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Branco & Preto Armchairs

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
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 Armchairs

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Rosewood, Fabric

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 Armchairs

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Rosewood, Silk, Cane

Branco & Preto Pair of Brazilian Modern Armchairs, "R3"
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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 Armchairs

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Fabric, Hardwood

Branco e Preto Pair of Modern Brazilian Armchairs solid jacaranda wood, fabric
By Branco & Preto
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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 Armchairs

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Upholstery, Jacaranda

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Branco & Preto armchairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Branco & Preto armchairs 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 armchairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original armchairs 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 armchairs by Mòveis Artisticos Z, Geraldo de Barros, and Michel Arnoult. Prices for Branco & Preto armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $9,683 and can go as high as $50,750, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $17,740.

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