Pair of Rectangular Branco and Preto Coffee Tables in Caviuna Wood, Brazil 1960s

Pair of Rectangular Branco and Preto Coffee Tables in Caviuna Wood, Brazil 1960s

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Branco and Preto coffee tables in caviuna made in Brazil in the 1960s.

Designed in a rational and geometric way, these handmade Branco and Preto coffee tables have an open and elegant appearance. Both are made of a combination of solid and veneer caviuna wood and are executed with a glass top that is embedded in the wooden frame. Underneath the glass is a wooden shelf, which has a somewhat floating appearance due to the extending shelves in combination with the recessed legs. The strong lines and proportions, that at the same time are light and simple are characteristic for the work of Branco and Preto.

About the designers:

São Paulo 1950. In a time when communication wasn’t abundant and import was still rare, a group of young architects and idealists gathered to solve a new problem. How to decorate the projects that came out of the group's drawing boards with furniture that represented the architecture they practiced. Enthusiastically they welcomed the idea of group member Roberto Aflalo: to create a store and studio that would sell furniture with a modern design, while using Brazilian raw material and making sure it had an impeccable finish. Read more about Branco and Preto.

Condition:

In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The wooden veneer has some cracks / marks on one of the bottom plates.

Dimensions:

25.99 in. W x 39.38 in. D x 21.07 in. H

66 cm W x 100 cm D x 53.3 cm H

Literature:

Branco e Preto: Uma história de design brasileiro nos anos 50, Marlene Milan Acayaba, Instituto Lina Bo e Pietro Maria Bardi, 1994, p 95 (drawing of item), p 115. (similar item)

Branco e Preto, Marcelo Aflalo, Paralaxe editora, 2005, p. 5 (similar item)

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