Brazilian Armchairs

Brazilian Design

     Commencing in the 1940s and '50s, a group of architects and designers transformed the local cultural landscape, merging the modernist vernacular popular in Europe and the United States with traditional Brazilian techniques and indigenous materials.

     Key influencers during the mid-20th century include natives Oscar Niemeyer, Sérgio Rodrigues and José Zanine Caldas as well as such European immigrants as Joaquim Tenreiro, Jean Gillon and Jorge Zalszupin. These creators frequently collaborated; for instance, Niemeyer, an internationally acclaimed architect, commissioned many of them to furnish his residential and institutional buildings.

     Hallmarks of Brazilian design from that period include smooth, sculptural forms and the use of native woods like rosewood, jacaranda and pequi. The work of designers today exhibits many of the same qualities, though with a marked interest in exploring new materials (witness the Campana Brothers stuffed-animal chairs) and an emphasis on looking inward rather than to other countries for inspiration.

Percival Lafer MP-81 Brazilian Rosewood & Leather Lounge Chairs and Ottoman Set
Percival Lafer MP-81 Brazilian Rosewood & Leath...
Percival Lafer
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Rosewood
Mid-Century Modern Brazilian rosewood / jacaranda lounge chair and ottoman by Brazilian designer Percival Lafer, 1960s. Impeccably crafted and beautifully designed, hand-tufted and c...
Eisler & Hauner Pair of Magenta Chairs, 1950s
Eisler & Hauner Pair of Magenta Chairs, 1950s
Forma Brazil, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Steel, Velvet
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler for Forma, pair of armchairs, iron and pink magenta velvet fabric, by Brazil, 1950s.  Elegant and modern armchairs by Brazilian designer duo Hauner ...
Brazilian Easy Chairs by Liceu de Artes e Officios
Brazilian Easy Chairs by Liceu de Artes e Officios
Liceu de Artes e Ofícios
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood
Liceu de Artes e Oficios, lounge chairs in red fabric and rosewood, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1960s. These sculptural Brazilian lounge chairs are made of solid dark stained wooden constr...
"Cangaço" Contemporary Armchair, Brazilian Design
"Cangaço" Contemporary Armchair, Brazilian Design
Fernando and Humberto Campana
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Armchairs
Leather, Wicker
This contemporary armchairs is produced with synthetic wicker weaved on a stainless steel structure, covered with handcrafted leather produced by the Brazilian artisan Espedito Selei...
Midcentury Brazilian Armchair in Chromed Tubular Metal by Geraldo de Barros
Midcentury Brazilian Armchair in Chromed Tubula...
Geraldo de Barros
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal
Midcentury Brazilian armchair in chromed tubular metal by Geraldo de Barros, 1960s. Armchair with chromed tubular structure designed by Geraldo de Barros in the period of existenc...
Midcentury Brazilian Armchair in Velvet Upholstery by Teperman, 1960s
Midcentury Brazilian Armchair in Velvet Upholst...
Móveis Teperman
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Velvet, Wood
Midcentury Brazilian armchair in velvet upholstery by Teperman, 1960s With its distinctive "toothpick" style wooden feet, this armchair model is fully covered in velvet, including...
Midcentury Brazilian Armchair in Tubular Metal by Geraldo de Barros, 1960s
Midcentury Brazilian Armchair in Tubular Metal ...
Geraldo de Barros
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal
Midcentury Brazilian armchair in tubular metal by Geraldo de Barros, 1960s.     
Minimal and Modern Style Armchair, Metal with Nautical Rope Pattern
Minimal and Modern Style Armchair, Metal with N...
Adolini+Simonini
2010s Brazilian Minimalist Armchairs
Metal
The Flap 2.0 Outdoor collection design is based on the flaps part of aircrafts, this element is possible to be seen in the arms curvature and the geometry of the metal structure. Com...
Savana Armchair in Natural Wicker, Brazilian Contemporary Style, Black seat
Savana Armchair in Natural Wicker, Brazilian Co...
Tiago Curioni
2010s Brazilian Organic Modern Armchairs
Wicker
The savana armchair is made of wicker in the Brazilian contemporary style. A clump of grass, a bush, which moves in the wind and envelops its inhabitant.This was the inspiration for...
