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The Importance of Knowing Guilherme Wentz
Guilherme Wentz was twice recognized as a rising star and leads his own global brand. See  Guilherme's designs .

Guilherme Wentz was twice recognized as a rising star and leads his own global brand. See Guilherme's designs.

August 27, 2018
By Stephen Witte

Guilherme Wentz decided after two years at university that a business degree wasn’t for him. Born the second son of a couple making their living in a southern Brazil factory town, his pursuit of a steady career in business appeared certain. Except in telling his parents about going for a design major, he was the one who got the shock, not mom and dad.

“My father told me, ‘Maybe you thought you should do the same work your brother and I have been doing, but I always thought you should take a creative role,’” said Mr. Wentz. “He knew me better than I knew myself then.” His parents’ support hasn’t wavered since.

The boy who would become the disruptor prince of Brazil’s design establishment did the usual childhood things. Only his drawings gave a clue. Read more...

How Brazilian Furniture Designers Carved Out Their Distinctly Modern Aesthetic
Corda Lamps  by Guilherme Wentz

Corda Lamps by Guilherme Wentz

Interior Design
June 29, 2018
By Laura Fisher Kaiser

“You are all pioneers,” diplomat Sérgio Amaral exclaimed on a recent spring afternoon in Washington. Standing in the grand drawing room of his official residence, a neoclassical mansion on Embassy Row by John Russell Pope, the soft-spoken Brazilian ambassador to the U.S. was surrounded by furniture designers, importers, gallery owners, and scholars, who had all gathered for Brazilian Design Week, kicked off with a keynote speech by Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen. What Amaral meant was that after almost a century, the world is finally catching up to these champions of Brazilian design, a movement that is now claiming its place in the Modernist pantheon. Read more...

Brazilian Embassy Event, Washington DC

Sérgio Amaral, Ambassador of Brazil to the US, hosted select design industry leaders at a luncheon in his private residence followed by lectures, panelists, and an exhibition of Brazilian design. Initiated by Jonathan Durling, the even enabled cultural and design historians, noted designers, specifiers, a gallery owner, and Interior Design Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen to discuss the elevation of a new category in the US: Modern Brazilian Design. 

Sossego was the exclusive distributor at the week-long exhibit of works by its three artists, two of whom were in attendance: Aristeu Pires, known among his contemporaries in Brazil’s A&D community as “king of chairs,” as his infamous seating designs are installed in a global coffee retailer’s nearly 100 locations across Brazil, and emerging designer Guilherme Wentz, who was named Rising Talent at MAISON&OBJET and Talent on the Rise and finalist at the first Casa Vogue Design Awards. 

The goal was congruous with Sossego’s mission: to present a new category in the US and share its distinct cultural story of Brasilidade while reflecting a global influence.