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August 19, 2013
Don’t know your Tonico from your Mole? Fear not, as today we offer a Cliffs Notes of basic Brazilian furniture design, including the top names associated with Brazil and the pieces they are known for. Let us know what your favorites are. Viva Brasilia!
Sergio Rodrigues

We’ll start with the captain: Sergio Rodrigues, who was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927, sits in his Mole chair, designed in 1961 and identifiable by its generous arm padding.

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Still designing strong at age 86, Rodrigues has just re-released the Tajá line from 1978.

Photo courtesy Espasso.

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Modern monochrome dining room

A pair of Rodrigues Tonico chairs in situ, at right, at a residence/gallery in Belgium.

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In 2009 Rodrigues reproduced a limited edition of 40 Aspas, also known as the Chifruda, of imbuia and freijó wood frame and leather, through <a href="http://www.espasso.com">Espasso</a>.

Among Rodrigues’s more eccentric works is the Aspas, or Chifruda, chair.

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Dinamarquesa chair by Jorge Zalszupin

Designed in 1959, and the most recognized and iconic piece from Polish-born design master Jorge Zalszupin, the Dinamarquesa chair takes cues from Danish design (dinamarquesa meaning Danish in Portuguese), with its elegant and clean lines.

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Wooden bench by Jose Zanine Caldas

Jose Zanine Caldas is said to have attempted to plant a new tree every time one was taken down for one of his projects—a good thing, considering the amount of wood used for this exotic, one-of-a-kind bench.

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Moeda chair by Zanini de Zanine Caldas

Zanini de Zanine Caldas is indeed a chip off the old block: The son of Jose Zanine Caldas works mainly in wood, and occasionally in metal, such as in the steel Moeda chair.

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The Havaianas dining chair is the result of Motta’s recent collaboration with the popular Brazilian flip-flop company, which commissioned the chair, in freijó wood covered in the same grippy rubber used for the shoes, with a rubber handle in the back. It

Surfer, woodworker, and designer Carlos Motta collaborated with the popular flip-flop company Havaianas on this side chair from 2010.

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Bo Bardi designed the Tripé, or Tripod, armchair, around 1948. Made of
 painted tubular metal and hand-stitched leather and possessing the same design principles as the hammock, several examples existed throughout the Glass House. Photo courtesy <a href="

Lina Bo Bardi, born Achillina Bo in Italy before emigrating to Brazil, designed the Tripé, or Tripod, armchair, around 1948. (Shown at Glass House, her home in Brazil.)

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Three legged chair by Joaquim Tenreiro

The 1947 three-legged chair by Joaquim Tenreiro, who was born in Portugal, was produced by Tenreiro Móveis e Decorações, Brazil.

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The Camareiro bench was designed by Etel Carmona in 1993. Carmona is the head of Etel Marcenaria in Brazil.

Photo courtesy Espasso.

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Rio chaise longue by Oscar Niemeyer

This is one of the very few prototypes of Oscar Niemeyer's Rio chaise longue made in imbuia wood.

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Sergio Rodrigues

We’ll start with the captain: Sergio Rodrigues, who was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927, sits in his Mole chair, designed in 1961 and identifiable by its generous arm padding.

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