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BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design

Daniel Sampaio

As a designer, I aim to create meaningful pieces that express my identity and where I come from. Using the potential that design has to preserve culture, memory, and affective bonds, I want to design pieces that inspire awe and feeling in whoever uses and sees them.


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The Iara sun lounger carries Oscar Niemeyer's principle of 'form follows feminine'. The lightness of the nautical rope intertwined with the sinuous steel tubular frame delivers a sensuous and elegant piece. Its name derives from a figure from Brazilian folklore based on the ancient Tupi-Guarani mythology, also known as the 'Mother of Water'. She can be seen either as a water nymph, a siren, or a beautiful mermaid that lives on the Amazon River.


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Silva is a modular solution made out of expanded Black Cork that consists of four different pieces. Its inspiration comes from the Portuguese family culture. Each piece has a different shape because everyone in a family is different, but in the end, they all come together, establishing union and harmony.

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