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Outdoor Sun Lounge, Modern Brazilian Design
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This outdoor Sun-lounge is made in hardwood and metal, without visible solderings for the ultimate modern visuals, this interesting multi-finish structure is combined with outdoor fa...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chaise Longues

Materials

Metal

  • Outdoor Sun Lounge, Modern Brazilian Design
  • Outdoor Sun Lounge, Modern Brazilian Design
  • Outdoor Sun Lounge, Modern Brazilian Design
  • Outdoor Sun Lounge, Modern Brazilian Design
H 11.82 in. W 27.56 in. D 81.89 in.
Minimalist Outdoor Lounge Chair, Brazilian Design
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This outdoor lounge chair or armchair, the multi-finish structure is combined with outdoor fabrics such as the Batyline to create an interesting outdoor solution. Bellow the full Sky...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal

  • Minimalist Outdoor Lounge Chair, Brazilian Design
  • Minimalist Outdoor Lounge Chair, Brazilian Design
  • Minimalist Outdoor Lounge Chair, Brazilian Design
  • Minimalist Outdoor Lounge Chair, Brazilian Design
H 31.5 in. W 35.83 in. D 31.11 in.
Minimalist Modern Armchair in solid wood, Brazilian Design
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This Minimalist Armchair is part of the Hug collection, concept is based in the act of hugging, represented in solid wood, and a fluid form factor that flows along the design in the ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood, Upholstery, Laminate

Minimalist Sofa for Outdoor, Contemporary Brazilian Design
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This minimalist outdoor sofa is made in hardwood, metal and fabrics, two places sofa with arms, the multi-finish structure is combined with outdoor fabrics such as the Batyline to cr...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Sofas

Materials

Metal

Dining Room Chair in solid wood, Contemporary Brazilian Design
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This armchair, made to order as a dining room set, is is part of the Arrow chair collection which carries the concept of precision and the figurative arrow element abstraction, prese...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Hardwood

Modern Brazilian Armchair in Solid Wood, Textiles or Leathers
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The "Trip" armchairs are expressive premium objects, with generous dimensions. The design focus in the balance and combination between organic designed shapes from the solid wood com...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Stools

Materials

Textile, Upholstery, Hardwood

Dining chair in Leather and solid wood, Contemporary Brazilian Design
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This dining room armchair is part of the Arrow collection, which carries the concept of precision and the figurative arrow element abstraction, present thru the design. Using the ha...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Hardwood

Modern Brazilian Armchair in Solid Wood, Textiles or Leathers
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The "Trip" armchairs are expressive premium objects, with generous dimensions. The design focus in the balance and combination between organic designed shapes from the solid wood com...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Stools

Materials

Textile, Upholstery, Hardwood

Minimalist Chair in Hardwood
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

  • Minimalist Chair in Hardwood
  • Minimalist Chair in Hardwood
  • Minimalist Chair in Hardwood
  • Minimalist Chair in Hardwood
H 32.29 in. W 19.1 in. D 21.26 in.
Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood with Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

Minimalist Armchair in Hardwood
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our EVO collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

  • Minimalist Armchair in Hardwood
  • Minimalist Armchair in Hardwood
  • Minimalist Armchair in Hardwood
  • Minimalist Armchair in Hardwood
H 32.29 in. W 19.1 in. D 21.26 in.
Minimalist Modern Chair in Solid Wood Solid Black Finish, Leather Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Hardwood and Metal Outdoor Center Table, Minimalist Design
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This center table is made in a minimalist design for outdoor use. This low center table or coffee table is part of the Skyfolding In-Outdoor collection, the collection concept is ins...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Center Tables

Materials

Metal

Modern Coffee Table Center Table and Container
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Multifunctional centre tables, stool, container all in one, contemporary design language offers flexibility and style as a "joker" object, functional, easy to compose and use, this o...
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2010s Brazilian Center Tables

Materials

Metal

Minimalist solid wood Chair with textile or Leather Upholstery Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The minimalist Wing chair solid wood collection, flexibility, modern aesthetics, comfort and softness are the keywords for this collection. The concept is inspired by the B-52 plane ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile, Hardwood

