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     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.

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Brazilian Modern Rosewood and Cane Sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro

By Joaquim Tenreiro
Brazilian Modern Rosewood and Cane Sofa by Joaquim...
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Cane, Jacaranda
Rosewood (jacaranda) and cane Mid-Century Modern sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro.
Brazilian Lounge Chairs in the Style of Adrian Pea...
Adrian Pearsall
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Lounge Chairs
Pair of Brazilian lounge chairs, in the style of Adrian Pearsall, mid-20th century.
Jorge Zalszupin Jacaranda Desk

By Jorge Zalszupin
Jorge Zalszupin Jacaranda Desk
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Desks and Writing Tables
Jacaranda
A rare jacaranda desk by Jorge Zalszupin with six drawers and leather handles. The wooden work desks produced by L’Atelier for office use follow the same rationalist principles as the ...
Original Vintage "Rio" Rocking Chaise by Oscar Niemeyer

By Oscar Niemeyer
Original Vintage "Rio" Rocking Chaise by Oscar Nie...
Oscar Niemeyer
Vintage 1970s Chaise Longues
Chrome, Leather, Steel, Wood
A sculptural rocking chaise longue in black painted laminated wood frame with leather upholstery and adjustable, counterbalanced headrest. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer manufactured by Fas...
Dining Table by Jose Zanine, Brazil, circa 1970

By José Zanine Caldas
Dining Table by Jose Zanine, Brazil, circa 1970
José Zanine Caldas
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Dining Room Tables
Round dining table in solid wood with glass top. Designed by Jose Zanine, Brazil, circa 1970.
Sergio Rodrigues Vinhatico Wood Tea or Bar Cart on...
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Carts and Bar Carts
A solid Vinhatico wood "Taj" outdoor slat bar cart from Brazil by Sergio Rodrigues with two levels and a handle on blue and red rollers for easy mobility. In order to preserve our inve...
Brazilian Modern Rosewood Desk by Sergio Rodrigues

By Sergio Rodrigues
Brazilian Modern Rosewood Desk by Sergio Rodrigues...
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Jacaranda
Mid-Century Modern rosewood (jacaranda) desk designed by Sergio Rodrigues.
Anil Chair by Zanini De Zanine, Limited Edition

By Zanini de Zanine Caldas
Anil Chair by Zanini De Zanine, Limited Edition
Zanini de Zanine Caldas
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Armchairs
Wood
Beautifully sculpted from reclaimed Ipe wood, the Anil armchair playfully re imagines notions of hard and soft as its handcrafted seat and back echoes a plush upholstered piece. Editio...
Fernando and Humberto Campana, Leather Teddy Bear Sofa

By Fernando and Humberto Campana
Fernando and Humberto Campana, Leather Teddy Bear ...
Fernando and Humberto Campana
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Sofas
Canvas, Leather, Stainless Steel, Steel
Fernando and Humberto Campana [Brazilian, b. 1961,1953] Leather teddy bear sofa, 2013 Leather teddy bears hand-sewn on canvas cover over stainless steel Measures: 34.65 x 62.99 x 48....
"Tonico" Series Sofa by Sergio Rodrigues

By Sergio Rodrigues
"Tonico" Series Sofa by Sergio Rodrigues
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Sofas
Fabric, Jacaranda, Leather
Incredible sofa by Sergio Rodriguez from the "Tonico" series for Oca. In 1955, Rodrigues opened Oca, which he referred to as "the laboratory for Brazilian furniture and handicrafts". Ri...
Marquesa Bench by Oscar Niemeyer

By Oscar Niemeyer
Marquesa Bench by Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar Niemeyer
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Benches
Cane, Wood
Originally designed in 1974 by Oscar Niemeyer and his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer, the Marquesa bench is exemplary of Niemeyer’s exquisite curves and sinuous forms made famous by his s...
Pair of Zalszupin 1950s Brazilian Jacaranda Ouro Preto Chairs
Pair of Zalszupin 1950s Brazilian Jacaranda Ouro P...
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
Leather, Jacaranda
Pair of Ouro Preto chairs by Jorge Zalszupin from the 1950s made of Brazilian jacaranda and upholstered in leather. These chairs are extremely rare and are very important pieces.
Brazilian Mirror, 1960s

