With one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world as an impetus for creation and a furniture industry that supports and encourages creativity, Brazilian designers develop furnishings and objects that are often truly unique creations

With the greatest geological diversity in the world, Brazil is the fourth international producer of ornamental stones and the fifth exporter of these precious materials: in 2021 the sector recorded a record exports, generating a turnover of 1.33 billion dollars.

It is therefore no coincidence that many Brazilian designers decide to develop unique pieces by working with stones or being inspired.

Thus, for example, the designer Araciene Pessin, invited by It's Natural - Brazilian Natural Stone – a program created to promote exports developed by Centrorochas (Brazilian Center of Natural Stone Exporters) in collaboration with ApexBrasil (Brazilian Agency for the Promotion of Trade and Investment) – on the occasion of the TISE - StonExpo event, consistently used local stones to create an experience immersive in the geodiversity of the country.

Drawing inspiration from Brazilian fauna, Pessin designed exclusive cobogós (typical constructions of the local vernacular tradition) and decorative objects inspired by different geological elements.

Again at the invitation of It's Natural for another event of ApexBrasil (Casa Brasil in New York), Samuel de Almeida, taking advantage of the lessons learned from his grandfather, founder of the Caroana Stone factory, developed It's One: a set of five pieces in Verde Vitória granite produced in collaboration with the Pemagran company, all of different sizes for a total weight of over 350 kilos .

Broadening the field from the ornamental stone sector, it should be remembered that Brazil is also the sixth largest furniture producer in the world, with an industry that generates over 80 billion real.

For the benefit of greater internalization of this industry, the Brazilian Furniture project was born in 2005 which - supported by Abimóvel (Brazilian Association of the Furniture Industry) in collaboration with ApexBrasil – aims to increase exports through a series of strategic actions in various areas of the world.

Among these, participation in the FuoriSalone di Milano with the exhibition of products designed by companies and designers from the country, and the area of 900 square metres which, set up for The latest edition of the Salone del Mobile placed emphasis on the concept of 'Brazilianness', expressing it through a series of furniture made with raw materials indigenous.

Over the years, a series of designers have taken part in the initiative and have given life to numerous unique creations, often conceived from the observation of nature.

Marcelo Bilac, for Officina, designed the Baixa or Facho armchair drawing inspiration from from the rocky reliefs present for millions of years in the Metropolitan Region of Cariri: the backrest floats on the seat with a steel core, while comfort is ensured by the polyurethane foam padding.

Estúdio Galho designed the Guda armchair for Linee, inspired by the marble spheres of a very popular game among Brazilian children.

Its textile structure pays homage to the typical mesh bags in which the marbles were stored, whose shape is taken up by the spherical elements in polyurethane foam covered in fabric that complete the creation.

For his Lapa armchair designed for CGS, Alexandre Kasper took as reference the famous arches of the aqueduct of the bohemian neighborhood of the same name in Rio de Janeiro.

The structural beauty of those geometries is recalled by the curves of the backrest, of different sizes just like the arches of the architecture. The padded seat was developed following the radius of the backrest.

Nature and its elements return as a model of inspiration for the Volo Center table, by Emerson Borges for Granitos.com: a unique piece on whose lithic surface we find traces of great charm, defined simply by the passage of time.

Cover image: the Baixa O Facho armchair by Marcelo Bilac for the workshop, whose shapes are inspired by the rocky reliefs present in the metropolitan region of Cariri (Brazilian Furniture Project).