Wednesday, July 21, 2010

This Week's Top 5 Favorite 1stdibs Items: Brazilian Bold Colors!

In case you haven't noticed, we've been on a Brazilian Mid-Century Modern designer kick lately. First there was Joaquim Tenreiro, with sleek lines and a smooth style, and next was Martin Eisler, with equally sleek lines and a lot of unique details. We love these two designers' work for its Mid-Century Style, sure, but there's something unmistakingly Brazilian in the pieces that is hard to peg down. We think it could be something to do with the wonderful and warm colors that exist in the pieces and the natural materials. Warm, golden wood tones, reds and browns—we've chosen five pieces from this week's 1stdibs listings that have something in common with Tenreiro and Eisler's work: great, warm color tones!

1) Three Seat Sofa by Frits Henningsen
This piece might originally be from Denmark and the 1930's, but there's no denying that the designer was channeling a little bit of the Brazilian spirit when he upholstered this simple teak frame with lovely and rich-colored leather. And, the slight curves to the back really give the piece some sex appeal.
Price: $18,000

2) Rare Madura Island Batik
This gorgeous Batik rug represents a different kind of exotic: Indonesian. Made of a deep, wonderful, rich rust-colored red, this rug is from the turn of the century, but still has enough style for contemporary time periods.
Price: $4,500
Kathleen Taylor

3) Tiffany Studios Spider Lamp
Tiffany lamps are notoriously traditional. Usually seen in old-fashioned bars or masculine offices, you don't normally think Brazilian or Mid-Century Modern when see one. So why add it to the list? Because of that wonderful amber-colored glow that iminates from the lamp. Perfect for a Brazilian-inspired color palette.
Price: contact dealer
Lillian Nassau
4) George Nakashima Coffee Table
A huge respect and reference for local and natural materials is a defining characteristic in Brazilian furniture design and architecture, so we can see how Nakashima's designs, which often respected the natural wood as well, would fit in just perfectly in a Brazilian-themed color palette. Not to mention those wood tones are just lovely!
Price: contact dealer
Lillian Nassau

5) Awaji Pottery Yellow Vase
The piece de resistance! This gorgeous yellow vase might not be terribly expensive, but it's' bold, bright, sunshine-yellow color is quite representative of the bold, bright and warm colors we see used in Brazilian furniture design.
Price: $750
Thomas K. Libby

Don't forget to check out the rest of this week's listings from 1stdibs, where you can find more fabulous, one-of-a-kind show-stopping pieces, as well as a number of other great pieces! Also: please visit our revamped Facebook page for more information about us and follow us on twitter (@swanklighting) to always be up-to-date on Swank Lighting happenings.

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