Contas Round Swivel Bookcase: Handmade In Brazil With Cabreuva Wood And Ceramic

by YANKATU Brazil

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All the levels of this round bookcase, made of cabreuva hardwood, are permeated by buriti palms yarns with ceramic beads, creating different compositions depending on the angle we look at it. All the soft colored shades of the ceramic come from the clay itself, stones and plants of the Jequitinhonha Valley, a Brazilian region known by its traditional ceramic craftwork.

The designer Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros spent some time there researching their art and the way they live. The inspiration to design this bookcase came from the curtains used to decorate their houses and also by the poetry written by Deuzani Gomes dos Santos, the artisan who received her in her home.

It is part of the Records of Time collection, whose inspiration came from an immersion period lived by the designer Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros at the artisans community, Coqueiro Campo, researching the materials and the origins of this Brazilian traditional craftwork, listening to the valley’s stories and learning the artisans way of living.

This bookcase, and all the pieces produced by Yankatu are numbered and accompanied by its soul, 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.

The objects that appear in the pictures are not a part of the Contas Bookcase.

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

2018 – Unknown Territories – Usagy Gallery – New York, NY, USA
2017 – Moldar Mudar – A Casa Museu – São Paulo, SP, Brazil

All the handmade details in this round swivel bookcase are unique and do not repeat themselves, please consult the options at the time of purchase.
It can be made with 4 niches, reaching 142 cm high

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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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