Go south of the bor­der

Be amazed by what we can learn from Brazil­ian de­sign

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - FRONT PAGE - robyn.wil­lis@news.com.au Pictures Maira Acayaba More Bold And Bright by Maira Teix­eira, $69.99, Hardie Grant Books, hardiegrant.com.au

Start ex­plor­ing Brazil­ian de­sign and a few things be­gin to look fa­mil­iar. Abun­dant sun­shine, lush land­scapes and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als on tap and you could be de­scrib­ing Aus­tralia.

Which is why Bold And Bright: Chic And Ex­u­ber­ant In­te­rior In­spi­ra­tion from Brazil is worth a sec­ond look.

From the ex­ten­sive use of stone, tim­ber and con­crete to a joy­ous ap­pre­ci­a­tion of colour and pat­tern, the de­sign ideas in the homes show­cased could eas­ily be ap­plied here.

Houses range from sim­ple beach shacks to spa­cious for­est re­treats but the chal­lenges — from man­ag­ing heat to liv­ing sus­tain­ably with lim­ited re­sources — are very recog­nis­able.

Here, au­thor Maira Teix­eira shares her love of her na­tive de­sign legacy.

Is there a Brazil­ian style?

Brazil is a trop­i­cal coun­try with abun­dant veg­e­ta­tion. I be­lieve this sets the tone of our way of liv­ing, you can al­ways find in­te­gra­tion with ex­ter­nal ar­eas, in a bar­be­cue area of a gar­den or an apart­ment with gourmet bal­cony or even we find a place at the side­walk to get to­gether. In terms of ma­te­ri­als, I think that the mod­ernism in the 50s had a re­mark­able role in bring­ing to the world our in­ter­pre­ta­tion of con­crete. In the book I tried to show that we have many other ma­te­ri­als such as wood, stone, brick and iron be­sides con­crete.

How do Brazil­ians like to live? Is there a com­mon thread in the way peo­ple like to dine or re­lax ?

We are a very fam­ily-ori­ented cul­ture, a very Latin Amer­i­can qual­ity. It is com­mon for all mem­bers of the fam­ily to live to­gether or nearby in adult­hood. And tra­di­tion­ally most of us have a bar­be­cue as an ex­cuse to get to­gether and then re­lax in a ham­mock af­ter­wards. I think al­most all Brazil­ians are fans of hav­ing a ham­mock at home.

Does Brazil have any­thing in com­mon with Aus­tralian de­sign?

I think we have in com­mon the is­sue of sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture. And the work done here in Brazil is still a fairly high level of crafts­man­ship. Both Aus­tralians and Brazil­ians like to go out, but in Aus­tralia this is made easy at your pub­lic parks and beaches. Here in Brazil we have parks and beaches too but I think we have much more pri­vate re­la­tion­ship with the spa­ces bring­ing peo­ple into the house and not out, per­haps a re­flec­tion of the vi­o­lence or that we were not as ed­u­cated to use the pub­lic ar­eas as I wit­nessed on the Gold Coast.

Why is colour and pat­tern so prom­i­nent in Brazil­ian homes?

I be­lieve that the mix of colours and ma­te­ri­als we use ex­press our joy of life. We have a lot of flaws but we are def­i­nitely happy peo­ple, and, in a way, this can be ex­pressed in the colours on the in­te­rior de­sign.

Brazil­ian ar­chi­tects en­joy a great rep­u­ta­tion world­wide. Do you have a favourite ar­chi­tect?

Through my book Bold And Bright, I in­ter­viewed ar­chi­tects and gained a new in­sight into their work. I ad­mire when, in ad­di­tion to build­ing a beau­ti­ful house, there is an en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tion both in the use and choice of ma­te­ri­als and how that con­struc­tion will im­pact the space where it will be placed. I gained an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Daniel Fromer, his project in Santo An­dré beach (pic­tured on the book cover) is won­der­ful in all senses. Be­sides the fun­tion­al­ity of the house — it was built on the ground in a way that avoided any trees hav­ing to be cut down — the wood was cho­sen as a main ma­te­rial be­cause it is what the lo­cal trades­men use in their work. There is no light­ing in front of the beach so the nat­u­ral rhythm for the nest­ing sea tur­tle can con­tinue with­out in­ter­rup­tion. I also have to say that a visit to the cap­i­tal of my coun­try, Brasilia, is a breath­tak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and to walk around Oscar Niemeyer’s projects and see his curves and lines is a must.

Novem­ber 19, 2016

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