Pure Interior Design Eclecticism Inspired By Brazilian Culture

February 22, 2019 8:36 am by admin
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Pure Interior Design Eclecticism Inspired By Brazilian Culture

If your walls are looking bare, work from any of these artists will not only adorn them with Brazilian talent (often more affordably than you might think), but also help build an art collection worthy of passing down.

Almost no other country will be dominating headlines in these upcoming months more than Brazil.

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Ranging from orange-red to bright orange to burnt orange, these three stoneware vases inject an instant pop of Brazilian color whether they’re used as pure decoration or to house some cut tropical leaves or blooms (CB2)

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For an easy injection of Brazilian-inspired colour, look to affordable home accessories such as bowls, vases, frames, trays and candlesticks in brighter, bolder turquoises, greens and oranges.

We often talk about how interior design and decorating are all about showcasing your own personality and style while incorporating the season’s hot trends. It is a balance between the timeless and the fleeting with a good dash of ingenuity! Capturing this design ideology to perfection is the exquisite VF House in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Presenting its own unique take on contemporary style, the vibrant interior of this home is filled with intricate details, curated decor and an eclectic appeal that is both playful and refined at the same time.

But on my recent stroll along the iconic Portuguese pavement of Rio’s famous Ipanema Beach, I could easily (and mistakenly) conclude that Brazil’s ducks are all in one perfect row. The seemingly carefree, famously attractive faces of this ethnically diverse and broadly mixed population are adorned with warm, easy smiles.

Surfboards in the corner usher in a subtle coastal touch that is an inherent part of Brazilian culture, while a small reading nook with a relaxing chair, a side table and a lovely floor lamp complete the delightful living zone. Brick and cement walls, a glossy tiled backdrop in the kitchen and polished contemporary surfaces come together marvelously, turning this Rio home into a distinctively memorable hub!

To add a Brazilian influence through wall covering, look for patterns that emphasize the natural beauty, colours and abundant resources found throughout this lush country. York Wallcoverings’ Rainforest, Banana Leaf and Malachite patterns – priced from £37 to £47 per roll – can help dramatically transform a room through patterns inspired by natural elements that are closely associated with Brazil.

With vases, lamps, rugs, wallpaper and other items available from such retailers as Crate & Barrel and Frontgate, you can have a taste of Rio in your home.

Incorporating a few decorative items that emphasize the beauty of natural materials is key to Brazilian design. Crafted by Brazilian artisans, the Ita Large Tray from Frontgate, priced at £105, has an expressive free-form edge and is made from agate found inside volcanic tunnels. No two trays will be alike.

Brazilian design embraces colours inspired by its abundant natural beauty. Sherwin-Williams paint colours Aquatint, Tantalizing Teal, Talipot Palm and Determined Orange freshen up walls or painted furniture while creating that tropical, lush Brazilian vibe.

Tropical banana leaf wallpaper from £25 per metre (Murals wallpaper)

This is the country that bore uber-model Gisele Bundchen after all. And there is so much other well-known beauty to behold within Rio and far beyond. Towering mountain ranges, nearly 5,000 miles of coastline, the Amazon rain forest and Christ the Redeemer are all world-renowned.

This glazed earthenware hippopotamus playfully injects a powerful dose of turquoise, an accent color closely associated with Brazilian interior style (Metropolitan Museum of Art Store)

Pure Interior Design Eclecticism Inspired By Brazilian Culture

Much of Brazil feels ripe, lush and brimming with natural wonders. Even in heavily populated Rio, gorgeous green mountains and beautiful blue water are plentiful and easy to spot.

At a breakfast table at the UXUA Casa Hotel, light shades crafted from indigenous clay and hung above a clean-lined wood table, feel simultaneously primitive and modern, much like Brazil itself (Vern Yip)

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Instead, it telegraphs an approachable ease that’s also palpable in its people, food and culture. It’s attractive, soulful, rustic and elegant. It has been pulled together with an inherent appreciation for natural materials. Wilbert Das, former creative director of the global fashion brand Diesel, fell in love with Brazil while on holiday in Trancoso and never left. Now he’s the proprietor of its UXUA Casa Hotel, perhaps one of the best examples of this trending Brazilian look, and designed almost entirely with furnishings, art and decor crafted by Brazilian artisans.

