Marco Sousa was born in Oporto, Portugal and having travelled the world extensively, provided him the international exposure
and skills to create a collection that was inspired by the different sounds that arise in the world. Recognising that the richness of the world is based on the diversity of cultures, art and traditions where music is an art form that expresses ideas and emotions through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and colour, Marco had the sensibility to hear and to feel the music. It is through this sense that he was able to create a collection, where “people would only keep pieces of culture in their homes.”
Categorised as Contemporary, Pacific, Orchestral, Western, Harp, Blues, Semba, Soul and Trumpet, the furniture collection encompasses the entire scope of music. Each piece reflects elements of the instrument and the music it produces in the lines and design of the furniture. The collection is made primarily with wood and iron. “I always guide the manufacturing process of each piece where I see and participate in the development of all pieces,” says Marco.
Looking at the collection one would instantly be attracted to the clean bold lines and the simple yet elegant designs. It is the attention to detail that has made the difference. Marco’s international experience is very much reflected in the collection.
Contemporary is a sideboard, which is inspired by contemporary classical music. This music is understood to be from the latter part of the 20th Century to modern times. The sound, harmony and the peaceful tone of the music as well as the body movement of people when dancing to this music gave rise to this piece.
The Pacific side table draws elements from South Pacific music.A region that has many islands,each developed their own unique sounds and style.The long drums, which were used originally to call people for meetings in villages in East Polynesia created the tempo and sound for complex rhythms and dance.it is from this that pacific was created—three circular components connected by clean lines.
The Orchestral sideboard represents the fusion of the two main parts of an orchestra, which consist of a number of instruments, where they come together to generate a powerful sound that has a sense of grandeur at its core. Usually when an orchestra is playing there are two elements, the musicians and the environment, which provides the total experience.
The Western console is considered as a true storyteller. This era is considered to be the latter half of the 19th Century in the American Old West. As such this piece has been inspired by the Wild Wild West and the sound of “Bang Bang”.
In total contrast is the Harp table. Refined and subdued, it reflects the softness that the harp inspires where this instrument has been prevalent from antiquity.
Marco designed the Soul chair to reflect the charisma and transformational power of the Soul movement. This particular music is based on emotion and the melody is quite ornamental and mysterious. Originating from African American gospel music, it is also related to rhythm and blues. The intensity of human feelings is represented in the music and it is this aspect that is presented in the chair.
Blues is another chair, which is inspired by the versatile sounds of jazz, where sadness as well as happiness is represented and a slow and high tempo music is produced. Marco designed the chair with the thinking that by listening to the Blues one can overcome their sadness.
Semba is a bench or a side table that reflects the unmistakable African roots. Semba is actually a popular Angolan music style. A style of music that has a unique dance, characterised by movements that involve the encounter between man and woman: the gentleman holds the lady by the waist and pulls her toward him causing a clash between the two. Marco draws inspiration from these Angolan rhythms to create Semba.
The trumpet is a brass instrument and among the oldest of musical instruments. Sound is produced by the vibrations that are generated by the musicians lip movement, which is harnessed to generate the required note and pitch. The Trumpet table reflects the various elements of the instrument. This piece is quite distinct in its shape and structure.
Feeling the need to design furniture, which would bring together “the elements that bridge art and architecture,” for Marco the common denominator has been the concept, which “guides one stroke into another.”