While I was trolling through the dream worthy pages of 1stdibs I came across a shelving unit by Joaquim Tenreiro that stopped me dead in my tracks (pics 3,6 and 10). I didn’t know much about this amazing designer so I did a little digging. More after the jump

Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-1992) is the pioneer of modernist Brazilian furniture making. A forerunner in the use of rediscovered raw materials as well as the creator of a new formal language in 20thcentury Brazilian furniture design, he drew on the lessons of past furniture making as a vital source, not only in the mastery of technical and constructive solutions, but also in the aesthetic experience, craftsmanship, and the cultural meaning of his production.

Born in Portugal to a family with a great tradition in furniture making, he moved to Brazil in 1928 at the age of 22. He embarked on a career as a designer by working at various furniture manufacturers such as Leandro Martins, Francisco Gomes and Laubisch & Hirth, which catered to wealthy Brazilian families eager to buy furniture with a conservative design that imitated traditional European styles. Clipped from R gallery

Tenreiro plastolux brazil designer

Tenreiro plastolux brazil designer

Tenreiro plastolux brazil designer

Tenreiro plastolux brazil designer

Joaquim Tenreiro plastolux brazil designer

Tenreiro plastolux brazil designer

Joaquim Tenreiro plastolux brazil designer

Tenreiro plastolux brazil designer

Tenreiro plastolux brazil designer

More info found at R gallery