Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Costela Chair for Forma, Brazil 1950s

Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Costela Chair for Forma, Brazil 1950s

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Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler Costela (‘Rib’) Chair for Forma, Brazil 1950s

This characteristic chair by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler is one of the icons of Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design. The name ‘Costela’ which translates as rib, is apparent in the design with it’s eight dark stained wooden slats that resemble a rib structure. The slats are rhythmically positioned and curve upwards on the sides, gently embracing the softly padded cushions. A curved black coated steel frame with short legs and wooden shoes create the necessary support. The comfortable cushions are re-upholstered in high quality off white linen by Pierre Frey, are tufted with buttons and kept in place by tied strings at the back and bottom.

About the designers:

Born in 1913 in Vienna, Austria, Martin Eisler received his architecture degree in 1936. However, as in the life of so many Brazilian designers, it was the looming thundercloud of the second world war that made him move just after his studies where finished. First to Czechoslovakia (where his parents lived) and later, in 1938, to Argentina. Here Eisler began to exercise his profession as an architect and interior designer and opened up his interior design firm, later named Interieur Forma. In the early 1950’s he decided to move to Brazil. Read more about Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler.

Condition:

In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use.

Dimensions:

71 cm W x 72 cm D x 81 cm H, seat height 39cm

Literature:

Brazilian Modern Design (Móvel Moderno Brasileiro), Olhares 2018, p. 234 and 235

Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture, Aric Chen, The Monacelli Press, New York 2016, p. 205

Móvel Brasileiro Moderno, FGV Projetos, Rio de Janeiro 2012

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