It was a meeting between the Brazilian designer Jader Almeida and Paulo Bacchi, the furniture retailer behind Artefacto Home, during Salone del Mobile back in April that resulted in Almeida’s eponymous designs being brought to the Sunshine State. The pair picked Miami Art Week, a similarly epic week in the design world to unveil a 3,000 sq ft shop in shop designed and curated by Almeida at Artefacto Home in Aventura. 'Paulo was here for 15 years, and this is a leading furniture store, so why not come together, bring the best Brazilian design?' explains Almeida at the brunch celebrating the collaboration.
Almeida sourced oak and walnut from North America for his US offerings — minimal chairs with Modernist influences and bold pops of color. The collection will also include stools of cork and marble, a number of tables and home accessories, like minimal gold and metallic light fixtures. 'My inspiration is about the world, about a behavior, about the way people think — their lives, their houses, their environment,' Almeida says. 'My inspiration is quiet, peaceful pieces, through materials.'
The pieces, which are displayed in large cubby holes that highlight the smooth silhouettes of the chairs, are destined to be just as timeless and relevant in the future as they are today, and would have been half a century ago. 'I really believe that my pieces are timeless design, because it’s not from this time or the past or the future,' Almeida says. 'There’s a balance — about past, presence, the look forward for the future.'
As for his future plans for entering the American market, Almeida plans to go beyond Miami and Chicago, where some of his pieces are already offered. 'We decided together to open this first showroom, but our mind is open to other cities around America,' he adds.