Tropical chic: How to style your outdoor area the Brazilian way

Tropical chic: How to style your outdoor area the Brazilian way

The effortless allure of tropical-chic is what Braziwi is all about...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The effortless allure of tropical-chic is what Braziwi is all about. We spoke to the founders about the integration of Brazilian and New Zealand style to create a dreamy, effortlessly relaxed decor - for indoors and out. 

Bold colour. Evocative pattern. Effortless elegance. Tropical chic is what Brazilian design is all about, and the allure has hit home in New Zealand with a new offering that encapsulates the very essence of Brazilian style.

Think beautiful fabrics, vibrant colours, textural layering and sculptured detailing. While the thought of tropical decor can evoke a sense of relaxed seaside living, the designs behind some of Brazil’s world-renowned furniture and textile design are anything but; with a carefully considered combination of hue, form and material that effortlessly combine to enrich the comparatively dreary decor we’re used to in New Zealand.

 

“That’s not to say we’re a dreary nation in terms of design. We’re well known for our style but in comparison to the rich vibrancy of Brazilian decor, the colours and juxtaposition of hue and pattern are incomparable,” Braziwi’s co-founder Wallace Brabyn says.

 

It’s this well considered vibrancy that made an immediate impact on the New Zealand market when Wallace and his wife Erika launched their Brazilian-Kiwi design infusion back in 2016. “New Zealanders are drawn to the depth of colour and imaginative lush textile designs. They’re very different to what we’re used to here and introduce a truly unique style to our homes.”

 

However, it’s not just the bold and bright that defines Brazilian design, it’s the rich history and close link to natural materials that have shaped the Brazilian design story. Reclaimed hardwoods and locally-sourced materials such as stone feature heavily in Brazilian homes. 

 

It’s no wonder that Brazil is one of the world’s top destinations for design. The confluence of cultures and energetic feel of the country’s towns and cities make it an epicentre for inspiration. “Brazilian designers are renowned not only for their designs but for the craftsmanship behind them that dates back centuries. This is no more evident than in some of the high-end outdoor furniture where ancestral knowledge that spans generations of master craftsmen results in some of the finest wooden pieces in the world,” Wallace says.

Tropical chic: the bright and bold of outdoor decor

The boldness of colour that’s often easier to create indoors is now a reality for outdoor spaces with the introduction of a Brazilian fabric range crafted with a blend of natural Brazilian cotton (72 per cent) and polyester (28 per cent) for strength.  Known as Acquablock, it’s designed for the outdoors and offers a truly unique option in terms of creating bold and bright exterior settings, Wallace says. “The fabric and its treatment allows for a depth of colour that can’t be recreated with synthetic materials. The very make up of Acquablock allows it to have a textural depth that intensifies the colour and pattern chosen. It has very high UV resistance, repels water, and creates a depth of colour comparable to that in a high resolution photograph allowing for an unrivalled vibrancy.”

 

The Acquablock range of fabric is vast, spanning into the hundreds in terms of colour and pattern options. Braziwi has a range of 74 in stock that are used for all manner of purposes including bean bags, cushion covers and wall decor.

 

“Blending pattern and colour in an outdoor space is the easiest way to transform it, creating an allure that draws people into it. Pairing vibrant patterns with rich colours and layering textures in throws, cushions and rugs creates a stunning vibrancy.”

 

Styling a hammock

The hammock is another central part of the relaxed Brazilian style. For many New Zealanders, a hammock in itself is a symbol of relaxation, of beachside living and tropical beaches. “For us in Brazil, the hammock is a common part of many homes, and it is used both indoors and out,” Braziwi co-founder Erika Brabyn says. “While in New Zealand we generally see a hammock as an outdoor feature, that’s not the case in Brazil with a hammock in the living room or bedroom a common design feature. 

 

“While incorporating a hammock into indoor spaces isn’t something that we see translating into New Zealand homes, the popularity of the hammock as an element of landscape designs has been a huge drawcard. Whether it’s slung between two trees or attached to poles and or a fence, the ultimate flexibility of the hammock allows for it to be used in many configurations and spaces - from small to large. It’s a way to transport an outdoor area from mediocre to fabulous, and create a tropical oasis in the home,” Erika says.

