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Oscar Niemeyer Seating

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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Alta Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeyer
By Oscar Niemeyer, Mobilier International
Located in Madrid, ES
Iconic 'Alta' lounge chair with ottoman designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and manufactured by Mobilier International in France. Made of steel with white leather upholste...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Oscar Niemeyer Seating

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Steel

Set "Poltrona Alta" and Ottoman by Oscar Niemeryer
By Oscar Niemeyer, Mobilier International
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful set composed of armchair and ottoman designed by the great Brazilian designer Oscar Niemeryer in 1970 for the manufacture of Mobilier International in Paris. The Oscar Nie...
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Seating

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Steel

Oscar Niemeyer White "Alta" Lounge Chair
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Tokyo, JP
White "Alta" lounge chair designed by Oscar Niemeyer. White leather upholstery and steel. This individual was exhibited at “Oscar Niemeyer - Territories of Creation” at Instituto T...
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1970s Brazilian Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Seating

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Steel

Oscar Niemeyer Alta Chair and Ottoman, in Woolen Black, circa 1974
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in West Hollywood, 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 Seating

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Steel

Oscar Niemeyer "Rio" Lounge Chair
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A "Rio" lounge chair, designed in 1978, contemporary edition, molded blackened ash plywood underframe, caning, black leather upholstery. Plublishings: Juliana Gagliardi, Marcelo ...
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Seating

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Leather, Plywood

Lounge Chair by Oscar Niemeyer in Plexiglass, Steel and Black Leather
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Brussels, BE
Lounge chair by Oscar Niemeyer in plexiglass, steel and black leather.
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Seating

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Stainless Steel

Oscar Niemeyer Chair and Ottoman Model Alta, circa 1970
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Brussels, BE
Oscar Niemeyer chair and ottoman Model Alta, circa 1970.
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Seating

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Leather

Oscar Niemeyer, Armchair and Ottoman "Alta", France, 1974
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Perpignan, FR
Oscar Niemeyer, (1907-2012) Single armchair and ottoman model “Alta” Manufactured by Mobilier International France, 1974 Steel, wool upholstery.         
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1970s French Space Age Vintage Oscar Niemeyer Seating

Materials

Steel

Iconic "Rio" Rocking by ETEL
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in London, GB
Originally designed in 1978 by Oscar Niemeyer and his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer, the "Rio" rocking chaise is exemplary of Niemeyer’s exquisite curves and sinuous forms made famous...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Mid-Century Modern Oscar Niemeyer Seating

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Cane, Hardwood

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 Seating

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Stainless Steel

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 Seating

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Stainless Steel

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 Seating

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Steel

Oscar Niemeyer Pair of Armchairs Model “on”, for SESC Hotel, Brazil, 1990
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Barcelona, ES
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 Seating

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Wood

Oscar Niemeyer Chaise Lounge Model Rio Prod. Fasem, Italy
By Oscar Niemeyer, Fasem International
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 Seating

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Leather, Ash

Strick House Daybed by Amir Farr
By Amir Farr, Oscar Niemeyer
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 Seating

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Fir

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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Wood

Oscar Niemeyer, Single armchair "Alta", France, 1974
By Oscar Niemeyer
Located in Barcelona, ES
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 Seating

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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 Seating

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Stainless Steel

Original Vintage Rio Modern Chaise by Oscar Niemeyer
By Oscar Niemeyer, Anna Maria 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 Seating

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Leather, Cane, Wood

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 Seating

Materials

Leather, Ash

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