Brazilian Mirror, 1960s
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Wall Mirrors
Round mirror with jacaranda frame. Brazil, 1960s. (1.5" frame).
Dining Table by Jose Zanine, Brazil, 1970s
Dining Table by Jose Zanine, Brazil, 1970s
José Zanine Caldas
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Dining Room Tables
DT273 Dining table in solid wood with diamond shaped legs. Designed by Jose Zanine, Brazil, 1970s.
Vintage Brazilian Hardwood Bar Cart by Sergio Rodr...
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Rosewood
A solid rosewood serving cart, tea cart, or bar cart from Brazil by Sergio Rodrigues for OCA with two removable red melamine trays that slip easily in and out of the frame. The all orig...
Lounge Chair by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950
Lounge Chair by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Wingback Chairs
Lounge chair upholstered in red. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950.
Daybed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s

By Joaquim Tenreiro
Daybed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Bedroom Furniture
Daybed in pau maufim (ivory wood) with upholstered cushion. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil.
Pair of 1960s Percival Lafer Brazilian Club Chairs...
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Imbuia
Pair of 1960s Percival Lafer Brazilian imbuia wood club chairs upholstered in lilac muslin.
Side Chair by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1990
Side Chair by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1990
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Chairs
Jacaranda side chair with leather seat and back. Designed by Sergio Rodrigues for the offices of Manchete TV and Editora in the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio, Brazil, 1990. Measure: Seat...
Coffee Table by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1969
Coffee Table by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1969
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Round coffee table in jacaranda with green under-painted glass top. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro for an estate in Sao Paulo, Brazil, circa 1969.
Two-Seat Sofa by Oscar Niemeyer

Two-Seat Sofa by Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar Niemeyer
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Sofas
Two-seat sofa in imbuia wood with bone colored leather upholstery. Created for the SESC hotel, 1990. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil. Produced in Brazil, 2007.
"Quotation Marks" Chair by Sergio Rodrigues

By Sergio Rodrigues
"Quotation Marks" Chair by Sergio Rodrigues
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Lounge Chairs
Jacaranda, Leather
This is the only "Quotation Marks" chair in existence. It was made for the 1962 exhibition "Furniture as Objects of Art" and was never put into production due to the great expense. It i...
Vintage "Mole" Sofa by Sergio Rodrigues

By Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage "Mole" Sofa by Sergio Rodrigues
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Rosewood
The sofa version for Rodrigues' signature piece. Designed in 1957, the "Mole" sofa (meaning "soft" in Portuguese) is comprised of a solid rosewood frame, adjustable leather support stra...
Sergio Rodrigues Sheriff Lounge Chair and Ottoman

By Sergio Rodrigues
Sergio Rodrigues Sheriff Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Teak
This exceptional vintage example of the Brazilian architect and designer's master work is visually stunning and incredibly comfortable. Designed in 1957, the chair took first prize at t...
Custom Sofa with Floating Bookshelf by Sergio Rodrigues

By Sergio Rodrigues
Custom Sofa with Floating Bookshelf by Sergio Rodr...
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Sofas
Brass, Leather, Rosewood
Stunning solid Rosewood sofa upholstered in a rich red leather. Sides have round brass accents with a finished bookshelf back allowing it to be viewed in the round. Many pieces are s...
Lounge Chair by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s
Lounge Chair by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Lounge Chairs
Upholstered lounge chair in pau marfim (ivory wood). Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro for a private commission in the Flamengo neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950s. Measures: Seat...
Two-Piece Credenza by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s

By Joaquim Tenreiro
Two-Piece Credenza by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 19...
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Credenzas
Two-piece credenza in jacaranda with four doors and curved sides. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s.
Side Chair by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1948
Side Chair by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1948
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1940s Brazilian Side Chairs
Side chair in pau marfim (ivory wood) with undulating armrests. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1948. (Seat: 15.25" H).
Credenza by Giuseppe Scapinelli

Credenza by Giuseppe Scapinelli
Giuseppe Scapinelli
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Credenzas
Credenza in caviona wood. Designed by Giuseppe Scapinelli, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1950s.
1960s Paulistana Brazilian Armchair and Ottoman by Zalszupin
1960s Paulistana Brazilian Armchair and Ottoman by...
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Jacaranda
Brazilian jacaranda Paulistana chair and ottoman from the 1960s by Jorge Zalszupin upholstered in light beige leather with matching jacaranda buttons. Ottoman: 22" x 28" x 13" high.
Vinhatico Wood Dining Table by José Zanine Caldas

