One of the highlights at Ambiente, the global trade fair running Feb. 7-11, 2020, is a new presentation called “Focus on Design,” which will showcase products and detailed insights of current design trends in a selected country. For 2020, Ambiente will start with a fast-developing designer nation with striking modernist design, but that has so far only made an impact on professionals: Brazil.

“This year we’re starting with Brazil, a country whose art, architecture and design scene has been influencing the avant-garde since the 1960s, yet internationally it is still mainly known only to professionals.” — Nicolette Naumann, vice president of Ambiente

Five different Brazilian design studios, each with its own special identity, will be showcasing their creative output at Galleria 1. In addition, young Brazilian designers will be in the Talents area in Hall 8.0, where they will present their unique handmade items and limited series.

“By setting up the special presentation Focus on Design we’ll be honoring important designer nations that may not be quite so well-known yet,” said Nicolette Naumann, vice president of Ambiente. “This year we’re starting with Brazil, a country whose art, architecture and design scene has been influencing the avant-garde since the 1960s, yet internationally it is still mainly known only to professionals. This is the starting point for Ambiente as the world’s leading trade fair. We want to use our global platform to make Brazilian design better known internationally, in all its facets.”

Rodrigo Almeida is one of the best-known names of the new generation of Brazilian designers. His works have transcended national borders and conquered the international market. Ranging from artwork to furniture and everyday objects to fashion items and accessories, he covers the full range of segments, inventing stories which he then transforms into imagery, and the images into objects. Using his originality, versatility and unique talent, he has taken a route that gives him a place among the great, and not just in Brazil.

Bianca Barbato is a self-taught designer specializing in creating furniture and lighting. Whether it’s limited editions or industrially made product lines that are manufactured and marketed by big companies, her products cover the full range. The protagonists at the beginning of each project are the materials and techniques. As she experiments with materials, she seeks to gain a better understanding of different types of raw materials and technologies, from laser cutting to inlays. Her sources of influence and main inspiration come from her curiosity about the way things were made in days gone by, and her objects are intended to bring back emotive memories, feelings and instincts.

Barbato, who was born in São Paulo in 1978, opened her studio in Rio de Janeiro in 2008. She now lives in São Paulo, and her products are sold at 30 sales outlets throughout Brazil. Barbato has participated in several exhibitions, and she presents new collections at designer fairs each year.



Born and bred in Rio de Janeiro, Brunno Jahara studied industrial design at the city’s university and then moved to Italy, where he studied at the University of Architecture in Venice and then worked for Fabrica in Italy for two years. Having trained in Europe, he is an energetic advocate of the new Brazilian design scene. His bright and beautiful products and furniture are in an international language that speaks of Brazil and help to create the characteristic design identity of this huge multicultural country — a country full of resources, innovation and artisan craftsmanship.

Sérgio J. Matos sees design as more than just a function, but as something that should preserve forcefulness, history, memories and attachments. Based on this perspective, which is essentially impacted by his Brazilian background, the Mato Grosso designer cultivates the development of furniture and home decorations. His creative output is robustly rooted in regionality and identity – elements which resist the passage of time and preserve traditional techniques and knowledge. Since the opening of his studio in 2010 Matos has received several national and international awards, thus strengthening the image of his Brazilian design.

Rain is a design studio founded by Ricardo Inneco, an architect, and Marianne Ramos, a product designer. Both were born and went to university in Brasilia, a city which is well-known for its modern architecture and urbanism. In 2012 they moved to São Paulo, where they worked for several relevant architectural and design studios. They have been working as an independent design studio called Rain since 2015, and their main specialism is furniture, lighting and everyday objects. The studio, which produces and markets its own pieces, works with Brazilian and international design outlets and galleries. Collaborating with a variety of brands, Rain creates limited editions and installations that feature highly graphical and sculptural content.

Five designers and design studios will talk about Brazilian design in a panel discussion at the Ambiente Academy; the discussion will take place Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1:15 p.m. in Hall 9.1. In addition, designer talents and their innovative products from Brazil and elsewhere will also be featured in the Talents area in Hall 8.0.

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