Brazilian Sofas

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.

Tropical Brazilian Bench in Tropical hardwood with Natural Cord
Tropical Brazilian Bench in Tropical hardwood w...
Ricardo Graham Ferreira
2010s Brazilian Benches
Upholstery, Cord, Hardwood
Contemporary tropical bench made with Brazilian walnut hardwood and natural ramie cord. The rope which draws the arms and the backrest of the bench acts also as a support for the se...
Percival Lafer Leather Sofa MP-81, Brazil, 1972
Percival Lafer Leather Sofa MP-81, Brazil, 1972
Percival Lafer
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Wood
Leather sofa by Percival Lafer model MP-81, Brazil, 1972. Very comfortable sofa in a very good condition. The upholstery and the leather is in excellent condition. The color is betwe...
"Sofá Güell" by Julia Krantz
"Sofá Güell" by Julia Krantz
Julia Krantz
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Sofas
"Sofa´ Güell" in stack-laminated jatoba wood. Designed and made by Julia Krantz, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2008.
1960s Brazilian Solid Framed Rosewood and Leather Strapped Sofa
1960s Brazilian Solid Framed Rosewood and Leath...
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Fabric, Rosewood
Unique solid rosewood 1960s Brazilian sofa with leather strapping and newly upholstered loose cushions in a light grey woven fabric. Designed unknown.
Liceu de Artes e Ofícios Three Seats Sofa with Magazine Holder
Liceu de Artes e Ofícios Three Seats Sofa with ...
Liceu de Artes e Ofícios
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Modern Sofas
Wood
This is a fine sofa made of caviuna wood by the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios. This amazing sofa features a moving magazine holder made of solid caviuna wood too. It has been recently res...
Brazilian Midcentury, Sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1954
Brazilian Midcentury, Sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro,...
Joaquim Tenreiro
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Linen, Jacaranda
Brazilian midcentury sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1954. Material: linen and jacaranda.
"Viga" Bench, Zanini de Zanine, Brazilian Contemporary Design, Single Edition
"Viga" Bench, Zanini de Zanine, Brazilian Conte...
Zanini de Zanine
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Benches
This bench, made in solid Pequi wood is a one of a kind limited edition. Zanini de Zanine was born in Rio de Janeiro, in 1978. He worked with by Sergio Rodrigues and watched during ...
Caola Sofa, Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
Caola Sofa, Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Mid-Cen...
Sergio Rodrigues
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Linen, Rosewood
This sofa, produced by Sergio Rodrigues in a Brazilian midcentury modern style has a structure in jacarandá rosewood and was reupholstered in linen.
Four-Seat Sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1950
Four-Seat Sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, cir...
Joaquim Tenreiro
20th Century Brazilian Sofas
Four-seat sofa with off-white upholstery and jacaranda legs. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil. (Seat measures: 15" H).
Sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Sofas
Four-seat sofa in blue upholstery with jacaranda legs. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s. Measures: seat: 16" H.

Brazilian Rosewood Sofa

By Celina Moveis
Brazilian Rosewood Sofa
Celina Moveis
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rosewood
Amazing sofa in rosewood and loose cushions.
Brazilian Rosewood and Cane Sofa
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rosewood
Sofa in Brazilian rosewood and cane.
Brazilian Rosewood and Leather Sofa by Percival...
Percival Lafer
20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Rosewood
Brazilian rosewood and leather sofa by Percival Lafer, Brazil, circa 1970. Highly figured rosewood frame with beautifully distressed original black leather. The listed measurement...
Midcentury Brazilian Sofa in Jacarandá by L'Ate...
L'Atelier San Paulo
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Aluminum, Jacaranda
This sofa was made in the Brazilian midcentury style by L'atelier, the creative studio of Jorge Zalszupin during the 1950s and 1960s, in São Paulo, Brazil. This sofa, made in jacaran...
1950s Sofa, Rino Levi, Brazilian Midcentury
Rino Levi
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
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 sofa is made in jacarandá rosewood and w...
Midcentury Sofa by José Zanine Caldas, Brazilia...
José Zanine Caldas
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
This midcentury sofa, in wood and grey fabric, was produced in the 1950s in São Paulo by Zanine's studio, is a good example of his earlier pieces. José Zanine Caldas was a designer,...
Brazilian Caviuna Wood and Mohair Sofa by Caval...
Cavallaro, Cavallaro
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Bronze, Mohair, Wood
Sophisticated sofa manufactured by Cavallaro in Brazil circa 1960’s. This sofa features a frame made with exotic Caviuna wood and reupholstered in a persimmon colored mohair fabric. ...
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 ...
Leather Sofa by Percival Lafer
Percival Lafer
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather
Lounge sofa by Percival Lafer in tufted olive leather upholstery. Very good vintage condition, upholstery and leather strapping in excellent condition for age and use.
Brazilian Sofa in Caviona Wood by Jorge Zalszup...
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Sofas
CO530. Sofa in caviona wood and upholstery, Brazil, 1959. (seat: 17" H).

