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.

Carlos Motta

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

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