During this year’s Valencia Disseny Week the Bazilian designer Brunno Jahara presented his beautiful collection of colourful anodised alumnium vessels and lampshades within the ‘Uniedo Puntos’ exhibition. In the impressing old building of Valencia University the exhibition showcased the most recent works of Latin-American and Spanish designers with a clear focus on sustainable materials and processing. Brunno Jahara’s collection was inspired by a percussion beat used in carnival parties – ‘Batucada’.
“In Brazil, people play instruments made of tins, aluminum pots, and other alternative materials”, the designer explains.
‘Batucada’ consists of vases, pendant lights, and trays in different sizes and colours. They are all made of 100% aluminum, anodized in shades of green, blue, grey, purple, red and a golden yellow.
“In Brazil, 98% of the aluminum produced is recycled, making it one of the first countries in the world rank of recycling of aluminum. This is chiefly due to a large network of ‘catadores’ (people who search the trash for recyclable materials). It is cheaper to produce a ton of recycled aluminum then to produce the same amount of new aluminum.”
“The process highlights the natural imperfections of the objects, and blends in naturally with the hammered surfaces. In this collection, every piece is unique, and yet they all share similar features.”