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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.

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Oscar Niemeyer Alta Chair and Ottoman, in Woolen Black, circa 1974
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Oscar Niemeyer, Rio de Janeiro, 1907-2012. High armchair with footrest. Version with low seat in satin stainless steel, fabric and Bakelite knobs, 1974. With 'Mobilier International'...
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20th Century Brazilian Modern Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Steel

Oscar Niemeyer White Armchair and Ottoman "Brazilia ON1" Model
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Paris, FR
Oscar Niemeyer Fauteuil et ottoman modèle Brazilia ON1, couleur noir Édition mobilier international circa 1975 Très rare fauteuil et son ottoman modèle Brazilia ON1 à assises et ...
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1970s Brazilian Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Broyhill Brasilia Credenza
By Broyhill Brasilia, Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
This credenza was delicately restored to preserve the original dark patina. We would find this sideboard often over the years, but Brasilia has elevated to a high-end status that has...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Brass

Oscar Niemeyer Armchair and Ottoman Model "Alta", circa 1975
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Paris, FR
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...
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1970s Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Oscar Niemeyer Pair of Armchairs Model “on”, for SESC Hotel, Brazil, 1990s
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Houston, TX
Lounge chair in Imbuia wood with bone-colored leather upholstery. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil, for the SESC Hotel, 1990. Literature Móvel Brasileiro Moderno, Vasconcellos an...
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1990s Brazilian Modern Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Leather, Laminate, Imbuia, Plywood

Custom Bench or Daybed by Amir Farr for Oscar Niemeyer's Strick House
By Oscar Niemeyer, Amir Farr
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderful custom bench or daybed by Amir Farr for Oscar Niemeyer's famed Strick House in Los Angeles, Neimeyer's only completed residential commission in the United States. An eleg...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Steel

Oscar Niemeyer Rio Chaise Lounge, 1978
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Houston, TX
Niemeyer was inspired by the landscape and nature of Rio de Janeiro, his childhood city. Chaise Rio is a unique piece, which is now on display at the NOHO Modern gallery in Los Angel...
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1880s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Antique Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Cane, Laminate, Rosewood

Oscar Niemeyer Pair of Armchairs Model “on”, for SESC Hotel, Brazil, 1990
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Barcelona, Spain
Oscar Niemeyer Pair of armchairs model “ON” Manufactured for SESC Hotel Brazil, 1990 Imbuia wood, wool upholstery From the archives of Side Gallery, Barcelona Measurements ...
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20th Century Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Wood

Oscar Niemeyer Chaise Lounge Model Rio Prod. Fasem, Italy
By Fasem International, Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Milan, Italy
A sculptural rocking Rio chaise lounge, designed in 1978, contemporary edition. Base composed of three elements including supple ribbons of molded darkened ash laminate, cushions mai...
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2010s Italian Modern Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Leather, Ash

Strick House Daybed by Amir Farr
By Oscar Niemeyer, Amir Farr
Located in Hudson, NY
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...
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1960s American Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Fir

Mid-Century Modern Marquesa by Oscar and Anna Maria Niemeyer, Brazil, 1970s
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Marquesa by Brazilian designers Oscar and Anna Maria Niemeyer, Brazil, 1970s The celebrated architect Oscar Niemeyer, best known for his iconic design of civic ...
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Cane, Plywood

Mid-Century Modern Rio Chaise by Oscar and Anna Maria Niemeyer, Brazil, 1970s
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-Century Modern Rio rocking chaise lounge by Brazilian Designers Oscar Niemeyer and Anna Maria Niemeyer, 1970s The celebrated architect Oscar Niemeyer, best known for his desig...
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Leather, Cane, Plywood

Rocking Lounge Chair model 'Rio' by Oscar Niemeyer
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Brussels, BE
Rocking lounge chair model 'Rio' by Oscar Niemeyer.
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1970s Brazilian Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Wood

Oscar Niemeyer Multiples Artworks by Etel
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Other Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Iron

Oscar Niemeyer Modern Bench "Marquesa", Contemporary Re-Edition by Etel
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The precise curves of the modern Marquesa bench carry the signature style of Oscar Niemeyer, who created this piece in collaboration with his daughter, Anna Maria. The bench was crea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Straw, Wood

Oscar Niemeyer Modern Rio Chaise Lounge, Contemporary Re-Edition by Etel
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Wood

Oscar Niemeyer Modern "On" Desk, Contemporary Re-Edition by Etel
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The modern "On" Desk displays the striking curves of Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture, which were transported to the 'On' desk. The desk was created in the 1980s, as part of the furnish...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Wood

Coffee Table by Oscar Niemeyer for Tepperman Brasile, 1970s
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Brussels, BE
Coffee table by Oscar Niemeyer for Tepperman Brasile, 1970s - Aegean marble top and ebonized wood legs.
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1970s Brazilian Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Marble

Oscar Niemeyer, Single armchair "Alta", France, 1974
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Barcelona, Spain
Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) Single armchair model “Alta” Manufactured by Mobilier international France, 1974 Steel, wool upholstery Measurements 104,1 x 68,6x 56,5h cm 41 x...
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1970s French Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Steel

Tavolo Table, Oscar Niemeyer
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Niemeyer's table with tempered glass tabletop and a single sculptural leg made in wood, with internal counter-weight plates.
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Wood

Original Vintage "Rio" Rocking Chaise by Oscar Niemeyer - SALE -
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in East Hampton, NY
A sculptural rocking chaise longue in black painted laminated wood frame with leather upholstery and adjustable, counterbalanced headrest. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer manufactured by ...
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1970s Brazilian Post-Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Chrome, Steel

Pair of "Aran" Lounge Chairs by Oscar Niemeyer, circa 1975
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Brussels, BE
Pair of "Aran" lounge chairs by Oscar Niemeyer, circa 1975.
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Original Vintage Rio Modern Chaise by Oscar Niemeyer
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Clifton, NJ
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...
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Leather, Cane, Wood

Pair of Rare "Aran" Lounge Chair Oscar Niemeyer
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Brussels, BE
Oscar Niemeyer rare ‘Aran’ lounge chair. Leather, stainless steel. Produced by Aran Line, Italy. Top of foot cast with 'Oscar Niemeyer' logo.
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Lounge Chair 'Rio' by Oscar Niemeyer for Fasem International
By Fasem International, Oscar Niemeyer
Located in JM Haarlem, NL
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...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Furniture

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Leather, Ash

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