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Handcrafted Bench Onça Pintada made with Piranheira wood by Arte Bancos Indígenas.

Brazil is a country renowned for its rich culture, diverse traditions, and artistic heritage. Over the last few years, the country's furniture design industry has undergone a transformation, with the rise of Brazilian authorial design significantly contributing to this shift. This new trend represents both the nation's rich history of craftsmanship and a pioneering spirit that's transforming Brazil into an international hub for design innovation.
As one of the world's largest producers of wood, it's no surprise that wooden furniture has traditionally played a significant role in Brazil's economy. Furniture crafted by hand has long been an important part of the nation's cultural heritage, adorning its homes and establishments for over a century. For instance, the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) estimates that Brazilian wood products contribute more than 2% of the country's GDP. Today, this tradition is being continued by a new generation of designers dedicated to the art of Brazilian handcrafted furniture.
One of the most notable features of authorial design in Brazil is the integration of traditional techniques with modern design, creating unique and innovative pieces. Designers like Jader Almeida, Marta Manente, and Sérgio Matos are all examples of this trend, incorporating traditional handcrafted elements such as wood carving and hand stitching with modern design approaches, creating furniture that is both functional and visually appealing.
Another innovation in Brazilian handcrafted furniture is the use of sustainable materials. The Amazonian wood Mahogany, well-known for its strength and durability, has become a staple while designers have also started pairing wood with other sustainable materials such as marble, quartz, and metal. Besides wood, there are creations using eco-friendly materials such as reused wood or recycled plastic, further highlighting Brazil's commitment to sustainable design.
At Artekura, the Artisans draw inspiration from Brazil's natural diversity to create beautiful pieces that showcase their culture. Among them is Arte Bancos Indígenas, a group that hand-paints and hand-carves benches, sharing their vibrant indigenous culture with the world while also sustaining several families in their community. Lucas Neves is another talented artist at Artekura, renowned for his sculpted pieces that are inspired by Brazilian culture.
In conclusion, the rise of Brazilian authorial design in handcrafted furniture is an exciting development in the international design scene, showcasing Brazil's rich cultural heritage and pioneering spirit. Its ability to incorporate traditional techniques and infuse these with new materials, while maintaining sustainable practices, make it a force to be reckoned with. The future holds much promise for the industry as Brazilian designers continue to shake up the field of globally recognized furniture design.
Sources:
JCMS Arquitetura, The Art of Brazilian Handcrafted Furniture: The Unsung Twin-Leg Of Our Design Heritage, 3 November 2021.
Blog Ofício Brejeiro, Design autoral brasileiro: história e referências, 18 October 2021.
Ello Furniture, A Journey Through Brazilian Design And Its Influences, 10 June 2021.
ArchDaily, Brazilian Designers on the Rise, 4 May 2016.