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Best of Brazil: The ‘Rio’ Chaise Lounge
A focus on the iconic chair designed by illustrious Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and his daughter Anna Marie Niemeyer.

‘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.

Designed by renowned Brazilian designer Oscar Niemeyer and his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer in 1978, the ‘Rio’ chaise lounge pays homage to the city of which both Niemeyer’s were born and resided through their lives.

It’s constructed curves, fluid form and acute use of materials are evocative of Oscar Niemeyer’s celebrated architectural achievements – of which aids the distinctive aesthetic of both Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro – and reflects the natural topography that frames Rio de Janeiro, from the mountains to the curvature of the cascading waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s constructed curves, fluid form and acute use of materials are evocative of Oscar Niemeyer’s celebrated architectural achievements

Niemeyer wrote,

I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire Universe, the curved Universe of Einstein.

And this ardour for curves is apparent in the design of the ‘Rio’ chaise lounge.

The original design was handcrafted from Jacaranda wood and Brazilian Rosewood that was lacquered and caned that serves both aesthetic and tactile character, however, due to the endangered nature of these materials reissued versions use divergent types with comparable qualities. Cushioned leather editions reimagine the classic design with a plushness that doesn’t detract from the original designs modernist sensibility, and both Niemeyer’s aptness for conceiving a design that feels both retro and enduring, Brazilian and worldly.

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