The area around the Casa da Fazenda was also improved. We paved sand and mud trails left by the previous owner of the land, and planted local grass on areas that were dried up. Coffee, avocado, acerola, orange, mango, banana and many other trees were all protected and new trees and herbs were planted. Small relaxation areas were located on several places on the land. My partner Xavier did most of the landscaping in this project. He also improved the natural irrigation system, using gravity. When the previous owner returned to visit the land, he cried as he was touched to see how we honoured his footprint and continued his work.
All furniture within the project was locally made. Most of the furniture we made together with Anurag, a native that searches the surroundings for dead trees that have already dried out. He carries them to his atelier, studies their shapes and creates unique pieces of furniture. Some furniture pieces in Casa da Fazenda are his signature, some we created together to fit in well in the project.
Al wall lamps were created with a lady that works with banana leaf fibre. The fibre is weaved into a sheet and kept in shape by a wood structure. She made pillow and matras covers of this material for us too, as at the time it was not possible to buy sofas in the area and off course we love the touch and look of this natural material.
Other lamps were made of wood found on the land, together with the only guy in the valley that knows how to work with electricity.
Next to the furniture we made with dead fallen trees, other furniture was made of the crown leaves of the local ‘Buriti’ palm. The material looks a bit similar too bamboo, but is not hollow inside. Kitches cupboard, sofas and chairs were made of buriti.