Da Gema is a manifesto of designer David Elia, founder of the brand, who, since his childhood, has been in a deep resonance with Rio de Janeiro. The studio Design Da Gema embodies the pureness of Brazil’s vision, whose epitome is drawn by the vision of its designer.

Melting pot of objects, research and ideas, the studio Design Da Gema is like a crucible where metal, material, textures and colors clash into each other. The experiments are multicolored, and the magic of the creation brings nuggets that are full of nuances and storytelling, particularly about the problematics of the Brazilian Territory, well beyond the picture perfect postcard.

For David Elia, life is his main source of inspiration. By observing what surrounds him, he frames his artwork and transcends his everyday perception. Everything is a pretext for creation, and takes shape in an unexpected way by recomposing, reconstructing, up-cycling and re-adapting. David Elia’s artwork speaks about Life, and reflects it.

  • David Elia

    Founder of Design da Gema

    An artist designer, David has Lebanese and Uruguaian origins and grew up between France, the United States and Brazil, making him not only a true Brazilian but also a citizen of the world. David graduated with a masters in Interior Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States and Product Design from Domus Academy in Milan. He is the recipient of an A' Prime Design Award, IF Materials Design Award, the Esther Pine Prize and the Leonard Bernstein Grant in Fine Arts. Some of David's work is part of important private collections most notably the Pinault Art Collection. David founded Design da Gema after working with the Campana Brothers in 2010 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    about the studio

    Da Gema is a manifesto of designer David Elia, founder of the brand, who, since his childhood, has been in a deep resonance with Rio de Janeiro. The studio Design da Gema embodies the pureness of Brazil's vision, whose epitome is drawn by the vision of its designer. Both a Design studio and small production unit, Design da Gema is based in Rio de Janeiro and in Monaco. Melting pot of objects, research and ideas, the studio Design da Gema is like a crucible where metal, material, textures and colors clash into each other. The experiments are multicolored, and the magic of the creation brings nuggets that are full of nuances and storytelling, well beyond the picture perfect postcard.
    For David Elia, life is his main source of inspiration. By observing what surrounds him, he frames his artwork and transcends his everyday perception. Everything is a pretext for creation, and takes shape in an unexpected way by recomposing, reconstructing, up cycling  and readapting. David Elia's artwork speaks about life, and reflects it.

    curriculum


    EDUCATION


    2009
    MA Design, Domus Academy - Italy

    2007
    MIA, Masters Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design - USA

    2004

    BA, Fine Arts, Brandeis University - USA

    2002
    Certificate Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design Summer Program - USA

    2000
    French Baccalaureat, L - Lycee Albert 1er - Monaco



    EXHIBITIONS

    2014
    New Territories: Design, Art and Craft in Global Latin America, 2000-2013 - MAD Museum, New York

    2012
    Collection 'Bobina' Natural color Tray sold at the MoMA Design Store during Springtime - New York

    2011
    Collection 'Bala Perdida' Chair present at the L&M Arts Gallery - NYC
    Collection 'Bala Perdida' Chair exhibited at the Hong Kong Art Fair, L&M Arts - New York



    EXPERIENCE

    2010
    Junior Designer at Studio Fernando & Humberto Campana - Sao Paulo, Brazil

    2007
    Junior Designer at Djandji Interior Design - Monaco

    2006
    Intern at Moshe Safdie and Associates - Cambridge, USA



    DESIGN COMPETITIONS / ART RESIDENCIES

    2011
    A' Design Award in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design for the tray artwork 'Bobina' - Italy

    2010
    International Forum Materials Design Award for the project Capella Acoustic Tile - Germany

    2004
    Esther Pine Memorial Prize in Fine Arts - USA
    Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts Grant for the sculpture project Architectonica - USA


    PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

    The Francois Pinault Collection - Paris, France
    Charity Auction by Brazil Monaco Project, 'Desmatamento' Chair sold for 18,000 Eur - Monte-Carlo, Monaco
    Paula Cussi Latin American Art Collection - Monte-Carlo, Monaco

2014

  • Milk,
    September, 2014

  • Coolhunting,
    February, 2014

  • L'Express Styles,
    October, 2014

  • Metropolis,
    October, 2014

  • New Territories,
    November, 2014

  • Arts Magazine,
    October, 2014

  • ND Magazine,
    November, 2014