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Branco & Preto Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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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
Branco & Preto Buffet Bar Unit, Brazil, 1960s
By Branco & Preto
Located in Whitstable, GB
Stunning midcentury bar buffet unit by Branco & Preto, in solid and veneered Hardwood. The wood is beautiful in colour and pattern. The details are perfec...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Laminate, Hardwood

Branco e Preto Jacaranda Bookcase Pair with Drawers, Luiz Pássaro, Brazil, 1950s
By Luiz Pássaro, Branco & Preto
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Branco and Preto Jacaranda Bookcase with inset drawers, Brazilian Modern, 1960s. Brazilian mid-century modern bookcase in lacquered jacaranda wood and produced by furniture manufacturer Branco and Preto, with double cabinet doors and two inset raised drawers. Designed in a rational and geometric way, Branco and Preto designs have an open, elegant and preternaturally fresh appearance. Labelled. 92" H x 40" W x 13.75" D. About Branco e Preto...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Jacaranda

Branco e Preto Jacaranda Bookcase with Drawers, Luiz Pássaro, Brazil, 1950s
By Luiz Pássaro, Branco & Preto
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Branco and Preto Jacaranda Bookcase with inset drawers, Brazilian Modern, 1960s. Brazilian mid-century modern bookcase in lacquered jacaranda wood and produced by furniture manufacturer Branco and Preto, with double cabinet doors and two inset raised drawers. Designed in a rational and geometric way, Branco and Preto designs have an open, elegant and preternaturally fresh appearance. 92" H x 40" W x 13.75" D. Made by Luiz Pássaro...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Jacaranda, Mahogany

Branco E Preto Jacaranda Bookcase Cabinet, Luiz Pássaro, Brazil, 1950s
By Luiz Pássaro, Branco & Preto
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Branco and Preto Jacaranda bookcase with cabinet, Brazilian Modern, 1960s. Brazilian mid-century modern bookcase in lacquered jacaranda wood and produced by furniture manufacturer Branco and Preto, with double cabinet doors and two inset raised drawers. Designed in a rational and geometric way, Branco and Preto designs have an open, elegant and preternaturally fresh appearance. 92" H x 40" W x 13.75" D. Labelled under bottom cabinet as made by Luiz Pássaro...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Jacaranda

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Branco & Preto case pieces and storage cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Branco & Preto case pieces and storage cabinets 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 case pieces and storage cabinets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets 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 case pieces and storage cabinets by José Zanine Caldas, Geraldo de Barros, and Sergio Rodrigues. Prices for Branco & Preto case pieces and storage cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $9,380 and can go as high as $19,740, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $13,690.

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