Minimalist Modern Chair in Solid Wood Black Finish with Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes.  All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Minimalist Modern Chair in Black Imbuia Solid Wood Limited Edition
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

  • Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
  • Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
  • Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
  • Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
H 32.29 in. W 19.1 in. D 21.26 in.
Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood Upholstered Textile Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile, Upholstery, Hardwood

Minimalist Style, Stool in Black Ebonized Solid Wood
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms in a modern interpretation of wood archetypes, combining a rational defined outcome with the warmth of or...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile, Upholstery, Hardwood

  • Minimalist Style, Stool in Black Ebonized Solid Wood
  • Minimalist Style, Stool in Black Ebonized Solid Wood
  • Minimalist Style, Stool in Black Ebonized Solid Wood
  • Minimalist Style, Stool in Black Ebonized Solid Wood
H 40.56 in. W 16.93 in. D 16.54 in.
Minimalist Outdoor Chair in Hardwood, Metal and Fabric
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This minimalist chair is made for use outdoors with solid wood, metal and fabrics. The chair's multi-finish structure is combined with outdoor fabrics such as the Batyline to create ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood Upholstered Seating with Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile, Upholstery, Hardwood

Minimal Style, Solid Wood Chair, Leather Seating, Solid Backboard
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The wing chair solid wood collection, flexibility, modern aesthetics, comfort and softness are the keywords for this collection. The concept is inspired by the B-52 plane design, thi...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Hardwood

Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood Upholstered Seating with Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile, Upholstery, Hardwood

Minimalist modern Chair in natural solid wood upholstered textile seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Hardwood, Textile

Minimalist Modern Chair in Black Imbuia Solid Wood Limited Edition
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

  • Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
  • Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
  • Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
  • Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood
H 32.29 in. W 19.1 in. D 21.26 in.
Minimalist Modern Chair in Natural Solid Wood with Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

Minimalist Chair in Hardwood Solid Black
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood

  • Minimalist Chair in Hardwood Solid Black
  • Minimalist Chair in Hardwood Solid Black
  • Minimalist Chair in Hardwood Solid Black
  • Minimalist Chair in Hardwood Solid Black
H 32.29 in. W 19.1 in. D 21.26 in.
Minimal Style Round Tables in Metal and Solid Wood
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The iconic design collection, Branch is characterized by the essentiality of a robust metal structure, enriched in a flexible and expressive way by a textile coating, that creates a ...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Tables

Materials

Metal

Minimalist Modern Chair in Solid Wood Solid Black Finish, Leather Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Minimalist Modern Chair in Solid Wood Black Finish with Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Minimal Style, Solid Wood Chair, Leather Seating, Upholstered Backboard
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The wing chair solid wood collection, flexibility, modern aesthetics, comfort and softness are the keywords for this collection. The concept is inspired by the B-52 plane design, thi...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Leather, Textile, Hardwood

Minimal Style, Solid Wood Stool, Bar or Counter Hight, Caning and Leather
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The Wing chair solid wood collection, flexibility, modern aesthetics, comfort and softness are the keywords for this collection. The concept is inspired by the B-52 plane design, thi...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood, Textile, Cane, Wood

Modern Organic Chair in Solid Wood, Upholstered Flexible Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Collana chairs and armchairs collection. A collection developed to create items that explore the union between aesthetics, ergonomics and comfort, balancing this three fields to ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Fiberglass, Hardwood

Contemporary Chair in Natural Solid Wood, Upholstered Leather, with Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Dry chair collection. The Dry chair concept is to work in a mixture of distinct references resulting in a modern classic in a dance between the retro and the modern. A heavy and i...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Laminate, Hardwood

Modern Organic Chair in Solid Wood, Upholstered Flexible Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Collana chairs and armchairs collection. A collection developed to create items that explore the union between aesthetics, ergonomics and comfort, balancing this three fields to ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Fiberglass, Hardwood

