Joaquim Tenreiro, ‘"Curva" Armchair’, ca. 1960, Bossa
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Joaquim Tenreiro

"Curva" Armchair, ca. 1960

Velvet, Rosewood
26 2/5 × 26 4/5 × 26 in
67 × 68 × 66 cm
.
$25,000
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Bossa

A pair of curved armchairs designed by Joaquim Tenreiro

Shell-shaped seat wooden frame with …

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Joaquim Tenreiro
Portuguese-Brazilian, 1906–1992
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Referred to often as the “father” of Brazilian modernism, furniture designer Joaquim Tenreiro, who was born in Portugal and moved to Rio de Janeiro in the late 1920s, refused to indulge the parochial tastes of his new country and instead challenged his clients to appreciate more contemporary styles. In the early 1940s, he established his own studio, and by the 1950s he was designing furniture for modern architects like Oscar Niemeyer. Tenreiro championed furniture that was “formally light”, as he described; working in wicker and tropical hardwoods to suit the hot climate of Brazil, he is a prime example of a designer making the most of material constraints.

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A pair of curved armchairs designed by Joaquim Tenreiro

Shell-shaped seat wooden frame with fabric- upholstered padding and produced circa the 1960s, raised on tapered legs in Brazilian Rosewood. Very good vintage condition.
Recently upholstered in yellow velvet.

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Joaquim Tenreiro
Portuguese-Brazilian, 1906–1992
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Referred to often as the “father” of Brazilian modernism, furniture designer Joaquim Tenreiro, who was born in Portugal and moved to Rio de Janeiro in the late 1920s, refused to indulge the parochial tastes of his new country and instead challenged his clients to appreciate more contemporary styles. In the early 1940s, he established his own studio, and by the 1950s he was designing furniture for modern architects like Oscar Niemeyer. Tenreiro championed furniture that was “formally light”, as he described; working in wicker and tropical hardwoods to suit the hot climate of Brazil, he is a prime example of a designer making the most of material constraints.

Joaquim Tenreiro

"Curva" Armchair, ca. 1960

Velvet, Rosewood
26 2/5 × 26 4/5 × 26 in
67 × 68 × 66 cm
.
$25,000
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