Boca do Lobo’s Daring Designs in Furniture

From the land of Vasco da Gama and Carmen Miranda come two spectacular limited-edition pieces (20 of each) that embody both the daring intrepidness of the Portuguese explorer and the sensuality of the entertainer. Designed by Pedro Sousa, cofounder of exclusive furniture firm Boca do Lobo, they are part of the Large Emotion series, named for the heart-stopping response the pieces elicit. Crochet is a high baroque chest of drawers made of wood that’s swathed in darkened gold leaf and adorned with a 130-pound encrustation of hand-forged drawer pulls dipped in purple-tinted varnish. It creates the effect of a crocheted garment hugging a curvy female body ($24,450). The undulating form of Sousa’s Monochrome console, made of molded fiberglass and filled with expandable polyurethane, recalls roots, waves, or thick, three-dimensional brushstrokes. Its electric- blue finish gives it a visual presence impossible to ignore ($22,050). Both are made by a single Portuguese artisan and completely customizable. (Available through DeMorais International, www.demoraisid.com, 703.369.3324)

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