Nilufar Gallery presents in the historic spaces in via della Spiga an exhibition dedicated to Brazilian design, with an important selection of over 40 pieces from the period 1940-1970 by Sergio Rodrigues, Joaquim Tenreiro, Zanine Caldas, Jorge Zalszupin, Martin Eisler and Oscar Niemeyer.
For this important occasion the gallery edits the catalogue Nilufar | Brazilian Design curated by Nina Yashar, with graphic design by Cerri & Associati with Marta Moruzzi, texts by Manolo De Giorgi and photography by Mattia Iotti.
Sergio Rodrigues has been dubbed the father of Brazilian furniture. Indeed, he was responsible for establishing a new paradigm in design, setting himself apart with his very own language in his quest for a clearly recognizable Brazilian identity. He became notorious for his use of robust woods like jacaranda, peroba and imbue to create quintessential icons.
Joaquim Tenreiro Albuquerque was a cabinetmaker, furniture designer, painter and modern sculptor from Brazil.
Born in Portugal, he moved to Brazil, where he held a joiner by profession, inherited the family, and then the furniture designer in several companies in Rio de Janeiro, as Laubisch & Hirth. In 1942, he designed his first modern mobile to a residence of Francisco Inácio Peixoto, and then abandoned he practice of copying classic European style furniture, giving a new vision to modern furniture.
A self-taught artist, designer and architect, Jose Zanine (1918-2001) was born on the southern coast of Bahia in Brazil. At age twenty, he opened an architectural scale model workshop in Rio de Janeiro where he worked with modernist pioneers such as Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer.
In 1948, he and two business partners started the company Móveis Artisticos Z. Their elegantly simple, organically-shaped pieces in plywood were produced at a price point that made them accessible to the emerging market of collectors with an eye toward a modern style.
The Polish born Jorge Zalszupin moved to Brazil after World War II, where he found an opportunity to develop his extremely sensual, modern architecture. A desire to rebuild a new post-war world and a wave of development in Brazil proved an ideal time for this creative atmosphere to flourish. Graceful lines, strong use of local woods and a combination of impeccable woodworking and classical detailing mark Zalszupin’s furniture. He became part of a select team of talented furniture designers, who worked closely with Oscar Niemeyer on the conception and production of furniture.
Martin Eisler was born in Vienna, Austria, and studied architecture in his home country. In 1938 he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he began exhibiting his furniture designs. After meeting Hauner in Brazil, he started traveling there frequently to collaborate on designs and, with E. J. Wolf, who became the company’s director, they founded Forma to sell their own designs as well as pieces licensed from Knoll International
Oscar Niemeyer was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in 1907. He graduated from the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro in 1934, and in 1935 he joined the office of Lucio Costa. In 1936 he joined the team of Brazilian architects collaborating with Le Corbusier on a new Ministry of Education and Health in Rio de Janeiro.
Niemeyer’s seminal architecture is famous for breaking up the dictatorial character of functionalism and introducing the beauty of curved and asymmetric forms. His work was inextricably linked to the progress of reinforced concrete technology. This new material gave him freedom; he was able to present new and unique ideas, far from classical or neo-classical inspiration. His furniture design is reminiscent of his architecture, drawing heavily on sinuous forms, delicate curves and Brazilian identity.
12 -17 April
10 am – 8 pm
via della Spiga 32, Milan
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