By José Zanine Caldas
Vinhatico Wood Dining Table by José Zanine Caldas...
José Zanine Caldas
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Dining Room Tables
This stunning clover-shaped table by José Zanine Caldas illustrates his unique design perspective using existing wood to inform the design of the table without being beholden to it's fo...
Storage Chest by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s
Storage Chest by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Credenzas
Rectangular storage chest in jacaranda with detailing on the front. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s.
Longo Benchs by Zanini De Zanine

By Zanini de Zanine Caldas
Longo Benchs by Zanini De Zanine
Zanini de Zanine Caldas
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Benches
Wood
Utilizing a single reclaimed Ipê wood column, the Longo benchs contrasts the warmth and organic nature of its material to the expert carpentry of Zanini’s practice, evident in the piece...
José Zanine Caldas, Sofa

By José Zanine Caldas
José Zanine Caldas, Sofa
José Zanine Caldas
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Sofas
Hide, Wood
Wood and hide bench made in Brazil, side branded with "Zanine".
Sofa in Rosewood and Leather by Percival Lafer

By Percival Lafer
Sofa in Rosewood and Leather by Percival Lafer
Percival Lafer
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Sofas
Sofa with frame in Brazilian rosewood with chic glove leather upholstery by Percival Lafer, Brazilian, 1970s. The original leather is in remarkable condition.
Dining Table by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1948
Dining Table by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1948
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1940s Brazilian Dining Room Tables
Dining table in jacaranda with red laminate and inset glass top. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1948.
Rio Chaise by Oscar Niemeyer

By Oscar Niemeyer
Rio Chaise by Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar Niemeyer
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Chaise Longues
Cane, Wood
Originally designed in 1978 by Oscar Niemeyer and his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer, the Rio rocking chaise is exemplary of Niemeyer’s exquisite curves and sinuous forms made famous by h...
Rare Jorge Zalszupin Chair and Ottoman

By Jorge Zalszupin
Rare Jorge Zalszupin Chair and Ottoman
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Rosewood
Rare Jorge Zalszupin rosewood and leather sling chair and ottoman, circa early 1960s. This example has an exquisitely grained stacked rosewood frame with hand-stitched original caramel ...
Brazilian Rosewood Dining Table by Sergio Rodrigues

By Sergio Rodrigues
Brazilian Rosewood Dining Table by Sergio Rodrigue...
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Dining Room Tables
Rosewood
Beautiful Brazilian rosewood dining table by Sergio Rodrigues, circa late 1950s. This example has large and stunning sap grain on the table top and a solid rosewood base. Tabletop thick...
Giuseppe Scapinelli Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

By Giuseppe Scapinelli
Giuseppe Scapinelli Mid-Century Modern Coffee Tabl...
Giuseppe Scapinelli
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Hardwood
Elegant Brazilian exotic hardwood coffee table with tapered brass capped legs. This table is highly stylized with Italian colonial influence.   
Sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1950
Sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1950
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Sofas
Sofa with jacaranda frame and upholstered seat and back. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1950. Measures: seat 15" H.
Bookshelf by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1960
Bookshelf by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1960
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Shelves
Low bookshelf in caviona wood and pistachio green formica. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1960.
Curved Credenza by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1940s...
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1940s Brazilian Credenzas
Curved credenza in pau marfim wood. Early design by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1940s.
Set of 1960s Brazilian Jacaranda Cantu Chairs by S...
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Jacaranda
Set of eight 1960s high back Brazilian jacaranda Cantu chairs upholstered in black leather, designed by Sergio Rodrigues in 1959.
"Magrini" Side Table or Stool by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1963
"Magrini" Side Table or Stool by Sergio Rodrigues,...
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Stools
"Magrini" side table or stool in jacaranda. Designed by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1963.
Solid Rosewood Stool by Zanini de Zanine

Solid Rosewood Stool by Zanini de Zanine
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Stools
Rosewood
A stunning old-growth Brazilian Rosewood stool designed by Zanini de Zanine. The piece features very prominent blond sap grain, checks and holes in this geometric design and features th...
Jacaranda Round Table Sergio Rodrigues OCA Brazil
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Dining Room Tables
Glass, Chrome, Jacaranda
Deigned by Sergio Rodrigues for OCA, this table is constructed with Brazilian rosewood Jacaranda. Minimalism silhouette shows off the wood and the shape. Currently it supports a glass t...
1960s Liceu de Arte Brazilian Jacaranda Rocking Chair

