Jose Collection by Mauricio Arruda

published in: Design By Ricardo Hernandez, 26 April 2010

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photo by Felipe Morozini

In the land that has provided the world with Bossa Nova and the ever cultural attribution given to Ipanema, Brazil also provides insight to some of the most interesting social and urban landscapes in the world. The urban centers of Brazil - Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro- are rich in layers, language, textures, inspiration and creative opportunities. With plenty of people and a thriving center for cultural transactions, it takes a creative mind to build and design order out of this sometimes, chaotic urban fabric. Mauricio Arruda, a Brazilian architect based in Sao Paulo has been able to share with out readers how he leveraged such complexity.

photo by Felipe Morozini

photo by Felipe Morozini

Jose Collection is a family of storage furniture pieces produced out of materials and processes that achieve a more responsible environmental impact. With previous experiences in design research and academia, his approach to the collection analyzes the product's life cycle. The urban landscape produces plenty of material that goes overlooked and underused; Arruda was able to see the opportunity to such urban norm. By combining an archetype with available plastic containers, he was able to create a transitory object that speaks to different levels- cultural and environmental.

photo by Felipe Morozini

The collection utilizes solid wooden sheets that carry the FSC seal (Forest Stewardship Council) and treating those sheets with a natural camauba wax without the use of solvent-based finishes keeps the material fresh. The piece is then completed by adding multi-colored plastic containers creating a humble, practical and dynamic piece. The pieces speak to the nature of improvisation and to the transient state of urban markets.

photo by Felipe Morozini

photo by Felipe Morozini

You have to be able to take what you have and re-use it differently if the conditions change, that is the culture of a city.

The containers can be removed from the units, and used to store objects, toys, food, clothing, etc. If a quick trip to the market is close and casual, the container can serve as a plastic bag replacement. In this urban dominated world we must stay flexible and understand the multiplicity of experiences. The materials provide a connection to a much lower social class but together, as a design solution, it expands its demographic to a contemporary piece that resonates will all. It breaks down class and social divisions; it connects all of us to its root, the city. Jose Collection connects to the root of the Brazilian identity - rich, diverse, vibrant, innovative. Yatzer continues to see great work from this beautiful country and we love to share with our readers the talent and uniqueness to the Brazilian design consciousness.

photo by Felipe Morozini

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About Mauricio Arruda

Mauricio Arruda graduated at the Architecture and Urban Planning State University of Londrina, Paraná, Brazil (Universidade Estadual de Londrina/UEL) in 1997 and was granted a master degree at Sao Carlos State University in 2000. Mauricio has participated as a Latin America fellow-°©‐author at the creation of the Agenda 21 for Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries and has conducted several researches in the residential and environmental fields. Interior Design professor since 2001, has lectured in many Brazilian educational institutions, i.e. SENAC, Escola Panamericana de Arte. Currently teaching at the IED Brazilian branch – Instituto Europeo di Design. As a professional architect Arruda develops and manages projects for residential and commercial spaces as well as product design.  Along with former university colleagues Guto Requena and Tatiana Sakurai Mauricio created the creative collective WHYDESIGN.

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  • friend
    Ilan | 2010-04-27 00:14:28

    Such lovely idea and amazing result. really nice one! I'm just amazed! x

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    Davidikus | 2010-04-27 18:44:50

    This is absolutely great. I have long wanted similar furniture to give some coherence to the various boxes I have accumulated through the years. On a matter of more interest, perhaps: Brazil is one of the greatest places on the planet for design. I spent a month in Brasilia recently and a few days in Rio and I was amazed by the creativity there! Brazilian works are not very famous yet because few Brazilians speak enough English to promote themselves... http://davidikus.blogspot.com/

  • friend
    ifigenia | 2010-04-27 20:33:54

    Very inspiring! Amazing idea, perfect concept!

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    Mayra Navarro | 2010-04-28 07:41:54

    Absolutely great! I'm proud to be a brazilian designer also, so that a can see more than good design on it... It's full of folk, historie, moreover... full of concept! At first seen I thought about the Establised&Sons style. Why don't you try them? Congratulations my friend!!!

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    Daniel Loves Objects | 2010-04-28 17:40:16

    I want this for my new house! This is looking really cool!... really really cool! It brightens up my night here in Singapore man! Loving it! Thanks Yatzer for the share!

  • friend
    Amelia Phillips | 2010-04-28 21:31:54

    I love these. These I love. http://www.squaremagazine.wordpress.com

  • friend
    rdeco | 2010-04-29 18:13:24

    Great project. Love it. I think i am going to make it come true.

  • friend
    Melissa | 2010-05-03 17:49:42

    ThatΒ΄s a really great idea! ParabΓ©ns, Mauricio (Probably I gonna make this come true as well)

  • friend
    Vivienne | 2010-05-05 19:38:48

    hmm... I think I have seen that before :) The Krattenkast was designed by Mark van der Gronden in 2003. O well... Better to steal a good idea then to make a bad design ;) It can be ordered here – http://www.lensvelt.nl/producten/productlijn-krattenkast/filing

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    Carole | 2010-06-04 18:29:42

    J'adore le concept, bravo !!

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