Fur Armchair in Brazilian Contemporary Style
Tiago Curioni
2010s Brazilian Other Armchairs
Steel, Synthetic
The Black Sheep chair was conceived under the concepts of ergonomics. The two cylinders are perfectly adapted to the contours of the human body and the curious shape allows people wi...
Savana Armchair in Natural Wicker, Brazilian Co...
Tiago Curioni
2010s Brazilian Organic Modern Armchairs
Wicker
This armchair is made of wicker in the Brazilian contemporary style. A clump of grass, a bush, which moves in the wind and envelops its inhabitant was the inspiration for creating t...
Jorge Zalszupin, "Ambassador" Armchair, circa 1965
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Steel, Leather, Plastic, Rosewood
Jorge Zalszupin "Ambassador" armchair, circa 1965. Rosewood, leather, chrome-plated steel, plastic. Measure: 46.5 H x 32 W x 29 D inches.
Jorge Zalszupin Black Commander Armchairs
Jorge Zalszupin
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Modern Armchairs
Iron
Jorge Zalszupin Pair of armchairs made of aluminum structure and fiberglass with black leather covering upholstery. Rare version with black finishing aluminium.
Midcentury brazilian armchair by Carlo Hauner a...
Forma Brazil, Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Iron
Midcentury brazilian armchair by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, 1955 One of the most iconic armchairs designed by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler, is today a beautiful example of th...
Brazilian Contemporary Design by Rodrigo Almeid...
Rodrigo Almeida
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Post-Modern Armchairs
Wood, Mahogany
Brazilian Contemporary Design by Rodrigo Almeida Construtivista Chair in Brazilian Mahog, 2014 Limited Edition of 2 The Construtivista chair with versions in Brazilian rosewood and ...
Pair of Armchairs by Martin Eisler and Carlo Ha...
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Modern Armchairs
Iron
Beautiful pair of armchairs designed by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner, made with an iron structure, bronze details and upholstery seats. The legs black painting is still original ...
1970s Pair of Armchairs by Jose Zanine Caldas i...
José Zanine Caldas
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Wood
This "Tronco" pair of armchairs was made by Jose Zanine Caldas in the 1970s. The structure is made in hardwood and brings the signature of the artist. The Tronco line is one of the...
Concha Armchair Martin Eisler & Carlo Hauner Br...
Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Iron
Produced by Forma, in Brazil, this is one of the most iconic pieces designed by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner. The seat is completely reupholstered.
Contemporary Armchair, Brazilian Design by Zani...
Zanini de Zanine
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Other Armchairs
Hardwood
The 'Raiz" armchair was designed by Zanini de Zanine, who was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1978. He worked with by Sergio Rodrigues and watched during his life the work of his father, J...
Brazilian Midcentury Lounge Chair by Jorge Zals...
Jorge Zalszupin
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Jacaranda, Rosewood
The Paulistana lounge chair, made in the midcentury style, is one of the most recognized pieces created by Jorge Zalszupin. Its structure is made of jacaranda rosewood and the piece ...
"Brasiliana" Armchairs, Brazilian Mid-Century b...
Jorge Zalszupin
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Jacaranda
This pair of armchairs was designed by Zalszupin in the 1960s, as a tribute to the recently inaugurated city of Brasilia. The curves and shapes of this armchair can therefore be attr...
"R3" Armchair, Branco & Preto, Brazilian Midcen...
Branco & Preto
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Branco & Preto was a design studio created in 1952 by a group of recently graduated architects. Young modernist enthusiasts, they needed the right furniture for their projects and so...
Pine Armchair
Unknown
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Armchairs
LC808. Armchair in solid carved pine with four back slats, Brazil, 1970s. Seat height 13".
Amazing Sergio Rodrigues ‘Kilin’ Lounge Chairs ...
Sergio Rodrigues
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Wood
Amazing pair of Sergio Rodrigues ‘Kilin’ lounge chairs, designed by Oca Industries in the 1970s in Brazil. Sergio Rodrigues is often called the "father of modern Brazilian design," R...
Pair of "Art Deco" Armchair Attributed to Joaqu...
Joaquim Tenreiro
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Silk
Elegant pair of armchair with "pé palito".
Pair of Brazilian Rosewood Armchair
Celina Moveis
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Rosewood
Pair of armchair in Brazilian rosewood by Celina Moveis.
