For years, Brazil's best contemporary designers went largely unknown outside of their home turf. But the spotlight is now shifting to the country's living design legends thanks to a booming economy, the upcoming World Cup in 2014, and the 2016 Olympic Games. Interestingly, they all share a common commitment to the sustainable use of one of Brazil's greatest resources—its trees and the incredible wood they produce.
Brazil's Top Furniture Designers
A guide to the country's living legends—and their incredible desks, tables, and chairs.
The designer: Casas is best known as one of Brazil's top architects and interior designers, having designed many of São Paulo's best restaurants, bars, and boutiques in his clean, modern, yet sensual style. He designed the city's five-star Emiliano Hotel and its biggest high-luxury project, Cidade Jardim, one of the world's most beautiful shopping malls.
His latest piece: His new Asa desk is made of Brazilian walnut and aptly named for its adjustable "wings," which slide closed to cover the workspace below when not in use. $22,850; espasso.com