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.
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.
MA Design, Domus Academy - Italy2007
MIA, Masters Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design - USA
BA, Fine Arts, Brandeis University - USA2002
Certificate Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design Summer Program - USA2000
French Baccalaureat, L - Lycee Albert 1er - MonacoEXHIBITIONS2014
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 York2011
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 YorkEXPERIENCE2010
Junior Designer at Studio Fernando & Humberto Campana - Sao Paulo, Brazil2007
Junior Designer at Djandji Interior Design - Monaco2006
Intern at Moshe Safdie and Associates - Cambridge, USADESIGN COMPETITIONS / ART RESIDENCIES2011
A' Design Award in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design for the tray artwork 'Bobina' - Italy2010
International Forum Materials Design Award for the project Capella Acoustic Tile - Germany2004
Esther Pine Memorial Prize in Fine Arts - USA
Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts Grant for the sculpture project Architectonica - USAPUBLIC 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