Friday, February 5, 2010


Considered one of the most important names in international modern architecture, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907 - ) was a pioneer in exploring the formal possibilities of reinforced concrete for their aesthetic impact. His buildings are often characterized by being spacious and exposed, mixing volumes and empty space to create unconventional patterns and often propped up by pilotis which are ground level supporting columns. Both lauded and criticized for being a "sculptor of monuments, he has been praised for being a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generation. In addition Niemeyer’s furniture designs are favorites for savvy collectors and can be sourced through fine dealers and auction houses.

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NiterĂ³i Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro Brazil 1996 (top)
Niemeyer table for Estel (2nd)
National Congress of Brazil, Brasilia 1956-1960 (3rd)
Lounge chair by Mobilier de France, vintage (4th)
Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil 1970 (bottom)

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