Authentic Brazilian Design

SomosDesign is a way of experiencing authentic Brazilian Design and Brazilian Lifestyle in Germany. We are a distributor of Brazilian Design to Germany as well as a connector and bridge builder between Brazilian designers, artists and Germany. “Somos” is Portuguese and translates into “We are”, reflecting our idea to create a personal link and experience with Brazilian Design and our vision is to transmit the emotion, authenticity and creativity of Brazil and Brazilian Design to our customers.

SomosDesign works with designers from various regions across Brazil, representing a modern, urban but also pure and authentic Brazil. Manufacturing takes place with dedication, often in small ateliers following a craftmanship process and use of local, indigenous techniques. Our designers and we believe in sustainable and meaningful products reflecting Brazil and the Brazilian way of life.

SomosDesign is founded and run by Benjamin Schilly, German, residing in São Paulo since 2012 and with an inborn passion for Brazil and Brazilian Design. Throughout the next months, SomosDesign will participate at various design fairs in Germany and also Europe and continuously expand its offering of Brazilian design to Germany.

Alva Design

Alva is a furniture and object design studio founded in 2012 and located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Minas Gerais is known for its abundance of soapstone. The material has widely been used in local architecture and sculpturing in the 17th and 18th century, being an essential part of Brazilian baroque. Alva Design early on had the idea to work with soapstone in a new and contemporary way. The result can be seen in the presented Amorfo, Itá and Three Sister lines. In the Amorfo line, the designer double explores the malleability of soapstone and plays with the quantity of emptiness of each object, the typical function of a vase. The presented Itá adds na indigenous touch. Itá is Tupi Guarani and stands for Stone or Soapstone. The insertion of wooden objects, jewelry, brass or wood links to the decorated bodies of indigenous people during rituals.

Claudia Moreira Salles

Claudia Moreira Salles graduated in 1978 at the Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial (ESDI) in Rio de Janeiro. After working at the Design Institute of Rio’s Museum of Modern Art, in a furniture project for public schools, she moved to São Paulo starting to develop more authorial projects relying on craftworks specially in wood. Claudia also designs furniture allying the simplicity and rationality of an industrial product with the richness of Brazilian native woods and the skills of the woodworkers.

Domingos Tótora

Domingos Tótora was born and raised in Maria da Fé, Minas Gerais, Brazil. After studying design in São Paulo, he returned to his hometown and embraced recycled cardboard as the key material for his work, which falls between art and design. The surrounding landscape, the colors, the effects of light and shade and his passion for nature serve as the sources of inspiration. With recycled cardboard he creates objects and sculptures where beauty is inseparable from function, granting an artistic aura to common everyday objects.

Fellicia

In 2011, Renata Piazzalunga, set up the FELLICIA brand to market products that empower local identity, craftsmanship, sustainable use of Brazilian raw materials and contemporary design. FELLICIA’s proposal is to connect these items and to perpetuate knowledge that expresses what is most authentic in each culture. The collections presented by FELLICIA are a sample of traditional techniques inherited from the immigrants to Brazil of Europe, Africa as well as indigenous America and which when introduced into Brazilian culture were subjected to adaptations typical of cultural fusions.

Hugo França

Brazilian designer Hugo França was born in Porto Alegre, in 1954. He moved to Trancoso, Bahia in the early 80s in search of a life closer to nature, and was impressed by the forest fires and amount of waste caused by the wood extraction taking place in that area of the Brazilian coast's tropical forest, Mata Atlântica. This experience made him change focus and consider a new ecologically oriented professional occupation – creating “sculptural furnitures” by reusing and recycling forest and urban debris.

Instituto Campana

Founded in 2009 by Fernando and Humberto Campana, the mission of the Instituto Campana is to preserve the legacy of the Campana Brothers, using design as a transformation tool through social and educational programs. The private non-profit civil association achieves this objective through partnerships with national and foreign institutions, companies, organizations and public and private entities. One of the main attributes of the Campana Brothers work is the inspiration on traditional handcraft techniques from different parts of Brazil and the world.

MoBu Atelier

MoBu Atelier is a design studio composed by three partners from the areas of architecture and design based in São Paulo, Brazil. Established in 2015, MoBu is dedicated to the creation of internal and urban furniture and objects that brings the sensitivity of each piece in contact with the consumer. The concept of combining form and content of its raw and original materials allows MoBu to use their techniques to explore its sensory possibilities in a modern and personal environment. In the presented e=mc3 product the centuries old concept of wood barrel as we know it, finds a new clothing by the hands of MoBu.

Contact

For more information about our Portfolio and Prices or Upcoming events please send us an email to contact@somosdesign.de