About João Teixeira and Teixeira Design StudioBorn on January 20, 1990, João Teixeira begins his academic training with a Product Design BA (2013), followed by an Integrated Design MA in partnership with Amorim Cork (2016). From 2016 to 2022 he worked as Product Designer at Cadeinor, having designed products that were curated by MUDE. During his career, the designer has already been awarded by the iF Design Award, A’Design Award, Green Product Award and Cerveira’s Biennial Foundation. His products exhibited at Milan Furniture Fair (Italy), Fórmobile (Brazil), iF Design Center (China), Palacete de São Bento (Portugal), Decor Hotel (Portugal) and featured on some of the most important design platforms such as Designboom, Yanko Design, Design Milk, ELLE Decor, Design Wanted and others.

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10 – Igloo cat bed / table

Igloo

Igloo

‘Meet “Igloo”, a table for you and a bed for your cat! To place in the living room or right next to your bed as a side table. The “Igloo” will make your pet warm and happy and your place will feel modern and sophisticated.

How easy it is to fill the place with pet objects and toys and turn your living room in a mess just for the sake of your beloved cat? And how often does a cat jump inside a box or any other stuff that makes him live in the shadows? How would a table that integrates a shelter for your pet could actually become a good idea? ’

09 – Keeper shoe rack

Keeper

Keeper

‘As the global pandemic still takes place almost everywhere, there’s a lot of habits we’ve created to deal with this issue. One of these habits is related to how often we take our shoes and leave them at the entrance before walking around the house. Designed for Tomorrow Furniture, Keeper combines a shoe rack with a bench. The soft seat has rounded corners to seamlessly attach to the recessed top leaving just the right amount of space to work as a side table for daily accessories. The briefing consisted in developing a flat-pack shoe rack that could also be affordable, sustainable, and configurable. The strategy was a clean and minimal approach, paying attention to detail. The seat joint and rounded corners add continuity to the overall shape of it. The slatted frame adds an interesting contrast between sharp/soft and pale/colored. ’

08 – Brick sofa

Brick

Brick

‘What is the future for residential soft seating? How far domestic and work environments are from each other? Brick is a sofa driven by the way people are now working from home and how often they use the sofa to do it. With the right amount of comfort, Brick is focused on usability and convenience. Its modern lines allows for an easier integration on most home interiors. Designed in harmony to the tools we use to work in our reality, acknowledging the link between individual and technology as something evident. Motivated by WFH the sofa arises as a natural impulse to design something that would fit most home interiors enhancing their productivity. The centre module has the option to integrate a rotating side table and a power supply for convenience. ’

07 – Twin table

Twin

Twin

‘Twin is a minimal and sophisticated wooden coffee table. The bent plywood bands have rounded edges at their tips to create a smooth and unique joint when attached to the turned legs, such detail is probably the most unique feature of this product. The table top is wrapped around and placed in the center at a medium height creating a sense of overlaying and depth.’

06 – Shelter desk

Shelter

Shelter

‘Motivated by the lockdown we all are going through the Shelter desk arises as a natural impulse to design something that would fit most home offices environments by improving their productivity. Also, since we had to adapt to new normal practically overnight there was a big demand on this kind of solutions, especially when seeing a big wave of change as more and more companies were letting employees work from home. As expected, these were days of uncertainty and fear of something we did not knew at all, and hence the name “Shelter”. ’

05 – Piano desk

Piano

Piano

‘Inspired by the Standard chair by Jean Prouvé, the main idea behind the Piano desk was to have a hybrid material selection allowing for interesting contrasts. On the one hand, metal is a cold material while wood is warmer. On the other hand, metal allows for slimmer profiles when compared to wood. The key factor while briefing was to design a product oriented towards a more democratic approach. The result was a minimal desk without any complex productive process. ’

04 – Bars desk

Bars

Bars

‘Good design should be self-explanatory of its usability but shouldn’t limit this. This was a major aspect when creating Bars desk. On the one hand, looking for simple and practical ways for setting mood layouts in terms of organization needs was a commitment. On the other hand, the goal was to allow a creative use according to each user demand. This is achieved by placing 3 wooden bars over the tabletop at a height distance that could let people to place books, prints, headphones, and others. In addition, some added details are spotted to enhance the functionality on each of these elements by machining some openings and cuts to attach your mobile devices, or even to keep your pencils always at hand. The relation between form and function are part of the process of the product. First it started by exploring some interesting ways of jointing wood elements and ended up becoming a desk mainly because the output led to similar shapes. From there the form started giving place to functionality. The rounded shapes, overlapped intersections, or exquisite tabletop are some key features of this design.’

03 – Embrace sideboard

Embrace

Embrace

‘The “Embrace” sideboard is all about unique joints, soft curves and overlapping layers. Its most distinctive element lies on the curved plywood band which hugs the overall unit, hence the name. The starting point for the product was the leg joint, specifically how the curved shapes could blend together but offer an interesting and appealing contrast at the same time. From there the goal was to have a minimal approach on design language balanced with functionality through clever solutions for storage and cable management. You’ll find two side drawers with vertical opening, a conventional drawer in the middle and an open shelf at the bottom. The upper cabinet creates an offset in comparison to the curved panel and this adds the possibility to pass cables through this gap easily. The “Embrace” sideboard can either work as a media unit or as an entrance piece. ’

02 – Mate bedside table

Mate

Mate

‘Very often we tend to spend a considerable amount of time using our smart devices, even when we are on bed, right? This notion was the foundation to start asking some questions such as – How easy is the transitions between the moment we need the devices and the moment we need to put them aside? How neat is cable management on common bedside tables? Surprisingly, this seems not to be a problem to consider while designing this kind of product, in general. With “Mate” we wanted to address this issue as a real and existing one, especially considering the post-pandemic effects that led us to new routines in regard to the work from home, intensifying the use of technology to be productive in pretty much any corner of the house. ’

01 – Pessoa desk

Pessoa

Pessoa

‘Fernando Pessoa was a famous Portuguese writer, known for having many heteronyms. The “Pessoa” writing desk finds its inspirations on his work, mainly on the work of Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis and Álvaro de Campos, assuming their different ways of being and personalities as something that can coexist in a single desk. “Pessoa” desk has 3 levels of interaction with the user, a curved panel, a table top and a gap between the both of them which represents the present or the connection of future and past.’