Author, architect, and professor Zeuler Lima has dedicated the better part of his career to studying the work of 20th-century architect Lina Bo Bardi. In our December/January issue, we speak to Lima about why Bo Bardi is "among the most important architects of the 20th century." Pictured is the living room of La Torraccia, a small guesthouse addition Bo Bardi designed in 1964 for the Cirell House in São Paulo.
Bo Bardi, also celebrated in an exhibition at the Graham Foundation in 2015, designed the Bowl Chair in 1951. It is now produced in a limited edition by Arper.
Despite a rise to prominence in the 1970s, pioneering designer Percival Lafer has remained a best-kept secret for collectors of midcentury Brazilian furniture. Designed in 1965, Lafer’s MP-041 series presented an innovative, modern aesthetic, with heavy solid hardwood frames and hand-tufted, pre-formed cushions.
Sergio Rodrigues, known as the father of Brazilian modernism, was especially prolific during the midcentury modern period, founding his design firm, Oca Industries in 1955, moving on in 1968 to concentrate on hotel and residential designs, including prefab housing. His Mole chair, designed in 1961, is identifiable by its generous arm padding.
Legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer designed only a few prototypes of this Rio chaise longue made in imbuia wood.
Roberto Burle Marx was a renowned Brazilian landscape designer, who also produced brightly patterned textiles.