leather. This piece is now available in the US at DWR.

Finally, Petalas coffee table was originally conceived by Jorge Zalszupin. Available here  it configures a series of ply leaves.

* Blog thumnail: Campana Brothers – Vermelha chair

Previously on Thursday Design Bits: Pants, Ghosts and Stars

Leave your comments below, join us on Facebook or Twitter.