About the Designer: 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 to become part of the design team of Escriba, a furniture company.

Parallel to this she started developing more authorial projects relying on craftsworks specially in wood. These first pieces were showed by Fulvio Nanni who during the 1980s represented independent designers and their production. Later she met Etel Carmona who had just started her own furniture manufacturing company dedicated to restore traditional woodworking techniques and to whom Claudia starts designing furniture allying the simplicity and rationality of an industrial product with the richness of Brazilian native woods and the skills of the woodworkers.

Claudia extended her collaboration to other brands like Casa 21, Firma Casa, DPot and diversifies creating objects and lighting for St. James, specialized in silverware, Bertolucci and Lumini both lighting companies. To counteract with wood, she explores other materials like cast concrete, stone, copper and niobium.

For Butzke, a furniture company from the South of Brazil she designed a sofa to be commercialized by Tok Stok, the Brazilian Ikea. Abroad, Claudia’s work is represented by Espasso in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and London. She also designs for Espasso pieces that are produced in the United States. In 1988 Claudia partnered with architect Liliana Saporiti and created Tandem Design to develop interior design projects for homes and offices.

Claudia participated in several group exhibitions, such as: Cadeiras Brasileiras (Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, 1994); Uma história do sentar (Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, 2002); Design Brasileiro Hoje: Fronteiras (MAM, São Paulo, 2009); Puras Mistura (Pavilhão das Culturas Brasileiras, São Paulo, 2010); Bordando Design (Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, 2011); From the margin to the edge (Somerset House, London, 2012); Bienal Brasileira de Design (Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, 2012); and individual exhibitions: Tradição e transição (Casa Franca, Rio de Janeiro, 1998); Museu da Casa Brasileira (SãO Paulo, 2005); Paço Imperial (Rio de Janeiro, 2006); Paralelogramos (Galeria Baró, São Paulo, 2011); Convívios (Firma Casa, São Paulo, 2012); Galeria Espasso (New York, 2013); Sintonia Fina (Galeria Luciana Caravello, Rio de Janeiro, 2016).