 

Braziwi’s range of hammocks represents a vast blend of colour and pattern from the most neutral undyed cotton right through to juxtaposed bright hues of almost any colour imaginable allowing for a refreshing design freedom.

 

“Mix the colour of a hammock with complementary cushion fabrics and bean bags to create a sense of depth in an outdoor area while offering a range of places to relax or congregate.”

Outdoor furniture: Brazilian style

Brazilian furniture design has a long and rich history, closely linked with the vast natural resources of the country. “It has definitive style denoted by beautifully sculptured pieces that evoke a sense of harmonious natural influence,” Wallace says. “Bringing this style into the New Zealand outdoor setting represents a truly unique feature that works perfectly with our desire to enjoy the outdoors.”

 

That sentiment is perhaps no better illustrated than in the handcrafted ranges of Butzke, available in New Zealand exclusively from Braziwi. Defined by their curvature and slim lines, the pieces are crafted from FSC-certified sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods including Brazilian Eucalyptus and Cumaru. “Cumaru in particular rivals any other hardwood we know of or use outdoors in terms of durability and ultimate longevity,” Wallace says.


If you’re designing an outdoor space or have a current alfresco area in need of an upgrade, make sure you visit Braziwi here to find out more about creating a rich and vibrant outdoor decor.

Braziwi

Erika is from Brazil and Wallace is a Kiwi, and together we've created Braziwi. Erika was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and grew up with a very creative Mum, who...

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Tropical chic: How to style your outdoor area the Brazilian way
Tropical chic: How to style your outdoor area the Brazilian way

Tropical chic: How to style your outdoor area the Brazilian way

The effortless allure of tropical-chic is what Braziwi is all about...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The effortless allure of tropical-chic is what Braziwi is all about. We spoke to the founders about the integration of Brazilian and New Zealand style to create a dreamy, effortlessly relaxed decor - for indoors and out. 

Bold colour. Evocative pattern. Effortless elegance. Tropical chic is what Brazilian design is all about, and the allure has hit home in New Zealand with a new offering that encapsulates the very essence of Brazilian style.

Think beautiful fabrics, vibrant colours, textural layering and sculptured detailing. While the thought of tropical decor can evoke a sense of relaxed seaside living, the designs behind some of Brazil’s world-renowned furniture and textile design are anything but; with a carefully considered combination of hue, form and material that effortlessly combine to enrich the comparatively dreary decor we’re used to in New Zealand.

 

“That’s not to say we’re a dreary nation in terms of design. We’re well known for our style but in comparison to the rich vibrancy of Brazilian decor, the colours and juxtaposition of hue and pattern are incomparable,” Braziwi’s co-founder Wallace Brabyn says.

 

It’s this well considered vibrancy that made an immediate impact on the New Zealand market when Wallace and his wife Erika launched their Brazilian-Kiwi design infusion back in 2016. “New Zealanders are drawn to the depth of colour and imaginative lush textile designs. They’re very different to what we’re used to here and introduce a truly unique style to our homes.”

 

However, it’s not just the bold and bright that defines Brazilian design, it’s the rich history and close link to natural materials that have shaped the Brazilian design story. Reclaimed hardwoods and locally-sourced materials such as stone feature heavily in Brazilian homes. 

 

It’s no wonder that Brazil is one of the world’s top destinations for design. The confluence of cultures and energetic feel of the country’s towns and cities make it an epicentre for inspiration. “Brazilian designers are renowned not only for their designs but for the craftsmanship behind them that dates back centuries. This is no more evident than in some of the high-end outdoor furniture where ancestral knowledge that spans generations of master craftsmen results in some of the finest wooden pieces in the world,” Wallace says.

Tropical chic: the bright and bold of outdoor decor

The boldness of colour that’s often easier to create indoors is now a reality for outdoor spaces with the introduction of a Brazilian fabric range crafted with a blend of natural Brazilian cotton (72 per cent) and polyester (28 per cent) for strength.  Known as Acquablock, it’s designed for the outdoors and offers a truly unique option in terms of creating bold and bright exterior settings, Wallace says. “The fabric and its treatment allows for a depth of colour that can’t be recreated with synthetic materials. The very make up of Acquablock allows it to have a textural depth that intensifies the colour and pattern chosen. It has very high UV resistance, repels water, and creates a depth of colour comparable to that in a high resolution photograph allowing for an unrivalled vibrancy.”

