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Brazilian Design can look back to a long history. Mix of European and native influences, it has evolved very fast creating it own identity, associating wood, cane and leather, materials so present in Brazil. From the 50s, the creation has been promoted thanks to the voluntarism of Kubitschek, the end of world war II and the construction of Brasilia city. Brazilian Design will slowly dominates in its own country and will be exported abroad, first in the United States before becoming today famous internationally.
The Gallery of Pierre Bergé & associates presents furniture of several major Brazilian designers such as Sergio Rogriguez, Jorge Zalszupin or Carlo Hauner among others. Love and respect for the wood, comfort and simplicity of shapes,respect for the environment and the expression of the national identity, this were the key words of these very special people defending strongly their national treasure, Amazonie. Therefore Imbua, palissander or Jacaranda often coming from recycling wood,have contributed to authentic creations made with an exceptional execution which has allowed Brazilian furniture to be internationally known, reaching the top.
Having said that, we though it would be interesting to link Brazilian vintage to the talented work of the studio Makkink and Bey. Recognised internationally for his creation guided by recycling, science and poetry, the studio works in a world where techniques and sciences meet the poetry of the object. The Gallery of Pierre Bergé & associates has submitted them to a project, asking them to reinterpret five vintage pieces chosen by Jurgen himself, in a contemporary version. Starting with the sensual beauty of the tropical forest that has strongly inspired his predecessors, Dutch designers wanted to confront vintage with contemporary reality, using new proportions for the wood, marrying it to leather,and giving to the new pieces their own language " pixelated " with a humour touch (typical of Makkink and Bey!) Brazilian wood being protected today, the contemporary designers have used noble wood such as ash tree or american walnut signing then a real interpretation of the works by Brazilian designers.
Vintage Brazilian furniture of the 1960s is definitely part of the major references in today’s design. On the other hand, Dutch design is one of the leading designs of the XXI st century. The Gallery of Pierre Bergé & associates is proud to present this one off creative discussion, playing with time and space that will ravish Design collectors and amateurs.