Furniture Design

Tenreiro, Joaquim (1906 - 1992)

The pioneer of modernist Brazilian furniture, the Portuguese-born designer brought together Brazilian traditional values, historical craft and modern aesthetics. His elegant, light and functional designs were highly recognised in the 1950s and Oscar Niemeyer much collaborated with the furniture-maker. Despite his success, Joaquim Tenreiro decided to close his studio in 1967 and devote himself to fine arts.

Joaquim Tenreiro, Undulating Armrest chair, 1948
Joaquim Tenreiro, Undulating Armrest chair, 1948
Joaquim Tenreiro, Cadeira chair, 1947
Joaquim Tenreiro, Cadeira chair, 1947
Joaquim Tenreiro, Side chair in pau marfim, 1948
Joaquim Tenreiro, Side chair in pau marfim, 1948
Joaquim Tenreiro, Side chair in caviona with upholstered seat and back, 1947
Joaquim Tenreiro, Side chair in caviona with upholstered seat and back, 1947
Joaquim Tenreiro, Chair with slatted seat in pau marfim, 1950's
Joaquim Tenreiro, Chair with slatted seat in pau marfim, 1950's
Joaquim Tenreiro, Small Chair, 1960
Joaquim Tenreiro, Small Chair, 1960
Joaquim Tenreiro, Chair in roxinho wood with woven cane seat and back, 1960
Joaquim Tenreiro, Chair in roxinho wood with woven cane seat and back, 1960
Joaquim Tenreiro, Chaise Lounge Rocking Chair, 1947
Joaquim Tenreiro, Chaise Lounge Rocking Chair, 1947
Joaquim Tenreiro, Three legged chair, 1947
Joaquim Tenreiro, Three legged chair, 1947
Joaquim Tenreiro, Sleepwalker's Arm Chair, 1950
Joaquim Tenreiro, Sleepwalker's Arm Chair, 1950
Joaquim Tenreiro, Lounge chair with blue upholstery and ebonized jacaranda legs, 1960's
Joaquim Tenreiro, Lounge chair with blue upholstery and ebonized jacaranda legs, 1960's
Joaquim Tenreiro, Low lounge chair in light green leather and jacaranda, date unknown
Joaquim Tenreiro, Low lounge chair in light green leather and jacaranda, date unknown
Joaquim Tenreiro Sofa with jacaranda frame and upholstered seat and back, 1950's
Joaquim Tenreiro Sofa with jacaranda frame and upholstered seat and back, 1950's
Joaquim Tenreiro, Tree Trunk Bench, c. 1954
Joaquim Tenreiro, Tree Trunk Bench, c. 1954
Joaquim Tenreiro, Coffee table in ebonized pau marfim, 1950's
Joaquim Tenreiro, Coffee table in ebonized pau marfim, 1950's
Joaquim Tenreiro, Octagonal Jacaranda Table, date unknown
Joaquim Tenreiro, Octagonal Jacaranda Table, date unknown
Joaquim Tenreiro, Mesa Triangular table, 1960
Joaquim Tenreiro, Mesa Triangular table, 1960
Joaquim Tenreiro, Coffee table, c. 1955
Joaquim Tenreiro, Coffee table, c. 1955
Joaquim Tenreiro, Rectangular dining table with frame in jacaranda and inset black underpainted glass top, 1949
Joaquim Tenreiro, Rectangular dining table with frame in jacaranda and inset black underpainted glass top, 1949
Joaquim Tenreiro, Sketch for a chair, date unknown
Joaquim Tenreiro, Sketch for a chair, date unknown
Joaquim Tenreiro
Joaquim Tenreiro
Joaquim Tenreiro, Wall-mounted desk in jacaranda, 1950's
Joaquim Tenreiro, Wall-mounted desk in jacaranda, 1950's
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