Cocar Chair: Handmade In Brazill With Braided Tucumã Straw And Cabreúva Wood

by YANKATU Brazil

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Cocar Chair is made from cabreúva wood to highlight the tradition of braiding tucumã straw from the Amazon rainforest. It is more than a chair, it’s a manifesto.

Crafts are culture. It is full of meanings, of reasons to be alive till these days. It reflects part of our history as human beings. It lives in harmony with the nature around him. It translates feelings and emotions. It represents lives. Lives that are as important as everyone else’s. Lives that deserve respect and recognition. Lives that keep alive cultures all around the world helping helping us not to lose sight of our ancestry.

It is part of Yankatu’s Alma-Raiz collection. To create them Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros researched the Brazilian traditions and made innumerous immersions in the riverside community of Urucureá, on the banks of the Arapiuns River and surrounded by the Amazon Forest. The Alma-Raiz Collection is born from the deepening plunge of the designer Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros into Brazilian identity.

As all the pieces produced by Yankatu, it is accompanied by its soul, a certificate of authenticity in the form of a small book that tells about the inspiration that gave birth to it and leaves blank pages so that its story can continue to be told by those who acquire it, turning it into something more, which does not change with fashion, which does not go by with time. To the contrary, it will move on from a generation to another, from hand to hand, each time with more stories to tell, each time incorporating the lives shared by it.

Brazilian Contemporary and Collectible Design by Yankatu, design + art with Brazilian soul.


2023 – Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts and Design 2023 – Tel Aviv – Israel
2022 – Amazonie Immersive – Brussels, Belgium
2021 – The Chair – Usagy Gallery – New York, NY, United States of America
2020 – Material Origins – Adorno Design Digital Gallery
2020 – Social Entrepreneurship: Identity and Local Knowledge – Geneva, Switzerland

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With a degree in business administration and interior design, Maria Fernanda has worked in the field for over 20 years. She migrated to furniture design in 2014, creating Yankatu, a design studio through which she carries out projects with social impact alongside Brazilian artisans. The encounter with the art world happened naturally in 2020 when the search for the appreciation of Brazilian artisans and their knowledge generates a growing discomfort regarding invisibility and lack of knowledge about the reality of Brazilian cultural traditions. Her work is based on relationships that go beyond the gaze and are established on mutual trust and admiration. Her production spans a long timelessness and also a continuity, resulting from the privilege and fluidity of the otherness of established relationships. It is in the power of art that she finds the way to share her learning, activate the gaze and listening of others, seeking to generate in them the same discomfort she feels and, in this way, encourage them to act. It is through a relational aesthetic that she aims to join forces because the reaction of the other, the spectator, is essential for the realization of her art, which does not end with the created object but rather expands into the immaterial and impalpable field. Her works involves various materials without settling on anyone, despite her familiarity with solid wood. It goes from clay to feathers with the same lightness that conveys strong messages in a poetic way.
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