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Brazilian Design

Posted on July 18th, by David Bjorngaard in Elements, Here/There, The Moment. No Comments

You didn’t get enough of Brazil and the World Cup? Check out the design coming out of Brazil, where a modernist vernacular popular in Europe and the United States merged with traditional Brazilian techniques and indigenous materials. The work shown below emphasizes smooth, sculptural forms using native woods like rosewood, Jacaranda and Pequi. The sensuality of this beautiful country really comes through in the work. I am in love!





David Bjørngaard, July 2014

Elements is a showcase for unforgettable pieces. Check out my Pinterest page, Bjørn Studio, for more inspiration.


Posted on July 10th, by David Bjorngaard in Here/There. No Comments

The trip to Europe in June was great.  Sean and I visited Italy, Malta, Turkey and Greece, with multiple city and island stops along the way.  I love the Mediterranean: the history, the food, the beaches, and laid back culture.  There’s so much to see, and so much to tell you about.

Our last stop {top of mind so I will share it first} was Venice. Both Sean and I have been lucky enough to visit Venice before, so we could avoid some of the crowds and focus on a path less traveled.  Here are some of the design highlights.

Olivetti Showroom, right on St. Marks Square, is a little jewel by Carlo Scarpa, the Venetian architect who morphed modern and vernacular design to create a highly expressive, localized modernism.


In the 19th century, Mariano Fortuny transformed a Gothic Palazzo into his own photography, stage-design, textile-design and painting atelier. Now open to the public, the Fortuny Museum is the antithesis of modern design, as it is decorated in the Romantic style when dream and myth combined.



There is an abundance of great modern design in Venice, and one happens upon these moments when wandering aimlessly, and getting lost in Venice.


Next time…the fish market, lot’s of cafes, and the Puenta della Dogana di … Read More »