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Brazil Designed to Please
One of the most striking things about the local retail scene in Rio is how often one chances upon shops exclusively selling Brazilian design.
We were extremely taken by Daqui, a small boutique on Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva in the lush neighborhood of Leblon. Not only does Daqui sell ice cream in addition to various moderately priced and gorgeously designed objects (incidentally, we think that all design boutiques worldwide should follow Daqui's lead and be compelled by law to sell ice cream) but it's in a completely inviting narrow little space on a leafy yet busy street.
We were also blown away by Novo Desenho, a shop located in the enormous complex also housing Rio's Museum of Modern Art. Novo Desenho organizes its extensive wares (from jewelry to furniture to kitchenware to backpacks) extremely well. Primary staff all know a lot about Brazilian design and speak English as well.
In another shop, Carlos Eduardo Afonso Penna Boutique Design in the Rio Design Center in Leblon, we saw a brilliant collection of modern design objects. One lamp, by a designer named Marco 500, caught our eye. Unfortunately, we can't find any information about Marco 500 online. Can anyone help us?