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Branco & Preto Tables

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
Dining Table by Branco & Preto, Brazil, 1950s
By Branco & Preto
Located in Whitstable, GB
Branco & Preto Designed and manufactured in the 1950s by Branco & Preto This stunning solid wood dining table by Branco & Preto was part of the personal collection of Miguel Forte, o...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Tables

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Hardwood

"Two Colors" Coffee Table by Branco & Preto, Brazilian Midcentury, circa 1950
By Branco & Preto
Located in New York, NY
The "Two Colors" coffee table was designed in circa 1950 and produced by Branco & Preto, an architecture and design firm that opened in 1952 in São Paulo. Branco & Preto was one ...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Branco & Preto Tables

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Marble

Mid-Century Modern Center Table by Estúdio Branco & Preto, Brazil, 1950s
By Branco & Preto
Located in Deerfield Beach, FL
Mid-Century Modern Center Table by Estúdio Branco & Preto, Brazil, 1950s Center table structured in solid wood, with a nested glass top. A classic design by Estúdio Branco & Preto,...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Branco & Preto Tables

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Glass, Wood

Branco & Preto 'Coffee table'
By Branco & Preto
Located in Barcelona, ES
Branco & Preto Coffee table Measurements 180 cm x 90 cm x 33h cm 70,86 in x 35,43 in x 13h in
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Branco & Preto Tables

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Jacaranda

A Pair of Rectangular Branco and Preto Side Tables in Caviuna Wood, Brazil 1960s
By Branco & Preto
Located in Utrecht, NL
Designed in a rational and geometric way, this pair of handmade Branco and Preto side tables have an open and elegant appearance. Both tables are made of a combination of solid and veneer caviuna wood with a beautiful grain. Caviuna is a Brazilian timber tree yielding a heavy, hard dark-coloured wood streaked with black play that is also visible on this pair. These tables feature glass tops that are effortlessly embedded in the wooden frame adding modernism to the design. Underneath the glass tops are wooden shelves, which have a somewhat floating appearance thanks to the extending shelves that align with the tops. In combination with the recessed legs, these tables have a simple, refined look. The strong lines and proportions are light and simple at the same time, which is a returning characteristic of the work of the Brazilian design duo, Branco and Preto. ⁣Condition: In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The wooden veneer has some cracks / marks on one of the bottom plates. Dimensions: 25.99 in W x 39.38 in D x 21.07 in H 66 cm W x 100 cm D x 53.3 cm H Literature: Branco e...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Branco & Preto Tables

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Glass, Wood

Rectangular Branco and Preto Wooden Coffee Table, Brazil, 1960s
By Branco & Preto
Located in Utrecht, NL
Designed in a rational and geometric way, this pair of handmade Branco and Preto side tables have an open and elegant appearance. Both tables are mad...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Tables

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Glass, Wood

Rectangular Branco and Preto Wooden Coffee Table, Brazil, 1960s
By Branco & Preto
Located in Utrecht, NL
Designed in a rational and geometric way, this pair of handmade Branco and Preto side tables have an open and elegant appearance. Both tables...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Branco & Preto Tables

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Glass, Wood

Branco & Preto Caviuna Side Table, Glass Top, Luiz Pássaro, Brazil, 1960s
By Branco & Preto, Luiz Pássaro
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Branco & Preto Brazilian Mid-Century Modern side table with glass top set in Caviuna wood frame. 21.5" H x 25.5" W x 25.5" D. Listing is for single table. Caviuna is a Brazilian timber tree yielding a heavy, hard dark-coloured wood streaked with black. Table features glass top effortlessly embedded in the wooden frame. Gorgeous sculptural rectangular recessed legs. The strong lines and masterful proportions, sculptural yet unassuming - effortlessly stylish. Made by Luiz Pássaro...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Tables

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Glass, Wood

Low table by Branco & Preto
By Branco & Preto
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Low table by Branco & Preto. Brazil, 1958. Unique example, manufactured for a private house designed by Rino Levi, Sao Paulo. Solid wood, gla...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Branco & Preto Tables

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Glass, Wood

Branco e Preto 'Carlos Milan' Brazilian mid-century coffee table jacaranda, 1950
By Branco & Preto, Carlos Milan
Located in Barcelona, ES
Branco e Preto (Carlos Milan). Coffee table. Manufactured by Mahlmeister & Cia, Brazil, 1950s. Solid jacaranda, ebonized wooden structure. Measurement...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Branco & Preto Tables

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Jacaranda

Dining Table Designed for Branco and Preto
By Branco & Preto
Located in New York, NY
Dining table with frame in solid rosewood with glass top. Designed for Branco and Preto, Brazil, 1950s.
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Branco & Preto Tables

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Glass, Rosewood

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Branco & Preto tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Branco & Preto tables 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 tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original tables 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 tables by Forma Brazil, OCA Brazil, and José Zanine Caldas. Prices for Branco & Preto tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $4,400 and can go as high as $28,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $11,374.

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