José Zanine Caldas, Sofa

By José Zanine Caldas
José Zanine Caldas, Sofa
José Zanine Caldas
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Sofas
Hide, Wood
Wood and hide bench made in Brazil, side branded with "Zanine".
Two-Tone Blue Sofa in Pau Marfim Wood by Acácio...
Acácio Gil Borsoi
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Hardwood
This exquisite and unique sofa is constructed in solid Pau Marfim wood, and has three seats distributed asymmetrically, leaving a gap in one side that can be used as a table. The two...
"M3" Sofa in Brazilian Rosewood by Carlos Milla...
Branco & Preto
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rosewood
Designed by Carlos Millan in 1952, the M3 sofa is one of the most iconic pieces designed and produced by the 'Branco & Preto' collective. The simple style can almost be called 't...
Brazilian Modern, Percival Lafer Couch, Four Se...
Percival Lafer
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Modern Sofas
Rosewood
Brazilian modern four seats sofa, designed by Percival Lafer, 1950s-1960s, rosewood and metal details, recently upholstered in blue velvet.
"Lina" Sofa Minimalist Style in Blue Velvet and...
Alessandra Delgado
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Sofas
Velvet, Walnut
Alessandra Delgado is passionate about Lina Bo Bardi architectural work, including the project for the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo - MASP and its structural pillars that seems to hold...
Patinated Cognac Leather Brazilian Modern Desig...
Sergio Rodrigues, Jean Gillon
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Hardwood
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s a group of young Brazilian designers produced some of the most extraordinary antique furniture of the period a series of unique forms which merged trad...
Modern Brazilian Cubo Couch by Jorge Zalszupin
Jorge Zalszupin
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Synthetic, Plywood
Structure in plywood, covered in black synthetic leather and seat in polyurethane foam covered in fabric.
Midcentury brazilian "Rodeio" sofa in Rosewood ...
Jean Gillon
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Rosewood
Midcentury brazilian "Rodeio" sofa in Rosewood with Leather by Jean Gillon, 60s Built in solid rosewood by designer Jean Gillon, the Rodeio sofa as its main features the comfortable...
Midcentury Brazilian "MP-13" Sofa in Jatobá by ...
Percival Lafer
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Suede, Rosewood
Midcentury Brazilian "MP-13" Sofa in Jatobá by Percival Lafer, 1970s Its entire base is built in solid Brazilian wood Jatoba. All upholstery is suede with buttons delicately carved ...
Midcentury brazilian "M3" Sofa by Carlos Millan...
Branco & Preto, Carlos Millan
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Rosewood
Midcentury brazilian "M3" Sofa with rosewood structure by Carlos Millan for Branco & Preto, 1952 Founded in São Paulo, a mixture of shop and studio considered by many to be one of t...
Joaquim Tenreiro, Modern Sofa
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
This sofa made by Joaquim Tenreiro is very clean and elegant. The piece belongs to a house decorated by the designer and we receive it still with the original cover and stamp. After ...
Brazilian Leather Sofa by Percival Lafer
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Modern Sofas
Leather, Wood
A three-seat armed sofa by Percival Lafer, made in Brazil circa 1970s. Wood frame with complete leather cover. The sofa was constructed as a modular pieces for easy dissemble and ass...
Fernando and Humberto Campana, Leather Teddy Be...
Fernando and Humberto Campana
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Sofas
Steel, Stainless Steel, Leather, Canvas
Fernando and Humberto Campana [Brazilian, b. 1961,1953] Leather teddy bear sofa, 2013 Leather teddy bears hand-sewn on canvas cover over stainless steel Measures: 34.65 x 62.99 x ...
Solid wood, metal and fabrics, sofa, minimalist...
Adolini+Simonini
2010s Brazilian Modern Sofas
Solid wood, metal and fabrics, two places sofa with arms, the multi-finish structure is combined with outdoor fabrics such as the Batyline to create an interesting outdoor solution. ...
Minimalist Sofa in Hardwood, Metal and Fabrics,...
Adolini+Simonini
2010s Brazilian Modern Sofas
Solid wood, metal and fabrics, two places sofa, the multi-finish structure is combined with outdoor fabrics such as the Batyline to create an interesting outdoor solution. Bellow th...
Brazilian Ebony and Leather Three-Piece Seating...
Jean Gillon
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets
Leather, Ebony
A wonderful original matching 1960s Brazilian seating group attributed to Jean Gillon. This amazing comfortable three-seat and two one-seat have a dark-grey ebony frame and soft Braz...
Sofa with Wood Frame and Blue Upholstery
Joaquim Tenreiro
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Wood
Sofa with wood frame and blue upholstery. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, for a private residential commission in Teresópolis, Brazil, circa 1961.
Sofa with Jacaranda Frame and Upholstery by Joa...
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Sofas
Upholstery, Jacaranda
Sofa with jacaranda frame and upholstered seat and back. Reupholstered with Chapas textiles. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro for a private commission in the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio...
Sofa by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1950
Joaquim Tenreiro
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Sofas
Sofa with jacaranda frame and upholstered seat and back. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, circa 1950. Measures: seat 15" H.
