Oscar Niemeyer is all about the curves—in his buildings, which test the limits of engineering—to his fluid furniture designs, which are at once avant-garde, refined, casual, and comfortable.
Furniture design, for Niemeyer, was a late development, born out of a desire to reinterpret his own interiors—but it was an organic and evolved decision to pick up the pencil and draw furniture to be produced. For Niemeyer, it was never a program-pushing motivation—it grew out of style and desire for change.
Always looking deeper into the nature of things, by the 1970s, it’s not surprising that Niemeyer’s attention turned to furniture design. Niemeyer was ready for the challenge: sumptuous chaises, massive yet ethereal chairs and ottomans, and commanding tables replaced the “default” furniture that he had practically employed. His point-of-view was a complimentary combination of Brazilian baroque (seen on the Marquesa bench) and sleek international modernism, as seen on the floor version seating with ottoman.
Find his most iconic designs at Design Miami / Basel, booth G25.
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