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: França has been hand-carving his signature single-piece sofas, tables, and chairs from Brazilian pequi trees for years because of their rich golden color and satin-like finish and feel. He strictly uses only naturally downed or felled trees left behind by clear-cutters, and naturally, every piece is unique.
His latest piece: The Butuiê Chaise weighs nearly one ton after being fashioned from a single pequi log. Price upon request; r20thcentury.com