Modernity & Tradition

Manaus, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, is an island only accessible by boat or plane with only one outgoing highway. This positioning has kept it fairly preserved from outsiders, including neighboring residents of other Brazilian cities.

A former military port, Manaus was briefly known as the “Paris of the tropics” in the late 19th century during the Amazon Rubber Boom that diminished the indigenous population in many areas.

With two million people currently living in Manaus and about five hundred thousand members of indigenous tribes living in remote locations outside the city, Manaus represents the atypical polarity of modernity and tradition co-existing and colliding.



Where The Rivers Meet

Manaus is positioned just west of The Meeting of the Waters (Encontro das Águas).

It is here that the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimões create the hydraulic phenomenon of existing side by side, but not mixing. Temperature and velocity give this convergence its unique black tea alongside creamy coffee visual, and keep the two rivers apart for almost four miles before they join to become The Lower Amazon.

The confluence of the Negro and Solimões however would not occur without a third factor, a blast of heavy currents that churn their differences together to become a new living thing.

Like The Meeting of the Waters, the natural environment of the rainforest and the culture of Manaus co-exist and come together. Their third factor is the people, the tribes and artisans of Manaus. 

It is this union of art and ecology, that vital connection of Manaus to the surrounding Amazon, that forms a salvaged KAIDA wood design.