Sergio Rodrigues, Vivi Armchair, Brazilian Midc...
Sergio Rodrigues
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Rosewood
Architect and designer Sergio Rodrigues designs this amazing armchair in Brazilian rosewood.
Salsa Chair Set by Pedro Paulo Franco, Contempo...
Pedro Paulo Franco
2010s Brazilian Modern Armchairs
Leather, Wood
A set of two armchairs in solid wood and leather covering designed by the famous Pedro Paulo Franco for a lot of Brazil. Revisiting the traditional chair from the "Medalhão" line, th...
Brazilian Lounge Chair by Percival Lafer in Ros...
Percival Lafer
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Rosewood
Brazilian lounge chair by Percival Lafer in rosewood, 1970s. The chair has been recently re-upholstered with well-matched textured leather in muted yellow.
Jorge Zalszupin, "Presidencial" Armchair, circa...
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal
Jorge Zalzupin "Presidential" Armchair, circa 1960-1969 Brazilian 'Jacaranda' rosewood, metal Measure: 26 H x 75 W x 98 D inches.
"Beg" Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian M...
Sergio Rodrigues
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Jacaranda
This Sergio Rodrigues armchair, one of the icons of Rodrigues' work, is a simple and still powerful piece, which showcases his always thoughtful treatment of the jacarandá rosewood. ...
Jacarandá Armchair, Novo Rumo, Brazilian, Midce...
Novo Rumo
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Chenille, Jacaranda
A beautiful example of the style and craftsmanship of Novo Rumo, a design ateliê extremely active during the 1950s and 1960s in São Paulo, Brazil. This piece was recently restored an...
"Kid" Armchair, José Zanine Caldas, Brazilian M...
José Zanine Caldas
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
This armchair, in the Brazilian midcentury style, was created by José Zanine Caldas. José Zanine Caldas was a designer, architect and artist. His work is known for its intense creat...
Pair of Brazilian Midcentury Armchairs by José ...
José Zanine Caldas
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
This pair of 'Cuca" armchairs was produced in the Brazilian Midcentury style by José Zanine Caldas, a designer, architect and artist. His work is known for its intense creativity and...
Ouro Preto Lounge Chairs by Jorge Zalszupin, Br...
Jorge Zalszupin
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Jacaranda
This lounge chair was designed by Jorge Zalszupin during the Brazilian midcentury. Originally born in Poland, Jorge Zalszupin built his entire career in Brazil, where he's absorbed...
Parati Armchair, Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian, M...
Sergio Rodrigues
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Linen, Rosewood
This piece is made in jacaranda rosewood and was recently reupholstered in linen.
1950s Pair of Armchairs
Rino Levi
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Rosewood
Rino Levi is one of the major architects of the Brazilian modernism, the creator of several iconic buildings in the city of São Paulo. This armchairs is made in jacarandá rosewood ...
Contemporary Hexagonal Armchair, Brazilian Desi...
Arthur Casas
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Armchairs
This contemporary style armchair was designed by Arthur Casas. He directs a studio of architecture in São Paulo and in New York, which takes his own name, and due to its work on proj...
Velveteen Rose Sofa Triarm
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Sofas
Steel, Fabric, Foam, Paint
The sofa was used a concept of triangulation what form for the structure of the feet, with this system the very weight of the sofa makes the structure fit and lock itself. The rest ...
Mid-Century Modern Pair of Brazilian Rosewood A...
Sergio Rodrigues, Percival Lafer
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Leather, Rosewood
For your consideration, a Mid-Century Modern pair of Brazilian rosewood armchairs. Solid Brazilian rosewood with brass accents and leather cushions. One chair retains original label...
Parametric Plywood Chair, Ruptura Armchair
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Other Armchairs
Steel, Epoxy Resin, Fiberglass, Plywood
The Ruptura collection was inspired by woodworking techniques, where a series of parametric cuts are made in a single piece of wood, with this process it is possible to obtain a mall...
Mid-Century Modern Brazilian Hardwood Dining Ch...
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Hardwood
This remarkable set of four Mid-Century Modern dining chairs were handmade in Brazil, circa 1960s, out of exotic Brazilian hardwood. The set includes two armchairs and two armless ch...
"Zina" Contemporary Armchair and Ottoman by Zan...
