Different Cultures, Different Materials, Different Styles, but two things always in common: Innovative Design and Outstanding Quality.
This is what you will find when you browse Rio Design Accessories pages.
We bring to Europe what overseas cultures can best do with their creativity, craftsmanship, and materials. These are not craft-fair items. They have been designed and hand manufactured by renowned designers and their teams and are in tune with international fashion tendencies, to be used and enjoyed with by the modern, world-conscious and international woman.
Let us introduce our designers:
Art has always been pulsating in the life of designer Maria Dolores from Curitiba, Brazil. In her childhood and adolescence, fabrics, traits, and interest in culture, already indicated what would be the central axis of her career. Soon, she joined the course of Industrial Design at UFPR, which served as the basis for expertise in accessory design.
Maria Dolores soon joined in the design industry of Bergerson, one of the largest jewelry stores in the country, working in jewelry design that became part of the history of many Brazilians. After four years at the company, she decided to redesign her career, running her own studio. Two years of dedication to creating unique pieces before moving to Italy, one of the cradles of Western culture. There she studied in two renowned schools of jewelry and goldsmith, Le Arti Orafi and Metallo Nobile. Experience which also involved numerous visits to renowned exhibitions, fairs, and workshops, providing contact with great artists and masters of contemporary jewelry.
Back in Brazil, Maria Dolores gradually joined the roll of personalities of the Brazilian fashion scene, letting her creations express the style and authenticity of the modern woman. Today, the brand that bears her name has seven stores serving the forefront of the public in the cities of Curitiba, Londrina and Maringa in Parana, and Goiania, São Paulo, and Vitoria. Its conceptual and contemporary design makes the accessory an essential item in any fashion production. It puts the mark of Maria Dolores in a prominent position, even in show business. The art of combining unusual materials and audacious design became the differential in this woman that, early in life, knew what she wanted.
THE CONNECTION WITH NATURE
Marília Capisani Jewels of Nature has in its collections a contemporary vision of luxury.
The use natural materials, such as stones, leather, pearls, and wood to make fashion accessories that connect with nature through textures, design, and sustainability.
Metal parts are molded after natural textures from wood, leaves, and stones. Recycled rubber and paper are in her creations as a statement of a compromise with Planet Earth.
In the combination of these elements comes a unique and casual jewelry. To deal with senses and emotions is our aim. Marília Capisani's jewelry matches with casual and stylish women.
The constant search for knowledge and a huge curiosity took Monica to study Art Theory at the Modern Art Museum on Rio de Janeiro, at the Metropolitan Museum, in New York, and at the Louvre, in Paris. Her closeness to Nature has been her big inspiration. While hiking and walking by forests, by rivers, beaches, swamps, mountains, and fields, she collects what she calls the "fascinating organic nature's left-overs".
Her art addresses real ecological problems from our Planet and brings awareness to the wrong use of natural resources, while still showing a sweet femininity, indignations, elegance, refinement, and sensuality.
Gustavo Gonçalves has been living and breathing frames since a kid! He was born in a family of opticians, and inherit his 40-year traditional Optic Shop, in Ipanema - Rio de Janeiro, from his father. In the business himself for 20 years, Gustavo has always been avid for innovation and style.
Always up to date with the international market and tendencies, constantly visiting International Shows, He supplies prescription and sunglasses for everybody that is IN in Rio.
All this experience and knowledge encouraged him to create his own product line, to fulfill a gap in the market for fun, stylish and high-quality glass frames.
GUS frames are handmade one by one, with high-quality standards that guarantee durability and style. All frames are suitable for sunglasses and prescription glasses, but they are not the kind of frames that you will find in a traditional Optician Store!
Gustavo combines the attractive colors from Rio de Janeiro's Fashion with more traditional Glasses colors and textures and creates pieces that are real Fashion Statements.
The style: Pur. Reduced. Minimalist. And yet present.
Less is more. By reduction to a maximum. Striking through simplicity. The essential, the elementary in the foreground. To separate from the unessential, throw unnecessary away. Clarity in every respect. In the materials. In the forms. In the Colours. In the composition. - This is how German Designer Sybill Huusfeldt sees and creates her Jewelry.
Two materials in focus- Black horn, matt, which has now become stylistic for the KiKKO design. And 925 sterling silver. The special feature is that both materials are natural products. Both have their own individual characteristics. And unlike steel or other artificial materials, horn and silver live. Therefore, the pieces of KiKKO require a certain attention, they want to be preserved and maintained. The wearer must give something to get a lot. Three elementary shades: Black. White. Red. This makes KiKKO colorful but not sparkling. And sure. Four basic forms: Circle. Rectangle. Oval. Triangle. KiKKO shows outline with these shape elements. Size and proportion of the elements give KiKKO format and presence.
The people and the philosophy behind KiKKO.
KiKKO was founded in 1987. By Sybill Huusfeld. Autodidactin with courage and intuition. With a taste for aesthetics and attention to detail. The sources of inspiration were and still are from art and culture, exotic countries with their very own, archaic feeling and thinking. She is a creative and a trader in personal life. Sybill Huusfeld designs the pieces. They are produced on Java, in close personal cooperation with traditional craftsmen working there. The name KiKKO is not a concept of art. It comes from Japanese and means "a better, an honest man". This is a motto at KiKKO and is equally applicable to dealing with the craftsmen, as with partners and customers.
RIO DESIGN COLLECTION CURATOR:
To create a collection that reveals the high quality of Brazilian Design balanced with respect to Nature and Sustainability, Rio Design counts with the support of Brazilian Designer Angela Carvalho.
After working and living for 12 years in Europe, Angela chooses Rio de Janeiro as the scenery for her Design career.
In partnership with German designer Alex Neumeister she created and directed NCS Design for 22 years, accomplishing important project and innovations in designs and being recognized by many prizes, including the IF Design Hannover (Germany), which is considered the "Design Oscar".
On her choices for Rio DEsign Collection, she values products that, besides design quality and innovation, tell a little story from the places and communities that participate in their production.