Photography: Eric Laignel
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MEET DESIGNER: GUILHERME WENTZ
Guilherme Wentz, an emerging young designer, has quickly accumulated awards: the iF Design Award, Museu da Casa Brasileira, and Idea Brasil. In 2016 he was named Rising Talent at MAISON&OBJET Americas and in 2017, won Talent on the Rise and was finalist in Accessories at the first Casa Vogue Design Awards.
The debut lighting and accessories collection from his eponymous São Paulo studio includes hand-blown glass, wood, marble, and brass that explore concepts and shapes found in nature. He juxtaposes delicate with strong materials for unconventional results, seeking concepts for a better future.
Guilherme said, “I try to bring lightness and simplicity to my designs…casualness most interests me. There is a casual—yet complex to explain—lifestyle in Brazil and it is expressed in my work in a very subtle way.”
MEET DESIGNER: ARISTEU PIRES
Aristeu Pires is an award-winning furniture designer and manufacturer. After an eminently successful career in computer engineering, he launched an eponymous furniture line that brought immediate acclaim. In 2007 the Gisele lounge chair won first place in Brazil's prestigious â€œMuseu da Casa Brasileiraâ€ award in the furniture category. Aristeu's pieces are individually manufactured in southern Brazil, fusing style and ease for enthusiastic clients around the globe.
Aristeu Pires furniture pairs contemporary design sensibility with warm Brazilian wood. His pieces bring timeless beauty and everyday comfort to residences from city penthouse apartments and architecturally significant homes to beachfront estates on both coasts. Crafted from sustainably harvested wood, each piece has its own personality and Brazilian charm. To own an Aristeu Pires design is to inherit a modern masterpiece and make a new friend.
Photography: Michael Robinson Photography
MEET DESIGNER: DOMINGOS TÓTORA
There may be no artist who demonstrates sustainability as wholly as Domingos Tótora. Born in a mountainous region of Brazil, he studied design in São Paulo before returning to his home city of Maria da Fé where undulating landscapes, waterways, and rock formations inspire his life's work as a sculptor of curvilinear furniture and objects of art.
Domingos' passion for nature and authenticity compelled him to conceive a fascinating and laborious process that emulates the cycle of life. He begins with cardboard near the end of its functional purpose, reducing it to pulp. The material is then blended with soil and water, hand sculpted into new forms, and baked in natural sunlight.