Collection by Erika Heet

Brazilian Design 101

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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,…
Still designing strong at age 86, Rodrigues has just re-released the Tajá line from 1978. Photo courtesy Espasso.
The drawing room, the couple’s principal entertaining space, contains many highlights of the exhibition, including two…
In 2009 Rodrigues reproduced a limited edition of 40 Aspas, also known as the Chifruda, of imbuia and freijó wood frame…
Designed in 1959, and the most recognized and iconic piece from Polish-born design master Jorge Zalszupin, the…
Jose Zanine Caldas is said to have attempted to plant a new tree every time one was taken down for one of his…
Zanini de Zanine Caldas is indeed a chip off the old block: The son of Jose Zanine Caldas works mainly in wood, and…
The Havaianas dining chair is the result of Motta’s recent collaboration with the popular Brazilian flip-flop company,…
The 1947 three-legged chair by Joaquim Tenreiro, who was born in Portugal, was produced by Tenreiro Móveis e…
The Camareiro bench was designed by Etel Carmona in 1993. Carmona is the head of Etel Marcenaria in Brazil. Photo…
This is one of the very few prototypes of Oscar Niemeyer's Rio chaise longue made in imbuia wood.
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