Brazil may be known for many things, from its genre-spanning musical universe to its mind-boggling nature, but its designers may be the next thing to catch your eye. Brazil’s unique furniture design has been turning heads since the 1960s, and continues to be recognized for its hallmarks and signatures.
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The 20th-century designer of Brazil created an opulent, tropical alternative to the cool linear stylings of Breuer, Eames, Jacobsen and Le Corbusier, featuring sensuous curves, richly coloured indigenous hardwoods and the luxurious leather and cane used in local craft. Works by Brazil’s midcentury greats, such as Oscar Niemeyer, Sergio Rodrigues, Joaquim Tenreiro and Lina Bo Bardi, have long been pursued by museum curators and specialist collectors.
The Brazilian design quest was for “authentic modernism,” combining lustrous indigenous materials and traditional local craftsmanship with European references and Bauhaus geometries to form an aesthetic all its own. The idea got a boost from two early visits by the Swiss-French midcentury modern architect Le Corbusier.
European immigrants adapted the aesthetic of the old world and used mellifluously named woods such as jacaranda, imbue, cabreuva and roxinho to construct distinct pieces that alluded to the rain forests, gauchos and fishermen of their new home.
Joaquim Tenreiro, a pioneer of furniture design in the mid 20th century, highlighted lightness as “a principal to which I felt modern Brazilian furniture should adhere … lightness which has nothing to do with weight per se, but with grace and functionality in space.” Sensuous curves, tropical woods, woven leathers and traditional techniques like caning and netting were all part of a style that developed in Brazil from the 1940s to the 1970s.
But because the pieces were not made in large numbers and were generally made to order for private homes, not corporate settings, they weren’t readily available or visible outside Brazil. Today, with authorised reissues of the most admired originals and the emergence of a new generation of artist-designers, they seem to have gained new relevance.
The trends in office Design in the past years have shifted to reflect an open concept.
While open office layouts have their benefits, there is still lack of intimacy, source distraction and environmental noise pollution. Recently the needs have changed significantly and the goal is to improve productivity adding a balanced human touch.
Nowadays the world is changing and we need to rethink the way we work by promoting teleworking.
The biggest difference between working from home and working in the office is that you are in charge of your environment. A well-designed office can increase your energy and make you more engaged with your work.
Have a dedicated space and make it comfortable choosing combination of materials, textures, patterns, and colors.
Choose a chair you can sit in for eight hours a day. Find an area with good natural lighting if at all possible. Choose your colors, while blue is good if you’re in a creative field and green walls might spark innovation. Gray, yellow, and white seem to have less positive effects on worker performance.
Place objects in your line of sight, one of your favorite paintings, a vase full of fresh flowers, a corkboard displaying your favorite family photo, or anything else that will provide an aesthetically positive break from screen time. Add plants to your home office that help to sterile your work space.
Depuis le début du confinement, un Belge sur deux fait du télétravail. Il n’est parfois pas simple de travailler depuis chez soi. Caroline Notté, architecte bruxelloise, prodigue quelques conseils pour travailler efficacement chez soi.
Cela tient notamment aux matériaux utilisés, à la luminosité, mais aussi à la hauteur du mobilier et aux couleurs appliquées sur les murs.
■ Reportage de Philippe Jacquemotte et Marjorie Fellinger, avec Raphaël Sossa
Did you know that decoration can help improve your productivity at work and reduce your stress and? It does not matter if you work in an office or from your home. We give you some tips to decorate your workplace, which will help improve your mood and confront your day to day with a more positive attitude.
Having a well decorated and cheerful corner can help us to face the workday in a different way, with a more positive attitude and a better performance.
This not only applies to those who go to the office every day, but also to those who work from home (teleworking is becoming more popular and companies use it more). In these cases, the decoration and the creation of a personal and relaxing space is even more important, because you have to know how to separate work from leisure in your own house.
Organize your desk . For instance, use a door as a desk top…
Reduce noise and improve acoustic by placing rugs, pieces of fabrics, rubber mats. For example, create a tent roof with a bed sheet and a screen with plants or books.
