December 27, 2009

Longing for Brasilia

Over the years of vintage treasure-hunting, I have discovered and rediscovered a particular design that never fails to induce in me a serious case of furniture lust. I could walk into a room crowded with vintage pieces and this design would never fail to catch my eye.

Only recently did I discover exactly what it is and where it comes from...

The Brasilia line by Broyhill Furniture:
Created in 1962 to mimic architecture in the capital city of Brasil. Much of Brasilia (the city) was designed between 1956 and 1960 by Oscar Niemeyer. The most noteable characteristics of his architecture are the hyperboloid structures and clean, simple, modern lines. This is illustrated in the design of the Palacio de Alvorado and the Cathedral of Brasilia, shown below.


Broyhill was inspired by Niemeyer's city and manufactured these pieces throughout the 1960's. Here are a few more:




To see the rest of the line, click here to see Broyhill's original brochure.

The Brasilia line is well-made and has stood the test of time. Owners of these pieces must surely be proud of their fabulous finds!

I am definitely a fan...
I am also definitely kicking myself for not purchasing the Brasilia headboard I recently saw at an estate sale. (I blame my common sense for reminding me that I do not own a double bed!)

One day...

7 comments:

Barclay said...

It's so strange to see a picture of my dining room on your blog....

Tara Posen said...

that's your dining room? lucky you!! i found the image on another blog, i believe. i hope it's okay? i will be happy to credit you, if you'd like? :)

Barclay said...

Sure! The hutch image comes from my blog at: http://doghouse.coyoteyip.com/2009/09/brasilia-capital-of-the-year-2000/ - a link would be great. Keep the image up. We also found a Brasilia dresser and curio. Lucky, I know!

Tara Posen said...

so very lucky! where do you live that you find such treasures??

will do on the link. thank you! :)

Mystery Flight Vintage said...

great blog!

Melissa J L said...

I have the two door Brasiia dresser. Found it at a Salvation Army and left it there. Went home and it STAYED on my mind so I drove 50 miles, bought it and have loved it since. I paid $15 for it (I know, unbelievable) but it does have some surface issues. I sanded it and put a dark dark mahogany stain on it, polyurethaned it and painted the handles in a matte silver. I have had it in my bedroom for 3 years and cannot find another piece to go with it. Now I am in the process of moving it into my living room, sanding it again, repainting it a matte black and using it as a flat tv console. I think it will be lovely. If it were not for the condition of the wood, I would not have painted it but now that I have, I absolutely love it.

peace and dark chocolate said...

I grew up with this furniture. My parents bought the bedroom, dining room, and living room sets when they married. They still use the bedroom and living room sets, but graciously gave me the dining room set when I was just starting out. My friends thought I was CRAZY! But, I love it! The rest of my house is designed around the feeling of that furniture. It is a classic!

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