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.

Etel Carmona

The designer: Carmona's namesake company Etel produces and sells her own personal pieces—everything from seating to wooden vessels and centerpieces—as well as those by other top designers in Brazil. The company has also recently launched a series of reissued icons by past masters like Dado Castello Branco and Gregori Warchavchik.

Her latest piece: Meticulously re-created down to the last detail, the Petalas table, originally conceived by Jorge Zalszupin in the 1950s, is a series of bent ply "leaves" available in five native Brazilian wood finishes. $16,822;

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