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Rio + Design Milan 2018 is the name of the exhibition which, during Milan Furniture Salon (Salone Internazionale del Mobile), will present a major exhibition of works by over 60 Brazilian designers, as part of the event, Be Brasil.

Brazilian designer Gisela Simas has designed two new items of furniture made from cork, which were launched during the prestigious Milan Design Week, from April 17-22, in the context of the Rio + Design showcase, organised by the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro, as part of the Be Brasil event, organized by Apex-Brasil.
The new product line - consisting of a coffee table and lamp - is inspired by the wing of a Boeing 737-800 jet, and aims to convey a sense of continuous movement.
Presentation of these two works in one of the world’s most important design events, marks the beginning of a partnership between the studio Original Practical Design Limited (OPD) and Corticeira Amorim, which supported the designer in development of new cork-based items.
Gisela Simas has primarily used wood in her work until now, and places special relevance on the use of a new material to create furniture and design objects: "Sustainable materials are the future. Cork is not only sustainable, it has a wonderful colour and a natural touch. My works mirror my perspective on design, which has to be high quality and use environmentally friendly materials, backed by cutting-edge production technologies."


Gisela Simas’ work is characterized by functionality, customization and versatility, and is not conceived to achieve mass-market sales of her works.
With contemporary lines, made from cork and wood, the Dora coffee table has an innovative, practical and highly original construction, conveying a great feeling of softness.
The Congonhas lamp is manually crafted from cork. It is a large and yet extremely elegant object available in three different sizes.
Both items are produced in Portugal by the furniture company Época, whose client portfolio includes Álvaro Siza Vieira and Philippe Stark.