Brazilian Designer Hugo França

Sunday, November 24, 2013



 Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392

“Babitonga” settee in pequi wood by Hugo França



Coral Gables, FL, November 2013Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to announce Hugo França as the featured designer for the 2013-2014 season of Design at Fairchild, part of the annual Art at Fairchild exhibitions held in the Garden since 2005. Based in Brazil, França uses all natural materials to create functional and sustainable design pieces like chaises and benches. Each piece uses reclaimed wood from felled, burned or dead trees found in Brazil. By working them into functional and intricate designs, França gives new life to trees that are sometimes hundreds of years old. Sixteen of França’s pieces will be exhibited throughout Fairchild’s 85 acres of tropical plants from December 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014 and will be curated during Art Basel Miami Beach by Cristina Grajales of the Cristina Grajales Gallery in New York.

França lived with the indigenous people of a jungle in Bahia, a state in northeastern Brazil, where he learned unique woodworking techniques. Instead of masking it, he accentuates the natural quality of his materials. The pieces are organic and show a true appreciation and understanding of nature. Viewers can experience all the details of the wood used, from the texture to the color to the shape.

Given its harmony with the environment, França’s work will fit seamlessly into the natural landscape of Fairchild. Both the artist and the Garden are committed to fostering sustainability and promoting conservational awareness.

França is represented by R 20th Century, a gallery in New York City dedicated to showcasing innovative designers and their creations.

About Design at Fairchild

As part of Art at Fairchild at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Design at Fairchild has supported cultural enrichment and a connection between the arts and sciences since its inception in 2012. The program sets beautiful design pieces against the lush tropical landscape of the Garden to link art, design and nature together in harmony. Past exhibits include the “Sitting Naturally” collection of designed benches from the Cristina Grajales Gallery.

 About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, Orchid and Edible Garden Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest