Oscar Niemeyer Exceptional Sofa in Rosewood and Leather, Hotel SESC, Brazil 1990

$73,000

Oscar Niemeyer (1907 – 2012)

An exceptional and rare original three-seat sofa by Oscar Niemeyer for the SESC Hotel Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazilian rosewood with black leather cushions. A model of modernist sensuality that makes remarkable use of Niemeyer’s distinct vocabulary of soaring forms and flowing lines, this generous couch features beautifully curved waterfall arms of singular purity buoying a straight-edged body and suspended frame. The beautifully curved rosewood back, in which comfortably nestle three large leather cushions, echoes the arch of the arms. Despite its size, the piece seems to float: only half of each arch touches the ground, conveying an impression of lightness, simplicity, and grace typical of Niemeyer’s curved and soaring structures.

At the same time, the sofa’s generous proportions and welcoming, oversized cushions invite lounging, lingering, and free-flowing conversation, a poetic adjustment of the architect’s vocabulary into a domestic setting.

A committed socialist, Niemeyer was devoted, in his own words, to “making this unjust world a better place in which to live” through both activism and architecture. This sofa is part of his original design for the SESC Hotel Copacabana, a project of the Serviço Social do Comércio, a social services organization established in the 1940’s by Carioca trade groups, for which Niemeyer designed both the building and its original furnishings.

Like Le Corbusier, with whom he collaborated in his early years, Brazil’s greatest architect understood how to bring a structural lightness to designs both monumental and private. But alongside other pioneers of Brazilian modernism like Sergio Rodrigues and Joaquim Tenreiro, he also incorporated a Carioca sense of play, joy, and comfort —evident, for instance, in his use of parabolas, which echo the hills and waves surrounding Rio. Coupled with a respect for native materials, they make his work inviting and distinct, infusing the somewhat dictatorial rationalism of modernism with a surprising sensuality.

Brazil, 1990

  • Origin: Brazil
  • Period: 1990
  • Dimensions: 98’’ L x 30’’ D x 29’’ H
  • Materials: Rosewood, leather
  • Condition: Very good; wear consistent with age and use

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At the same time, the sofa’s generous proportions and welcoming, oversized cushions invite conversation and intimacy

 

Like Le Corbusier, with whom he collaborated in his early years, Brazil’s greatest architect understood how to bring a structural lightness to designs both monumental and private. But alongside other pioneers of Brazilian modernism like Sergio Rodrigues and Joaquim Tenreiro, he also incorporated a Carioca sense of play, joy, and comfort, as well as a respect for native materials

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This sofa is part of Niemeyer’s original design for the SESC Hotel Copacabana, a project of run by the Serviço Social do Comércio, a social services non-profit established in the 1940’s by Rio’s tradesmen and tourism professionals

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humanitarian services organization established in the 1940’s by Rio’s tradesmen.

This sofa is part of Niemeyer’s original design for the SESC Hotel Copacabana, a project of run by the Serviço Social do Comércio, a social services non-profit established in the 1940’s by Rio’s tradesmen and tourism professionals

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