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Hugo França    Apr 25 - Jun 1, 2013

Installation View: <i>Hugo França</i>
Hugo Franca
Installation View: Hugo França
 
Installation View: <i>Hugo França</i>
Hugo Franca
Installation View: Hugo França
 
Installation View: <i>Hugo França</i>
Hugo Franca
Installation View: Hugo França
 
Installation View: <i>Hugo França</i>
Hugo Franca
Installation View: Hugo França
 
Installation View: <i>Hugo França</i>
Hugo Franca
Installation View: Hugo França
 
Installation View: <i>Hugo França</i>
Hugo Franca
Installation View: Hugo França
 
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Hugo França is a Brazilian designer who produces furniture and sculptures using roots and trunks from natural debris— trees condemned by natural causes or human interference. Over the past 20 years, França has researched materials and techniques for working to transform trees into objects, sculptures and furniture. He has made projects from a wide variety of sizes, from small trees measuring approximately 20 inches in diameter, to larger trees measuring several feet in diameter. His work is known for the ways in which he respects the natural curves and characters of the wood, lending harmony, balance and function to the forms. The technique França developed preserves the characteristics of the wood and its organic features.

Working in the same tradition as modernist Brazilian masters, Hugo França (b. 1954) is best known for his reverential use of raw Brazilian hardwoods. Working exclusively with fallen trees and old canoes he purchases from the Pataxó Indian tribes, França creates unique designs that showcase the beauty of these natural materials. His work is extremely labor-intensive as he favors the use of Pequi, a gigantic oleaginous tree, which averages 148 feet (45 meters) in height and 10 feet (3 meters) in diameter. The high oil content, textures and holes of the Pequi wood makes it useless to industrial clear-cutters and they often leave them behind after taking out an entire forest. França gives the dead trees a second life in his exquisite, massively scaled furniture and sculptures.França manually crafts each piece he designs, sometimes opening grooves in the wood to expose features that the material is unable to express on
its own, other times carving it down it to rediscover curves that highlight the tree’s natural organic forms.

After studying production engineering at the university in his hometown in Brazil, and working briefly at a computer company in the early 1980s, França moved to the jungle of northeastern Brazil in Bahia. There, he spent fifteen years living and working close to the Indian tribes who taught him their generations-old woodworking techniques. He now works primarily out of his atelier in São Paulo, but spends a week into the fishing village of Trancoso in Bahia where he maintains a studio and works with locals to source fallen trees to repurpose for his designs.

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