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Writing desk, 1950s

Jacaranda Rosewood
29 1/10 × 55 1/10 × 29 7/10 in
74 × 140 × 75.5 cm
$15,000
location
São Paulo
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TEO
São Paulo
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two drawers and lower
niche for typewriter

two drawers and lower
niche for typewriter

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Design/Decorative Art
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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two drawers and lower
niche for typewriter

two drawers and lower
niche for typewriter

Medium
Design/Decorative Art
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.

Writing desk, 1950s

Jacaranda Rosewood
29 1/10 × 55 1/10 × 29 7/10 in
74 × 140 × 75.5 cm
$15,000
location
São Paulo
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