Joaquim Tenreiro, ‘Single chair’, 1960, Side Gallery
Joaquim Tenreiro, ‘Single chair’, 1960, Side Gallery
Joaquim Tenreiro, ‘Single chair’, 1960, Side Gallery
Joaquim Tenreiro, ‘Single chair’, 1960, Side Gallery

Essay
“A principle to which I felt modern Brazilian furniture should adhere: lightness. Lightness which has nothing to do with the weight per se, but with grace and functionality in space.” JOAQUIM TENREIRO

Manufacturer: Tenreiro Movèis & Decorações

Soraia Cals, Tenreiro, Rio de Janeiro, 1998, p. 127
Aric Chen, Brazil Modern, Monaclli Press, New York city 2016, p. 76 y 77
Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, Modern Furniture in Brazil, Olhares, Sao Paulo 2015, p. 87 and 121
Ruy Teixeira e Jayme Vargas, Desenho da Utopia, Olhares, Sao Paulo 2016, p. 51, 70 and 113.

Private collection, Sao Paulo

About Joaquim Tenreiro

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.

Portuguese-Brazilian, 1906-1992, Gouveia, Portugal, based in Brazil