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long bench, 1950s

Wood, cushions covered in fabric
31 1/2 × 190 3/5 × 29 1/2 in
80 × 484 × 75 cm
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Rio de Janeiro
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Mercado Moderno
Rio de Janeiro
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Originally designed in the 1950's for a private residence, this singular mid-century modern …

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Originally designed in the 1950's for a private residence, this singular mid-century modern sofa is a rare one-of-a-kind piece by the acclaimed Brazilian designer Joaquim Tenreiro. Consisting of a continuous straight structure in marine plywood revested in Brazilian Rosewood laminate over solid Brazilian Rosewood …

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Joaquim Tenreiro
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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Rio de Janeiro
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Originally designed in the 1950's for a private residence, this singular mid-century modern …

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Originally designed in the 1950's for a private residence, this singular mid-century modern sofa is a rare one-of-a-kind piece by the acclaimed Brazilian designer Joaquim Tenreiro. Consisting of a continuous straight structure in marine plywood revested in Brazilian Rosewood laminate over solid Brazilian Rosewood …

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Design/Decorative Art
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Joaquim Tenreiro
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.

long bench, 1950s

Wood, cushions covered in fabric
31 1/2 × 190 3/5 × 29 1/2 in
80 × 484 × 75 cm
This is a unique work.
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location
Rio de Janeiro
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