Zanini de Zanine Caldas
2010s Brazilian Armchairs
Steel
This simple and elegant set of armchair and ottoman is made out of painted steel and may be upholstered in different options of fabric. Zanini de Zanine was born in Rio de Janeiro, ...
"Zina" Contemporary Armchair Brazilian Design b...
Zanini de Zanine Caldas
2010s Brazilian Armchairs
Steel
This simple and elegant contemporary armchair is made out of painted steel and may be upholstered in different options of fabric. Zanini de Zanine was born in Rio de Janeiro, in 197...
Pair of Armchairs in Iron and Reed, Brazil, 1960s
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Reed, Iron
Perfect for the summer, these chairs are super lightweight, and extra comfortable for those long days in the balcony or the garden. Original reed still in great conditions, iron h...
Pair of Jorge Zalszupin "Senior" Armchairs in R...
Jorge Zalszupin
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Leather, Rosewood
Distressed Nobuck leather and Brazilian rosewood make for an amazing combination in this Classic Zalszupin design.
"Franco" Brazilian Midcentury Armchair in Jacar...
Sergio Rodrigues
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Rosewood
The Franco armchair in the Brazilian midcentury style is one icon of Sergio Rodrigues' production, entirely made in jacarandá rosewood and was recently reupholstered. Sergio Rodrig...
Pair of Joaquim Tenreiro "Sleepwalker's" Armchair
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Ivory, Linen, Upholstery, Wood
"Sleepwalker's armchair" in ivory wood with loose upholstered cushions. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950.
"Cuba" Contemporary Armchair by Rodrigo Ohtake
Rodrigo Ohtake
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Armchairs
Hardwood
The Cuba armchair is a limited edition of 30. Designed by Rodrigo Ohtake who has collaborated with architects as Mario Biselli, Alvaro Puntoni and Patrick Jouian. Apart from that, he...
Solid wood, metal and fabrics, armchair, minima...
Adolini+Simonini
2010s Brazilian Modern Armchairs
Solid wood, metal and fabrics, armchair, the multi-finish structure is combined with outdoor fabrics such as the Batyline to create an interesting outdoor solution. Bellow the full S...
Pair of Armchairs in Cabreúva Wood Produced by ...
Luiz Pássaro
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Hardwood
These exquisite chairs were produced in São Paulo Brazil in the 1950s by Luiz Pássaro, one of the best woodworkers from the period. Their elegance and craftsmanship quality are beyon...
Contemporary Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Brazil...
Rahyja Afrange
2010s Brazilian Minimalist Armchairs
Straw, Wood, Hardwood
The MAR lounge chair and foot stool ensemble formally evokes traditional weaving looms. The straw that lines the seating is a raw material produced from Buriti leaves, one of the lar...
Ergonomic Armchair in Tropical Brazilian Hardwo...
Rahyja Afrange
2010s Brazilian Minimalist Chairs
Wood, Hardwood
This "SE7E" contemporary styled armchair in Brazilian hardwood was designed following extensive research, experimentation and the study of ergonomics. The structure contrasts with t...
Contemporary Armchair in Tropical Brazilian Har...
Rahyja Afrange
2010s Brazilian Minimalist Armchairs
Wood, Hardwood
This furniture was designed following extensive research, experimentation and the study of ergonomics. The structure contrasts with the Fine lattice of the backrest and the seating. ...
Armchair by Martin Eisler, Brazilian Midcentury
Martin Eisler
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Iron
This armchair by Martin Eisler in a Brazilian midcentury design, showcases the elegance and subtleness that is a mark of his work. Martin Eisler was one of the most interesting des...
Pair of Armchairs in Jacarandá Rosewood, Brazil...
L'Atelier San Paulo
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Aluminum, Jacaranda
These armchairs in jacaranda rosewood, produced in the Brazilian midcentury style, were made by L'atelier, the creative studio of Jorge Zalszupin during the 1950s and 1960s, in São P...
"Kiko" Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues, Mid-Centur...
Sergio Rodrigues
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Leather, Jacaranda
This armchair is made of jacarandá rosewood, upholstered in natural leather, and was completely restored.
Commander Office Chair, Jorge Zalszupin, Brazil...
Jorge Zalszupin
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Jorge Zalszupin was born in Poland, but spent most of his productive life in Brazil, where he established himself as one of the most important designers of the Brazilian modernism. ...
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