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MoMA Design Store Destination: Brazil

by Karen Day
on 05 May 2009

The latest country to get the MoMA Design Store treatment is a land more known for samba and sunshine than for industrial design. Playing to Brazil's strengths, the exclusive collection is heavy on handmade objects that take advantage of indigenous natural resources, such as this centipede-inspired fruit bowl composed of coconut fibers, sugar cane and wood.

Also featuring both established and up-and-coming designers, MoMA's buyers came up with an appreciable assortment of home accessories, jewelry and more that evoke the colors and forms of Brazil, like Francesca Romana Diana's bangles, which replicate the famous Ipanema and Copacabana sidewalks and the silhouette of the Corcovado Mountain (pictured below).


Spanning time periods, there's also a mix of old and new, including the classic Mocho Stool from Sergio Rodrigues. The 1954 design interprets the traditional milkmaid's stool used throughout Brazil, using the same local eucalyptus wood of the original. Representing Brazil's contemporary national identity, the Campana Brothers' keep it modern with their new sushi bowl, a kaleidoscope of colors and materials rolled together in a manner implied by the name.


The Brazil collection will be available for a limited time via the MoMA Design Store website and brick-and-mortar shop or at MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires).

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