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Best of Brazil: The ‘Oscar’ Chair
A celebration of one of furniture design's most influential pieces.

‘Best of Brazil’ is a series in celebration of the country’s rich and varied cultural tapestry. From architectural design to wellness retreats and art galleries, Brazil is home to some of the most innovative and inspiring creations, and we are shining a spotlight on them.

Modest, fairly unassuming, yet one of the 20th centuries most imitated designs, the ‘Oscar’ dining and lounge chairs exemplify the appeal mid-century Brazilian design.

Like many pieces of furniture designed in Brazil at the time, the materials used to craft the chair are native to the country, Jacaranda wood and cane, though variations in divergent fabrications are produced.

Designed by ‘the father of Brazilian furniture’, Sergio Rodrigues in 1956, the ‘Oscar’ chair is spewing with design tropes common of the furniture designer, from the sculpted robust wood, textual juxtaposition and functional flair.

It was originally designed for the São Paulo Jockey Club, but soon became a favourite with interior and design enthusiast.

Named after one of architecture and furniture designs most influential figures, Oscar Niemeyer, the ‘Oscar’ chair pays homage to the late architect’s fondness for functionalism and sensual curves, whilst instilling a sense of order and symmetry that is ever-present in Rodrigues works.

Replicas and iterations of the ‘Oscar’ chair can be observed in many shapes of forms in furniture stores and homes across the globe, a testament to its distinguished nature.

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