Enlarge your space with mirrors, large paintings, pictures making a room look bigger
Think of hacking the objects from their function. E.G. use a clothesline to hold pictures, toys or souvenirs.
Create storage upcycling cardboards boxes. E.G. use a plate drying rack to organize your paper work.
If possible plan your meetings and conference calls in another place. Moving is good and helps to change the decor
To help your focus it is better to use natural materials and neutral colors
If the weather permits set your office outside
10 conseils de Caroline Notté pour créer son bureau à la maison
Dans l’urgence et avec créativité, Caroline Notté, architecte d’intérieur, nous aide à créer notre bulle de travail au coeur de notre chez nous.
“Les gens se retrouvent confinés chez eux et n’ont pas toujours un bureau à disposition à la maison. Face à un environnement peu propice au travail où enfants et conjoint n’aident pas à la concentration, je souhaite aider les gens à créer leur “bubble d’office” depuis leur maison mais aussi pour les personnes coincées sur un bateau ou à l’autre bout du monde” confie Caroline Notté. “Même avant le confinement, nous tendions de plus en plus vers des coworkings plus humains, des bureaux finalement comme à la maison.”
Coronavirus oblige, certains belges découvrent le télétravail en même temps que le confinement. Réussir à se constituer un cadre de travail est parfois un vrai défi. Couleurs neutres, lumière naturelle, siège cosy, rituels réconfortants ou horaires adaptés peuvent aider à se mettre en condition et apprivoiser son espace.
« De nombreuses personnes, moi la première, n’ont pas l’habitude de se retrouver devant un ordinateur toute la journée. La priorité est de se créer une bulle, un cocon où on se sent bien. Le choix l’endroit où travailler peut se faire en fonction des sources de lumières. On peut aussi, bien sûr, utiliser une belle lampe. Avoir une source de feu et de chaleur est essentiel », explique l’architecte, qui a aménagé un coin de sa salle à manger.
Carine Boxy is a Belgian textile artist and designer based in Deurle. Each of her creations in naturally dyed sheepskin is unique and versatile (rug, cover, tapestry, …) and can be also seen as site specific to a residential or a hospitality project such as the restaurants by Sergio Herman. Her storytelling compositions are conceived as a patchwork quilt or carpet, a wall or oor arrangement, an object, a piece of furniture, with an extraordinary sense of tactility and wellbeing. The sheepskins bring – assembled together – the atmosphere of a wild life into the home. They reveal each one of a kind the true texture, appeal to the senses, thanks to their ultra soft material and a true combination of the hand and the heart. Carine has this attitude of the craftsman that creates from the sheepskin a human kind experience which brings the warmth in interiors.
« Le paysage est un tissage de formes et de couleurs, je puise ma force créative dans la nature qui ne cesse de nous étonner et que nous devons préserver et vénérer »
Caroline Notté, architect and multidisciplinary artist creates amazing universes where color, matter and forms play essential roles in her compositions: her projects are sublimated by her talent to combine contraries and create unexpected associations.
Constantly inspired by the work of the great masters of the Bauhaus color and its environment (his studio is in the house of Louis Herman de Koninck), Notté advocates a return to basics.
As a painter on his canvas, Notte composes frames of colors, always looking for accuracy, daring audacity, between lines games, shapes and materials. The textile and weaving become its support through a collection of carpets with formal and colorful notes that Caroline Notté pays homage to the centenary of the emblematic movement, associating emotions and
To celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus, Caroline Notté releases exclusive rug designs in collaboration with Belgian-based rug manufacturer Limited Edition.
This exclusive collection consists of 4 different registered designs, inspired by drawings and sketches from the Bauhaus era.
Using unexpected combinations and colours, Caroline Notté plays with contrast, rhythm and tonality. The geometric shapes and lines on the rug cross, interact and repeat with subtlety and accuracy.
Limited Edition designs, produces and sells high-quality, custom-made contemporary rugs. Each is characterised by the use of high-quality materials, a unique palette of colours and legendary Belgian craftsmanship.
Limited Edition uses silk, linen, wool, leather and other exclusive materials in its designs, which vary in size, colour and dimensions to suit the specific requirements of each customer. Those looking for exclusivity and quality will find them at Limited Edition.