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Stools Made of Beef Tripe and Chairs Inspired by Race Relations

Self-taught Brazilian designer Rodrigo Almeida is a true original.

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Designer Rodrigo Almeida has approached his career in way that's completely opposite from most designers. He sees technical wizardry as a crutch, so he skipped school altogether. The objects he makes are all about craft—but unlike his Dutch peers, Almeida's stuff isn't cutesy or arch. His work is steeped in Brazilian culture, and as a result, it possesses a rootedness that's rare in contemporary design.

One example above: For his Bichos collection, Almeida created a stool using paper and beef tripe, which is almost like leather when dried. (The tripe is the honeycomb texture, topping the stool.) It wasn't just a strange experiment: Beef tripe is a common ingredient in traditional Brazilian cookery.

Below, a series of chairs inspired by the racial miscegenation that makes Brazil so utterly unique. The colors hark back to traditional African motifs—a huge influence on Afro-Brazilian music and culture—but they're made of haphazard DIY materials that evoke favelas:

Rodrigo Almeida

Rodrigo Almeida

Genius. For more image and info, don't miss this post at Sight Unseen.

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  • Elizabeth Ely

    What an incredibly original use for beef tripe. I never would have thought of using it in furniture. But then again, it is incredible tough stuff - the dried dog treat version is nearly impossible to break by hand - so why not a seat top?

    Before seeing this, I just thought of tripe for pet food - incredibly beneficial for dog and cat digestion. Perfect combination of protein and pre-digested vegetable matter for them. Not long ago, I did a little write-up talking about the wonders of green tripe at