You’ve maybe even read about the in-the-know vacation spot of Trancoso, a once sleepy 17th-century fishing village brimming with UNESCO-protected architecture and unspoiled beaches. What you probably aren’t hearing about is Brazil’s wonderfully fresh and rising interior style fuelled by a creative spirit forged from the confluence of its diverse cultures, abundant access to natural resources and an energy that comes from living among some of Mother Nature’s proudest achievements. Naturally, it’s eclectic and reflective of Brazil’s harmonious marriage between the modern and primitive.

The Swavelle Millcreek Outdoor Fabric, available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store for around £8 per metre, sports a wave pattern in neutral tones that’s similar to the iconic wave pattern found on Rio’s Copacabana Beach sidewalks. Manufactured for outdoor upholstery and throw pillows, this fabric is also useful for indoor applications where extra durability would be a plus.

Although many may immediately associate Brazilian art with their native Indian cultures, the nation also has a well-regarded contemporary art scene, producing some of the art world’s biggest stars, especially in the photography genre. Vik Muniz, Sebastiao Salgado and Mona Kuhn may not be household names but they are immediately recognized by photography aficionados and widely collected by major museums.

Handcrafted out of solid Acacia wood, the sculptural Morela Centerpiece bowl at Crate & Barrel is finished with natural oils to showcase the beauty of the wood. Embrace of natural materials is something found throughout Brazilian design, making this an easy way to inject some Brazilian flavour during the upcoming Summer Olympics. The bowl is priced at £130.

The enameled giraffe will brighten any room, even on dark days. The orange animal is £20 (Habitat)

Lighting is a great way to embrace a trend because it’s both decorative and functional. The Kelton Table Lamp – a combination of an earthy brown base, natural linen shade and bright turquoise and priced at £250 at Crate & Barrel – reflects Brazilian colours abundantly found among its vast natural resources.

Ranging from orange-red to bright orange to burnt orange, a three-piece stoneware Amigos vase set from CB2 injects an instant pop of Brazilian colour whether they’re used as decoration or to house some cut tropical leaves or blooms. The set is priced at £17.75.

Art can be a tone-setting statement in any space. For instance, photo images from Kuhn’s Evidence series, priced from £5,700 to £11,000 at the Jackson Fine Art gallery in Atlanta, showcase the abundant natural beauty found in the Brazilian jungle and take you there whenever you look at them.

The Cadiz stool from Frontgate showcases a graphic, black-and-white chevron pattern reminiscent of the pavement patterns. The stool, made from fossilized stone covering a resin base and priced at £242, can be used outside or in as a side table or stool.

And they fall perfectly in line with the current design trends of pattern layering and bold black-and-white colour combinations. Throw pillows, rugs, drapery and small furniture pieces have all been widely spotted sporting both of these trends and are easy to integrate. Black and white, after all, virtually goes with everything.

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And it perfectly sets the stage for laid-back lounging, languorous summer meals and, of course, watching the world come together during this summer’s Games.

Consider layering your interiors the way many Brazilians do. Woven palm baskets, wooden bowls, natural clay accessories and items embellished with coconut shells all reference Brazilian resourcefulness and make great summer styling additions that are easy to change out seasonally.

A glazed earthenware statuette of a hippopotamus sculpture, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store, playfully injects a powerful dose of turquoise, an accent colour closely associated with Brazilian interior style. Modelled after one of the museum’s prized Egyptian artefacts, the sculpture, priced at £50, also reflects the eclectic, multicultural flavours found in Brazil and in Brazilian design.

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Consistent with their interior aesthetic, infusing your home with elements of Brazilian style doesn’t have to be complicated – or super expensive. Here are four easy paths toward embracing this perfect-for-summer look:

Of course, paint is one of the most accessible and effective ways to infuse these tones, so consider applying a fresh coat to your walls or an old piece of furniture that could use brightening.

