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Hugo França

"Guaraci" chaise, 2007

Pequi wood, woven leather
39 2/5 × 88 3/5 × 33 9/10 in
100.1 × 225 × 86.1 cm
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New York
Hugo França
Brazilian, b. 1954
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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.”

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Hugo França
Brazilian, b. 1954
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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.”

Hugo França

"Guaraci" chaise, 2007

Pequi wood, woven leather
39 2/5 × 88 3/5 × 33 9/10 in
100.1 × 225 × 86.1 cm
Unique
Sold
location
New York
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