Rona Silva

Designer | Brazil

Products


Tamborete São João

Tamborete São João

Saint John Stool

The stool that is the materialization of the June celebrations

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Poltrona Matuta

Poltrona Matuta

Yokel Armchair[1]

The popular festivities of the northeast of Brazil are represented in this armchair

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Fruteira Mundaú

Fruteira Mundaú

Mundaú Fruit Bowl

The fruit bowl that symbolizes the famous Mundaú Lagoon

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Luminária Cobra Grande

Luminária Cobra Grande

Big Snake Luminaire

Luminaire inspired by the Amazon legend

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Luminária Lua Cheia

Luminária Lua Cheia

Full Moon Luminaire

The representation of the moonlight on the beaches of Maceió

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Tamborete Cabelo

Tamborete Cabelo

Hair Stool

Inspired by the stools found in popular markets

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Vaso Par de Jarros

Vaso Par de Jarros

Pair of Jars Vase

Vase based on the famous dialectical expression from the northeast region of Brazil

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[1] We understand that the word "Yokel" may sound offensive for people who are related in some way with the countryside. This term was chosen because is a more accurate translation of the word "Matuta" in brazilian portuguese. We apologize for any incovenience or misunderstanding about this matter.

Carapanã Design

Carapanã Design is a studio that develops creative products focused on sustainability, aiming to bring well-being and joy to the ambient. These products have a market differential, and can be developed in an industrial, semi-industrial or artisanal way. In addition, we seek the workforce of small communities for the production of these objects, thereby, transforming their lives and stimulating income generation.

Carapanã Design
History

In the 90s, Rona Silva moved from Maceió (Alagoas, Brazil) to Manaus (Amazonas, Brazil) to teach in Analysis, Research and Technology Innovation Center Foundation (Fucapi), a graduation and technical education institution. Once there, he discovered the word “Carapanã” , which is a local term used to refer to “mosquito”, and liked how it sounded. Having to develop notice posters, apostilles and other educational materials, Rona Silva used his knowledge to visually improve the way the information was given. After arousing people's curiosity, he started to sign such pieces as “Carapanã”.

Later, Rona Silva created, within Fucapi, a design group with students to stimulate creativity, and as a goal, they made more of these educational materials to meet the demand of the institution itself. Soon, this group also began to develop furniture made with cardboard as a classroom exercise, expanding the knowledge about design.

This initiative with his students was named by Rona Silva as “Carapanã Design”, which was later adopted as name for his own studio.

Rona Silva
The Designer

Rona Silva (Murici, Alagoas, Brazil) graduated in industrial design at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB). He specialized in design, doing courses in the states of Piauí, Amazonas and Pernambuco. He has lectured at universities in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, where he also works as a product designer and holds creative workshops for communities producing folk art and for small firms, with the aim of helping them to generate income.

In 1995, he set up the Carapanã Studio in Manaus, which he subsequently transferred to Maceió. Since he started to change address frequently he became interested in furniture, trying to find alternatives to lower the freight costs of moving. One of his collections comprised furniture made from cardboard boxes from the building garbage where he lives and fabrics purchased in popular shops. The process is simple: it involves cutting, folding, glueing and fitting together, and can be done by hand or by semi-industrial or industrial processes. The assembly of the parts does not require tools.

Rona tries to encourage his students and friends to develop their own products, within the concept of “do it yourself”. His work has received coverage in Brazilian and international publications about design and sustainability.

In Media

Articles in Portuguese

Articles in English

Articles in Italian

Publications

Lectures

Rona Silva and Carapanã Design offer lectures focused on the Design area for students and professionals.

Lectures
  • Ecodesign: Post-Use Phase Design

    The lecture addresses the experience of design in the use of solid waste discarded by the consumer society, commerce and industry, giving them a new use. Rona Silva's practice in this area earned him the most important prizes of Brazil: Casa Brasil and Museu da Casa Brasileira.

  • Regional Iconography as Competitive Differential

    The theme of this lecture deals with the use of local culture and making, with case study, showing the results of the creative workshops for income generation in artisan communities in the north and northeast of Brazil.

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Palestras e Workshops

Contact

Av. Jorge Barros, 3098, Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil