Out of all those taking part in the Brasile Off show in viale Bianca Maria, we should mention Gustavo Martini, Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro, former student of Istituto Marangoni design in Milan, and winner, with his Grove Chair of the 2018 Wall paper award. As he says, the inspiration for his design comes from his home city which, after long periods spent in Italy, he is now able to view from a different perspective, revealing its strong contrasts, which he has always tried to explore. Rio has lots of trees, and the buildings seem to emerge from this green base, creating a kind of borderline between nature and construction. When designing his pieces, Gustavo tries to reproduce this effect, creating the bottom part with a structural grid and the top in a natural material. One of the results is the Grove Chair, created on a square base in a light, dense metal mesh and a seat with cork back. A “bimaterial” nature is the distinctive feature of his designs: in the Marble stories collection – a chair, a bench and a bookcase – we have Carrara white marble, made lighter by an internal structure in polystyrene foam, combined with Nero Marquina marble to create pure two-tone geometry. The vase, on the other hand, is made using two sharp pyramids in wood and metal, placed against one another.