Hugo França
Brazilian, born 1954
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Atelier Hugo França at SP-Arte 2017,
Atelier Hugo França
Memo Brasil Gallery at Design Miami/ 2016,
Memo Brasil Gallery
"What's The Matter?" curated by R 20th Century along with Kulapat Yantrasast and why design,
R & Company

Hugo França creates sensuous, finely polished pieces of furniture from the scraps of massive paqui trees, which were destroyed during the rampant destruction of Brazil’s rainforests in the 1960s and 1970s. Before crafting furniture, França worked as an industrial engineer in São Paulo. He abandoned this career in 1981 to live with the indigenous Pataxó people in Bahia, where he connected with the rainforests and learned to sculpt wood. He does not approach his pieces with set goals in mind; instead, he responds to the character of individual scraps of wood. “My process is very intuitive,” França has said. “The main inspiration is each tree—not only because of its beautiful natural form but also because it has a history.”