Minimalist Organic Chair in Solid Wood, Upholstered Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Collana chairs and armchairs collection. A collection developed to create items that explore the union between aesthetics, ergonomics and comfort, balancing this three fields to ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Fiberglass, Hardwood

Modern Side Table, Stool and Container in solid wood and Rope
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The Duty collection is composed by multi-functional accessories, our objective was to create a container collection that mixes and combines that function to others such as coffee tab...
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2010s Brazilian Modern Side Tables

Materials

Metal

Modern Outdoor Sun Lounge in Metal with Nautical Rope Pattern
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This modern Chaise Lounge or sun lounge is made for outdoor use. It's part of the Flap 2.0 Outdoor collection design is based on the flaps part of aircrafts, this element is possible...
Category

2010s Brazilian Minimalist Chaise Longues

Materials

Metal

Minimal style, solid wood chair, textiles or leather seatings
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The wing chair solid wood collection, flexibility, modern aesthetics, comfort and softness are the keywords for this collection. The concept is inspired by the B-52 plane design, thi...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Hardwood

Contemporary Chair in Natural Solid Wood, Upholstered, Natural Wood Back, Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Dry chair collection. The dry chair concept is to work in a mixture of distinct references resulting in a modern classic in a dance between the retro and the modern. A heavy and i...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Laminate, Hardwood

Minimal Organic Chair in Solid Wood, Upholstered Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Collana chairs and armchairs collection. A collection developed to create items that explore the union between aesthetics, ergonomics and comfort, balancing this three fields to ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Fiberglass, Hardwood

Minimal Style, Solid Wood Chair, Special Textile Seating, Caning Backboard
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The Wing chair solid wood collection, flexibility, modern aesthetics, comfort and softness are the keywords for this collection. The concept is inspired by the B-52 plane design, thi...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood, Hardwood, Cane

Minimal Style, Solid Wood Chair, Leather or Textile Seating, Caning Backboard
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The wing chair solid wood collection, flexibility, modern aesthetics, comfort and softness are the keywords for this collection. The concept is inspired by the B-52 plane design, thi...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile, Cane, Hardwood, Leather

Minimalist Outdoor Lounge Chair in Hardwood, Metal and Fabric
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This outdoor Lounge chair is made to order in hardwood, metal and fabrics. Also classified as an armchair, the multi-finish structure is combined with outdoor fabrics such as the Bat...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Minimalist Outdoor Dining Table
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This outdoor dining table is made in hardwood and metal in a minimalist design. It is a table that combines thin solid wood thickness with a heavy duty body, uniting the sweet and me...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal

  • Minimalist Outdoor Dining Table
  • Minimalist Outdoor Dining Table
  • Minimalist Outdoor Dining Table
  • Minimalist Outdoor Dining Table
H 37.41 in. W 29.53 in. D 98.43 in.
Minimalist Modern Outdoor Armchair, Metal with Nautical Rope Pattern
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This outdoor armchair or lounge chair is part of the Flap 2.0 Outdoor collection, design is based on the flaps part of aircrafts. This element is possible to be seen in the arms curv...
Category

2010s Brazilian Minimalist Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal

Minimal Style, Solid Wood Stool, Bar or Counter Hight, Caning and Leather
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The Wing chair solid wood collection, flexibility, modern aesthetics, comfort and softness are the keywords for this collection. The concept is inspired by the B-52 plane design, thi...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile, Cane, Wood, Hardwood

Round Side Tables in Minimalist Design for Outdoor Use
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
These nesting side tables, made ins olid wood and metal are designed for outdoor use. The round side table, minimalist design for outdoors is a side table that combines thin solid wo...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Side Tables

Materials

Metal

Minimal style, solid wood chair, textiles or leather seatings, caning backboard
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The Wing chair solid wood collection, flexibility, modern aesthetics, comfort and softness are the keywords for this collection. The concept is inspired by the B-52 plane design, thi...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Textile, Cane, Wood, Hardwood

Minimalist Modern Outdoor Chair, Metal Structure with Nautical Rope Pattern
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This outdoor chair is part of the Flap 2.0 Outdoor collection design, which is based on the flaps part of aircrafts, this element is possible to be seen in the arms curvature and the...
Category

