Brazilian Furniture: an Example of Midcentury Modern Design

Do you know that Brazilian Furniture is often reconize when we look at a midcentury design?

Very often names like Joaquim Tenreiro and Sergio Rodrigues come to the table when we search for this category, and as so we decided to search a little bit more of this, and others, brazilian designers. It’s wonderful to see what was done so many years ago and see how perfectly the products fit in nowadays!

Take a look…

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Bardi’s Bowl Chair by Lina Bo Bardi

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Designed in 1951 by Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, the Bardi’s Bowl Chair is a semi-spherical seat resting lightly on a metallic ring structure, supported by four legs.
Conceived with an essential frame and universal shape, it harmoniously blends into every environment.

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Photo credits: Marco Covi

Three Legged Chair by Joaquim Tenreiro
Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-1992) is the pioneer of modernist Brazilian furniture making. A forerunner in the use of rediscovered raw materials as well as the creator of a new formal language in 20thcentury Brazilian furniture design.

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“Three legged chair” exists in five different types of hardwood, bonded laminated frame with solid lathed joints and legs.

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This set of upholstered vanity stools with turned Brazilian hardwood legs was designed by Tenreiro in 1954 for a private residence.

801 by Jorge Zalszupin
Minimal, comfortable and elegant, Jorge Zalszupin designed the “801” sofa in the early 1960’s for his seminal Brazilian midcentury design firm L’Atelier. Out of production ever since, the “801” sofa’s delicate, tapered wooden feet, straightforward frame and slight angled arms have been rediscovered and reissued as a long-lost Brazilian midcentury treasure. Part of the Etel collection.

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About Jorge Zalszupin: the Polish born Jorge Zalszupin moved to Brazil after World War II, where he found an opportunity to develop his extremely sensual, modern architecture. A desire to rebuild a new post-war world and a wave of development in Brazil proved an ideal time for this creative atmosphere to flourish.
The pieces he designed during this time utilized the luxury of leather and combined it with classical Brazilian rosewood.

Mocho Stool by Sergio Rodrigues

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Sergio Rodrigues is this enlightened figure with a remarkable personality that had the ability to transform his concerns into a coherent and revealing work of the Brazilian culture. Sergio is, without a doubt, one of the most admirable design expressions in Brazil.

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The very first piece of furniture designed by master Sergio Rodrigues, the “Mocho” stool takes aesthetic and functional cues from a traditional cow-milking stool and features a seat and legs sculpted out of solid Beech wood, shaped in Rodrigues’ signature bulbous forms. A playful, simple, yet remarkably elegant piece, the “Mocho” complements any interior.

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Source: Architectural Digest, Espasso

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