rodrigo ambrosio



«Engenho Chair» Design by Rodrigo Ambrosio


Rodrigo Ambrosio is a young designer living in the northeast of Brasil, Alagoas. He is part of « The Armorial Design Group » a collective of North-Eastern Brazilians together with Zanini de Zanine, Sérgio Matos and Rodrigo Almeida. They combine the traditional clothing, crafts and the Northeastern way of life, mixing public and private symbols.Rodrigo Ambrosio also realize projects by its own.

Ambrosio recently exposed a new work made for the design week in Sao Paulo : «Engenho Chair»

The concept is to transform the most powerful energetic food in a design piece. Ambrosio used « Rapadura » aka sugar cane.The sugarcane was processed as a juice, cooked until boiling and evaporating. Finally it gets to the correct point to become resistant. “Rapadura” is the name of the process used a lot in the past to keep and transport sugar.

People could eat a piece of the chair when passing by the exhibition.The idea was to rescue the history of the colonization of Brasil, with the interaction of flavors that feed us until today. The chair was made at the last remnant machine Engenho São Lourenço, in Água Branca, state of Alagoas.