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OSCAR NIEMEYER (1907-2012)

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Coffee table model “Modulo”
Manufactured by Tendo Brasileira B
razil/Japan, 1980
Lacquered molded plywood, rubber

192,4 cm x 50,2 cm x 24,1h cm
45,6 in x 19,76 in x 9,5h in

Jean Petit, Niemeyer: Poète d’Architecture, Lugano, 1995, p. 362 for a drawing, pp. 367, 383.
Roberto Civita, Pedro Ariel Santana, Design Brasil: 101 anos de história, exh. cat.,
Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, 2010, p. 59 for a drawing
Furniture By Architects, Emery, ppg. 220, 224;
Marc Emery, “Furniture by Architects: International Masterpieces of Twentieth-Century Design and Where to Buy Them, Expanded Edition”,
Harry N. Abrams. 1988, modèle reproduit pages 220 et 224

Private collection, France

Signed with applied manufacturer’s label to underside: [Tendo Brasileira Industria e Comercio de Moveis Ltda] ́

Exhibited at Design Miami/Basel, Jun 11 2018 - Jun 18 2018

Le Corbusier & Oscar Niemeyer, Side Gallery, Barcelona, Sep 14 2018 - Jan 31 2019

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Oscar Niemeyer (Rio de Janeiro RJ 1907 - Rio de Janeiro RJ 2012) was one of the greatest Brazillian architects and urbanists. He is celebrated in Brazil and across the world for his extraordinary work. Niemeyer may be known for his acclaimed architecture, but his lesser-known qualities are his relentless desire to design and his determination to resist conformity.

Niemeyer graduated in architecture from the National School of Fine Arts (Enba), in Rio de Janeiro, in 1934. That same year, he worked for the architect and urban planner Lucio Costa (1902-1998). In 1936, the office was commissioned to create plans for the Ministry of Education and Health (MES), in Rio de Janeiro, under the supervision of the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier(1887-1965), whom Niemeyer assisted, as a draftsman. Based on the architect's design, Niemeyer suggested changes that were consequently implemented into the construction of the building. Between 1940 and 1944, at the request of mayor Belo Horizonte, Juscelino Kubitschek (1902-1976), Niemeyer designed the Pampulha Architectural Ensemble, which is considered a landmark of his work. It breaks with the strict concepts of functionalism, using a new language of forms, curved surfaces, and explores the possibilities of reinforced concrete. In 1947, he was invited by the United Nations (UN) to participate in the commission of architects in charge of outlining the plans for New York's future headquarters. His plans, conceptualized by Le Corbusier, were chosen as the basis for the final project. 

In Rio de Janeiro, in 1955, he founded the magazine Módulo. The President of the Republic, Juscelino Kubitschek, invited Niemeyer to collaborate on Lucio Costa's urban design of the new capital of Brazil, Brasília, the following year.  In 1958, he was appointed chief architect of Brasília, where he transferred to and remained until 1960. Some of Niemeyer's more notable projects are Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, 1951, the headquarters of the French Communist Party, Paris, 1965 Algiers School of Architecture, Algeria, 1968 the headquarters of Editora Mondadori, Milan, Italy, 1968 and the headquarters of the newspaper L'Humanité, Saint-Denis, France, 1987.



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