Jader Almeida was born in 1981 in Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. As a teenager, he had already started to gain practical experience working in the local furniture industry. He later studied architecture and urban development. Through a subsequent job at a furniture manufacturer he gained experience with typical Brazilian materials such as wood, leather and wicker cane. This, like his contacts with masters of Brazilian furniture design, including Sergio Rodrigues, influenced Almeida’s understanding of design. Today, he works as a product designer and architect, in his own studio in Florianópolis. His designs have received numerous national and international design awards such as the IF Design Award and the Good Design Award Chicago.