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: Motta has made a career out of his commitment to sustainability, working with reclaimed wood from demolition sites, giving his work a slightly rough, rustic quality. He has applied his sometimes modern, sometimes contemporary eye to a wide range of pieces over the years, which were part of an elaborate retrospective on exhibit at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Brazil, in 2011.
His latest piece: The Radar Chair, made of reused peroba rosewood and oxidized iron, is named for its familiar shape and ability to rotate 360 degrees. $11,550; espasso.com