Petropolis 1951

So wrap up care in a cobweb
and drop it down the well

This story begins on April 23, when I read these verses for the first time.

They came from a book written by Carmen L. Olivera, in which she presented a love story between a poet by the name Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares, a self-taught Brazilian architect. Ink, metal, and nature became one in Samambaia, the place where Lota had built her home.

With Bishop’s poems in hand I decided to venture to Rio de Janeiro. I was looking for the bubbling culture in that 1950’s city and expecting to face head-on the abundant love that permeated its words and environment.

I didn’t delay in going back, this time a trip dedicated to product inspiration. The type of trip that is both vibrant and blissfully painful. The trip that produces colours and textures. The trip that gifts us sounds and beats that transcend days and hours, even countries and borders.

That’s why at Lo de Manuela we’ve decided to reproduce that jungle on wallpaper to place it in every nook of your home and we’ve translated the sounds of the parrots and the macaws into our guiding thread. Black on white in honor of those letters on paper and soft colours on natural linen in honor of the naked skin and soul in contact with that rich and wild nature. The colours are also present on linen as reminders of that culture that filled Lota’s home.

We invite you to join us on this adventure, to this house, to that environment and to that era whereas Bishop said best:

where left is always right,
where the shadows are really the body,
where we stay awake all night,
where the heavens are shallow as the sea
is now deep, and you love me.