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Brazil's Top Furniture Designers

A guide to the country's living legends—and their incredible desks, tables, and chairs.

January 11, 2012



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.

Isay Weinfeld

The designer: Famous for his work as an architect and interior designer, Weinfeld created the luxurious and timeless Fasano Hotel in São Paulo—a rich, warm manifestation of his modernist elan and passion for classic elements. It's a mix that he also brings to his work in furniture.

His latest piece: Weinfeld's latest is the Farmacinha, or "little pharmacy," a medicine cabinet made of oxidized brass, stainless steel, perorated metal, and a collection of native woods intended to showcase its contents rather than hide them. Perfect for the package-design junkie. Price upon request; espasso.com

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