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Rio de Janeiro’s designer Bruno Jahara and fashion designer Ana Voss have created a collection using a common natural material found throughout Brazil: straw. The Paleae Brasilis collection is a meeting of fashion and design talents, and includes items for the home, as well as garments to wear. A preview was presented in August during San Paolo’s design week, and again in Rio in September. The sober, elegant collection highlights how the straw can be woven and molded into soft shapes; the pieces have been joined with stronger elements, like brass and warm metals, that only continue to enhance the straw’s varying shades of gold. The expressive project demonstrates how straw can be used for objects that one would normally not place within its repertoire. Its incredible ductility lends to endless possibilities.

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A hat from the Paleae Brasilis collection by Bruno Jahara and Ana Voss.
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Fruit bowl from the Paleae Brasilis collection by Bruno Jahara and Ana Voss.
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Fruit bowl, made of straw and brass, from the Paleae Brasilis collection by Bruno Jahara and Ana Voss.
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Suspension lamp from the Paleae Brasilis collection, by Bruno Jahara and Ana Voss.
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Straw hats from the Paleae Brasilis collection by Bruno Jahara and Ana Voss.
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Bell-shaped table lamps, made of straw and brass; the Paleae Brasilis collection by Bruno Jahara and Ana Voss.
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Front view: Bell-shaped table lamps, made of straw and brass; the Paleae Brasilis collection by Bruno Jahara and Ana Voss.
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Designer Bruno Jahara and fashion designer Ana Voss, who created the Paleae Brasilis collection.
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Designer Bruno Jahara and fashion designer Ana Voss, who created the Paleae Brasilis collection.

WHERE: Rio de Janiero, Brasile

Rio de Janeiro’s designer Bruno Jahara and fashion designer Ana Voss have created a collection using a common natural material found throughout Brazil: straw. The Paleae Brasilis collection is a meeting of fashion and design talents, and includes items for the home, as well as garments to wear. A preview was presented in August during San Paolo’s design week, and again in Rio in September. The sober, elegant collection highlights how the straw can be woven and molded into soft shapes; the pieces have been joined with stronger elements, like brass and warm metals, that only continue to enhance the straw’s varying shades of gold. The expressive project demonstrates how straw can be used for objects that one would normally not place within its repertoire. Its incredible ductility lends to endless possibilities.

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.