,Ovo is co-owned by designers Luciana Martins (São Paulo, SP, 1967) and Gerson de Oliveira (Volta Redonda, RJ, 1970); they have been creating furniture, objects and projects in the art field since 1991. Their tables, chairs, bookshelves, and lamps combine formal quality and usability with a twist – they often contain some kind of humorous comment about home and living. Good examples of that are their Cadê (where is it?) chair – its structure is hidden beneath a cube of elastic fabric; their Huevos Revueltos (scrambled eggs) coat racks, inspired by snooker balls; and their Feriado (holyday) bookshelf, whose lines include one subtle exception to the rule. According to Japanese magazine Axis, “,Ovo’s take on design involves creating smart artifacts that affect our perceptions.”
Recipient of awards both in Brazil and Italy, Ovo has been featuring in publications that map power lines in global new design, such as Phaidon’s &Fork (2007) and Daab’s Young Designers Americas (2006) guides. According to Portuguese curator Guta Moura Guedes, founder of ExperimentaDesign – Lisbon Biennial, “expressive communication ability, together with a subtle contamination of more artistic universes, give ,Ovo’s works rather symbolic dimensions. This Brazilian design studio is one of the most exciting at the moment.”
Simultaneously to their commercial activities at their showroom in São Paulo, Ms. Martins and Mr. Oliveira are constantly feeding their research process – whose results have been displayed at galleries such as Vermelho, in São Paulo, and Rossana Orlandi, in Milan, as well as in trade shows such as Maison & Objet in Paris.
Ovo’s most conceptual facet reveals itself in works that move away from their strict functionality and make way for new ideas about living within renewed boundaries. In their PA installation (2005) – now belonging to Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo collection - lines and planes created by stainless steel, acrylic, and wood interventions extend for 23 meters on wall, creating shapes alluding to standard heights of the body’s key movements – such as sitting down, lying down, leaning, and reaching out.