Brazilian Wardrobes and Armoires

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.

Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier Tall Wardrobe
Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier Tall Wardrobe
Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier
20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires
Wood
Elegant student's wardrobe from the Maison du Brésil of the Cité Universitaire in Paris by Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier. Refurbished interior with shelves and clothing rod. Pr...
Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier Wardrobe
Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier Wardrobe
Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier
20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Wardrobes and Armoires
Wood
Elegant student's wardrobe from the Maison du Brésil of the Cité Universitaire in Paris by Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier. Refurbished interior with shelves and clothing rod. Pr...
Bar Zé Made of Tropical Wood in Brazilian Contemporary Design
Bar Zé Made of Tropical Wood in Brazilian Conte...
Juliana Llussá
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Dry Bars
Brass, Wood
The dry bar ZÉ is made in Brazilian solid wood Freijó and Garapeira with traditional handcraft joint techniques and brass handles. Finishing in Italian acrylic matte varnish that sho...
Modern Cimo Armoire in Hardwood with Yellow Details
Modern Cimo Armoire in Hardwood with Yellow Det...
Móveis Cimo
Mid-20th Century Brazilian Modern Wardrobes and Armoires
Plastic, Wood
Midcentury armoire or clothes-press made of solid imbuia wood and yellow details. This is an important piece of the modern Brazilian furniture made by Cimo that was furniture maker s...
São Cristóvão Brazilian Contemporary Wood Laminate Folding Screen by Lattoog
São Cristóvão Brazilian Contemporary Wood Lamin...
21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Architectural Elements
Metal
This room divider is composed of four articulated wooden sheets which draw their inspiration from the traditional window grills found in the suburban houses throughout Brazil. These ...
19th Century Brazilian Cabinet with Original Paint
19th Century Brazilian Cabinet with Original Paint
Antique 19th Century Brazilian Rustic Wardrobes and Armoires
Wood
A 19th century Brazilian tall cabinet. This two-door Brazilian wooden cabinet features a wonderful orange and light blue original paint. The two doors are placed over a single lower ...
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