Inspiring now: Brazilian furniture design

Three Feet chair (1947), Joaquim Tenreiro

Rio chaise (1978-1979), Oscar Niemeyer and Anna Maria Niemeyer 

Astúrias rocking chair (2002), Carlos Motta

África chair (2006), Rodrigo Almeida 

Ipê bench (2009), Zanini de Zanine 


Berlin is hosting an important exhibition about Brazilian furniture design at Zeitlos gallery at Stilwerk center. With over 80 pieces, the exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of two different periods of Brazilian design: the modernist, from 1940s onwards, and the current, with contemporary designs.

“This is certainly the biggest exhibition of Brazilian furniture ever made in Europe”, claims the collector Raul Schmidt Felippe Jr., who owns great part of the pieces presented and who is also one of the curators of the show. “We have selected iconic pieces from a generation of designers and architects that were influenced by Bauhaus school during the 1940’s and, at the same time, we looked at the design of a younger and active generation that is giving shape to what is produced nowadays”, explained him to The Gentleman website.

The visitors will have the opportunity to see well-known pieces such as the Three Feet Chair by Joaquim Tenreiro, Poltrona Mole by Sergio Rodrigues and Rio Chaise developed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer together with his daughter Anna Maria. This not to mention the vivid and colourful work of the contemporaries Campana Brothers, Sergio Matos, Carlos Motta, studio Ovo, Domingos Tótora, Zanini de Zanine and others.

But what defines the Brazilian Design? The design critic and author Maria Helena Estrada answers the crucial question in the introductory text of the show’s catalogue: “In truth we don’t have a single formal identity, or even a single direction to point towards. We also don’t have traditions or historical background that can prevent us from creating something new. It is possible that freedom, lightness and spontaneity are what define us”.

More information at the “Brazilian Design” exhibition’s website.

Credits of images: Andre Nazareth for Mercado Moderno; Rômulo Fialdini; Marcos Cimardi and courtesy Zanini de Zanine.


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  • Thomas W. Dietz

    Eu tive a oportunidade de ir à exposição e vale a pena ver como as obras brasileiras são expostas e comercializadas em uma cidade tão receptiva e artística como Berlim!