There’s modern design that’s organic in form and pleasing to the eye, there’s modern design that provokes and ignites with its progressive stance, and there’s modern design that’s kind of an eyesore serving no real purpose whatsoever. Being fans of the former two and not so much the latter, we’re admitted fans of Marco Sousa Santos’ work with the Portuguese furniture brand, Branca Lisboa. His most recent collection, featured now in the company’s 2013 catalogue, is predominantly white and ash blonde, with hints of bold, bright color to break what could otherwise become monotonous were it not so goshdarned pretty. The blend of materials used in his cool modern chairs, like the achingly simple wooden side chair that fades into a comfy yet still simple compound of white foam and rubber at the spine, make for a subtly elegant and understated collection of furnishings. Says the brand itself of its processes and vision: “By uniting Portuguese craftsmanship traditions with contemporary aesthetics, BRANCA aims to reignite the bygone era when products were developed with patience, expertise, knowledge and integrity, aiming to truly reach the level of a high-end international product brand.” We’d say it’s done just that indeed.
Photo credits: Marco Sousa Santos for Branca-Lisboa