Mauricio Affonso

Photo Credit - Tine Kromer

Born in Curitiba, Brazil, Mauricio lived in Curitiba, Londrina, Porto Alegre, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and later moved to Toronto, Canada to study Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD University).

After his studies he went on to collaborate with Canadian design collective Motherbrand, exhibit at Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design exhibition curated by Rachel Gotlieb and Martha Kelleher at the University of Toronto Art Centre where his work, the Trillium Scarf, was exhibited alongside important works such as the Little Beaver Chair by Frank Gehry. Mauricio has also created an installation at Come Up to My Room, The Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event, part of the Toronto International Design Festival (TIDF).

Over the years Mauricio has also participated in many design workshops at Domaine de Boisbuchet in France and the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan led by internationally acclaimed designers such as the Campana Brothers, Héctor Serrano, Raw-Edges and Patricia Urquiola.

While based in Toronto, Mauricio worked for home housewares giant Umbra designing products for every room of the home. Since joining Umbra in 2007, his talent was soon noticed and he quickly advanced from Design Intern to Product Designer to Creative Lead in less than two years. His products are sold in more than 75 countries and are designed with a mass market in mind. Mauricio has designed products for many of Umbra's categories, as well as designed custom products for North American retailers such as Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate&Barrel and European retailers such as John Lewis.

Mauricio has currently relocated to London where he is pursuing a Master of Arts degree at the acclaimed Design Products program at the Royal College of Art.


About his work

Mauricio Affonso’s design style can be described as emotional, uplifting, with a subtle touch of humor. Working in the context of contemporary design culture and deriving inspiration from everyday life and human behavior he brings forth an emotional aspect to his creations. Due to the vast nature of his inspiration, Mauricio’s work is not dominated by one style, material or area of specialization. Rather, he explores different materials and manufacturing processes to generate new means of expression and appease his quest for pushing the boundaries of experimentation and learning. Using art and design as a vehicle, he hopes to inspire, educate and provide positive experiences to those who come in contact with his work.