By Liceu de Artes e Ofícios
1960s Liceu de Arte Brazilian Jacaranda Rocking Ch...
Liceu de Artes e Ofícios
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Rocking Chairs
Jacaranda, Leather
1960s Brazilian jacaranda rocking chair upholstered with leather by Liceu de Artes e Ofícios, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Joaquim Tenreiro Coffee Table

By Joaquim Tenreiro
Joaquim Tenreiro Coffee Table
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Jacaranda, Marble
Joaquim Tenreiro coffee table, Tenreiro Moveis E Decoracoes, Brazil, solid jacaranda, marble. Signed with partial decal manufacturer' s label to underside: [Tenreiro Moveis E Decoraco...
Pair of Mahogany and Chrome Easy Chairs by Perciva...
Percival Lafer
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Lounge Chairs
Chrome, Mahogany
Pair of mahogany and chrome stylish and comfortable easy chairs by Percival Lafer for Lafer Móveis, Sao Paulo.  
Brasiliana Armchair by Jorge Zalszupin

By Jorge Zalszupin
Brasiliana Armchair by Jorge Zalszupin
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Rosewood
The soft voluminous foam cushions covered in fabric for the seat, backrest and armrests constitute a sui generis counterpoint to the geometric austerity of the Brazilian rosewood frame....
Brazilian Sofa in Caviona Wood by Jorge Zalszupin, Brazil, 1959
Brazilian Sofa in Caviona Wood by Jorge Zalszupin,...
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Sofas
CO530. Sofa in caviona wood and upholstery, Brazil, 1959. (seat: 17" H).
1960s Brown Wooden Sofa Table by Jean Gillon

By Jean Gillon, WoodArt
1960s Brown Wooden Sofa Table by Jean Gillon
Jean Gillon, WoodArt
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofa Tables
Wood
Very rare sofa table designed by Brazilian Jean Gillon in wood and excellent original condition with arched top. Manufactured by WoodArt.
Percival Lafer Table

By Percival Lafer
Percival Lafer Table
Percival Lafer
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood, Glass, Upholstery
A Brazilian rosewood cocktail or side table with reverse tapered legs and mosaic puzzlework wood detail, framed by upholstered leatherette, designed by Percival Lafer.
Fernando and Humberto Campana, Cake Stool

By Fernando and Humberto Campana
Fernando and Humberto Campana, Cake Stool
Fernando and Humberto Campana
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Chairs
Canvas, Stainless Steel, Steel
Fernando and Humberto Campana [Brazilian, b. 1961,1953] Cake stool, 2008 Stuffed animals hand sewed on canvas cover over stainless steel The Campana Brothers, Fernando (b. 1961) an...
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Credenza

By Martin Eisler, Carlo Hauner
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Credenza
Martin Eisler, Carlo Hauner
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Credenza in caviona wood. Designed by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler for Forma, Brazil, 1950s.
Pair of 1960s Brazilian "Presidencial" Armchairs b...
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Lounge Chairs
Jacaranda, Metal, Leather, Plywood
Very rare pair of 1960s Presidential armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin, in Brazilian jacaranda with leather cushions. The armchairs form a set with the sofa, but can be sold separately.
1970s Kilin Brazilian Caviuna Armchair by Sergio Rodriguez
1970s Kilin Brazilian Caviuna Armchair by Sergio R...
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Cowhide, Hide, Wood
1970s Kilin caviuna armchair by Sergio Rodriguez upholstered with cowhide.
Pair of Joaquim Tenreiro 1950s Brazilian White Armchairs
On Hold
Pair of Joaquim Tenreiro 1950s Brazilian White Arm...
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Metal
Pair of 1950s extremely elegant and comfortable Joaquim Tenreiro Brazilian white armchairs, iron frame with twine back, seat, armrests and back with loose leather-upholstery cushions. T...
Petite Jean Gillon Pipe Holder In Jacaranda - Brazil 1960's - Ipso Facto
Petite Jean Gillon Pipe Holder In Jacaranda - Braz...
Jean Gillon
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Collectibles and Curiosities
Jacaranda
petite pipe stand by Jean Gillon in solid Jacaranda for Italma