Joaquim Tenreiro started creating modern furniture in 1942 and founded his own business in the following year. Initially, both modern and revival-style furniture were offered, the latter by his partner’s demand. Unsurprisingly, all modern pieces were sold before the traditional furniture, and so the company started only exhibiting Tenreiro’s new designs. This chair nonetheless sheds light upon the designer’s knowledge of traditional works, as it creates a direct dialogue with the Windsor chair, whose early examples date as far back as the sixteenth century. In this regard, the chair is an inflection point between Tenreiro’s past and future production.
Side chair in pau marfim (ivory wood) with undulating armrests. Designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1948.