Growing up in Brazil, I was constantly surrounded by bright colours, mosaic tiles and the unforgettable aesthetics of the architect, Oscar Niemeyer. I vividly remember trips to Pumpulha to visit the magnificent Saint Francis of Assisi church with its mosaic roof covered in shades of blue, its curvaceous shape and architectural, lakeside design. To this day, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen.
I’ve always wanted to translate these fabulous images that I have in my mind of Brazil, into an aesthetic that can be used in my interior projects. As a friend and colleague for many years, I am constantly inspired by the work of the Queen of the Weave; Margo Selby. The exquisite quality of her fabrics and her ability to personify each design through woven texture, colour and pattern, is like no other. A collaboration between Casa Botelho and Margo Selby was natural and harmonious … and so our first textile range was born.
The Curvature Collection represents identity in cloth. Geometric design, tessellating patterns and a strong, graphic palette make up this collection, consisting of three woven fabrics named after various places in Brazil where Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture is also present – Rio, Belo and Brasilia. Rio is inspired by the city of energy and colour – Rio de Janeiro. Its strong angles and contrasting curves create a dramatic visual, invigorated by a yellow and blue colour palette – if you’re looking for something refined yet exciting, symmetrical yet bold, look no further than Rio! Belo evokes an organic, modern style of geometry in shades of blue, that Niemeyer employed in the design of the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Belo Horizonte – its unique pattern will introduce the cultural beauty of Brazil into your home. And Brasilia uses fine lines, waves and a moody, monochrome colour palette to project an image of elegance and sophistication, inspired by Brazil’s federal capital and hub for business, tourism and culture – I particularly love the diamond detailing of Brasilia!
Each fabric will be available in two finishes. The upholstery fabric is made of woven polyester and is 80,000 Martindale, so it’s super strong and durable without compromising on comfort and aesthetic – very suitable for commercial projects! While the decorative fabric is made from a woven, cotton/polyester blend that will give various soft furnishings a shiny look and silky texture.
Some of our most popular furniture designs will also be available in the Curvature fabrics, including the Deconstructed Bacco Armchair, Ermes Pouf, and more! Our range of bespoke cushions can also be adorned in the Curvature fabrics – stuffed with extra-soft feathers and backed by an innovative, ultra-suede material, our cushions are all accessorized with brass or bronze zoos, as well as stylish, leather tassels. And because we know you’re just as obsessed with balance in your interior as us, we’ve also created a throw to match your new cushions! You’re so welcome! 😉
Designing and creating quality-made fabrics and furniture for homes around the globe is not Casa Botelho’s only priority. Assisting local communities and improving the health and happiness of people worldwide, is also part of our philosophy. Which is why we will be donating £1 for every meter of fabric sold from the Curvature Collection to a Brazilian children’s charity based in my home town, Belo Horizonte. There is a lot of talent in Brazil and we want to make sure we support education and inspire kids to do well in life.
Like the curves of the Brazilian mountains, the sinuousness of the rivers, the waves of the ocean, and the beloved arches of a feminine physique; the Curvature Collection will introduce the naturally beautiful and sensual qualities of curves, into your home. The Curvature Collection will be available to purchase on our Shop Collections page shortly, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out my other blog posts, here, or visit my personally curated selection of the very best home accessories, furniture and lighting designs, on our Style Destination page.
Until next time … stay gorgeous!
The journey continues …