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Branco & Preto Seating

Brazilian

Six young architects joined forces in the 1950s to create Branco & Preto in São Paulo. Together, they created high-end modern furniture inspired by the spirited reinvigoration of art and architecture in Brazil.

The six founders — Miguel Forte, Jacob Ruchti, Plínio Croce, Roberto Aflalo, Carlos Millan and Chen Y Hwa — all attended Mackenzie Architecture University, a school led by architect and modernist critic Cristiano Stockler das Neves who prioritized neoclassicism. As progressive students, the founders rebelled against this status quo in their work.

During the 1950s, there were few designers of modern furniture based in Brazil aside from Brazilian furniture firm Mòveis Artisticos Z and Portuguese-born furniture designer Joaquim Tenreiro. Branco & Preto helped fill a wide gap in the market.

Brazilian modernist pioneers Rino Levi and Gregori Warchavchik were important early connections. Through them, Ruchti and Forte met American architect Philip Johnson and German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; meanwhile, Croce, Alfalo and Millan drew inspiration from the works of Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra and Hungarian-American architect and furniture designer Marcel Breuer.

As a proponent of “Rio modernism,” Branco & Preto often combined glass, iron and calacatta marble with Brazilian woods like jacaranda and caviuna to make its handcrafted furnishings. Free from plywood and screws, this furniture required the expertise of skilled woodworkers, especially for the MF5 armchair and slatted coffee table. Both designed by Millan, they are among Branco & Preto’s most recognized works.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of Branco & Preto tables, seating and case pieces and storage cabinets.

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Creator: Branco & Preto
Set of 8 Rosewood Cane Chairs, Branco & Preto, 1952, Brazilian Midcentury
By Luiz Pássaro, Branco & Preto
Located in New York, NY
The Cane Chair was designed in 1952 by Jacob Ruchti and produced by Branco & Preto, an architecture and design firm that opened in 1952 in São Paulo. Branco & Preto was one of Brazi...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Branco & Preto Seating

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Straw, Rosewood

Pair of M1 Armchairs by Brazilian Company Branco & Preto, Midcentury, 1952
By Branco & Preto
Located in New York, NY
The M1 armchair was designed in 1953 by Carlos Milan and produced by Branco & Preto, an architecture and design firm that opened in 1952 in São Paulo. Branco & Preto was one of Br...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Branco & Preto Seating

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Rosewood, Fabric

1950's Brazilian 'M1' Sofa by Branco & Preto
By Branco & Preto
Located in New York, NY
The M1 Sofa by Branco & Preto is a unique and special piece of furniture, distinguished by its innovative use of Brazilian materials and its reflection of a pivotal moment in mid-20t...
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Late 20th Century Brazilian Branco & Preto Seating

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Fabric, Wood

1950 Branco e Preto-Sofa wood fabric upholstery Manufactured by Paubrà
By Branco & Preto
Located in Milano, Lombardia
The name chosen by the young Brazilian architects Miguel Forte, Jacob Ruchti, Plinio Groce, Roberta Aflalo, Carlos Millan and the Chinese Che Y Hwa for their design company literally...
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Branco & Preto Seating

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Wood

Branco & Preto. Mid-Century Modern Slatted Bench in Imbúia Wood
By Branco & Preto
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Stylish slatted vintage bench from the early 1960's of Brazilian production, specifically Branco & Preto Gallery. In solid imbúia wood, it is a very versa...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Branco & Preto Seating

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Wood

Pair of MF5 Armchairs by Brazilian Company Branco & Preto, Midcentury, 1953
By Branco & Preto
Located in New York, NY
The MF5 Armchair was designed in 1953 by Carlos Milan and Miguel Forte and produced by Branco & Preto, an architecture and design firm that opened in 1952 in São Paulo. Branco & Preto was one of Brazil's forerunners of interior architecture and modern furniture. The iconic armchair has a structure in solid Rosewood with a natural plaited cane in the backrest and a loose cushion. The cushions used...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Branco & Preto Seating

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Rosewood, Silk, Cane

Branco & Preto Pair of Brazilian Modern Armchairs, "R3"
By Branco & Preto
Located in Whitstable, GB
The Lounge armchairs model “R3", were designed in 1952 by Jacob Ruchti for the Brazilian collective Branco & Preto, and manufactured by Mahlmeister & Cia in Brazil. Frame in Peroba...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Seating

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Fabric, Hardwood

Pair of Mid-Century Chairs by Branco & Preto 'Attr.', Brazil, 1950s
By Branco & Preto
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This rare pair of mid-century Brazilian armchairs is attributed to the design collective Branco and Preto. Made in a rational and geometric way, they present lightness and simplicity...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Seating

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Leather, Wood

Carlos Millan for Branco & Preto "M3" Midcentury brazilian Sofa, 1952
By Branco & Preto, Carlos Millan
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Carlos Millan for Branco & Preto "M3" Midcentury brazilian Sofa, 1952 Founded in São Paulo, a mixture of shop and studio considered by many...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Branco e Preto Pair of Modern Brazilian Armchairs solid jacaranda wood, fabric
By Branco & Preto
Located in Barcelona, ES
Branco e Preto (Miguel Forte, Jacob Ruchti, Plinio Groce, Roberta Aflalo, Carlos Millan & Che Y Hwa) Pair of armchairs model “R3” Sold as individual it...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Seating

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Upholstery, Jacaranda

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Branco & Preto seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Branco & Preto seating are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Branco & Preto seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original seating by Branco & Preto were created in the mid-century modern style in south america during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by OCA Brazil, Rino Levi, and Mòveis Artisticos Z. Prices for Branco & Preto seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $5,000 and can go as high as $65,950, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $12,699.

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