Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

Oscar Niemeyer (Brazil, 1907–2012)

Oscar Niemeyer made modernist architecture sexy. In his signature designs, such as those for the planned capital city of Brasília, Niemeyer created a distinctively buoyant architectural vocabulary of sweeping curves, flowing lines and organic forms. As expressions of faith in the power of modern architecture and design to foster progress, Niemeyer’s buildings have a kind of heroic poetry.


Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho was born to an upper-middle-class family in Rio de Janeiro. (His father was a graphic designer.) While in graduate school, Niemeyer began working for Lúcio Costa, one of the few modernist architects working in Brazil in the 1930s. Niemeyer would be assigned to the design team for a new building in Rio for the Ministry of Education and Health. The famed Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier was hired as a consultant on the project, and through him Niemeyer would absorb many lessons in bringing a sense of structural lightness to large buildings — though he would never embrace the geometric forms espoused by Le Corbusier and the members of the Bauhaus.


“I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man,” Niemeyer would write in his memoirs. “I am attracted to free-flowing sensual curves.” Nowhere would Niemeyer demonstrate his love of curvature more expressively and elegantly than in his designs for the principal buildings for Brasília, a project begun in 1956. The dramatic Congressional Palace features two stark towers flanked by a domed structure and a bowl-shaped edifice, for the upper and lower legislative houses. He placed the Palácio da Alvorada (the presidential residence) on a small peninsula jutting into a lake, so that the sequence of parabolic columns on its facade casts a mirror image on the water. Niemeyer’s grandest achievement was the city’s cathedral, a stunning composition of 16 arced vertical supports with tinted-glass interstices.

Four years after Brasília was completed, in 1960, Brazil’s elected government was overthrown in a military coup. Niemeyer, a member of the Communist party, was harassed continually by the junta. He left the country and did not return until democracy was restored, in 1985. While in exile, in the early 1970s, Niemeyer began collaborating on furniture designs with his daughter, Anna Maria Niemeyer. Their best known pieces, the Alta lounge chair and ottoman and the Rio rocking chaise, have flowing bases made of sheets of lacquered wood or stainless steel, share the aesthetics of Niemeyer’s architecture. The Alta’s deep, oversized seat pads nod — much like the chair designs of Niemeyer’s countryman Sergio Rodrigues — to the Brazilian penchant for long, languorous conversations. Examples of both designs are priced at about $20,000, depending on age, condition and materials. As you will see on these pages, Oscar Niemeyer’s furniture designs are sleek, sculptural, comfortable and elegant — as well as a compact emblem of the work of one of the great architects of our time.

