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Value Proposition

A space within a space. This piece encourages flexible social interactions, where people can pass through, sit, or lay in any manner. Creating a natural and friendly atmosphere.

First, I'd like to start with a little story

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Everytime that I go back to Rio, my hometown, inviting friends over to my apartment is the first thing I do. The apartment is a modest but definitely not large spot, especially not by American standards, where the available seating space was always a bit scarce.

That was until we got this rug, not a common rug, but a big 10ft x 10ft, knit-like, thick and comfortable rug that laid right at the center of the living room, under the three couches that had always been there. We were never out of space again. People would just sit where-ever, the rug made that entire area seat-able. The floor and the couches became part of the same system, one that did not define where and how people should sit, but rather let the situation organically decide it.

What if a single piece of furniture could do that?
 

Cachoeira is the portuguese word for Waterfall. Both are fluid bodies that constantly move.

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When placed together, two pieces can create new landspaces

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Their positions can be arranged so that they harmonize with each other, creating new social interacting options.

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Larger spaces allow for bigger compositions, each with their own fabric color.

PROCESS

Materials

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Plywood

As the most accessible furniture constitution material, plywood is used as the pieces'  structural basis.

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Maple Veneer

Veneer covers the plywood surfaces, enhancing its perceived quality.

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Maple Hardwood

A light and softly finished hardwood makes the piece less heavy and more approachable.

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Fabric

The textured fabric enhances the connection

Cachoeira has with a waterfall, by being reminiscent of water.

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Protoype Plywood Construction

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Edging Detail

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Magnectic attachment detail

CONSTRUCTION

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For people that love to be with other people, and for places that allow some spatial flexibility. Cachoeira aims to integrate several forms of furniture into one. It is a singular object that creates many different postures. 

Organic design isn’t just about shapes and materials but also about the experience. This piece makes spaces within spaces, where people can talk, sit or eat wherever and whenever. 

Then, a minute later, change it again.