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Joaquim Tenreiro

"Redonda" Armchair

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Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-1992) was among the leading furniture designers and visual artists in modernist Brazilian furniture making in the mid-20th century. A forerunner in the use of rediscovered raw materials as well as the creator of a new formal language in 20th century Brazilian furniture design, he drew on the lessons of past furniture making as a vital source, not only in the mastery of technical and constructive solutions, but also in the aesthetic experience, craftsmanship, and the cultural meaning of his production. Tenreiro’s works are known for their simplicity of line and an elegance that is enhanced by the use of richly grained South American hardwoods such as jacaranda. Tenreiro’s armchairs such as the "Redonda" armchair employed slender, softly angular wood that was lightly stained to highlight the grains of the local material. As a carpenter and joiner he wanted to show off the beauty of Brazilian wood. The "Redonda" armchair, like all Tenreiro works, demonstrates the enduring power of simple design and superb construction.

Joaquim Tenreiro


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    Jacaranda wood, upholstery

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    83.0 x 63.0 x 94.0 cm (32.7 x 24.8 x 37.0 in)

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