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Cana Lamp Honored as Interior Design’s Best of Year Finalist

Cana Lamp coming to market in 2019.

As important as the function of a design, so is the emotion the object brings with other layers of meaning. Designer Guilherme Wentz's goal is that the emotion in the design is as essential as the function itself and that it exists as an organic object, without symmetry, or a rigid formality. He strives to connect Brazil’s relaxed tropical lifestyle to luxury and minimalism. “I try to bring lightness and simplicity to my designs…casualness most interests me," Guilherme says, "There is a casual—yet complex to explain—lifestyle in Brazil and it is expressed in my work in a very subtle way.”

NYTimes Style Magazine Ranks Wentz in "6 Rising Design Studios From Central and South America to Know"

The New York Times Style Magazine
September 12, 2018
By Alice Newell-Hanson

While halfheartedly studying for a business degree in Caxias do Sul, his hometown in Southern Brazil’s wine country, the 31-year-old designer Guilherme Wentz would often procrastinate by surfing. Getting in touch with nature, he says, is what inspired him to enroll in design school instead; eight years later, in 2016, he created an eponymous line of spare furniture and lighting that includes high-backed caned chairs made from indigenous caramel-colored jequitibá wood and louche smoked-glass end tables, all informed by the Brazilian coast. “Not that colorful cliché,” Wentz clarifies, but the ocean’s muted winter tones. (An old surfing buddy, Rafael Gehrke, oversees production at two studios, in São Paulo and Caxias do Sul.) Read more…

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The Importance of Knowing Guilherme Wentz
Guilherme Wentz was twice recognized as a rising star and leads his own global brand. See  Guilherme's designs .

Guilherme Wentz was twice recognized as a rising star and leads his own global brand. See Guilherme's designs.

August 27, 2018
By Stephen Witte

Guilherme Wentz decided after two years at university that a business degree wasn’t for him. Born the second son of a couple making their living in a southern Brazil factory town, his pursuit of a steady career in business appeared certain. Except in telling his parents about going for a design major, he was the one who got the shock, not mom and dad.

“My father told me, ‘Maybe you thought you should do the same work your brother and I have been doing, but I always thought you should take a creative role,’” said Mr. Wentz. “He knew me better than I knew myself then.” His parents’ support hasn’t wavered since.

The boy who would become the disruptor prince of Brazil’s design establishment did the usual childhood things. Only his drawings gave a clue. Read more...

How Brazilian Furniture Designers Carved Out Their Distinctly Modern Aesthetic
 Corda Lamps  by Guilherme Wentz

 Corda Lamps by Guilherme Wentz

Interior Design
June 29, 2018
by Laura Fisher Kaiser

“You are all pioneers,” diplomat Sérgio Amaral exclaimed on a recent spring afternoon in Washington. Standing in the grand drawing room of his official residence, a neoclassical mansion on Embassy Row by John Russell Pope, the soft-spoken Brazilian ambassador to the U.S. was surrounded by furniture designers, importers, gallery owners, and scholars, who had all gathered for Brazilian Design Week, kicked off with a keynote speech by Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen. What Amaral meant was that after almost a century, the world is finally catching up to these champions of Brazilian design, a movement that is now claiming its place in the Modernist pantheon. Read more...

Jonathan Durling, Founder and Managing Director of Sossego Receives Interior Design’s Rising Star HiP Award #NeoCon50
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Born in the US but raised in Brazil with dual citizenships, by age five Jonathan exhibited an eye for design which propelled his first career as an international photojournalist, initially training, at 14, under National Geographic photographer Anthony Boccaccio. At 15, sponsored by Nikon, he traveled to seven countries across Africa to document a return of the diaspora, “Meet Me in Africa.” 

Following a serendipitous meeting of award-winning Brazilian furniture designer Aristeu Pires in Ann Arbor, Jonathan dreamt of pioneering a new category in North America: Modern Brazilian Design. In 2015 he formed Sossego (means “tranquility” in Portuguese) and since added two international award-winning designers to the firm’s roster, Domingos Tótora and Guilherme Wentz. The young firm was awarded Best in Show: Furniture at the March 2018 Architectural Digest Design Show by ASID NY Metro. 

Observing the trend toward casual, welcomed comfort in contract settings, Sossego has elevated its furniture, lighting, and accessories lines that bring Brazil’s distinct warm and curvy, but globally-influenced vibe to workspaces, hospitality venues, and architecturally significant homes from New York to Los Angeles. Sossego’s flagship showroom is at the Merchandise Mart, presented by 14 rep groups across the US. 

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Architectural Digest Names 5 Designers as Future of Modern Furniture from Brazil

By Hadley Keller

In an interview with AD earlier this year on the occasion of his Miami showroom opening, Carlos Junqueira, the dealer behind beloved Brazilian design emporium Espasso, said of the world’s perspective on Brazilian designers, “There was a time when people only knew Niemeyer, but there are so many talented designers and architects before and after him.” It’s true: While greats like Oscar Niemeyer and Sergio Rodrigues have earned their country a place in the canon of architecture and design, Brazil hasn’t gained the same renown (or reached the astronomical auction prices) for modern design as France, Italy, or Scandinavia, despite having a rich tradition of modernism that continues today. In the past few years, we’ve noticed more and more Brazilian designers making waves at fairs from ICFF to Maison & Objet. On a quest to find the country’s greatest, AD asked Junqueira to fill us in on some rising and established stars we should know.

Guilherme Wentz Wentz launched his debut collection at São Paulo’s Design Weekend in 2016. Pairing minimal shapes with luxe materials, the 29-year-old designer celebrates his national heritage by using many local materials and producing his furniture in small, specialty factories in southern Brazil. Concepts like the Officer desk (shown) reveal Wentz’s penchant for combining luxury with smart design. With the Maison & Objet Americas Designer of the Year award for 2016 already under his belt, the design wunderkind has a promising future.

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