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.

Claudia Moreira Salles

The designer: Salles is one of Brazil's most prolific creators of seating, lighting, tables, and accessories for the home, and her work is part of the permanent collection at the prestigious Museum of the Brazilian House in Sao Paulo. The juxtaposition of rough, natural materials with highly finished elements is her trademark, and like so many of her contemporaries, sustainability is a top priority.

Her latest piece: Inspired by the image of a singer holding a microphone, the Cantante lamp redirects light from its chrome fixture outward, using a beautiful hand-carved, bowl-shaped piece of fallen native Brazilian wood farmed in the northern state of Acre. $7,100;

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