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Brazil's Midcentury Modern Furniture Gets a New Look

April 12, 2016

Brazil's modernist architecture may be better known, but the country's distinctive midcentury modern furniture is getting new international attention.

Sensuous curves, tropical woods, woven leathers, and traditional techniques like caning and netting were all part of a style that developed from the 1940s to the 1970s called Brazil Modern....

...Brazilian author and design professor Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santa interviewed many of the stars of Brazilian furniture design in person, wrote a book on furniture of the era, and co-curated "Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela, 1940-1978," an exhibit at the Americas Society in New York last year.

"Interest (in the style) has been building for 10 years or so in the U.S., but now people are really talking about it," she said, interviewed by phone at her home in Brazil....

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