In 1951, modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer designed and built his own residence, Casa das Canoas, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “My concern was designing this residence with full freedom, adapting it to the uneven terrain, without altering it, making it into curves, so as to allow the vegetation to penetrate them, without the overt separation of the straight line.” - Oscar Niemeyer
Greg Klassen is a furniture maker in the Pacific Northwest who finds inspiration in its landscape and translates that into his work. His River Collection is a series of intricately designed and handcrafted tables that feature embedded, blueish-green glass “rivers” running throughout each piece. The naturally uneven edges of the wood and their vivid grains provide the perfect “shore” to mimic bodies of water.