Design: How to compete with tropical modernism?

Is Pedro Paulo Venzon the Hip New Face of Brazilian Design?

"History looms large over Brazilian design — how to compete with tropical modernism? Sergio Rodrigues? Lina Bo Bardi? Those Percival Lafer chairs everyone’s so obsessed with right now? All that thick, smooth, sculpted wood? Unless you happen to be the Campana Brothers? Everyone’s got Brazilian design pegged, which is why the work of Pedro Paulo Venzon is so exciting: He’s the first young up-and-coming Brazilian designer we’ve seen who’s totally nailing the delicate balance between paying homage to the legacy of his forebears, and developing an aesthetic that’s new, cool, and relevant to the international contemporary scene. Venzon — who knew he belonged in the world of objects since he was a child, thanks to a carpenter father and seamstress / artisan mother — has been making furniture in the city of Florianópolis since he graduated from school in 2011, but his simple, geometric forms only recently gained traction up north, thanks in part to Pinterest. We don’t even have to tell you to keep an eye on this one. We’re pretty sure you’ll be seeing more of him either way."

- by Monica Khemsurov

Source: Sight Unseen