Don’t know your Tonico from your Mole? Fear not, as today we offer a Cliffs Notes of basic Brazilian furniture design, including the top names associated with Brazil and the pieces they are known for. Let us know what your favorites are. Viva Brasilia!
We’ll start with the captain: Sergio Rodrigues, who was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927, sits in his Mole chair, designed in 1961 and identifiable by its generous arm padding.
Designed in 1959, and the most recognized and iconic piece from Polish-born design master Jorge Zalszupin, the Dinamarquesa chair takes cues from Danish design (dinamarquesa meaning Danish in Portuguese), with its elegant and clean lines.
Jose Zanine Caldas is said to have attempted to plant a new tree every time one was taken down for one of his projects—a good thing, considering the amount of wood used for this exotic, one-of-a-kind bench.
Zanini de Zanine Caldas is indeed a chip off the old block: The son of Jose Zanine Caldas works mainly in wood, and occasionally in metal, such as in the steel Moeda chair.
Surfer, woodworker, and designer Carlos Motta collaborated with the popular flip-flop company Havaianas on this side chair from 2010.