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Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

Brazilian, Italian, 1914-1992

The Italian-born Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi came to imbue the pure and lofty if somewhat bloodless tenets of modern design with the warm and earthy character of her adopted homeland.

Bardi was born in Rome and graduated in 1939 from the Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza” with a degree in architecture. She moved to Milan, worked with Gio Ponti, among other modernist luminaries, and began a career in design journalism. Bardi served as an editor for Ponti’s groundbreaking magazine, Domus, and in 1945 traveled for the publication throughout Italy with a photographer, documenting the physical destruction wrought by World War II.

Bardi moved to Brazil in 1947 with her husband, art dealer and critic Pietro Maria Bardi. There Pietro helped establish the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) while his wife resumed her work in journalism and soon launched her architectural practice. Her first building project was designing a house for herself and her husband on a hillside in what were then the outskirts of São Paulo.

Built in 1951 and known as Casa de Vidro (or Glass House), it is a glass-walled box set on slim steel columns, inspired equally by the Bauhaus and Le Corbusier. Its interiors, with their mid-century furnishings, folk-art pieces and ethnographic curios, are reminiscent of those of Charles and Ray Eames’ house in California. (Bardi also created the interiors of the original MASP and was a natural choice to design the second museum when the institution had outgrown its first home.)

As a furniture designer, Bardi demonstrated flair from the start. The Bowl chair, designed in 1951 but not manufactured until Italian furniture maker Arper recently issued it, is a marvel of versatility. The seat can be swiveled to satisfy any attitude of repose or dismounted to serve as a rocking baby crib. That same year, she made the throne-like Bola de Latão chair, which in place of arms has stanchions topped by brass balls. Its slung leather seat and backrest have unfinished edges secured with lacing, giving the piece an artisanal, perhaps even sexual, air.

In the late 1950s and early ’60s, Bardi designed cushioned chairs with wooden frames whose softened angularity recalls the work of Pierre Jeanneret and Marcel Breuer’s 1938 furniture designs for Bryn Mawr College. But Bardi’s furniture construction and aesthetic sensibilities evolved in tandem with her populist principles. Her embrace of Brazil’s social mosaic was most fully expressed in her last major project, and her masterpiece: a combined cultural and recreational center in São Paulo known as the SESC Pompéia.

Built in stages between 1977 and ’82, the complex has as its core a renovated drum factory. In it, Bardi — to use architectural parlance — created a nonhierarchical environment, with equal prominence and care given to areas as disparate as theaters, sports facilities and places for old folks to sit and gossip or play chess.

Bardi’s last chairs, designed for the center, are built of solid wood, sturdy and durable with simple and graceful forms. They seem to suggest that the most interesting thing about a piece of furniture should be the person using it.

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Creator: Lina Bo Bardi
Lina Bo Bardi SESC Stools Pompeia, Brazil, 1980
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Striking pair of 'SESC' stools designed by Lina Bo Bardi, Marcelo Ferraz and Marcelo Suzuki and created for the centre SESC Pompeia in Sao Paulo, Brazil 1980. This stunning brutalist...
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1980s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Pine

Lina Bo Bardi, Pair of Chairs "Girafa"
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in PARIS, FR
In 1986, Marcelo Ferraz and Marcelo Suzuki teamed up with Lina Bo Bardi to work on a series of projects in Salvador, such as the Casa do Benin restaurant and the Teatro Gregório de M...
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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"Masp 7th Abril" Chair, by Lina Bo Bardi, 1947, Mid-Century Brazilian
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Clifton, NJ
This iconic chair was designed by the Italian-born Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) for the MASP's auditorium when it still was placed on 7th April street. The write...
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1940s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Leather, Rosewood

Mid-Century Modern Set of 4 "Girafa" Chairs by Lina Bo Bardi, Brazil, 1986
By Baraúna, Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Miami, FL
Manufactured by the Marcenaria Barauna workshop in São Paulo and designed by Bo Bardi, Ferraz and Suzuki as part of their Casa do Benin Restaurant in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, the Gir...
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1980s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Wood

Armchair by Lina Bo Bardi
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in PARIS, FR
Brazilian Modern manifest, the scissor chair is a Lina Bo Bardi design still on the process of attribution. It has been inspired by Le Corbusier Modernism and the tropical wood give ...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Lina Bo Bardi Scissors Chairs Brazil 1948
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Super rare and beautiful, fully original 'scissors' lounge chairs designed by Lina Bo Bardi and manufactured by Studio D'Arte Palma, Brazil 1948. These chairs have stunning solid tea...
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1940s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Faux Leather, Teak

Lina Bo Bardi Chaise Longues Diva / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Zürich, CH
Iconic foldable Chaise Longues Diva created by Italian-Brazilian architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi, ca. 1955. Created for the Studio D’arte Palma, Brazil. Made from Jacaranda soli...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Wood, Upholstery

