Jader Almeida was born in 1981 in the state of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil.
At the age of 16 he had his first contact with the furniture industry, beginning his involvement with the entire production process.
He worked for the company LinBrasil, editor of the furniture collection signed for recognized architects and designers, experience that enabled him a great understanding of design and production techniques.
Since 2004 he develops unique products for Brazilian and foreign industries, with his primary partner brand SOLLOS from Santa Catarina.
In 2013, joins the team of designers of the german brand ClassiCon.
Jader graduated in architecture, with award-winning pieces in major national and international design competitions, Jader Almeida has gained increasing prominence and continues improving his work with his participation in exhibitions, technical visits and courses in several countries.
He also works on architectural projects commercial and residential, developed in his office in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.
“I look for rationality, simple geometry, in pure forms with timelessaesthetic. I seek to create products with durable values. Approaching the legacy of the masters, but looking ahead, thinking that the choices of today will be the reflection of tomorrow.”
28º Prêmio Museu da Casa Brasileira: Bank table (1st place)
W Design Awards: Dinn table (outstanding)
IF Product Design Awards 2014: Easy chair and Mad armchair
Good Design Award Chicago - USA: Easy chair
Brasil Design Awards: Milla chair and Mirah armchair
26º Prêmio Museu da Casa Brasileira: Dinn table (1st place)
Brasil Design Awards: Euvira armchair
IF Product Design Award 2013: Mirah armchair and Milla chair
German Design Award 2013 (NOMINEE): Loose hanger
Red Dot Product Design Award: Loose hanger and Euvira armchair
Designpreis Deutschland 2012 (NOMINEE): Linna armchair and Clip bookcase
IF Product Design Award 2012: Euvira armchair
25º Prêmio Museu da Casa Brasileira: Blade bench (1st place), Phillips stool (1st place) and Platta chair (2nd place)
Good Design Award Chicago - USA: Loose hanger
Idea Brasil: Ipanema armchair
IDEA Awards USA: Linna armchair
IF Product Design Award 2011: Clip bookcase
Idea Brasil: Cheig bench
Salão Design Casa Brasil: Bossa chair
23º Prêmio Museu da Casa Brasileira: Matriz collection (honorable mention)
22º Prêmio Museu da Casa Brasileira: Bossa chair (selected for exhibition collection)
Commanding the materialization of his projects with a strategic view in a complex and extensive line of furniture and objects, Jader Almeida allies the most advanced furniture serial manufacturing system to the finest and irreplaceable treatment of manual finishing.
Jader Almeida’s pieces make themselves known in layers. Each may be savored slowly.
Taken as a pure form, a project in search of beauty, its design is remarkable, with thin fluid lines, soft curves, bowed intersections, a delicate balance at the very brink of physics and repeating geometrical themes.
If you approach the finished piece, you see the effect it produces in the surrounding space, the harmony between the components, the color chart, the elegant combination of materials.
Coming closer, the thing that most astounds is its soothing invitation to the touch of the hands and body, the generosity of its lines imparts comfort.
Coming even closer, you will witness the ingenuity of the finishing touches. Perfectly constructed details in an equation so challenging that the density of each component supports the utmost possible weight to maintain its slender form, preserving the utmost possible lightness.
Comparing his work to that of a goldsmith is not unreasonable. Though the process of Jader’s work would be that of a goldsmith-watchmaker, who has much esteem for beauty, yet combines this disposition with an intense dedication to the rational use of materials, chosen to serve the design, the precision of the fittings and the utter fulfillment of its function.
Jader Almeida does not see himself as an artist and calls himself a conservative. He claims to seek unfolding elements within his design and this is not done by leaps and bounds. He seems to go deep and extract the most out of each product.
A testament to this is his ability to create collections, variations that are at the same time compatible with the generating objects and with good amount of varied items, broadening the possibility that his projects may serve the needs of their users.
Almeida thinks of design as an industry, researching techniques and strategy. He is at every step, immersed in the search for lasting values: endurance, timelessness, having an affective connection with people, generating emotion. His furniture is made to grow old with dignity, to be a part of the environment, of the family, of people’s lives.
Being contrary to generalizations and style definitions, Jader does not condone the view of a single and unique Brazilian design, devoted to a canon and a prisoner of its fate. His design seeks to complement the multiple spaces inhabited by contemporary man, in all of its vast array.
“I create pieces, not to play a main role in the space, but to play supporting roles. My design is the outcome of extreme labor of projected simplification and, at the same time, from the point of view of production, my pieces are very detailed”.