Oscar Niemeyer Modern Rio Chaise Lounge, Contemporary Re-Edition
Oscar Niemeyer Modern Rio Chaise Lounge, Contem...
Oscar Niemeyer
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Chaise Longues
Wood
The Niemeyer Rio chaise lounge, with its unexpected curves, was born from the architect’s dissatisfaction: Niemeyer believed the furniture of the 1970s did not match the architectoni...
Oscar Niemeyer Multiples Artworks
Oscar Niemeyer Multiples Artworks
Oscar Niemeyer
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Other Contemporary Art
Iron, Acrylic, Wood
Intriguing, beautiful designs created by Niemeyer in the 1970s and 1980s were made into delicate metal engravings by the great architect, in a collaboration with mock-up builder, wor...
Oscar Niemeyer "Marquesa" Bench, Official Re-Edition
Oscar Niemeyer "Marquesa" Bench, Official Re-Ed...
Oscar Niemeyer
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Benches
Straw, Wood
The precise curves of the Marquesa bench carry the signature style of Oscar Niemeyer, who created this piece in collaboration with his daughter, Anna Maria. The piece, created in 197...
Oscar Niemeyer On Desk, Official Re-Edition
Oscar Niemeyer On Desk, Official Re-Edition
Oscar Niemeyer
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Wood
The On Desk displayes the striking curves of Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture, which were transported to the on desk. The piece was created in the 1980s, as part of the furnishings for ...
Pair of "Aran" Lounge Chairs by Oscar Niemeyer, circa 1975
Pair of "Aran" Lounge Chairs by Oscar Niemeyer,...
Oscar Niemeyer
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Stainless Steel, Leather
Pair of "Aran" lounge chairs by Oscar Niemeyer, circa 1975.
Broyhill Brasilia Nightstand Bedside End Tables - Walnut Chairside Tables
Broyhill Brasilia Nightstand Bedside End Tables...
Oscar Niemeyer, Broyhill Brasilia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Walnut
Very hard to find pair of Brasilia "Chairside Tables" from the "Brasilia II" line by Broyhill. They can be used as nightstands, end tables or extra storage for records or linens. Par...
"Marquesa" Bench in Red with Cane Seat and Bent Wood Detailing at Each End
"Marquesa" Bench in Red with Cane Seat and Bent...
Oscar Niemeyer
Early 2000s Brazilian Post-Modern Benches
Cane, Wood
"Marquesa" bench in red with cane seat and bentwood detailing at each end. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil, 1978. Produced in Brazil from December 2007-December 2008 only, in hono...
Original Vintage Rio Modern Chaise by Oscar Niemeyer
Original Vintage Rio Modern Chaise by Oscar Nie...
Oscar Niemeyer
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Leather, Cane, Wood
Oscar Niemeyer was a Brazilian architect considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. That’s "Rio" Chaise Lounge created in 1978 by Oscar Nieme...
Pair of Side Table by Oscar Niemeyer for Tendo Brasileira, Brazil, 1960
Pair of Side Table by Oscar Niemeyer for Tendo ...
Oscar Niemeyer, Tendo Brasileira
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Steel, Glass
Pair of side table by Oscar Niemeyer for Tendo Brasileira, Brazil, 1960.
Oscar Niemeyer Armchair and Ottoman Model "Alta", circa 1975
Oscar Niemeyer Armchair and Ottoman Model "Alta...
Oscar Niemeyer
Vintage 1970s Armchairs
Stainless Steel, Leather
Oscar Niemeyer armchair and ottoman model "Alta", circa 1975 Rare fireside chairs and its ottoman model "Alta" with adjustable seats and backrests in thick cushions upholstered in p...
Pair of Rare "Aran" Lounge Chair Oscar Niemeyer
Pair of Rare "Aran" Lounge Chair Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar Niemeyer
Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Stainless Steel, Leather
Oscar Niemeyer rare ‘Aran’ lounge chair. Leather, stainless steel. Produced by Aran Line, Italy. Top of foot cast with 'Oscar Niemeyer' logo.
Stunning Set of Eight Mid-Century Modern Broyhill Brasilia Dining Chairs
Stunning Set of Eight Mid-Century Modern Broyhi...
Oscar Niemeyer, Broyhill Brasilia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Wood
Stunning set of eight Mid-Century Modern Broyhill Brasilia dining chairs. Highly sought after and collectible designed by the legendary Oscar Niemeyer, 1960s. The set features two ca...
Tavolo Table, Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar Niemeyer
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Wood
Niemeyer's table with tempered glass tabletop and a single sculptural leg made in wood, with internal counter-weight plates.
Oscar Niemeyer "Rio" Chaise Longue, Produzione ...
Oscar Niemeyer, Fasem International
2010s Italian Modern Chaise Longues
Leather, Ash
A sculptural rocking Rio chaise longue, designed in 1978, contemporary edition. Base composed of three elements including supple ribbons of molded darkened ash laminate, cushions mai...
Lounge Chair 'Rio' by Oscar Niemeyer for Fasem ...
Oscar Niemeyer, Fasem International
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Leather, Ash
The rocking chaise or lounge chair 'Rio' by Oscar Niemeyer for Fasem International, Italy. Upholstered in black leather, frame made of black stained ash. Adjustable headrest, with t...
Original Vintage "Rio" Rocking Chaise by Oscar ...
Oscar Niemeyer
Vintage 1970s Chaise Longues
Chrome, Leather, Steel, Wood
A sculptural rocking chaise longue in black painted laminated wood frame with leather upholstery and adjustable, counterbalanced headrest. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer manufactured by ...
Oscar Niemeyer, "Rio" Chaise Longue, Produzione...
Oscar Niemeyer, Fasem International
2010s Italian Modern Chaise Longues
Leather, Ash
A sculptural rocking Rio chaise longue, designed in 1978, contemporary edition. Base composed of three elements including supple ribbons of molded darkened ash laminate, cushions mai...
Strick House Daybed by Amir Farr
Oscar Niemeyer, Amir Farr
Vintage 1960s American Daybeds
Bench or daybed designed by Amir Farr in consultation with Oscar Niemeyer for the famous Strick House, Niemeyer's only completed residential commission in the United States. Due to h...
Rio Lounge Chair or Chaise Longue Designed by O...
Oscar Niemeyer, Fasem International
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Chaise Longues
Steel, Leather, Chrome, Wood
An elite chaise longue designed by the legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, one of the most significant and popular figures in modern international architecture. The unique ...
Oscar Niemeyer, Table Niemeyer, Estel, Italy, 1985
Oscar Niemeyer, Estel
Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Wood, Stainless Steel, Glass
Table Niemeyer 1985 with tempered glass tabletop and a single sculptural leg made in wood covered with brushed stainless steel, with internal counter-weight plates. Designed by Oscar...
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