Brazilian Designer Showcases Collection at Fairchild Garden in Coral Gables

Not only does Hugo Franço create beautiful organic furniture, he rescues dead Brazilian trees and turns them into art.

Photo by: André Godoy França lived with the indigenous people of a jungle in Bahia, a state in northeastern Brazil, where he learned unique woodworking techniques. Instead of masking it, he accentuates the natural quality of his materials.

Sotheby's hosted an invite-only luncheon and art tour this week during Art Basel Miami Beach and helped kick off Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's 2013-2014 season of design. Each year Fairchild Garden showcases the works of an artist with a commitment to sustainable design. 

This year's featured designer, Hugo Franço, takes sustainable art to a whole new level. He scours the jungle in his home country for trees that have been left for dead. Many times these Brazilian trees are hundreds of years old. Whether they have fallen over, died from natural causes or even suffered from a forrest fire, França rescues the material and breathes new life into it. 

All of his organic collection is unique, with no two pieces being exactly the same. Having learned his technique from the indigenous people in the Bahia jungle, França masterfully creates tables, chaise lounges and wood sculptures. He wants people to be able to use his unique designs in their everyday lives, so every piece he creates has a functional aspect. And it's stunningly beautiful. 

Hugo Franço's work will be on exhibit at Fairchild Garden from Dec. 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014 and will be curated during Art Basel Miami Beach by Cristina Grajales of the Cristina Grajales Gallery in New York.

Fairchild Garden is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call (305) 667-1651 or visit

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