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  • 03.04.10

Stools Made of Beef Tripe and Chairs Inspired by Race Relations

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

Stools Made of Beef Tripe and Chairs Inspired by Race Relations
Rodrigo Almeida

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.

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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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Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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