 

The Acquablock range of fabric is vast, spanning into the hundreds in terms of colour and pattern options. Braziwi has a range of 74 in stock that are used for all manner of purposes including bean bags, cushion covers and wall decor.

 

“Blending pattern and colour in an outdoor space is the easiest way to transform it, creating an allure that draws people into it. Pairing vibrant patterns with rich colours and layering textures in throws, cushions and rugs creates a stunning vibrancy.”

 

Styling a hammock

The hammock is another central part of the relaxed Brazilian style. For many New Zealanders, a hammock in itself is a symbol of relaxation, of beachside living and tropical beaches. “For us in Brazil, the hammock is a common part of many homes, and it is used both indoors and out,” Braziwi co-founder Erika Brabyn says. “While in New Zealand we generally see a hammock as an outdoor feature, that’s not the case in Brazil with a hammock in the living room or bedroom a common design feature. 

 

“While incorporating a hammock into indoor spaces isn’t something that we see translating into New Zealand homes, the popularity of the hammock as an element of landscape designs has been a huge drawcard. Whether it’s slung between two trees or attached to poles and or a fence, the ultimate flexibility of the hammock allows for it to be used in many configurations and spaces - from small to large. It’s a way to transport an outdoor area from mediocre to fabulous, and create a tropical oasis in the home,” Erika says.

 

Braziwi’s range of hammocks represents a vast blend of colour and pattern from the most neutral undyed cotton right through to juxtaposed bright hues of almost any colour imaginable allowing for a refreshing design freedom.

 

“Mix the colour of a hammock with complementary cushion fabrics and bean bags to create a sense of depth in an outdoor area while offering a range of places to relax or congregate.”

Outdoor furniture: Brazilian style

Brazilian furniture design has a long and rich history, closely linked with the vast natural resources of the country. “It has definitive style denoted by beautifully sculptured pieces that evoke a sense of harmonious natural influence,” Wallace says. “Bringing this style into the New Zealand outdoor setting represents a truly unique feature that works perfectly with our desire to enjoy the outdoors.”

 

That sentiment is perhaps no better illustrated than in the handcrafted ranges of Butzke, available in New Zealand exclusively from Braziwi. Defined by their curvature and slim lines, the pieces are crafted from FSC-certified sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods including Brazilian Eucalyptus and Cumaru. “Cumaru in particular rivals any other hardwood we know of or use outdoors in terms of durability and ultimate longevity,” Wallace says.


If you’re designing an outdoor space or have a current alfresco area in need of an upgrade, make sure you visit Braziwi here to find out more about creating a rich and vibrant outdoor decor.

Braziwi

Erika is from Brazil and Wallace is a Kiwi, and together we've created Braziwi. Erika was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and grew up with a very creative Mum, who...

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Tropical chic: How to style your outdoor area the Brazilian way

Tropical chic: How to style your outdoor area the Brazilian way

The effortless allure of tropical-chic is what Braziwi is all about...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The effortless allure of tropical-chic is what Braziwi is all about. We spoke to the founders about the integration of Brazilian and New Zealand style to create a dreamy, effortlessly relaxed decor - for indoors and out. 

Bold colour. Evocative pattern. Effortless elegance. Tropical chic is what Brazilian design is all about, and the allure has hit home in New Zealand with a new offering that encapsulates the very essence of Brazilian style.

Think beautiful fabrics, vibrant colours, textural layering and sculptured detailing. While the thought of tropical decor can evoke a sense of relaxed seaside living, the designs behind some of Brazil’s world-renowned furniture and textile design are anything but; with a carefully considered combination of hue, form and material that effortlessly combine to enrich the comparatively dreary decor we’re used to in New Zealand.

 

“That’s not to say we’re a dreary nation in terms of design. We’re well known for our style but in comparison to the rich vibrancy of Brazilian decor, the colours and juxtaposition of hue and pattern are incomparable,” Braziwi’s co-founder Wallace Brabyn says.

