Nest Chair

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Furniture Design
  • Company/Firm
    Angelita Alves
  • Designer
    Angelita Alves
  • Location
  • Project Date
    Jan 2023

The Nest Chair is a project that explores the concepts of origins and belonging. It draws inspiration from the inherent qualities of a nest - safety and protection - and contemplates the consequences of leaving one’s origins behind.

The chair reflects on the disconnect with the artist’s mixed Brazilian heritage - European, African and Native - and the traditional craft techniques still used by the Native peoples of Brazil to craft their dwellings, or ‘ocas’.

Through the use of traditional weaving techniques passed down for generations, the Nest Chair speaks to the loss and displacement that can arise from miscegenation and emigration, while also reconnecting to one’s cultural heritage.

Angelita Alves is an artist and designer based in San Francisco, California. She studied architecture at The University of Greenwich and The Royal College of Art in London, and Columbia University in New York. She worked for some of the world’s most notable architects, such as David Adjaye and Norman Foster, practicing architecture for over 15 years. She studied painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Having lived, studied and worked in South America, North America, Europe and the Middle East, she is a multicultural polyglot who brings a global perspective to her work.