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BRAZILIAN DESIGN (PART ONE)

BRAZILIAN DESIGN
(PART ONE)

BARCELONA
SIDE GALLERY
OCT 10 2016 - DEC 01 2016

XX Century Brazilian furniture design is perhaps the last great, largely unknown tradition of modernism. The furniture is characterised by rich and textured hardwoods that illustrate a resourcefulness and simplicity that exemplify the national character. With an extensive production of design, flourishing between 1940 and 1970, designers such as Joaquim Tenreiro, Sergio Rodrigues, Lina Bo Bardi, José Zanine Caldas, Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin changed the face of modern Brazilian furniture bringing it to the forefront of Latin American cultural expression during the middle of the 20th Century.

"The furniture is characterised by rich and textured hardwoods that illustrate a resourcefulness and simplicity that exemplify the national character"


The socio-economic context within which this new wave of modernism design flourished somewhat underpins the movement and was without doubt a catalyst for the creation of modern furniture production such as that of Branco e Preto and Unilabor. In the post war years Brazil like other Latin American countries entered a period of prosperity, far from the destruction of World War II. From an economic context an influx of European and North American investment spurred government led modernization of major cities with a conscious importation of the International Style. On a social level an influx of European and North American architects, designers, artists and entrepreneurs in Latin America influenced a generation of local architects and designers beginning to see themselves as active players in the creation of modern national identities. The result of economic affluence and a new wave of modernist design ideals led to the creation of transformative design such as Lina Bo Bardi’s ‘Tripe’ arm chairs and the Barco e Preto Coffee table that were on shown at Side Gallery.