David Elia Studio's Desmatamento Stools were created for the Brazil Room of the 2018 London Design Biennale. They represent a continuation of the Deforestation Collection that the designer created in 2013, which expresses an ecological concern while evoking emotions like fear, surprise, wonder, and most importantly hope. The stools are composed of wood branches and ultramarine blue pigment,
In Brazil, the Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica) is a tropical rainforest. This hotspot of the planet's biodiversity has been enormously reduced in size, and deforestation has turned it into one of the most endangered tropical forests in the world. The stool from the Deforestation Collection is made up of hundreds of cut wooden branches, and the blue color at the base symbolizes the mark used by forest wardens to indicate trees that are not to be cut. The design is a reminder of the threat that constantly loom over this delicate, vulnerable ecosystem but that many are fighting to save it.
Brazilian-born, London-based David Elia is an award-winning artist and designer. His work embraces cultural hybridization and gambiarra, a Portuguese word referencing a makeshift problem-solving style common to Brazil that is generally necessitated by a lack of tools and inspired by a tradition of resourcefulness. His work also embraces upcycling and Post-Minimalist tendencies.
Much of Elia’s work uses Brazilian society as a frame through which to consider nationally and globally relevant issues like violence, drug trafficking, poor urban infrastructure, and environmental degradation. Elia’s work is included in multiple public and private collections, including Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Museum of Arts & Design, François Pinault Collection, and Sir Elton John Art Collection, among others.