Design has always been Gustavo Bittencourt’s passion. Ever since he was a young boy, his drawings revealed his creativity in developing new ideas, which would become further fine-tuned with his architect mother. As years went by, the more he learned about design and its infinite possibilities as well as the freedom that the creation process brings, the stronger that passion became.
Having graduated in Industrial Design from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2009, Gustavo has constantly sought new knowledge. This urge led him to pursue further studies at the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy and more recently he had a work placement at Thomas Hayes Gallery, a furniture design gallery in Los Angeles. He has also worked with Brazilian icons in design, for instance, Zanini de Zanine, Marcelo Rosenbaum and Rodrigo Calixto.
At the time he was pursuing his studies, Gustavo was awarded two prestigious awards at the Movelsul, the leading furniture trade fair in Latin America, for his Pratika chair in 2008, and Trapeziu chair in 2010 which are being shown at the Brazilian Design: Modern and Contemporary Design exhibition in London. Gustavo’s talent was recognized at the Mercosul Furniture Prize Competition. He has also participated in the Third Young Designers Exhibition of the Rio de Janeiro Federal University in 2010 and the Design Biennale in 2012.