Blow Brazilian Contemporary Handmade Metal and ...
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Sofas
Metal
This piece rescues traditional Brazilian handcraft techniques. The upholstery consists of knots of small pieces of recycled fabric tied up by hand. ‘Blow’ is available in a wide rang...
Knot Brazilian Contemporary Foam Sofa by Lattoog
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Sofas
Fabric, Upholstery
One or two people can seat in the Knot sofa. It can be also used untied allowing more people to seat on the 5.5m linear bench.
Carmargos Brazilian Contemporary Metal Upholste...
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Sofas
Metal
One of the main characteristics of Lattoog work is the reinterpretation and application of architectural elements in furniture pieces. This sofa is an example of it. The base of thi...
Mantiqueira Brazilian Contemporary Wood Upholst...
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Sofas
Fabric, Upholstery, Wood
The proposition for this piece is to leave exposed some components of the wooden structure, reinforcing a characteristic already established in Lattoog´s projects for sofas. This pi...
Sofa in Brazilian Hardwood by Jose Zanine Calda...
José Zanine Caldas
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Post-Modern Sofas
Faux Leather
Huge sofa in Brazilian hardwood and black faux leather by Jose Zanine Caldas, 1973 Provenance: from a Zanines' house project in Joatinga neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro. Zanine is o...
Percival Lafer Adjustable Leather Loveseats, Br...
Percival Lafer
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather
An impressive pair of tan leather loveseats by Brazilian designer Percival Lafer, both retain original labels underneath. These sizable sofas provide a deep comfortable seat, with a ...
Jorge Zalszupin for L'atelier Brazilian Rosewoo...
Jorge Zalszupin, L'Atelier San Paulo
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Rosewood
Wonderful example of one of Jorge Zalszupin's designs for the Brazilian manufacturer L'Atelier. This sofa features a Brazilian rosewood frame with a floating side table at one end an...
Percival Lafer Mid-Century Modern Brazilian Ros...
Percival Lafer
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Rosewood
Fabulous three-seat sofa designed by Percival Lafer and made in Brazil in the 1970s. This is a Brazilian rosewood sofa which has been reupholstered in top quality Italian leather in ...
Sergio Rodrigues "Cris 1" Solid Hardwood and Si...
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Mohair, Wood
Remarkable "Cris 1" sofa designed by Sergio Rodrigues in 1978. This exquisite piece is constructed of solid Brazilian exotic hardwood and is upholstered in a rich teal color silk moh...
1960s Brazilian Sofa "Franco" by Sergio Rodrigues
Sergio Rodrigues
Antique 1660s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Polyester, Wood
Sergio Rodrigues is known as the father of Brazilian design. The "Franco" sofa was one of his simple and elegant designs in 1960. The base is made of a native Brazilian wood and is u...
Percival Lafer Sofa and Two Lounge Chairs MP-81...
Percival Lafer
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets
Leather, Wood
Seating group by Percival Lafer model MP-81, Brazil, 1972. Very comfortable sofa and two lounge chairs in a very good condition. The upholstery and the leather is in excellent condit...
Brazilian Sofa in Brown Leather, 1960s
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather
- Two-seat lounge sofa produced in the 1960s - Reminiscent of the designs by Brazilian Sergio Rodrigues Poltrona Mole and Percival Lafer - Features mature brown leather slings and...
Percival Lafer Leather and Jatobah Sofa or Love...
Percival Lafer
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Leather
Leather and Jatobah wood finished as rosewood loveseat sofa by Percival Laver, Brazil, 1972.  
Midcentury Brazilian "MP-29" Sofa in Rosewood b...
Percival Lafer
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rosewood, Fabric
The sofa MP-29 designed by Percival Lafer, besides being comfortable, has as its great differential its rosewood structure with the base in format. Like the MP-29 armchairs we have i...
Midcentury Brazilian Sofa with Velvet Upholster...
Dinucci
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Art Deco Sofas
Fabric
Sofa in velvet upholstery with four places, details elegantly carved by Salvatore Dinucci, circa 1950s. Virtually unknown by the general public, Dinucci, as the signature on his fu...
Arca Brazilian Contemporary Wood and Synthetic ...
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Sofas
Fabric, Upholstery, Wood
In this project of sofa and armchair, we established a dialogue between curves/straight lines and rigid/soft materials in which the striking feature that stands out is the curve on t...
'So 801' 4 Seat Rosewood Sofa by Jorge Zalszupi...
Jorge Zalszupin
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rosewood
This rare sofa is in great conditions, with new 100% cotton fabric and new finish.
Percival Lafer "MP81" Three-Seat Sofa in Hardwo...
Percival Lafer
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Hardwood
One of the most iconic Percival Lafer designs, still in its original leatherette upholstery. This piece can be refinished and restored as the buyer sees fit.
Liceu de Artes e Ofícios Sofa in Rosewood and L...
Liceu de Artes e Ofícios
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Rosewood
Big and classy four-seat sofa, with arms and legs in Brazilian rosewood, produced by Liceu de Artes e Ofícios, São Paulo, Brazil, 1950s. Beautiful rosewood piece runs through the who...
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