 

It’s this well considered vibrancy that made an immediate impact on the New Zealand market when Wallace and his wife Erika launched their Brazilian-Kiwi design infusion back in 2016. “New Zealanders are drawn to the depth of colour and imaginative lush textile designs. They’re very different to what we’re used to here and introduce a truly unique style to our homes.”

 

However, it’s not just the bold and bright that defines Brazilian design, it’s the rich history and close link to natural materials that have shaped the Brazilian design story. Reclaimed hardwoods and locally-sourced materials such as stone feature heavily in Brazilian homes. 

 

It’s no wonder that Brazil is one of the world’s top destinations for design. The confluence of cultures and energetic feel of the country’s towns and cities make it an epicentre for inspiration. “Brazilian designers are renowned not only for their designs but for the craftsmanship behind them that dates back centuries. This is no more evident than in some of the high-end outdoor furniture where ancestral knowledge that spans generations of master craftsmen results in some of the finest wooden pieces in the world,” Wallace says.

Tropical chic: the bright and bold of outdoor decor

The boldness of colour that’s often easier to create indoors is now a reality for outdoor spaces with the introduction of a Brazilian fabric range crafted with a blend of natural Brazilian cotton (72 per cent) and polyester (28 per cent) for strength.  Known as Acquablock, it’s designed for the outdoors and offers a truly unique option in terms of creating bold and bright exterior settings, Wallace says. “The fabric and its treatment allows for a depth of colour that can’t be recreated with synthetic materials. The very make up of Acquablock allows it to have a textural depth that intensifies the colour and pattern chosen. It has very high UV resistance, repels water, and creates a depth of colour comparable to that in a high resolution photograph allowing for an unrivalled vibrancy.”

 

The Acquablock range of fabric is vast, spanning into the hundreds in terms of colour and pattern options. Braziwi has a range of 74 in stock that are used for all manner of purposes including bean bags, cushion covers and wall decor.

 

“Blending pattern and colour in an outdoor space is the easiest way to transform it, creating an allure that draws people into it. Pairing vibrant patterns with rich colours and layering textures in throws, cushions and rugs creates a stunning vibrancy.”

 

Styling a hammock

The hammock is another central part of the relaxed Brazilian style. For many New Zealanders, a hammock in itself is a symbol of relaxation, of beachside living and tropical beaches. “For us in Brazil, the hammock is a common part of many homes, and it is used both indoors and out,” Braziwi co-founder Erika Brabyn says. “While in New Zealand we generally see a hammock as an outdoor feature, that’s not the case in Brazil with a hammock in the living room or bedroom a common design feature. 

 

“While incorporating a hammock into indoor spaces isn’t something that we see translating into New Zealand homes, the popularity of the hammock as an element of landscape designs has been a huge drawcard. Whether it’s slung between two trees or attached to poles and or a fence, the ultimate flexibility of the hammock allows for it to be used in many configurations and spaces - from small to large. It’s a way to transport an outdoor area from mediocre to fabulous, and create a tropical oasis in the home,” Erika says.

 

Braziwi’s range of hammocks represents a vast blend of colour and pattern from the most neutral undyed cotton right through to juxtaposed bright hues of almost any colour imaginable allowing for a refreshing design freedom.

 

“Mix the colour of a hammock with complementary cushion fabrics and bean bags to create a sense of depth in an outdoor area while offering a range of places to relax or congregate.”

Outdoor furniture: Brazilian style

Brazilian furniture design has a long and rich history, closely linked with the vast natural resources of the country. “It has definitive style denoted by beautifully sculptured pieces that evoke a sense of harmonious natural influence,” Wallace says. “Bringing this style into the New Zealand outdoor setting represents a truly unique feature that works perfectly with our desire to enjoy the outdoors.”

 

That sentiment is perhaps no better illustrated than in the handcrafted ranges of Butzke, available in New Zealand exclusively from Braziwi. Defined by their curvature and slim lines, the pieces are crafted from FSC-certified sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods including Brazilian Eucalyptus and Cumaru. “Cumaru in particular rivals any other hardwood we know of or use outdoors in terms of durability and ultimate longevity,” Wallace says.


If you’re designing an outdoor space or have a current alfresco area in need of an upgrade, make sure you visit Braziwi here to find out more about creating a rich and vibrant outdoor decor.

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