2010s Brazilian Minimalist Chairs

Materials

Metal

Minimal and Modern Style Chair with Arms, Metal with Nautical Rope Pattern
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
The flap 2.0 outdoor collection design is based on the flaps part of aircrafts, this element is possible to be seen in the arms curvature and the geometry of the metal structure. Com...
Category

2010s Brazilian Minimalist Chairs

Materials

Metal

Minimalist Chair in Black Imbuia Hardwood Limited Edition
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Evo Chair collection. Our EVO collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms and the modern interpretation of wood archetypes. All elements that compose ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Hardwood

Modern Organic Style Armchair and Foot Stool in Solid Wood, Upholstered Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Collana chairs and armchairs collection. A collection developed to create items that explore the union between aesthetics, ergonomics and comfort, balancing this three fields to ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Hardwood, Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Fiberglass

Modern Organic style armchair in Solid Wood, Upholstered Flexible Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Collana chairs and armchairs collection. A collection developed to create items that explore the union between aesthetics, ergonomics and comfort, balancing this three fields to ...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Fiberglass, Hardwood

Modern Lamp in solid wood and Metal
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
This modern style lamp is from the Glide collection is composed by table and floor lamps, in generous dimensions, our objective was to create a product based on the archetypes, bus t...
Category

2010s Brazilian Floor Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

  • Modern Lamp in solid wood and Metal
  • Modern Lamp in solid wood and Metal
  • Modern Lamp in solid wood and Metal
  • Modern Lamp in solid wood and Metal
H 70.48 in. Dm 22.05 in.
Minimalist Style, Stool in Natural Solid Wood, Leather Seating
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Our Evo collection is based in the harmonic fusion between geometrical forms in a modern interpretation of wood archetypes, combining a rational defined outcome with the warmth of or...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Stools

Materials

Textile, Upholstery, Hardwood

Contemporary Chair in Natural Solid Wood, Upholstered, Quilted, No Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Dry chair collection. The Dry chair concept is to work in a mixture of distinct references resulting in a modern classic in a dance between the retro and the modern. A heavy and i...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Laminate, Hardwood, Leather, Textile, Upholstery

Contemporary Chair in Natural Solid Wood, Upholstered, Natural Wood Back, Arms
By SIMONINI
Located in Sao Paolo, SP
Dry chair collection. The Dry chair concept is to work in a mixture of distinct references resulting in a modern Classic in a dance between the retro and the modern. A heavy and i...
Category

2010s Brazilian Modern Chairs

Materials

Hardwood, Leather, Textile, Upholstery, Laminate

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Brazilian Simonini For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal brazilian simonini for your home. A brazilian simonini — often made from wood, hardwood and fabric — can elevate any home. A brazilian simonini, designed in the Modern style, is generally a popular piece of furniture.

How Much are Brazilian Simonini?

The average selling price for a brazilian simonini at 1stDibs is $760, while they’re typically $392 on the low end and $3,400 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at Modern Furniture

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

On the Origins of Brazilian

     Commencing in the 1940s and '50s, a group of architects and designers transformed the local cultural landscape, merging the modernist vernacular popular in Europe and the United States with traditional Brazilian techniques and indigenous materials.

     Key influencers during the mid-20th century include natives Oscar Niemeyer, Sérgio Rodrigues and José Zanine Caldas as well as such European immigrants as Joaquim Tenreiro, Jean Gillon and Jorge Zalszupin. These creators frequently collaborated; for instance, Niemeyer, an internationally acclaimed architect, commissioned many of them to furnish his residential and institutional buildings.

     Hallmarks of Brazilian design from that period include smooth, sculptural forms and the use of native woods like rosewood, jacaranda and pequi. The work of designers today exhibits many of the same qualities, though with a marked interest in exploring new materials (witness the Campana Brothers stuffed-animal chairs) and an emphasis on looking inward rather than to other countries for inspiration.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality lounge furniture cannot be overstated. Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other seating — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless styles in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other furnishings — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.