This affordable planter showcases two Brazilian design elements: natural colored terra cotta topped with a bold injection of aqua through the glaze (Crate and Barrel)

So this summer, as you’re watching Michael Phelps attempt to further cement his most-decorated-Olympian-of-all-time status, allow a few bowls, a new piece of art and perhaps some side tables to visually transport you to the Rio Games without ever leaving the comforts of your couch.

Ground zero for the increasingly worrisome Zika virus, looming concern over construction delays and preparedness for this summer’s Olympic Games, and an unfortunate turn from South America’s most promising economy to a quickly diminishing one plagued by urban crime, political unrest, bribery scandals and the recent impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff have led to an implausibly negative train wreck of events.

Brazil abundantly showcases Mother Nature’s masterpieces, so it’s no surprise that the turquoise blues of the ocean, lush greens of the rainforest and the ripe oranges of local fruits and flowers are woven into its interior style. Employed alongside these vibrant hues are a wide array of warm neutrals and plenty of black and white that allow brighter colours to command centre stage.

And this makes perfect sense. Most Brazilians, whether raised in the dense urban centres, the remote outskirts or somewhere in between, have a more-than-healthy respect for nature’s gifts, understanding that they are perhaps their country’s most precious resource.

The Cadiz stool from Frontgate showcases a graphic, black and white chevron pattern reminiscent of the famous Portuguese pavement patterns found throughout Rio. Made from fossilized stone covering a resin base, it can be used outside or in as a side table or stool (Frontgate)

Designed by Studio ro+ca, it is the kitchen that defines the overall appeal of this small setting with its dark, minimal look. Offering the perfect backdrop that is sophisticated and catchy, it presents a lovely contrast when viewed in relation to the more relaxing living space that is draped in neutral hues. A plush couch in white is probably the least imaginative of all the furnishings, as the dining table in bright yellow, round coffee tables in the heart of the living room, colorful rugs in pastel pink and blue, and quirky dolls turn a seemingly normal home into a pure visual treat!

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Brazil’s complex cultural tapestry – woven with threads from indigenous Indian tribes, Portuguese conquerors and a wide array of settlers hailing from the likes of Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and China – might have blended uncomfortably into a cacophonous aesthetic.

“There is a rough beauty in the local artisanal work that leaves a lot of space for the natural textures of the materials without over-manicuring,” Das says. “The sincere connection to nature is very visible. Brazilian products and design have an honesty and simplicity that brings everything back to the essence of things.”

Studio ALBUS Design took our breath away with a project inspired by Brazilian culture. Gathered around 150 pounds of bananas celebrating artist Carmen Miranda’s influence on cultural diversity, a collection of carefully chosen decorative elements create a Latin-inspired home comfort. Encouraging this radical aesthetic innovation started by Carmen Miranda, the design created by architect Henrique Steyer and designer Felipe Rijo, of ALBUS Design was imagined to encompass the owners’ significant artwork and antiques collection – “the drawings by Djanira in the wall over the sofa share the space with a painting by Di Cavalcanti and the cocoon-shaped sculpture by Siron Franco” – as well as an interesting collection of feather art displayed throughout. Baroque saints and silver torches next to an antique mirror steal the spotlight once you got used to the bananas: “Yes, we have bananas!” That is how we sum up this project in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. Inspired in the Brazilian culture and its many influences, this living room is an example of Brazil’s cultural diversity. Just as the Brazilian people is a result of miscegenation, the creation of this living was a search for the perfect mix. Henrique traveled with the home owner to New York, Miami and Rio de Janeiro, looking for an essentially latin harmony.”

Rio’s famed Portuguese pavement sidewalks are iconic and immediately identifiable. Unlike the classically patterned black-and-white pavement widely found throughout Lisbon, Portuguese pavement patterns in Rio are comparatively modern, graphic and boldly geometric.

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