Armchair by Lina Bo Bardi
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in PARIS, FR
Brazilian Modern manifest, the scissor chair is a Lina Bo Bardi design still on the process of attribution. It has been inspired by Le Corbusier Modernism and the tropical wood give ...
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1950s Brazilian Modern Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Lina Bo Bardi Armchair / Authentic Mid-Century Modern
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Zürich, CH
Iconic armchair created by Italian-Brazilian architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi, ca. 1950. Famous for its iron shaped legs. Originates from residential buildings in Sao Paolo, Braz...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Iron

Folding Chair by Lina Bo Bardi, Brazil, 1950s
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in New York, NY
Lina Bo Bardi folding chair manufactured by Estudio Arte De Palma, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1950s.
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1950s Brazilian Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Leather, Wood

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K.J. Petterson Palle stool Storvreta, Sweden 1970
By Axel Einar Hjorth, Nordiska Kompaniet
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
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Metal and Wicker Bucket Stools Austria 1950
By Werkstätte Carl Auböck
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Pair of Rattan Stools Made in Spain 1950
By Franco Albini
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Jan de Jong Bossche School Stool Holland 1970
By Jan de Jong
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
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Flavio de Carvalho FDC-1 Chair, Brazil, 1950
By Flavio de Carvalho
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
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By Dirk Van Sliedregt
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Dom Hans van der Laan Stool for Sint-Willibrorduskerk Almelo, 1964
By Jan de Jong, Dom Hans van der Laan
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
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Dom Hans van der Laan Stool for Vincentius a Paulokerk Eindhoven, 1964
By Jan de Jong, Dom Hans van der Laan
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
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Bossche School Stool Holland 1970 Dom Hans van der Laan Style
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Jorge Zalszupin Jockey Chairs L'atelier Brazil 1959
By Jorge Zalszupin
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
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Jorge Zalszupin Itmaraty Chairs L'atelier Brazil 1960
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Lina Bo Bardi Midcentury Bowl Chair in Iron and Plastic, 1950s
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Milano, IT
Bowl chair designed by Lina Bo Bardi and produced in 1951. With the bowl armchair Lina, it combines Brazil's predilection for pronounced shapes with European industrial minimalism, a...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Sesc Pompeia Stool by Lina Bo Bardi, 1980s, Brazil
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Kawaguchi city, Saitama
Lina Bo Bardi Secs Pompeia Stool 1980s, Brazil Very heavy solid wood. Original vintage condition. Designed for the library in Sesc Pompeia, a cultural center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, b...
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  • Sesc Pompeia Stool by Lina Bo Bardi, 1980s, Brazil
  • Sesc Pompeia Stool by Lina Bo Bardi, 1980s, Brazil
  • Sesc Pompeia Stool by Lina Bo Bardi, 1980s, Brazil
H 25.99 in. W 14.97 in. D 19.69 in.
Pair of Lina Bo Bardi "Tripé" Sling Chairs in Iron and Leather, Brazil, 1948
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
These iconic chairs by Ms. Lina Bo Bardi are official reissues produced by Nucleon 8 in the late 1980s. The structures have never been painted, and the leather sling has been produce...
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Pair of Lina Bo Bardi "Tridente" Chairs in Pau Marfim, Brazil early 1950s
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Bench by Lina Bo Bardi
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Braun and ipe wood slatted bench by Lina Bo Bardi. Made in Brazil, circa 1950.
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H 17.5 in. W 78.75 in. D 13.5 in.
Pair of Chairs by Lina Bo Bardi
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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  • Pair of Chairs by Lina Bo Bardi
  • Pair of Chairs by Lina Bo Bardi
H 33 in. W 24 in. D 28 in.
Side Chair by Lina Bo Bardi
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in San Francisco, CA
A side chair in solid pine wood designed by Lina Bo Bardi and created for the center SESC Pompeia in Sao Paulo. Brazil.
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1980s Brazilian Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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  • Side Chair by Lina Bo Bardi
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H 26 in. W 15 in. D 21 in.
Pair of Chairs by Lina Bo Bardi
By Lina Bo Bardi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of chairs by Lina Bo Bardi.
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lina Bo Bardi Furniture

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Wood

  • Pair of Chairs by Lina Bo Bardi
  • Pair of Chairs by Lina Bo Bardi
  • Pair of Chairs by Lina Bo Bardi
  • Pair of Chairs by Lina Bo Bardi
H 33 in. W 24 in. D 28 in.

Lina Bo Bardi furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The furniture Lina Bo Bardi are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Lina Bo Bardi collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 5 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Novo Rumo, Italma and Rino Levi. The prices for Lina Bo Bardi furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $17,000 and tops out at $45,000, while pieces like these can sell for $23,333 on average.

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